April 6th, 2007

Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Don't make mommy angry. You wouldn't like her when she's angry.

*squeaks* So I went to the Flames/Sharks game last night and it was so good! Almost as playoff-like as a Ducks/Sharks game. Calgary trying to clinch a spot, and San Jose trying to get the best playoff positioning possible. Lots of hitting, great goaltending, battles in front of the net, speed, passing... everything I want in a great game.

I was a little bit worried about the Sharks having kind of a comedown after the game against the Ducks the night before where they played hard and went to SO and it was a really thrilling victory, then had to fly back to San Jose and play the next day, especially with Calgary having lost their last game and probably wanting to just get the one win to tie up the spot, but I was thinking that the bizarre tendency of the Sharks to play better on the second night of back to backs (10-2 now?) might be the bigger factor.

The Flames actually looked good, but until they called their timeout, I thought that they lacked some confidence offensively. On their power plays, guys would receive pucks in good shooting position, and instead of getting off a one-timer or quick wrist shot, they would move around a little bit, looking for a better position or someone to pass too, or hesitate before the shot. They kept doing that or I thought they could have scored in the first period.

Turning point for the Sharks was when Joe got angry, I think. This might have been when both Phaneuf and Clowe went to the box? but Joe just yelled at a ref for like a minute straight, then afterwards played like a demon until the Sharks went up 2-0. Then the Flames called a timeout and he simmered down. But it really is weird how if you make him mad, he really does transform into this big green hulking--oh wait, got confused there.

The crowd was pretty amazing last night too. Everyone was cheering their heads off for every good shift or PK and of course the most for the goals. Lots and lots of love for Mike Grier when they showed a montage of his goals on the jumbotron, and of course much love for Joe for the consecutive 90-assist seasons.

Thanks very much to tersa for the ticket, and for the team poster!!! *squeaks*

Also, a wonderful (if horrifyingly titled) article on Vlasic. :)

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