Week 25

Sharks took out the Bruins and Rangers, chasing King Henrik from the net. However, they split games against the Coyotes and lost a game in the middle of the week on pure, unadulterated bullshit that came in the form of 2 disallowed goals. The first was for an offside that occurred, I shit you not, literally 50 seconds before the goal was scored; the second came from Chris Tierney sliding into the area in front of the net and the puck happened to bounce off of him. In addition, defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic is day-to-day and forward Matt Nieto is out 3-4 weeks with a broken hand.

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If that is a no goal, this can be a write up.

Next week the Sharks see the Blues, Oilers, and Stars. They can clinch a playoff spot with one more win or a Coyotes’ loss.

Week 25

Week 24

Another week, another example of how much better California is at hockey than Western (really, all of) Canada and Arizona. The Sharks, Kings, and Ducks continue to school the rest of the Pacific Division and even some of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. The Sharks extinguished the Flames 2-1 on Tuesday. The next night they swung over to Edmonton and pumped the Oilers dry (phrasing) for a 3-0 win. Before the game ended, there was this crap in garbage time late in the 3rd period:

If I’m honest I’m not sure 3 games is enough for something as reckless and savage as that, but maybe it was just the NHL Wheel of Justice dishing out the punishment.

Beating good teams and losing to bad teams isn’t a new phenomenon, nor is it unique to the Sharks, but it does seem to happen more often than not. Add in a backup goalie and you’re basically guaranteed to get a shutout win against the Sharks. This is what happened Thursday in a 0-3 loss against the New Jersey Devils that could easily be considered one of the worst all-around performances of the year. While not deflecting blame for the poor performance, Coach Peter DeBoer did note that the ice sucked:

And I’m not sure that anything was actually done between Thursday and Saturday:

You know, maybe having an AHL team play on the same ice as the pro team wasn’t the greatest idea. Too much action on the ice resulted in a sheet that players were losing edges and fighting against bad puck bounces. The Sharks’ current offensive philosophy relies on a lot of quick passes and short cycles, so when you look at the Sharks’ record at home one could make the argument that they haven’t played well due to the ice fighting against their playing style.

But on Saturday night against the Washington Capitals we saw a completely different team. Whether the ice was fixed or someone light a fire under their asses doesn’t matter. The Sharks looked like contenders again when they faced off against the best team in the NHL. The 1st period was a barnstormer, with both offenses creating fantastic scoring opportunities and every player on the ice being incredibly physical. Though the physicality waned in the other two periods, the game was full of offensive opportunities. I know I am biased, but I would love to see a Caps/Sharks Final based off of the 60 minutes we got on Saturday. That and the fact that the Sharks owned the Capitals in the 3rd period; a period where the Capitals have dominated all season long. The game ended 5-2 and the Sharks now look ahead to the final 4 weeks of the season.

P.S. Having an organist is awesome. I was at the game Saturday when we debuted it.

But it also may have contributed to a better home atmosphere:

P.P.S. Vote brigade that goal song poll all you want. The Front Office is fully aware of what’s going on. Which means no one’s votes matter anyway and they’ll pick the LMFAO song because that’s just how these things go when you actually give a shit.

Next week the Sharks will see Boston in San Jose, the #DesertDogs in the land that is irresponsible with their Daylight Savings, and then head back home for a back-to-back with the Rangers and Coyotes.

Week 24

Week 23

Hockey Round up:

The Sharks have continued doing what they’ve been doing this year: Winning on the road and losing at home. While they did blow up the Canadiens 6-2 on Monday and won the 2nd of 3 games against the Canucks this week 3-2 in Vancouver, the Sharks dropped the rematch Saturday in San Jose. Like I’ve said before, this team is fine when playing on the road. And their league-leading 23 wins in road games backs that up. Unfortunately, there are only 4 road
games left in the month of March.

But at least the front office is trying to find ways to create home ice advantage again:

In other totally expected news, Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, and Brent Burns continue to tear up the stat sheets. The lower lines are doing their part, though not always at the same time or when it’s most critically needed. Consistency from all 4 lines and 3 D pairs is going to be absolutely critical in this final month. Coach Peter DeBoer continues to juggle the lines to find the optimum configuration for this team, but the reality is that those three main guys account for 180 of 508 individual points (35%) recorded by Sharks’ players. It’s great that Jumbo, Pavs, and Burnsie keep rolling but if the depth scoring only shows up when it wants to, this team will not get very far in a playoff environment.

Fashion Round Up:

Did you see the World Cup of Hockey jerseys? If not, here they are.

And now the Pacific War Room Fashion Blog Hottakes:

Winners: Canada, Sweden, Russia
Meh: Czech Republic
Losers: USA, Finland
Fucking Kill Yourself: North America, Europe

As always, Canada, Tre Kronor, and The Red Machine have sweet threads. The Czech is basic, but not horrible. The US whites are pretty ok, but the home jersey shield just plain sucks. In the Finnish jersey, nothing flows together at all and I don’t see the Nordic Cross represented in any sense.

The North American jersey logo looks like an anarchist group bent on cutting James Bond in half with a really slow moving laser and the color scheme reflects nothing about North America. The two-tone European jersey is another atrocity and forcing a hockey stick in the logo is “EA ‘My Custom Team’ generic logo” bad.

When will Adidas stop fucking things up?

Week 23