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A New Sport Hybrid: Sockey

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Is it soccer or is it hockey? Yesterday in the NHL, the “War Room” in Toronto seemed to think that it was soccer. They blew 2 very easy calls to make, allowed the Blackhawks to defeat the Blues in OT, and adding a goal to what can only be called as an embarrassment for the Sharks. Both “goals” were obviously kicked in and both shouldn’t have been allowed, but they were.

The alleged goal that was allowed for the Blackhawks was a big one. The Blackhawks were able to win in overtime, which shouldn’t of happened because if the call was made correctly, the Blues would have won in regulation. With their win, the Blackhawks knocked the Flames out of the playoff race.

As for the Ducks “goal” guess who came back to haunt the Sharks again? Teemu Selanne, the player who seems to play better against the Sharks than for the Sharks. Selanne clearly kicked the puck directly into the net, but somehow it counted. It almost seemed like the referees asked Selanne if he kicked it, and trusted him when he said he didn’t. (starts at 1:24)

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Playoff Update

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As the end of the season draws near, the Sharks really have to fight for the Pacific Division title, and fight for a playoff spot. They only have 7 games left in the season and all 7 of those games are inner division. Each team in the Pacific plays each team at least once before the season is over. The Sharks play the Coyotes 3 more times, two of which are the last two of the season. The Coyotes are only two points behind the Sharks in the standings.

There are only 9 points separating the top of the Pacific Division (Sharks) from the bottom of the Division (Stars). There are also only 8 points from the Sharks, who are 3rd in the West, and 8th place in West, the Ducks, who the Sharks play 2 more times.

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Sharks 20th Season Video

I created a video to celebrate the Sharks 20th Season. Enjoy:

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Penguins vs. Islanders Brawl 2/11/11


After the last time these two teams played, with the Islanders losing two players to Injured Reserve one of which was their star goalie mos people expected that things weren’t going to go well. But nobody expected what happened last night. I’ll let the video do most of the explaining but the Penguins only had 6 skaters left and the Islanders only had 9.

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Rick Dipietro vs. Brent Johnson

On February 2 Rick DiPietro and Brent Johnson dropped their gloves and went at it. Johnson easily won. It was a one punch fight. But what isn’t shown is the results of the fight which is that Dipietro fractured his cheek bone when Johnson punched him. It will take Dipietro 4-5 weeks to heal which isn’t good news for the Islanders. Right now they are in last place in the Eastern Conference and are 18 points out of 8th place in the Eastern Conference. So now without their starting goaltender for the remainder of the season their odds look even worse than they did before.

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Sharks Win Third In A Row

Today the Sharks defeated the red hot Bruins in the Bruins own rink. Not only did the Sharks beat the Bruins but they shut out the Bruins two to  zero. The Sharks got a power play, backhanded top shelf goal by Couture in his first game back at 7:22 in the first. They also got an empty net goal from Setoguchi with only three seconds left in the game.

Neimi got a shutout stopping all 26 shots that came his way and Thomas let in two goals (or one if you don’t consider the empty net goal) stopping 26 out of 28 shots (or 27 if you don’t consider the empty net goal). Next the Sharks will play the Capitals on Tuesday at four in Washington. With their win today the Sharks are now in fourth place in the Western Conference. The Capitals are in fifth in the Eastern Conference. Go Sharks!

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Sharks Win Second Game in Two Days

After scoring five strait goals, one in the second and the other four coming in the third to defeat the coyotes, the Sharks carried the momentum and offensive surge they had gained into the game against the Ducks. The came out strong scoring three goals in the first period. The first from Heatley just fourteen seconds into the game, the second from Eager at 7:34 and the third a slapshot from the point that was buried into the goal by Demers at 11:15.

In the second the Sharks were outscored two to one. The Sharks lone goal was scored in between the Ducks two goals and was a power play goal scored at 15:39 by Clowe. The Ducks also scored a power play goal at 17:52 and another goal at 5:44. The score was now four to two and the Ducks had all the momentum coming into the third. The Sharks would have to hold off the Ducks in the third to get the win.

And they did exactly that. The Sharks didn’t score in the third but they held off the Ducks and kept them to only one goal in the third. That goal came at 5:36. With those two wins the Sharks are now in second in the Pacific Division passing up the Ducks with their victory and they are in fifth in the Western Conference. The will face the third seeded Bruins on Saturday. Go Sharks!

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Sharks Add Another Player

Today the Sharks announced that they have signed Jordan White to a 1 game amateur tryout. He came at the right time because once again the Sharks have a player missing from the lineup, but for a different reason. Niittymaki has been placed on the injured reserve with a lower body injury. White will play against the Canucks tonight. White is a student at the University of British Columbia and the starting goalie for the University team.

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Scott Nichol Suspended For Head Contact

Scott Nichol was suspended for the next four games for his hit to the head against David Schlemko. He will be able to play again on February 2nd against the Ducks in Anaheim. Along with the suspension Nichol was fined $16,344.08 from his salary that will be given to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. The hit came at 9:18 in the third penalty and Nichol wasn’t given a penalty.  The hit took Schlemko out of the game.

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Sharks Acquire Two New Forwards

As of Tuesday, the Sharks have acquired forwards Ben Eager and Kyle Wellwood. Ben Eager played for the Thrashers for the first half of this season and before that he came from the Blackhawks. Eager was traded to Atlanta from the Blackhawks because of their salary cap issues after they won the Stanley Cup. The Sharks traded a 5th round draft pick from this year’s draft for Eager. Along with Eager came Kyle Wellwood. Wellwood used to play for the Canucks and Ron Wilson’s Maple Leafs when he was claimed off of waivers on Tuesday by the Sharks. These players will help the Sharks out tremendously especially considering how Scott Nichol was suspended for his hit to the head against the coyotes on Monday. Both Wellwood and Eager have already practiced with the team and are expected to suit up against one of Wellwood’s former teams, the Canucks tomorrow.

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