“Hits and Misses” for Sharks at Predators 2/15/11

Result:  SHARKS 2, Predators 1 {Overtime}

San Jose Sharks Devin Setoguchi battles for the puck in front of Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

HITS

Patrick Marleau – It took 50 shots on goal but Marleau, who had a two-point night with a goal and assist, scored the game winning breakaway goal at 3:53 of overtime to give the Sharks a hard fought 2-1 win.

Kent Huskins – Huskins has been a point producing machine the lats four games, scoring two goals to along with three assists.  Not only did Huskins assist on Setoguchi’s goal, which was a beautiful breakout pass, that tied the game but Huskins also assisted on Marleau’s game winning goal in overtime.

Devin Setoguchi – Simply put, Setoguchi’s goal was an awesome individual effort by Setoguchi that tied the game at 1-1 at 9:13 of the second period.  The goal was Setoguchi’s 12th of the season and the epitome of threading the needle {puck} top shelf.  The goal gave Setoguchi nine points in his last nine games.

Douglas Murray – Murray now has 23 blocked shots in the month of February alone, which places him third in the entire NHL amongst defensemen.  Murray is only several blocked shots away from surpassing his total from last season of 99.  The way he sacrificed his body, HEADFIRST, near the end of the third period to block the puck is what everyone on the Sharks should be doing when on defense.

Antti Niemi – Niemi was in top form tonight, stopping 30 out of a possible 31 shots, several of which were at critical moments during the game, such as robbing Ryan Suter on a two-on-one breakaway and stick-poking the puck away from Steve Sullivan, who was in all alone on a breakaway.  To me, Niemi cemented himself as the number-one goaltender for the Sharks during this road trip.

Sharks Road Trip – The Sharks ended their season-long seven game road trip on a positive note, finishing 5-2 and earning 10 points out of a possible 14.  However, Sharks fans cannot help but feel that the Sharks should have been 7-0 with all 14 points on this road trip.

MISSES

Special Teams – The Sharks came into the game 0-for-7 on the Power Play and are now 0-for-11 total after going 0-for-4 in tonight’s game.  With the talent on the Sharks first Power Play line, there is no excuse for the Power Play to be not clicking, especially when they had a 5-on-3 advantage late in the first period.  In addition, the Penalty Killers surrendered a short-handed goal at 6:48 of the first period, which was the only goal scored by the Predators all game.  The special teams need to get their act together for the regular season stretch and playoff push.

1st Period – Abysmal and lackadaisical best sum up the opening period of the game for the Sharks.  For a game that both Logan Couture {@logancouture} and Setoguchi {@seto1661} tweeted was the most important game of the season for the team, since the Sharks were on a two-game losing streak, the Sharks came out ultra flat and uninspired and were lucky to only be down a goal at the end of the period.

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About Jon Allred

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

Posted on February 15, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Great job!

  2. This blog is very interesting&I’m looking forward too reading your next post

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