| Observations from a good
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
* 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.
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