Buffalo Sabres at San Jose Sharks: Reactions

Nov 5, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson (19) celebrates after scoring the game winning goal against the San Jose Sharks during a shootout at the SAP Center at San Jose. The Buffalo Sabres defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-4 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres, 30th out of 30 in the NHL, skated into the West Coast tonight to take on the 4th best team in the NHL, the San Jose Sharks.

Just by looking at the rankings, I am sure you can make a logical guess as to who won, right? That’s right, Buffalo took this win, 5-4 in a shootout.

For one of the only times this season, the Sabres showed a good balance of bad moments, mixed with positive ones. Continuing a horrifying trend, Buffalo gave up way too many shots to their opponent, with the Sharks getting 51 shots on net. Yet, Ryan Miller was there again to bail out the team, putting on an Olympic-worthy performance, turning away numerous excellent scoring opportunities by the Sharks.

While Miller was continuing his audition for the USA Olympic team, Drew Stafford looked like he was putting in his own audition to be moved to a West Coast team. If you read my game recaps, you are well aware of how much I dislike Stafford and his frequent inadequate performances for the Sabres. A different Stafford was out there tonight, one who was actually skating hard and making an effort. He was rewarded, as he notched his 2nd goal of the season, and nearly had another goal or two.

The top line, featuring Tyler Ennis and Cody Hodgson, showed chemistry and fluidity. Toss in Matt Moulson, and you have a line that generated 2 goals tonight, including a beauty on the power play. Hodgson scored the game winner, a terrific goal in the shootout. Getting regulation goals from unlikely sources in Hank Tallinder and Cody McCormick is always a huge plus. Add in the energetic play of Corey Tropp, Marcus Foligno, Steve Ott, and Zemgus Girgensons on the other lines – and you have the makings of a competitive team – one that many Sabres fans have been waiting to see.

The bad? The Sabres defense is still a mess. The pairing of Christian Ehrhoff and Mark Pysyk looked utterly confused on the initial 2 goals by the Sharks. It is clear that Ehrhoff is being asked to play a role that he is not suited for – that of a shut-down defenseman. Buffalo signed the ‘Hoff to an expensive and lengthy contract to be a puck-moving, quarterbacking d-man – and it seems obvious to me that the offensive part of his game is suffering due to the role confusion. The team needs to let Ehrhoff do what he was hired to do.

On the 3rd Sharks goal, Tyler Myers was found chasing around a man in the zone, followed by Tallinder chasing around a puck carrier, and ending with Myers flat-out watching a goal get scored on him as he stood there, not challenging the shooter at all. Granted, mistakes happen, but Myers is far from a rookie at this point – and he is making way too much money to allow plays like that to go down – especially when the Sabres are trying to hold onto a 3rd period lead.

Beating a Sharks team that entered the game 10-1-3, on their home ice, is no small feat. Can Buffalo build some momentum off of this win? We will find out next on Thursday, as the Sabres skate into Los Angeles to take on a solid Kings team.

And no, Darcy Regier, you are not off of the hook.

 

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  • Dano

    To say this was a shock is an understatement. I figured they would play well as underdogs seems to pull one out once in a while. I expected a woodshed type beating, I was wrong.

    “ending with Myers flat-out watching a goal get scored on him as he stood there”

    Not the first time that has happened this season. Myers is a Vet now and clearly not pulling his weight.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

    • Kevin

      I was wrong also. I predicted they were going chew them up for dinner. I even predicted they wouldn’t play Neimi, wrong, wrong. I think we caught the Sharks in a mini slump, and brought them to our level by (and I have been saying it all along) using good sticks. They were constantly breaking up passes with their sticks. Frustrating the hell out them forcing them off their off their game, causing them to scramble. They got lucky a couple times ( of course so did we, but that’s beside the point) and if it weren’t for (I can’t remember his name) dman blocking a wide open net we would have had another goal. I wouldn’t read too much into them getting 51 shots on goal, they just made Phoenixs’ Mike Smith stop 48 for his win a couple night before. That’s why they are so frustrated right now. i think any team would be.

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  • qwicwted

    I figured this game would be a runaway for the Sharks and was pleasantly surprised. Meyers was horrible – I expect rookie mistakes, but Meyers looked lost – I can’t count the number of giveaways from him. It’s time to ship him to Rochester or try to get something for him. Erhoff didn’t look much better – seems like he just can’t get a puck on net if his life depended on it. At times I thought he was back playing for the Sharks. But I thought our offense didn’t give up – even Stafford and McCormick looked real good against a “playoff team”.
    Since Philly lost las night and Holmgren has put everyone on his roster in play – maybe Darcy can send Meyers/Grigorenko/Adam for Giroux/Meszaros. I think a change in environment might help all involved.
    I can wish can’t I?