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Marc-Edouard Vlasic

How many times can you become a man?

During the NFL playoffs, analysts kept talking about how Eli "became a man" on a certain drive. Then they would talk about how he "became a man" in the next game. And they kept using that expression and like, how many times can he become a man? And then I thought, what exactly do they mean by "becoming a man"? Then I became uncomfortable. :(

Anyway, having seen what happened with the NY Giants, I was hoping that the long road trip for the Sharks would have the same kind of effect on them. Perhaps they could all become men together!!! And they did! While there were some umm... defensive problems last night, it was just so satisfying to see pretty much the whole team playing hard and being effective after flailing around most of the season (especially at home).

Cheech has most definitely got it back, Torrey/Riz/Grier are the backbone of the team (although Grier was kind of sucky last night), Marleau/Pavelski/whoever are actually useful, Jody Shelley is a points machine *boggles*, Ehrhoff and Murray have become pretty solid, even Matt Carle is shooting when he should and has stopped passing to Joe Thornton and then running away!!! I'm still cautiously optimistic about Campbell because it's only been 4 games, but I like what I see so far, and hopefully he'll be an inspiration for some of the other defensemen.

I'm kind of sad that Campbell's goal eclipsed Cheech's, because Cheech's was so much better. *cries with pride* I've never seen him score that kind of goal before, and given what he's accomplished without doing that kind of thing, it's kind of scary to think what he'll do if he's got that in his arsenal now.

*squeaks* Vlasic article! I'm excited for him to start developing his offensive skills. :D

From Vlasic blooms on blue line with Sharks:
With the exception of recently acquired defenceman Brian Campbell, no San Jose Sharks skater sees more ice time than Marc-édouard Vlasic. Not bad for a 20-year-old who was once worried about being sent back to junior hockey.

"When I first came to training camp (in 2006), I'm pretty sure their plan was to send me back to junior," said Vlasic, who grew up playing minor hockey on the West Island. "I tried to play as hard as I could, so that I would at least make that decision difficult for them."

Vlasic made the team and played 81 games as the youngest defenceman in the NHL, collecting four goals and 33 assists as a rookie. He was named to the NHL all-rookie team, along with teammate Matt Carle.

"Last year, Marc Vlasic started at the bottom of the list but by the end of the year, he was our best defenceman," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said.

"He gets better every day," veteran defenceman Craig Rivet added.

Vlasic hasn't missed a game this season and also put in some overtime during the all-star break. While most of his teammates enjoyed a few days off, Vlasic was sent to the Sharks' American Hockey League farm club. It wasn't because he was playing poorly, but because the Sharks wanted to give him every chance to improve.

"I went down there so that I could get some time on the power play," Vlasic said. "It would have been nice to have a few days off, but it was a good experience."

The young defenceman said that free time is a luxury during the NHL season as the Sharks cope with the kind of whacky schedule that seems all too common in the NHL.

San Jose returned Sunday from a 16-day, eight-game road trip. The Sharks are back home long enough to play the Canadiens last night and the Ottawa Senators tomorrow before going back on the road to play Chicago, Minnesota and Nashville.

"It's crazy; it's like we're on a four-week road trip," Vlasic said.

Last night marked the first time Vlasic has faced the Canadiens and he said the game was special, even if he didn't root for them as a youngster.

"They're my hometown team and I used to watch them all the time, but I definitely didn't root for them. I was a Detroit fan, but I don't root for them anymore."

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The Sens are going to lose so spectacularly tomorrow night that I'm almost glad it's not on TV. But I'm happy for you guys!

::runs away weeping::

The Sharks never blow anyone out (besides the Coyotes). :P

GOOD SoUPY!!! Oh how I miss him! Mae I am reading the Mercury News online to keep up with him! Please tell him I love him!!!Xoxoxoxo

That's some dedication! He is being very well taken care of here, living with Joe Thornton, actually. *twitch* *twitch* They were hanging out on the couch yesterday watching hockey. Joe was watching the New York game and Campbell made him switch to the Buffalo game. :P

I watched last night's game and I think my jaw came unhinged like four minutes into the first period and never really recovered. That was ridiculous and I might pee my pants on Friday, trufax.


They're my favorite to watch from the Sharks, I think I came to this decision over winter break when TM scored the SHG on the Ducks. :D

Yeah, that was a pretty crazy game! I haven't really gotten the chance to sit and watch a whole game live many times this season, and I picked a real thriller, I guess. (Good and bad)

OMG where he falls down and gets back up to score!!! ♥ And and and he is the tiniest little guy and makes adorable confused expressions and *whimper*

I also love how he has a black eye in his official squad photo. sldfj;k

Haha, yes, he looks like a total goon. It's in his "glamour shot" too at the beginning of the game if they choose to use it. Apparently he got high-sticked in a pre-season game. :P

So what's your success percentage for tonight's game? ;)

a;djf pretty much zero especially if we're still going with Corey "Baby" Crawford in net (I'm not even kidding, that's his real nickname). Our average age out there is like 8.2 and our oldest player is 30. We're gonna get killed. I hope Pronger isn't back for this one.

That is truly fantastic! I'm imagining the team yelling, "Hey, baby!!!" in public all the time and getting strange looks in public like when guys yell "Hey, Sexy!!!" at our goalie prospect Sexsmith.

I didn't even know Pronger was out.

Haha, the nickname has more to do with his face than his age (23), but I'm choosing to interpret it both ways. Guh.

Sharpie gave him a jaw contusion the last time we played them and he had to get surgery, so he's been out since then. (2 minutes in, I love the way his gloves just go FLYING)

Oh wait, I did know that and then promptly forgot about it. Now that I work full-time, I can only keep things about my team in my mind. Woe!

Haha, that's perfectly understandable! I probably couldn't tell you anything else about the central division right now. SDfkjs

Yeah, Cheech's goal was better. I tried to tell my coworker that, but I don't think I convinced him. :P At any rate, that was the most exciting non-playoff game I've ever attended.

Campbell's goal was more fun, but it was a softie given up by Price, basically. Cheech's was unstoppable. NHL on the Fly had Cheech's at #1 last night and Campbell's at #3. :) I'm glad you went to that game and had fun! It was very exciting even watching from home.


So are you going to become a man next week with me?

You bet! We shall become men every day of the week!!!

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