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Sharks Gameday: Take Your Swing

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San Jose Sharks
@ Vancouver Canucks

Thursday, Jan 20, 2011, 7:00 PM PST
Rogers Arena

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A two game winning streak isn't going to impress anyone or have much of an impact on the standings. In fact two games is the smallest possible "streak" you can have, since one game isn't so much a streak as it is a dot. Physics aside, the Sharks have won two games in a row after losing their previous one-hundred and fifty (approximately) and, almost as important as the wins themselves, the Sharks have scored some goals: eight in their past two wins, after only scoring a TOTAL of nine in their previous seven games.

So things finally seem to be headed in the right direction for the Sharks, and now the team gets the dual hot beef injections that are Ben Eager and Kyle Wellwood. Both of these dudes get described as "depth" forwards (or "width" forwards, in Wellwood's case*) and "character" guys, which all too often means they suck at playing hockey. I hope that's not the case - the two have been playing with Benn Ferriero on an interesting new third line. I guess the strategy is to confuse the other team by putting fourth-line guys on the third line? We'll see how that works out.

Kyle Wellwood may just be a lovable Rubenesque oaf, but the Ben Eager trade was difficult to swallow. I hadn't heard much about this guy this season until his stupid evil assault on Colby Armstrong** a couple of weeks ago. And now that his suspension for that garbage is done he gets to come play for the Sharks - oh boy! Maybe he can do something like that again and we can have four goals scored against us on a single penalty kill. That would be grand!

I don't know - maybe he'll grow on me once I see him in teal.

With two Deadwood gameday posts coinciding with the first two Sharks victories in what feels like a long time, I think it's safe to assume I've stumbled across a powerful source of mojo here. Don't get me wrong - I'm not a superstitious man. I don't believe in bad luck or curses or anything crazy like that. I'm a man of science and reason - to a point. One time may have been a coincidence, but TWICE?!? Come on! Clearly, it's magic/good luck/Jesus, and clearly I have to keep doing it.

It occurs to me that I should point out that the Deadwood clip in this post, as well as those in the previous two posts, contains massive spoilers and ruins awesome parts of the show. Sorry if that bothers anyone, but if you haven't seen all three seasons of Deadwood by now I really couldn't care less about you, you filthy godless heathen.

In this scene you need to imagine that the smug smarmy guy (the dad from Boy Meets World!) is the arrogant Vancouver Canucks, thinking that they own the Western Conference just because they've had some success so far. Angry angry man Seth Bullock will be playing the part of the Sharks.  

This scene is my favorite thing that has ever happened in a TV show, movie, or real life.

Now that I think of it this clip is even more appropriate considering the Sharks' recent addition of Ben Eager. With that kind of fortuitous coincidence powering up the Deadwood mojo, the Sharks can't lose!

Prediction: Sharks win 5-2, with goals from Ben Eager, Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley, Joe Pavelski, and Logan Couture. Then Ben Eager will brutally beat one of the Sedins and get suspended.

* = "Kyle Wellwood is so fat" was a preexisting topic tag on SB Nation. I'm going to enjoy having him on the Sharks even if Working the Corners is trying to convince us all he's not a gigantic sumo wrestler.

** = When watching this video of Ben Eager's dickishness, don't miss Dustin Byfuglien's borderline-illegal hit from behind on another Toronto player right before Eager's punch. Oh Dustin, if you weren't the best part of every single one of my fantasy hockey teams I could really dislike you.