May 3rd, 2010

Joe Pavelski

No sleep till Brooklyn

The extra day between games provided some much-needed rest. Not for the players--for ME. :P Thanks to my stupid decision to start playing Neverwinter Nights just before the playoffs, I have basically been wandering around in a haze of sleep deprivation, adrenaline and premenstrual distress for three weeks. I'm hoping for some good sleep tonight because I really need to recover, hehe.

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Anyway, 2-0 is awesome (and better than 1-1, or god forbid, 0-2) but at this point, we have just held serve. The faceoff advantage will slide over to Detroit's side, there's not going to be 10 penalties called on them again, the Sharks are not great (i.e. terrible) in Joe Louis Arena, etc. etc. And I think the Sharks are aware of all of this, but rather than being depressed about it, they'll prepare to be better in Game 3.

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Games 3 and 4 will be tough. For me, that is, hahaha. I'm trying not to think about them. :P I do think Helminen will play well, though, provided he's not scratched. And has more than 2 minutes of ice time.

I am too tired to write about Mr. Pavelski. But thanks to Battle of California, I don't have to!

Joe Pavelski was born on July 11th, 1984, which makes him a Cancer. Cancers are sensitive, introverted, and can be difficult to get to know. Cancers bond best with either Pisces or other Cancers. On the Sharks' roster, Pavelski is most compatible with fellow Cancers Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle, which explains why the three of them are often seen hot-tubbing together and walking on the street holding hands.
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Many people believe Joe started playing hockey at the age of two, but this is inaccurate. He actually started as a zygote, and his tough physical play caused his mother a great deal of distress during her first trimester of pregnancy.

lastcatastrophe pointed out some article where they talked about Pavelski being "charismatic" as a means to put down Patty and/or Joe. Pavelski has the charisma of a park bench. He's awesome and has been since the Olympics, but he doesn't have the success he does without the 3rd and 4th lines actually accomplishing stuff (and not just skating grimly around and taking unscreened shots from the blueline occasionally) which they're doing this year, compared to the past.

But oh man, he's made me cry so much already this playoffs. Just watching his History Will Be Made thingie makes me weepy.

[Edit: LOL, TSN feed shows Pavelski jumping up and down after Joe scores.]
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Joe Pavelski

Joe Bean Blind Side Pavelski

I was reading some Mercury News coverage of the Sharks and came across this curiously titled article: Purdy: Coach, wife gave young Pavelski a home.

OMG!!!!!! Is this going to be hockey's Midwestern version of The Blind Side??? And why would poor little Pavelski be homeless? And then it occurred to me that (SPOILER ALERT for the Bean branch of the Ender's Game books, but not the Ender branch that involved strange pig people and mistaken evisceration) perhaps Pavelski originated, much like Bean did, as some kind of genetic experiment to unlock human potential but then escaped into the crime-ridden streets of uhh, Waterloo, Iowa, surviving by his wits and nascent hockey skills until he was discovered by this coach who figured that he would feed and house him in return for his conscription to his beloved Wisconsin Badgers.

Come on, it explains why Pavelski is short! Where his preternatural hockey sense comes from. Unfortunately this means he's about to drop dead of old age any day now...

But then I read the story and in summary, Pavelski broke into the coach's house and when the coach came home, he said, "HEY CAN I LIVE HERE FOR A WHILE???" and they said okay. Most disappointing. I enjoy my version much more.

I suppose this is as good a time as any to collect Pavelski articles.

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They showed the coach on the Versus broadcast but I didn't know that Pavelski and invited them to stay with them. Aww!

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Genetically engineered.

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I'm glad he's not letting all of the attention get to him, not that he's the kind of person to allow it to. He's right, though, it's the team that's put him in a position to succeed.

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I'm just glad "missing Marleau" was a reference to him literally missing Game 1 and not something else, haha.

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I really like the thing he said about not having a good game, then taking a step back, because that's what we did against the Ducks last year. Won a big Game 3, looked like we were headed in the right direction, and followed up with a terrible Game 4 which basically sealed the deal.

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From a purely geeky perspective, I'm interested in what kind of system is set up for the statisticians, and what kind of interface they use to construct their queries. It would be amazing if they made this capability available to the public, but it would probably absolutely overload their servers.

There was a nice bit about Dwight Helminen in David Pollak's blog. He's from Michigan, so I expect him to play well in Games 3 and 4. No other reason. :P

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I like how he's suspicious of his cousins. They "claim" they're cheering for the Sharks. :P And threatening to raise the rent for the Red Wings fans!
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