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Observations from a good evening
Some points about Game 3
4/17/07 - By Paul Krill

* It seemed apparent that the Predators had heard from the league about their previous Run-a-Shark tactics, which were unseen in Game 3. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Predators even contacted the league first. Apparently, the Sharks heard from the league about the tone of the series, too.

* Did Mike Grier play all 60 minutes on Monday? It sure seemed like it. Once again, he didn't show up on the scoring sheet but was the dominant player in the game. His getting the first star proves other saw it the same way. After the Joe Thornton trade, Grier is Doug Wilson's best acquisition so far.

* After the Sharks hadn't scored through nearly the first half of the game, I saw a shutout coming. Fortunately, that wasn't the case. But the Predators' Tomas Vokoun was excellent in goal.

* It was nice to see most of the game played in the Predators' end of the ice.

* With the Sharks up 3-1 with four minutes and a few seconds left, I figured the Predators would attack. But they didn't. They just kind of sat back as if to say, "Let's just get this over with and try again on Wednesday."

* This series still has a long way to go (Two wins are not four wins). But I feel Sharks fans just deserve it more than Nashville , where there is talk of a lease escape clause possibly kicking in because of poor ticket sales. The team even gives away something like 1,700 tickets a game, based on one report I saw.

* I saw Scotty Bowman or a really good Scotty Bowman impersonator in the arena concourse between periods at the game. After being fully duped by a Bono (of U2 fame) impersonator in San Diego a few months ago, I'd want to see some identification before I concede that it was, in fact, Bowman.

* For me, a Sharks playoff win is like a cure for insomnia. How so, you say? Well, if I happen to wake up in the middle of the night, I'll get back to sleep much easier knowing the Sharks won than if they hadn't.

* Thank you, Sharks, for getting the job done in regulation time. I took VTA Light Rail to the game and it only goes to the stop near my house until about 11:30 pm.

* One negative point about Monday's game: The 0-for-6 power play, including coming up empty on the 5-on-3. Come on, Sharks, let's get that power play back in high gear.

* Another negative point: Another appearance of "The Wave." I just can't stand this odd tradition that detracts from the on-ice action.



Contact Paul at at pjkrillsharks@yahoo.com



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