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Pittsburgh Penguins
@ San Jose Sharks

Thursday, Nov 3, 2011, 7:30 PM PDT
HP Pavilion

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Lots to talk about today!

First, regarding Thornton v. Tortorella: Joe Thornton called the Rangers "soft" meaning "not very good," not meaning "not tough." Joe probably shouldn't have said that, but he was frustrated and spoke without really thinking. John Tortorella is a big stupid jerk who had an opportunity to be classy and mature and dismiss Joe's comments but instead acted like a punk and got all defensive. Seriously, he responded like a Puck Daddy commenter. "My team's soft? Oh yeah? Well Joe Thornton has never won anything! Choker! And also u r gay!"

Anyways. That's more than enough about that.

Tonight the Sharks face the Crosby-less Penguins, a team which is leading the league in points at the time I am writing this (12:21 PM on Wednesday, November 2nd). I haven't paid much attention to what Pittsburgh has been doing this year, but they're third-best in the league in terms of goals-against, so I guess they're an awesome defensive team now. I'm seriously impressed. This will be a good test for the Sharks, and hopefully they will be able to quickly get back to their winning ways after the poop-filled bag of a game they played against the Rangers.

With Crosby out with brain worms and Malkin banged up as well, the Penguins have gotten most of their scoring from red-hot James Neal, defenseman Kris Letang, and the surprisingly good Matt Cooke, who dedicated readers will remember runs an unlicensed day care center out of a rusty shack in his backyard. The Sharks will have to find a way to deal this well-balanced offense if they want to win tonight.

In other important news, BoC reader spade and I have a bet underway this season, regarding who will score more points between Joe Thornton (my choice) and Ryan Getzlaf (spade's). A t-shirt hangs in the balance. Roughly ten games into the season, let's see how it's going:

G A P +/- PIM
2011 - Joe Thornton 3 6 9 5 4

G A P +/- PIM
2011 - Ryan Getzlaf 4 3 7 -2 9

(Important note: Getzlaf has played two more games than Thornton).

So far, so good.

Prediction: Sharks win 3-2. Goals from Pavelski, Marleau, and Burns. Three assists from Joe Thornton. spade cries into his beard. 

Finally, here is a clip from my 72nd-favorite movie of all time.