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post Episode 96 – Catharsis

April 23rd, 2010, 12:25 am

Filed under: blog — Written by Mike

The Sharks win game 5 decidedly, and the Dudes finally revel in a great Sharks performance.  They talk about the breakthrough with Craig Anderson, who has looked great for the Sharks other than their dominant ‘second’ line, and how the rest of the Western Conference series might turn out.

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    16 Comments to “Episode 96 – Catharsis”

    1. Evilducks says:

      I think a lot of what happened right tonight was just that Anderson was an average goalie. He wasn’t terrible, but he wasn’t the impenetrable force in net he has been. The effort from everybody is about the same as it was for games 2-4. In some ways we were actually less effective as far as on ice domination. The difference has been Anderson.

    2. Tom says:

      Anderson was spectacular in the first though. I think two things happened, one the cracks were showing from having to deal with the Sharks onslaught. And, after the 2nd Sharks goal the Sharks got more intense and smelled blood! This killer instinct has been missing in previous years and was awesome to see…

      • Evilducks says:

        I don’t know if he was spectacular in the first. His positioning was more solid, but he had trouble covering the puck (both Marleau and Pavs almost had juicy rebounds) and just generally couldn’t deal with rebounds well.

        I think the 2nd goal on the slip really got to him. Then Setoguchi crashed into him, so not only was his confidence shaken, he was angry. The crowd started mocking him, it was just a really bad night for Anderson.

        I think the Sharks played like they have been since game 2.

        • Tom says:

          we can parse words here, but I am mostly agreeing with you… I thought the offensive explosion had more to do with the Sharks than the lack of play in Anderson. That is my point. Anderson was very good until that 2nd goal… exactly.

          After that the Sharks caught the scent of blood and attacked, plain and simple.

    3. WingsFanInSharkLand says:

      Chetan is being sent down to the minors and Doug got called up? Nice. I’ll actually be able to listen to Chomp Talk again. Sorry, but Chetan was painful to listen to.

    4. Ian says:

      The game was just fun to watch, it was nice to see the score finally reflect the play. Anderson finally looked human although I think he just faced much better shots in this game then he had in previous. Its hard to put a puck in the net when your shooting it into the logo. I thought the “Big 3″ looked good as well sure they didn’t dominate the scoring, I was especially impressed with Marleau who got a nice goal and an assist on the 1st Couture goal. They need to keep these guys separated. It was nice after the 3rd goal to just relax and enjoy the game by goal 4 and 5 it was just icing on the cake. I think the Sharks can wrap this up in 6. What has probably been the best part of the playoffs so far though is the guys that have impressed me most are all young, Couture, Pavs, Seto which means no matter what happens this year the future is bright in San Jose.

    5. Monterey Shark says:

      No to the gotee. We want pics!

    6. Nick says:

      The key to game 6: banana peels in Anderson’s crease.

    7. Tom says:

      Wings fan… Agree again. Chetan is painful to listen to. Hope this change is permanent!

    8. Ruben says:

      Dudes, what do you think of the referreeing in the series? There is a lot of chatter that it has been heavily one sided. Personally, I think the discrepancy in penalties has a lot to do with the Avs chasing the puck all the time, but many Avs fans seem to think the Sharks have gotten away with more than their fair share, while they are getting ticky tack calls, thus making the team more cautious. Thoughts?

      • Mike says:

        Looks pretty even to me. Missed calls on both sides, some ticky-tack stuff on both sides. Poor officiating is part of the playoffs, and no excuse for either team.

        • WingsFanInSharkLand says:

          Definitely some calls in the Sharks’ series that should have gone in favor of the Wings.

          In all seriousness though, yeah, I’ve read the same banter from the Avs fans that Ruben is talking about. They are sounding as bad as some of my fellow Wings fans. Hell, maybe they got that way after listening to Wings fans gripe about calls back in the early days of the Avs. I expect the officials to make the right call but this kind of whining is so lame. There are going to be bad calls in every series. Get over it. News flash: there is NO conspiracy by the NHL to have any specific team or player do well.

          This is not directed at anyone on this board.

          • Ian says:

            The conspiracy theorist always give me a chuckle. I was forced to watch the first half of the game online since the Senators and Penguins went into overtime on CBC’s website and they have a chat area that is for people watching either game and the amount of talk of NHL fixes was laughable. You obviously are going to get a lot of the NHL wants Crosby vs. Ovechkin and the NHL will do anything to see that happen, sure that seems pretty easy to get behind because its common sense that would sell. But why would the NHL have any interest in the Sharks doing well? If the Sharks do well then all the media in the east writing previews won’t have the luxury of going… hmmm SJ vs. X: San Jose will choke. Unless your apart of the NBC 4 team Circle Jerk (is that out of line?) which the Sharks are to my understanding are not the NHL has nothing to gain from your success so people need to give it a rest.

            • Ruben says:

              Yeah, I usually find myself disagreeing with Randy and Drew about calls, and often thinking “naw, that was a penalty against the Sharks” but those moments have been few and far between this series.

              Honestly, I thought the biggest ref mishap was the call on setoguchi for goalie interference, that call had a direct impact on a goal. That’s not to say I think the reffing has been great, and listening on the radio there were a few times I wondered what I was missing when the Sharks came out of scrums with power plays, but I can’t say I’ve noticed any unfairness towards any team. Really, considering the time of possession numbers, you would expect the penalties to break down how they have.

    9. Evilducks says:

      Also, my beard is patchy and pathetic… but damn if I’m proud to be growing this still.

      I hope I can keep this crappy looking beard for the next 2 months. Man up Doug.

      • Ruben says:

        I was growing one out, patches and all. But I have a rare job interview coming up, so it had to go. In this economy, the beard had to be sacrificed :-)

        But yeah, grow the beard Doug! Goatee’s are, as noted above, “weak.”

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