So, here comes the Habs, offering a chance for redemption. The Sharks always seem to have exciting games against the Habs, with the often touted Spin-o-rama, Cheechootrain driven 6-4 comeback of a few seasons ago. (we'll get back to the spin-o-rama moment in a few minutes) Of course, the Habs are no pushovers, and they made the Sharks comeback not once, but twice in order to get the win. And even that wasn't enough, they also had to go to a 6 round shootout. Because apparently we didn't have enough heart attacks during the first 65 minutes.
Oh, the spin-o-rama. The moment that made Sharks fan fall in love with Brian Campbell, now the moment he set us up to break our hearts. Fans booed him once again upon return, now as a Panther and no longer as a Blackhawk. While Heatley being booed was somewhat puzzling, Brian Campbell leaving was another matter entirely. No, I want to stay, but waiting it's about family and OMG HOW MUCH? HONEY? WE'RE MOVING TO CHICAGO! I can't entirely fault the man for taking a huge salary deal, but it was the lies leading up to it that angered so many Sharks fans when he left. The lies, and the perceived cost of what amounted to a very pricey rental.
Ignoring Campbell, and riding the high of a crazy win against the Habs, the Sharks roll out to face the Panthers. Now the Panthers are a much improved team,but the Sharks have this right? Right?
Yeah, not so much.
Speaking of Campbell, guess who he plays for now? He was one of the man big signings the Panthers made over the summer in a desperate attempt to use their vast, well below the cap floor team resources, to buy a group of winners. It appears to be working for them.
Yes the final score was 5-3, with the Sharks on the losing end of that score, but they go so outplayed by the Panthers it wasn't even funny. Whereas they had, and took advatage of a chance for the comeback in against the Habs, any shot they had at all was blown away when the Panthers scored three goals in the second.
I think everyone was disappointed after this game, the team, the fans, Sharkie, the guy who yells "SUSHI!" from the stairs in the concourse. Just to much potential to get back into a grove, and it was dashed by the play of many large cats.
So what's going on with the Sharks, why are they so streaky? Why does Boyle seem like he's hurt or off all the time, why can't the boys connect, why don't the seem to have any energy? We'll investigate this in the post game following the game against the Wild, as well as realignment and Bruce Boudreau being a Duck.