Well, now, that was certainly a game wasn't it? Go down 2-0 in the first to the best team in the league right now, rally back, TWICE, force OT and then go to a shoot out. Only thing we didn't get was the magic OT ending of a Ryane Clowe hattrick and he came damn close to giving us that. The shootout is a crap shoot, one which I would not use to judge this game by. It was as entertaining a 65 minutes of hockey as one can hope to get during the regular season, even if it ultimately resulted in a loss. It was a good game.
This match up is one we attend pretty much every year in both preseason and regular. The pre season version is always a chippy good time, while the regular season version has become what Mina and I fondly refer to as the annual "Watch Rob Cry Game." Rob, you see, is a Canucks fan with a rather loose affiliation to his team. Having moved to the States a few years ago, he doesn't watch them as much as he used to back home, but he's a good Canadian lad, and he likes his hockey, so we do try to get him down to a game each season. Most of the time, these games result in a loss for the Canucks, which is why we call them "Watch Rob Cry" even though he never does and he quite frankly doesn't really care enough to. The only times he's come close have been when Loungo was in net. (he's not a fan of looouuuuuuu)
Last night was one of those interesting games where it was a loud for just about everything, and there were a large number of Canucks fans in the crowd. I'm pretty sure every penalty was equally well cheered and booed. Speaking of, what was up with Kesler last night? He's too good to be taking all those penalties. He wasn't the only player playing sloppy that's for sure, but it was very noticeable in his case.
I've noticed this season that all that lack of heart bullshit has finally gone away. I guess scoring two goals in less than minutes to start the second will do that. Clowe's goal with 21 seconds left doesn't hurt either. Say what you will, but the Sharks aren't crumbling under the weight this year. Your arguments are now old and tired, like Kirk. Make new ones.
Speaking of arguments, what is with some Sharks fans and goalies? It's a love hate relationship that goes from love to hate in 2.4 seconds or less. They make a save and they're loved but woe be to he who is in net when the puck goes behind him. It doesn't matter WHY it went in, a defensive breakdown on the play, perhaps, a large hockey ass screening the goalie, one of his own teammates deflecting it, no, it doesn't matter how, just that it DID. The guy behind us last night was calling for Nemo's head after EVERY SINGLE GOAL. Ignore that someone missed their assignment and let a Canuck go to the net totally unhindered, that's all Nemo. "GO BACK TO CHICAGO YOU PIECE OF @&^#&#^!" What? Are you daft, man?
Apparently you are. Do me a favor, go learn something about hockey then come back and watch another game. Your angry ignorance insults us all. It's a team sport, in case you hadn't noticed. The goalie only plays one position, and it ain't forward, son. Figure it out.