The San Jose Sharks have been aggressive so far on Monday, and it’s paid off … for the most part.
As you an see in the video above, Logan Couture finally found the net during this injury-ravaged season, giving him five points (and maybe counting?) in just 10 games.
That wasn’t the only moment in which the Sharks forced the issue and reaped rewards, as Joe Thornton forced a Joe Colborne turnover, and then finished the play after a nice Joe Pavelski pass (“Joe to Joe to Joe”) for a nice goal:
Yep, good stuff from the Sharks … but the aggressiveness had its negative side:
Update: Maybe the real drawback of the Sharks’ aggressiveness came during the second period, where they saw a 3-1 lead dissolve into a 3-3 tie after giving Calgary what began as a 5-on-3 man advantage.
San Jose ultimately won 5-4.
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Again, Bettman’s argument in some ways revolving around avoiding falling “further behind,” and revolves at least a bit about keeping pace with the Edmonton Oilers … even if he sort of denies that pressure at the same time.
“It’s not about keeping up with the Jones’ of Edmonton or Detroit, I’m talking about a vision for the future that increases Calgary’s stature,” Bettman said, according to 660 News.
It’s an interesting debate, so check out more from Bettman in particular here and here.
The Canadian Press caught up with Subban on Monday, and he further explained why he lost his cool (while providing his trademark charm when discussing the fact that he got “in trouble” with his parents for the tirade).
“But sometimes that’s the way it is. It’s just frustration,” Subban said. “Usually I do a good job of controlling that but I guess it sort of boiled over. When you see guys like (Sidney) Crosby and (Evgeni) Malkin out there dancing around and having their own way, it’s a little frustrating.”
If it’s not obvious enough already that this was one of those “nature of the beast” moments, even Montreal management seems to understand the outburst.