April 22nd, 2011, 1:59 pm
Great game last night. And it was made that much better by participating in a chat right here at DOH. I think we had about 15 people at the peak, which was really great. Just a fun way to watch an away game, I plan on joining for future games, and encourage you all do to the same. I just installed a differerent kind of chat, an IRC-based one, which I think will be more robust than the one we used last night. You can even get IRC clients for smartphones, or a standalone one that you install on your computer. I already tried an iPhone client, and it seems to work fine, so all those people who want to be at a bar and still participate in the chat, this will be a better solution.
Infrastructure stuff aside, it’s the 2nd line again that’s carrying the team. You know what? I don’t have a a problem with that. Doughty-Mitchell is as tough of a defensive pair as there is in hockey, and it’s nice the Sharks have an answer when those guys do their job. That’s not to excuse the Jumbo line, which really hasn’t been that great yet. Joe made a nice play to get his goal, but it was on a line change. It’s not like Joe, Seto, and Patty were cycling and creating chances for fifty seconds before Joe scored.
But really the most disappointing thing about the Sharks this postseason has been the utter lack of a 4th line. Mayers played only 5:10 last night, and was still -1, on a goal that was catalyzed by his turnover. Eager had only 3:18, but at least he wasn’t on the ice for that one- he must have just gotten off. I feel like Joe Montana when I say “turnovers can hurt you” (not the most trenchant thing ever said about sports), but the Sharks have really illustrated that in this series. I know icing is bad and all that, but wouldn’t you rather have a faceoff in your zone than a turnover at your own blue line? Especially for a team that is just killing it in the faceoff dot. Thornton was 6 for 7 against Stoll and 7 for 11 against Hanzus. That’s just flat-out domination.
Doug and I will be at the game tomorrow night, but feel free to jump on the chat again if you’re watching from home. I’d like to hear how it performs.