The Silver Bullet

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Game 2: Roundabout isn’t fair play.

I had a funny feeling about these Nashville Predators. I knew they wouldn’t go quietly, and be the annoying pest we knew they would be. At this point, I cannot appreciate their game plan, and I can’t support the way the Sharks are reacting to it. But the truth remains: the Preds aren’t playing good hockey…  and they may win this series because of it. Taking a note from the Raffi Torres Book-of-Hockey-blunders-you-can-get-away-with, The Nashville Predators have sent two Sharks to the x-ray table is as many games, and the cheap shots are likely far from over.  This time Steve Bernier was the victim.

The Sharks didn’t respond the way they should have however. It may have been a subtlety to the average fan, but the Sharks stopped skating. They stopped playing Sharks hockey. They stopped believing they could win.

It was a combination of surprise and tolerance that they faded on this night. They were surprised that Trotz and his club would run another Shark player in two games. Then, they stopped tolerating this type of game. They gave up trying to play with the Preds and sat back and killed their own power plays and made a desperate gasp in the third reminiscent of the Cow Palace.

The Preds outplayed the Sharks and we’ll have to wait until Monday at the Tank to see if the fight is still there. I said it would be a long series and my fear is a game seven showdown in the Music City. If that happens, you can bet money on an all out slug-fest.

For now, we’ll wait until Monday and see if the Sharks come up with a better game plan. Preds take Game Two, 5-2. Series tied 1-1



April 14, 2007 - Posted by | danharris, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Sports, thesilverbullet

1 Comment »

  1. You are correct…these Predators will not go quietly. If this series keeps up this way both teams will look like a M.A.S.H unit come round two.

    Comment by PredJoe | April 14, 2007 | Reply

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