Sharks Gameday: Altitude Sickness

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 16: Devin Stoguchi #16 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates with teammate Manny Malhotra #27 after scoring the game winning goal in overtime past goalie Craig Anderson #41 of the Colorado Avalanche in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on April 16, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

"For every moment of triumph, for every instance of beauty,

many souls must be trampled."

 -Hunter S. Thompson



Game two was like those dreams I used to have when I snorted NyQuil. I only remember bits and pieces, but I think somebody scored a goal off of a throat or something? And wasn't Nabokov playing goalie nude? I'm almost certain of that.

The ending is a little clearer in my memory: Rob Blake pulled out a machete and chopped T.J. Galliardi into pieces, then Adam Foote got a penalty for baking a cake, and finally Devin Setoguchi scored and fireworks shot out of his dick. I think.

Anyways! I think plenty has been said about the chaos and insanity that was Friday night's game, so let's focus on the future. The Sharks skate into the world's largest Pepsi can tonight at 6:30, hoping to build off of the incredible emotion of their win. Although it was only a one goal win, you've got to think the Avalanche were pissed with their performance. They were badly out-shot and gave up the lead FIVE SEPARATE TIMES. Is that a record? I can't figure out what the hell to put into Google to find that out. Regardless, the Avalanche will definitely be looking to clamp down defensively.

How much can or should the Sharks try to change their game? They won, they showed incredible determination to keep clawing their way back into it, they got a ton of shots, and they dominated physically. However, there were some glaring defensive breakdowns (I'm looking at you, Douglas Murray) and Nabokov looked stunned for a large portion of the game. Since Nabby got his game back in the overtime, I'm not really concerned there. And since the defense did limit the Avs' shots so much throughout the game, that's probably going to be okay too. Barring any more freaky bounces or hockey-god wrath, the Sharks should be able to put up another win tonight.

To finish up here, I went to all the trouble of determining the average height and weight of the players in game two and then the stats aren't really notable one way or the other. I hate it when that happens. Well, if you're interested, here it is:

 

Sharks

Average Height - 6 ft 1 and 1/3 inches

Average Weight - 206 lbs

Average Age - 28.7 years

Avalanche

Average Height - 6 ft and 1/3 inches

Average Weight - 199 lbs

Average Age - 26.4 years

 

Yeah whatever, that was a waste of time. I should have just made a cartoon.

 

The top line looked much better in game two than game one, despite their lack of goals. Thornton had a sweet pass and Heatley and Marleau continued to be just on the edge of putting on in the net. I think tonight's the night when the big three show up big time, and I can't wait to see it.

Prediction: Sharks win 3-1, goals by Setoguchi, Marleau, and Heatley. Rob Blake sneezes and Avalanche fans piss themselves and call for his execution.

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