“Hits and Misses” for Sharks at Panthers 2/13/11

Result:  SHARKS 2 , Panthers 3

San Jose Sharks Jamal Mayers fights with Florida's Bryan Allen during the second period. Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports

HITS

Kent Huskins – Huskins scored his second goal of the road-trip and of the season at 12:57 of the first period that gave the Sharks an early 1-0 lead, which came on a beautiful pass from Joe Pavelski.  Huskins has now doubled his goal total from last season and after going nearly a year without a goal, he now has two goals in his last three games.

Joe Pavelski – Pavelski gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead at 2:02 of the third period with his 12th goal of the season, giving him a two-point night.

Torrey Mitchell – Mitchell made amends for that high sticking penalty last game by assisting on both Sharks goals tonight to give him a two point night

Jamal Mayers – Mayers stepped in and stuck up for his Sharks teammates by dropping the gloves against Bryan Allen {pictured above} in the second period after Florida players took runs at Dan Boyle and Douglas Murray.

First 39 Minutes – Similar to the New Jersey game, the Sharks dominated the game for the first 39-minutes of play by looking like a well oiled machine.  However, as I said the other night, hockey games are 60-minutes, not 39, and it cannot be stressed or emphasized enough……..THE SHARKS HAVE TO FINISH GAMES THE WAY THEY START and PLAY A FULL 60 MINUTES OF HOCKEY!

MISSES

Sharks Team – How does a team that beat both Boston and Washington turnaround and lose back-to-back games to New Jersey and Florida, two teams that are not in playoff contention in the Eastern Conference?  This is a troubling trend for the Sharks as in the last 72-hours, they have literally given away two games and four points.  One would think that after all the early season struggles, the losing streak and then the winning streak, the Sharks would have learned their lesson in that they can NEVER, and I mean NEVER, become complacent out on the ice at any time, especially when leading in the third period.

Joe Thornton / Patrick Marleau / Dany Heatley – The Sharks “Big 3” were a combined -4!  Thornton was a -3, Marleau a -2 and Heatley a +1.  The trio combined for five shots on goal and one point, which was an assist by Heatley on the Huskins goal.  These are suppose to be the leaders of the team and its about time they started playing and acting like it by stepping their game up!   The season is winding down and the Sharks cannot afford anymore let-downs like this.

Antii Niemi – I know Niemi has made 12-consecutive starts for the Sharks but if your between the net, you have to make the saves and not allow soft goals, which two of Florida’s three goals were.

Final 21 Minutes -In the final 21 minutes of the game, the Sharks blew two leads, allowed three goals and their lackadaisical play {five guys, including Thornton and Heatley, were standing straight up on the game winning goal} cost them big time in the standings as they dropped from sixth to seventh in the Western Conference, are now one point away from being in ninth place and blew a chance to tie Dallas, who had lost earlier in the day, for first place in the Pacific Division.  The unraveling for the Sharks started when Mike Santorelli scored for the Panthers at 19:31 of the second period.  That goal, which should have never happened, gave the Panthers a jolt of energy that they fed off and took advantage of.

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

Posted on February 13, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. 1st time I read your blog&I love it,it’s very different than the sport in South Africa

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