Friday, October 24, 2008

Sharks v Panthers: Turnover City.

Big cat. Big ball of yarn.

The Sharks continue their east coast road trip tonight in balmy Florida. The Panthers are pretty much an unknown factor having not met the Sharks since Halloween 2006. Let's hope the Sharks D is back on tonight, or we could be in for another wild ride.

Game Review:
1st period:
Interesting game so far. The Sharks had good pressure early on but started going through shifts where they fall apart. The first Panthers goal beat Nabby far and square. Nothing he could have done. The other two are largely a result of, as Drew would say, "the Sharks [being] way too focused on the puck." It will be interesting to see how the Sharks respond over the next 2 periods.
Current score is 3-1 Panthers.

2nd Period:
Best way to sum up the second: The Panthers, everywhere the Sharks want to be.

Tough break on Clowe's goal. One angle showed it going in off a Panther's skate, after Clowe kicked it in. Either way, it was kicked in and taken off the board.
As if to say "nyah nyah" to the reviewers, Clowe scores again! This time it's good and it makes it 2-3.

Nice work by Patty and Grier to get the tying goal to make it 3-3. Shorthanded no less!

I look away and the Panthers have made it 4-3. The Sharks failed to clear and in it went. Nabby isn't getting beat so much as the Sharks are getting beat in front of him.

3rd period:
In keeping with the theme, the Sharks D once again came up short. Way too many turnovers. Lots of almost goals for the Sharks but Vokoun stopped them all.

Not a bad game, but there's work to be done if the Sharks want to stay on top.

Final Score: 4-3 Panthers. Rawr.

Other things I paid attention to besides the men on the ice:

*The interesting thing about an empty arena is a) I can hear the music and b) I can hear what the players are saying to each other on the ice.

*There are maybe a couple thousand people at the game, but that's probably being generous. It's empty, empty, empty in there.

Man, it's hard to keep up with each game. Not sure how many games I'll be able to do updates for each period. Might miss a few games here and there, and I will probably miss tomorrow's for sure. Never fear, there will be a graphic and post for it after the fact. That goes for all 82 games.(hopefully) The post might just be a one liner, but it'll be there. (again, hopefully)

We'll see how long I can keep this up. Wouldn't hurt to get a little back up every now and then *coughMINACough*

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