Monday, March 26, 2012
AVS GAMEDAY PRIMER: San Jose Sharks, 3/26/12
The Good Guys: Raised their degree of difficulty for sneaking into the playoffs on Saturday with a 3-2 loss to Vancouver in overtime. The Avs had a 2-0 lead midway through the second period, but two quick Canuck goals deadlocked the game until Chris Higgins Magnum PI'd a shot past Semyon Varlamov in the extra frame. Rookie Tyson Barrie got knocked off the puck by Jannik Hansen on the play that led to the winning goal, which leaves one to wonder whether or not that happens to Erik Johnson were he healthy and in the lineup.
Bunch Of Dicks: There may not be a team on the bubble with more at stake than the San Jose Sharks. If the Sharks miss, do they re-tool around the same core of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dan Boyle, etc and give it another crack next season? Or does GM Doug Wilson follow the Philadelphia Flyers model, blow it up, and rebuild on the fly around Logan Couture as the Flyers did with Claude Giroux?
We Like: Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Seriously, in that desert island scenario where you pick just one album, or just one celebrity, or just one book...isn't CTC your one cereal? And if not, what the hell are you thinking?
We Don't Like: That loss Saturday at home, after blowing a two goal lead, hurt more than the loss at Phoenix last Thursday, despite obtaining the OT "loser" point. If there are five games at the end of this season I wish Colorado could replay, that one is on the list.
Randomly: Think this will be the game that Sharks fans finally figure out the singsong "LETS GO ______" chant only works when the team name is more than one syllable? Nah, me neither.
Potential Hero: Matt Duchene. Period. I got faith in this kid.
Potential Goat: No goats. Positive thoughts.
Final Thought: I play in a rec league that is run via draft. Tonight is the first game of our spring season...and of course I was drafted by the teal team. Jesus Christ, karma.
Avs 3, Sharks 1