“Hits and Misses” for Avalanche at Sharks 3/1/11

ResultAvalanche 1, SHARKS {Shootout}

San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi makes a glove save durning Tuesday night's game against Colorado. Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

HITS

Ryane Clowe – For the second straight game, Clowe won the game for the Sharks in a shootout and the critical second point.  This time, Clowe was the only player to score in the shootout and he was the first shooter.

Antti Niemi – The “NHL Second Star” for the month of February showed why the Sharks rewarded him Tuesday morning with a new four-year contract extension worth $15.8 million.  Niemi stopped 18-out-of-19 shots and was a perfect three-for-three in the shootout and is now six-for-six in his last two shootout appearances.

Joe Thornton – The Sharks captain tied the game at 1-1 with 2:58 left in the third period off a deflection of a Jason Demers slapshot.  With the Sharks being aggressive on the forecheck, Thornton passed the puck out from behind the Avalanche net out to Demers, who fired a slapshot from the blue-line.  Demers’ shot was going wide until the puck ricocheted off of Thornton’s stick, who was standing at the side of the goal crease, and into the net.  The goal was Thornton’s 16th of the season and his 13th career goal against the Avalanche in 32 career games.

Devin Setoguchi – Setoguchi extended his point streak to five games as he was credited with the second assist on Thornton’s goal.

Torrey Mitchell/Joe Pavelski/Kyle Wellwood Line – This line was easily the Sharks best line of the night and most consistent as the trio generated the most scoring chances for the Sharks.  While the trio may be undersized physically, they more than make up for it with their heart and grit when on the ice, two things that cannot be taught or coached.

Sharks Team – It was clear as crystal to anyone watching the game that the Sharks did not bring their “A-game.”  Luckily for the Sharks, their “B-game” was just good enough to grit-out a hard fought game for two points and extend their winning streak to a season high seven games.  Also, the Sharks remain in first place of the Pacific Division and third overall in the Western Conference standings.

MISSES

Sharks Team – While it is a hit that the Sharks won, got the two points and extended the winning streak to seven games, that doesn’t excuse their perplexing, baffling and sometimes lackadaisical play on home ice against an Avalanche team that had one win and three points in their last 14 games {1-12-1}.  The Sharks have to be careful these last 18 games of the season not to fall victim to “trap games” where they play a team that they should easily beat but instead, struggle and cost themselves points, which they can ill-afford in the log-jammed Western Conference.

Power Play – Two games without Dan Boyle anchoring the Power Play and two games of the Sharks Power Play being atrocious.  The Sharks Power Play was 0-for-4 against the Avalanche and are 0-for-6 their last two games, both of which Boyle has been out due to injury.

Erik Johnson Goal – Johnson’s goal should have never happened.  With the Avalanche on a Power Play early in the third period as the result of Sharks defenseman Niclas Wallin being called for “holding the stick,” Demers attempted a weak backhand shot to clear the zone that was stopped at the blue-line by Johnson, who skated to the point and quickly snapped a wrist shot that floated past Niemi at 1:18 of the period to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead.  It never fails that when the Penalty Kill unit fails to clear the puck out of their own zone, the puck ends up in the back of their net.

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About Jon Allred

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

Posted on March 1, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Miché Saaijman

    I’m gonna sound really stupid now,but remember I don’t know this ice hockey thing at all-What’s a power play?

    • Power Play is when a team has a man advantage and skate 5-on-4, 5-on-3 or 4-on-3.

      Power Plays are for two minutes unless offense scores during those two minutes. If so, penalized player comes out of penalty box.

      If a player is cut by a high stick (getting hit in the face with an opposing players stick) its a four minute double minor penalty.

      Then lastly, boarding and hitting from behind can be 5 minute major penalties and if called, the offense can score as many times as they can because the penalized player has to stay in penalty box the entire 5 minutes.

  2. I think an important “Hit” that you highlighted was Joe’s goal that tied the game. Aside from really getting the puck to Demers, it’s important that a Shark (in this case Joe) was at the net. All to often, the puck is shot but there is no one at the net to get the rebound and get the puck in. Joe look surprised, too, and not all goals are planned. Sometimes, you get lucky. Fans got lucky that Joe was at the net.

    The important “Miss” was the sloppy power plays. I don’t need to shed any more commentary on this other than it was was disappointing.

    Let’s hope the Sharks bring their A-game come Thursday! I’ll be at the game and I’m hoping for an exciting contest!

    Great post! Keep them coming. 🙂

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