Limp Gambit

Responding to Comments! and also sharing an old story… Re: calling out Niemi… Its not that he has been playing poorly. In fact, with two consecutive shutouts, you’d have to say he’s playing quite well. However, as Drew Remenda always says, your goalie has to be your best penalty killer and that wasn’t the case for a while there. Lately, much better, so we’ll all keep on rooting for Anti. Which leads me to my next story… Certainly last Tuesday’s game was one of the Sharks strongest efforts of the year. 2 goals in each period, a shut out, and Boyle absolutely demolished Derrick Brassard late in the 3rd period. Heading to the game, we heard on the radio how both Thornton and Marleau hadn’t scored in a while, there last goals coming against the Blue Jackets in the previous two games… so right off the bat, who scored? Yep, Thornton and Marleau, which leads me to dust of my ‘limp gambit’ theory. This comes from an old Bill Cosby sketch, about high school football, how some guy fakes an injury, and then next thing you know is burning you for a big play. My thinking is this: the Sharks collectively, while trying relatively hard, have learned that it doesn’t pay to go full out night after night in the regular season, you have to have something in the tank for the Playoffs… So, hopefully what we saw Tuesday was the first game in the Sharks stretch drive, and they’ll play with that fire and pop now through the rest of the season and into the playoffs.

Related note: I’m hearing that Clowe is back tonight, but Niemi is out with an injury. Is it a good think that Nitimaki cleared wavers? We’ll see…

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