Sharks not happy with 8-5 victory

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You would think that the Sharks would be ecstatic about scoring six
goals in the third period en route to an exciting come from behind
victory over the Nashville Predators. I
guess not.

“This isn’t going to happen again. If
it does it’ll be a miracle,” [Sharks coach Todd McLellan]
said of the six-goal, third period comeback. “For us to have success,
we have to have everybody on board for the first 40 minutes, not just
the last 15.

“I looked up at the board at one point and we were being outshot
30-10 three quarters of the way through the second period. Odds are you
have no chance of winning those games, but somehow we found a way.”

guessing that McLellan had some choice words for his team during the
second intermission. This was the third straight game in which the
Sharks have had to overcome a third period deficit, and they were
getting destroyed through the first two periods.

There has to be a
hieghtened level of concern with the Sharks, who once again are on top
of the Western Conference but everyone is just waiting for another
playoff letdown. It’s almost expected at this point, and frankly I
wouldn’t be surprised if that happens again this season. The Sharks have
a great team, but I’ll change my expectations one they are able to
prove me wrong.

The inconsistent play in March will need to be
cleaned up prior to the playoffs starting. The Sharks are in the middle
of a win streak but I can feel the panic button being readied so it can
be hit at a moment’s notice. Six goals in the third period? Not good
enough, apparently.

I will say this: the ‘U-S-A’ chant at the Shark Tank last night in support of Joe Pavelski’s big night was insanely cool

Oilers get Kronwall’d – in more ways than one

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When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.

(His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)

It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the  Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.

He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

First, the Kronwalling:

Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.

Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.

Dubinsky – Crosby’s nemesis – gets the last laugh on Friday

Sidney Crosby, Brandon Dubinsky

Brandon Dubinsky isn’t a household name like Sidney Crosby is, yet for all the hype that Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin gets, Dubinsky is the sort of guy who truly rankles No. 87.

It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.

To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:

The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)

That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:

They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.

Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.


More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.

In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.

Eichel’s sweet snipe helps Sabres snap six-game skid

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The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.

You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.

That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:

Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.

Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan


Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?