Patrick Marleau

Well it certainly was an entertaining game. The star of the game has to be Patty Marleau, who had a pair of goals and I was hoping for a Pat-Trick, but he is following up on that strong effort in Game 2. Even though the Sharks tried to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, they came through in the end. They still continued their habit of defensive lapses. With only seconds remaining in the first period, Devin Setoguchi made a blind, no look clearing attempt that went directly to a Canuck for a clear shot. Thankfully Niemi was there to stop it. That continued when Vancouver scored its first goal, as no Shark picked up Alex Burrows coming in from up top to slam in the puck. Though they did a great job on the penalty kill, shutting out Vancouver on two separate 5 on 3s.

All seemed good until the game came to the 3rd period, the Sharks’ Achilles heel. Whatever it is, the team seems to be playing not to lose in the 3rd instead of playing to win. But what really made the game interesting in the 3rd, was when Jamie McGinn laid a massive hit on Aaron Rome. There was blood, but it didn’t seem like that serious of a hit, as Rome’s face impacted straight on the glass after McGinn lead the hit with is shoulder. However, the refs saw it another way and gave McGinn a game misconduct, which seemed a little much. Right then I knew something bad was going to happen and it did go wrong. Vancouver scored 2 goals on the 5 minute power play, the first of which was a beautiful pass by Henrik Sedin to Dan Hamhius who scored a nice slapshot. Fortunately, The Men In Teal (actually in Black this game) were bale to hold on and change the complexion of this series.

On an unrelated note, when did those guys in the full rubber-ish suits start appearing at sporting events? I’ve seen them at football and hockey games. For that matter, how can they see or even breathe? That can’t be good for their lungs. Also one of the suit guys was holding up a sign up to the visiting penalty box that read ‘Your teammates hate you for this’, which I found quite funny.

So it’s a 2-1 series. The fan in me can only hope the Sharks carry this momentum into Game 4 and get the series equalizer that they need.