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Lucking out in Edmonton
Whatever happened to puck possession?
11/28/09 - By Paul Krill

Is it just me or is Sharks hockey these days about watching the other team possess the puck 70 percent of the time? That seems to be the case, with the Sharks barely having much puck control anymore. We saw that with Shark turnovers leading to goals for Edmonton in Friday's game. Fortunately, the Sharks were able to tie it up - shorthanded, nonetheless - on Patrick Marleau's hat trick goal with about two minutes left. (Hey, Oiler fans? Why didn't you throw any hats on the ice?)

Of course, Friday's game follows the, um, disaster from two nights' earlier against Chicago, which the Sharks at one point trailed 7-0. Guess I never saw the advertisement that the Chicago game was supposed to be "Sharks Second Season Nostalgia Night. " (For those of you who are not that old and need some historical perspective, the Sharks went 11-71-2 in that second season at the Cow Palace in 1992-93, losing 17 games in a row at one point.)

Giving up three shorthanded goals, including two a few seconds' apart, in that game was not the kind of history I wanted to see made.

On Friday, the Sharks lucked out and were able to eke out a win against the undermanned Oilers in the shootout, in a game San Jose probably deserved to lose. (Can somebody get Marleau a Stanley Cup ring? Can he finish his career here and be the first Shark to get his number retired?)

Anyway, the Sharks certainly have not played their best this past week. Fortunately, it's only November. And the Blackhawks were blanked by the lowly Ducks on Friday, so we don't have to worry about Chicago being some sort of unstoppable machine destined for the Cup Finals instead of the Sharks.

It will be helpful, though, if the Sharks can start taking more control of the games and not sit back watching the other team pass the puck so much.

….Penalty Shots: As of Friday, the Sharks have played the most games (27 games) but only 10 games at home…I always thought the Sharks fans' consistent booing of Chris Pronger was lame. But listening to the Edmonton fans boo Dany Heatley leaves the Sharks fans' antics in the dust…

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