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The playoffs are coming!

I really hate seeing guys get injured. Sometimes I even question whether I want to keep watching football because it's so brutal that way. (I don't question very hard, but still. :P) So I found last night's game was pretty harrowing. Seeing Kurtis Foster lying on the ice combined with the stuff Drew was saying made me cry a little. And seeing Grier and Devin go down later in the game was... ugh. At least they did come back later.

On a happier note--the Sharks clinch a playoff spot! :D And this article on healthy scratches that makes me smile:
Competition At The Morning Skate

San Jose Sharks Staff
Mar 19, 2008, 5:18 PM EDT

With some teams, the healthy scratches have nicknames like the black aces. These are the players who every game day stay out when the players skating for the night have headed home. They usually face an intense practice to maintain their conditioning, but without hope of playing that night.

In San Jose, there’s a bit more fun going on. Each of the players who skated in Los Angeles Tuesday morning and in San Jose this morning were wearing dorsal fins taped to the top of their helmets.

Why? Well, the theory is they’re identified like race horses in deciding who skates the fastest and has the best practice. The fins feature the players’ number and one player had blinders attached to the sides of his helmet.

It’s all in the name of fun and keeping things light hearted in a tough situation. Skating your hardest game in and game out while not part of the regular lineup can be difficult for players. Being able to still perform your best, but finding a way to have a little fun lightens up the routine.

The initial award winner was center Curtis Brown, who has missed a bulk of the season, but just came Injured Reserve with a hand injury. The reward for being the day’s winner follows a NASCAR tradition. Brown received a sponsor sticker for his helmet and there was a corresponding hat as well. Brown’s logo was a UPS marker to go along with their slogan, “What can Brown do for you?” What else would there be for a player named Brown?

Defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh was the winner on Wednesday morning, but won’t know what he’ll receive until Friday’s skate -- if he’s still part of the group.

Obviously, all of the participants would like to shed the fins and play in a game soon. Brown could be the first as he just came off an extended stint on IR. Brown hasn’t missed this many games (25) in his National Hockey League career.

“Being hurt and not even being an option is tough,” Brown said. “The trainers and strength and conditioning coordinator have done what they can.”

While he wasn’t happy being on IR, Brown likes the possibility of rejoining his teammates for the stretch run instead of being hurt and missing the playoffs. Brown has a realistic outlook on the situation.

“I got hurt and then a couple of days later, (Florida’s Richard) Zednik had the skate slash his throat,” Brown said. “What I had is small in the big picture.”

Dorsal fins on their helmets! Sponsorship stickers! All that work must have paid off, though, Curtis Brown was awesome last night.

Nabby drop-kicking the puck after making the final save on Koivu totally kills me. Have you guys seen that Live Every Shift "One Play" commercial yet? It makes me all weepy (but what doesn't these days).

abby20, here's the Mike Fisher radio interview (and for you other people who for assorted reasons might be interested in it too):
Part 1
Part 2

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See now I am really rooting for the Sharks in the West especially since they have Brian "Soupy" Campbell=)

Awww I love Fisher!!!

He is so much like Joe Thornton it's kind of scary.

That is the coolest hey-you're-still-part-of-the-team activity ever! Aww. :)

It makes me happy! I always feel bad for the healthy scratches.

your team is not helping us have playoffs coming hehe. that is a cute article

I saw that for the first time during the game last night and got all weepy and thought it might end on the kid's goal turning into that Flyers' goal, but then it ended on Getzlaf's face and I screamed.

That's pretty much how I feel every time they're interviewing Sharks and suddenly half-naked Joe Thornton appears.

Ah, I want to stab him in his stupid gigantic head. Um, by which I mean, thank you very much! :D

I understand exactly what you mean, bizarrely enough!

Haha, excellent.

I love that "one play" commercial, btw.

I really liked the music that they picked! I was actually nodding off and heard it and opened my eyes to see what was on TV. :)

Ohhh, that is a really great commercial. I like that they let the game speak for itself without any narration or other verbal distractions. So pretty. :) If the Blackhawks don't make the playoffs (HA HA HA HA RIGHT) I will again be pulling for Nabby and the Sharks, so yay for your team.

*squeaks* I appreciate your conditional support!!!

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