San Jose Sharks: Almost Time To Check Out
I can’t remember if it was earlier this season or last season, but I was at a game where the San Jose Sharks ended a period horribly. I believe the team had been losing of late and their play was very sub-par. When the Sharks left the ice after that period a mild degree of boos rained down from the crowd. When the Sharks came out the following period they played with the intensity and determination you like to see from your hockey club, and as such they managed to win that game. During the post-game interview one of the players remarked that the boo-birds had started singing and they knew they had to come out and play better.
I was at Saturday’s game where we lost to the St. Louis Blues. The Sharks ended the second period on the power play. That power play was so bad I don’t think they got a single shot on goal (compared to St. Louis who got at least one). They also spent the majority of the time in the defensive and neutral zones unable to even get into the Blues’ zone let alone control the puck. Down 3-1, mustering only 2 shots on goal for the entire period and playing the worst I’ve seen them since the Florida Panthers came to town, the boos came down in mighty fashion – you would have thought the other team had just taken the ice for the pre-game skate.
Hoping history would repeat itself I was hopeful to see what kind of energy the Sharks would come out with to start the 3rd period. While you could see that they were trying, the Sharks were still flat, slow and unable to dictate any part of the game. It was really hard to watch.
I think everyone is injured. I think the only healthy top-6 forward might be Patrick Marleau. And because we can’t kill penalties we can’t retaliate when opposing teams take liberty on our players (like Philadelphia pounding on Logan Couture).
If this is what it is then this is what it is. The only thing I would regret is trading Jamie McGinn and our prospects. If the team is in such bad shape that NO trades can salvage the season, then the trade deadline deal may have been a real waste.
The question is, if we’re barely going to limp into the playoffs should we just miss the playoffs entirely?