The Jackets came out and laid the lumber to the San Jose Sharks last night. They outhit San Jose, 36-22 (that's right, we landed 3 hits for every 2 that they countered), and kept the Sharks at bay en route to a 3-0 shutout.
This was an ice pack type of game. Derek Dorsett (welcome back, by the way) laid 5 hits down. Marc Methot pounded on the Sharks 4 times. Kris Russell, who probably shouldn't try to hit anyone because he's so small that he'll bounce off, got in 4 licks. Andrew Murray, who's probably mad as hell that he can't sleep at night any more because of the new baby, added 4. And - get this - Our Veteran Leader Chris Clark offered up 4 hits of his own, seemingly snarling, "GET OFF MY LAWN!" at the Sharks each time.
The Sharks couldn't get anything meaningful going. Sure, they buzzed around Steve Mason a fair bit - Mase stopped 40 shots in impressive fashion, half of 'em in the 3rd period - but they looked disjointed pretty much all night. Perhaps it's because the CBJ 3rd and 4th lines were wrecking crews out there. And while it made sense for the Sharks to play their backup goalie against the Jackets (We ARE in 14th place in the West, making the CBJ a wise team against which to rest your starter...), Thomas Greiss probably got a little more than he expected.
The telling stat of the night for the Sharks was this one: The Shark's vaunted "Olympic Line" had a combined plus-minus of -8. That's -3 for Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, while Dany Heatley was able to sneak off the ice for one CBJ goal and only got a -2. If these guys were looking ahead to representing Team Canada in Vancouver, shame on them. They get their paychecks from the San Jose Sharks, and the Sharks deserve much, much better.
Which brings up an interesting question: How did the Olympians do last night? Why, let me tell you...
|Rick Nash - Canada|| |
|Joe Thornton - Canada|
|Jan Hejda - Czech Republic|| |
|Patrick Marleau - Canada|
|Milan Jurcina - Slovakia|| |
|Dany Heatley - Canada|
|Fredrick Modin - Sweden||D.N.P.||Dan Boyle - Canada|
|Samuel Pahlsson - Sweden|| |
|Douglass Murray - Sweden|
|Fedor Tyutin - Russia|| |
|Joe Pavelski - United States|
|Thomas Greiss - Germany||3 goals on 21 shots (.857)|
|Evgeni Nabokov - Russia|
|TEAM OLYMPIC TOTAL|| |
|TEAM OLYMPIC TOTAL|
Go For The Gold, Sharks. [/snark]
But when he's 3-0-0, should I really care? Or should I just sit back and enjoy this little ride?