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San Jose Sharks - Evgeni Nabokov Calls Out Vlasic

San Jose SharksI got an email this morning from Son of OT that Evgeni Nabokov said Marc-Edouard Vlasic should have blocked the shot that allowed the St. Louis Blues to tie last night’s game with 6 seconds left to go. The Sharks went on to lose that game in a shoot out. Calling out a team mate can be a tricky thing, either it’s a sign that guys are holding each other responsible to do their jobs or it’s a sign that the locker room is falling apart.

I remember two seasons ago when the Sharks went down 2 games to none to open the second round of the playoffs with the Dallas Stars, Nabby came out and said everyone had to play better himself included. Over the remainder of that series he did play better. I always appreciated that he backed up his words with actions.

I also know that quotes can be taken out of context.

I found the following video, and I like what I see. Nabby is not happy, and I think that’s exactly the kind of attitude we need. No more ‘words’ as Nabby says, just plain action. I’ll be curious to see if Nabby’s play changes after calling out a team mate.

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5 comments for “San Jose Sharks - Evgeni Nabokov Calls Out Vlasic”

  1. I’m not sure I totally agree with calling out a specific teammate publicly like that.

    Seems to me that it would lead to a lot of bad blood.

    Sure, calling out “the team” can be fine. Luongo even called out the 5 players on the ice at the time when the Avalanche scored the tying goal in the last minute of a game a year or two back. He got some criticism for it, though thankfully it didn’t lead to much dissension in the ranks, if any.

    So maybe this won’t come back to bite him? I hope not.

    Posted by histNo Gravatar | December 4, 2009, 11:43 am
  2. Not sure how the team responds to being called out by the goalie. Ron Wilson used to call out players in the media and we all know what happened to him.
    I watched the replay and am not sure at what point Nabby expected Pickles to lie down and block the shot. If he does, Nabby would have made a comment that Pickles screened him and he could not see the shot and it goes in anyway. Agreed it should not have come down to this. We have the power play and try and play keep away and burn time. We should have pressed more and shot the puck on net. The Sharks need to learn from this and ensure they know what to do and know what it takes to close out games. I’m glad this happened now and not in the play-offs.
    Also not sure when Shelly and Staubitz comes back, but is it my imagination that teams are taking liberties at out star players when they are not on the ice? Edmonton takes a run at Thornton and then David Backes wants to drop the gloves with Heatley. Hats off to Frazer McLaren for coming to the aid of Heatley.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | December 4, 2009, 2:07 pm
  3. Let the back peddling begin. This from the Merc:

    “I didn’t single him out for the goal. What I said was he should block that shot. It doesn’t mean that everybody else around gets excused from the play,” Nabokov said. “And I still stand with that.”
    ” Obviously there’s a power play and we have all this going on. Obviously it’s not just him. Everybody is responsible for certain things,” the goalie said. “It’s like everything else. “I want to make it clear. I didn’t single Pickles out,” he continued. “What I did say is that he could have prevented something from happening.”
    Later, Nabokov added: “You want me to tell the 10 mistakes before that? All I’m saying is with six seconds to go, all six guys on the ice, including the goalie, have to do whatever it takes.”
    Let’s see how the team responds. I think we come out flying against the Flames.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | December 4, 2009, 4:40 pm
  4. I like it! Get emotional about it! I hate all that talk like “we have to be better” and “we know we can be better” blah blah blah.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | December 4, 2009, 4:49 pm
  5. Well, I missed that one. I thought we would have played with more intensity. Other than Nichol and Murray, we played flat. The Flames out hustled and outplayed us. The nice thing is that we have a few days off to work on the power play. Defense and goaltending was not the issue last night, but our power play is letting us down.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | December 6, 2009, 9:27 am

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