First up, the ded things:
Monocles can mean two things, super cool or super evil. In this case, it mean evil.I don't think the fanfare surrounding the Sharks/Wings match ups will disappear anytime soon. Having met them twice no in the conference semifinals, the rivalry is set and it has become apparent the the Sharks are potential heirs to the Western Conference's throne of power. That is not to say that they will become the Red Wings, but it is to say that they have finally proven that they can beat the big bead bear, and they will. The Wings are no longer an unbeatable force.
They are, however, still annoyingly talented and that showed itself early on Friday as the Wings gained a 1-0 lead partway through the first. The Wings were coming off a loss, 2 game losses, I think, so you knew they were going to come out hungry. For a bit it seemed like they may be the straw that would break the win streak's back, but thankfully, Ryane Clowe had other ideas. Power play goal ideas. He has awesome ideas. Patrick Marleau saw how good Clowe's idea was and was like, "I think I'll try that to." Sure, it wasn't on the power play, but it was a good idea nonetheless, as the Sharks took a 2-1 lead over the Wings partway through through the second.
The problem with good ideas, though, is that other people might use them too. Holmstrom liked the idea of a PP goal and decided he wanted one too. He got his chance and scored on at 14:44 of the 2nd, tying the game and making Sharks fans everywhere unleash of string of obscenities that could be heard in Antarctica.
But a hero was in the house for team teal. That hero? JOE SCORINGTON. Oh yeah. Joe Thronton was like "watch this!" *KABLAMMO!* and put one behind Howard who was all "sdskldkdsas;dkasl;d" to end the second. Not quite done, JOE SCORINGTON potted an empty netter at the end of the third to seal the deal, and give the Sharks a 4-2 win over the Wings.
Zetterberg did have a goal waved off in the first. I was listening on the radio, so I didn't see the play. I just know the Wings disagreed with the call while the Sharks seemed pretty ok with it. Fancy that, eh?
Next up, the Islanders:
So suave. So ready to partyIt is very easy to fall into the "Islanders suck" trap and totally discount this team. Truth be told, they aren't the best team in the league, but they aren't without their own merits or talent, or even speed. The team is young, fast and has some pretty good firepower on it. True, they were coming off a bit of a losing streak, but I don't think I can really comment on that without sounding like a total hypocrite. The big story here was supposed to be Nabby v the Sharks, but after getting hurt in a game earlier in the week, (and yes, I really do think he was hurt. Anyone who honestly believes Nabby was scared to face his old team has likely forgotten how much of a competitor Nabby is), the Sharks faced DiPietro instead. (Who I, rather affectionately, call Mr. Glass. Not because he's evil, but because he breaks so easily)
Ten seconds in, the Isles took a cross-checking penalty. 7 additional seconds was all it took for JoePA to show everyone why he owns your face by scoring a backhander after DiPietro so kindly left him some open net in which to place the puck.
Remember: Joe Pavelski > ALL OTHER HUMAN BEINGS
Deal with it.
Tavares, who you might remember from the "Tank for Tavared" campaign two years ago, looked every bit like his number 1 pick placement as he netted one behind Greiss to even the score at 1-1 on a PPG. Greiss was on his back and Tavares took advantage. Jerk. Doing his job well. Pfft.
The Sharks seemed to like the penalty box in the second. Maybe they had ice cream in their or something. Another trip to the box lead to another Islanders PPG, scored by Grabner. The Sharks looked tired, and odds are pretty good that they were, considering they had played Detroit the night before. The Isle's really took over after their second goal and controlled the play throughout much of the second.
Not worried by the fact that they were down one goal, TEETH tied the game back up just under two minutes later, proving once again that good dental hygiene always gets you goals. The game stayed tied in the third, leading to an overtime that I am pretty sure all of us assumed would lead to a shootout, based on how things were going.
A very controversial delay of game call occurred, just 29 seconds into OT. The refs claim the puck went over the glass without hitting it, but replays clearly showed the puck hit the glass, and that it was in no way a delay of game call. This was a surprisingly terribly call, even after a lot of the other terrible calls that had occurred during the game. Whatever game the refs were watching, it wasn't the one being played. This screwed the Islanders royally, and much screaming could been seen from the bench (and rightfully so). It sucks to win on a call like that, but that's exactly what the Sharks did, with Brent Burns netting one at 1:07 of the OT period. It was great because the Sharks won, but it sucked because it was on an obviously blown call. It's hard to feel good about a win like that, at least from the fan perspective. I do not fault the Islanders for skating off angry. They were screwed over and it cost them the game. McLellan was right when he said those sorts of things even out over the course of a season, with each team getting their own fair share of good and bad calls, but it really sucks when that call directly costs you the game.
On the plus side, it was a Sharks win, bringing the streak to 5. The Sharks have jumped from the bottom of the Conference to 6th, giving them a nice spot to climb up from early on in the season. Hopefully this season's slow start is nothing but a memory now.