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Why The Cardinals Helped Me Feel Better About The Sharks

sharksfanI feel a lot better now that the San Jose Sharks have bounced back, on the road no less, to put together back-to-back wins against the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks. I didn’t have a very good feeling going into the previous game against the Calgary Flames, something just told me it wasn’t going to go very well for the Sharks – I just didn’t think they would look THAT bad. Just the opposite was true about the Oilers and Canucks games. The day after the loss to the Flames Evgeni Nabokov was quoted as saying, in effect, that there’s just something about this Sharks team that can’t play hard for a full 60 minutes. When I heard that I felt better. Whenever I hear Nabokov “call out” the team they not only respond but he himself tends to lead the movement by improving his own play. Say what you will about Nabokov’s arguably inconsistent play, when he says he needs to get better he does it.

My fear of running into a slump was magnified by the incredible runs both the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings have been on. The Sharks, Bruins and Red Wings have 19 regulation losses between the three of them, that’s fewer total losses than 6 teams (Atlanta Thrashers 24, Ottawa Senators 21, Toronto Maple Leafs 20, New York Islanders 26, St. Louis Blues 22, Nashville Predators 21) and ties three others (Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Colorado Avalanche). I’ve been constantly reminded that the President’s Cup winner doesn’t always translate into Stanley Cup Champion, and a few years ago the 4 lowers seeds in the west upset the 4 higher seeds in the first round of the playoffs. Knowing these things still doesn’t make me feel much better when the Sharks seem to be bordering on losing their regular season edge. However, today I feel a little better – I’m not as obsessed with the Sharks dominating the regular season, and I can thank the Arizona Cardinals. If the Arizona Cardinals can host the NFC Championship Game, anything is possible.

I suppose its poetic justice that Mats Sundin scored his first goal of the season, and first as a Vancouver Canuck, against my San Jose Sharks. I think he did it just to mess with me since I was so tired of what I considered to be the disproportionate amount of attention he got about his not playing – my bad.

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3 comments for “Why The Cardinals Helped Me Feel Better About The Sharks”

  1. Hey Sharksfan Dude - I wouldn’t feel too bad about Sundin’s “success” - the Vancouver Sun headline was “Sundin scores against San Jose, but takes penalty that leads to 4-2 loss” It was the second night in a row that he was in The Box for the losing goal. Also, YOU could have scored the goal he scored - he had a wide open net - and the Canucks fans gave him a standing O.

    Posted by Son of OTNo Gravatar | January 12, 2009, 4:19 pm
  2. Unfortunately I didn’t see the so I didn’t know how open the net was, I was just listening to it on the radio. The announcers were ‘amazed’ at the ovation - you’d a thought they had just won the cup. I just think the Canucks would have been better served in the long run with some better, long term moves.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | January 12, 2009, 4:32 pm
  3. Two big games coming up with Calgary and Detroit. I think this would be a good test to see how resilient the Sharks have become. This should be treated like a playoff game. We took it on the chin by them and now let’s see how we bounce back. In the playoffs you are going to have a down game here and there, but the really good teams overcome that and finish off teams when called upon. This was the issue with the Sharks teams of the past. Let’s see how much we have changed.

    Torrey Mitchell has been assigned to the Worcester Sharks for development. I would expect him to play a handful of games before being inserted in the line-up. I see the 3rd and 4th line as being:

    Grier-Mitchell-Cheechoo
    Shelly-Goc-Roenick

    This should also end the experiment with Semenov at forward but who knows?

    GO SHARKS!

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | January 15, 2009, 9:09 am

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