Pulling Nemo after 2 minutes, and 2 goals against, was a debatable call for some, but I was fully behind it. I'm not the one to blame the goalie, and Nemo wasn't to blame for both shots, but the team needed to be shaken up, and that was the best way to do it. Putting Greiss in right away was a smart move that worked to the Sharks advantage.
McLellan says he was pretty sure Nemo was not ready to play, nor was the rest of the team, which was part of the motivation for pulling him so early.
Winchester tried to get things goes by fighting Adams. It sparked a little bit of nothing much. Crowd got back into it though.
In the second, Clowe went over Engelland after he (cleanly) hit, Jumbo. Clowe looked at his bench as he finished the fight, giving everyone the stink eye and mentally challenging them all to act. They did.
Lots of line shuffling as the coaching staff tried to find a combination with some spark.
Marleau looked great tonight, netting one in the second to bring the game back to within one. He had several other chances as well, and looked fast and controlled out on the ice.
Braun and Winchester also had good games, with Braun getting a lot of praise from McLellan post game. (as opposed to most of the rest of the team)
I nearly, no wait, I did fall backwards and over as the tying goal was scored for the Sharks to make it 3-3. It was one of those things that you knew could happen, but still felt somewhat hilariously unbelievable. Moments like that remind you why you love hockey.
The best part of the night, aside from the win, was Jumbo getting the Woolly Mammoth tusk from the team as a gift for hitting 1000 games. Sure, the silver stick from the NHL was cool too, but it's not a Woolly Mammoth tusk! That gift probably made Joe's night, and it sure made mine.
The Pens are fast. Their D is amazing and MAF is ridiculous. I am glad the Sharks found a way to play up to their level eventually, as it made for a great game. The pace was pretty incredible. This is why I love to see teams like the Pens. They're so skilled, it's just great fun to watch them play the Sharks (when the Sharks play back, anyway). Helluva win on a night when after the first 2 minutes, many had written the Sharks off completely.