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Ah damn, do we have to do this again?

In what hopefully will be a low-frequency trend, FTF has decided to once again allow its readers to be heard following another (sniff) regulation home loss. 

Here's a belated pre-game analysis from our Fearless Leader =

With two heartbreakers under their belt (and an embarrassing loss to the LA last night), Chicago has a wide expanse of emotion to drive off. The Sharks, while not desperate for points, have a lot to fight for as well- a psychological edge should these two teams meet in the playoffs, and home-ice advantage.

Against Phoenix, San Jose had difficulty clearing the zone in the first period, a problematic theme that would be ill-advised in tonight’s third chapter. Although Phoenix is a good team (and one that has given us some excellent games thus far this year), they’re not a Western Conference contender- yet. On the other hand, Chicago is poised to explode. A win in the venerable Shark Tank could set fire to a squad that has had difficulty against the current division leaders (3-3-3, with all three wins coming against Calgary), and propel them to contender status amongst the Big Three.

It should be one helluva game.

Fear The Fin: Where The Second Round Is Overrated

by Mr. Plank on Jan 31, 2009 7:42 PM PST

FIRST PERIOD

On the delayed penalty called against the Sharks... =

oh c'mon

a penalty against the Sharks in the first 30 seconds

I'm a happy seal

by SwisherThresher on Jan 31, 2009 7:39 PM PST

Which turns into a goal by Jonathan Toews =

Oh shit...

So much for extending the shutout streak

booooo Toews

I'm a happy seal

by SwisherThresher on Jan 31, 2009 7:39 PM PST

Holy shit that was quick.

What a painful way to get this going.

Fear The Fin: Where The Second Round Is Overrated

by Mr. Plank on Jan 31, 2009 7:39 PM PST

On Chicago's early play =
 

The Hawks breakout is firing on all cylnders right now. The Sharks? Not so much.

Fear The Fin: Where The Second Round Is Overrated

by Mr. Plank on Jan 31, 2009 7:50 PM PST

On the disallowed "second" Chicago goal (disallowed due to a high-stick against Jonathan Cheechoo - a double minor) =

Koharsky- pull your head out of your ass and get it right the first time.

Sincerly,
Your biggest fan

Fear The Fin: Where The Second Round Is Overrated

by Mr. Plank on Jan 31, 2009 7:57 PM PST

A Chicago perspective =
What the deuce?

Give us back our goals you jerks!

by chicagokill on Jan 31, 2009 7:59 PM PST

Gives us something to write/bitch about if the rest of the game doesn’t go our way though i guess

by chicagokill on Jan 31, 2009 8:08 PM PST

And an explanation on why the goal was disallowed =
 

Sounds like you guys have had an explanation on this.. but here’s what I found..
78.5 Disallowed Goals – Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the
Referee and the appropriate announcement made by the Public
Address Announcer for the following reasons:

(viii) When a Linesman reports a double-minor penalty for high-sticking, a
major penalty or a match penalty to the Referee following the scoring
of a goal by the offending team, the goal must be disallowed and the
appropriate penalty assessed.

by chicagokill on Jan 31, 2009 8:17 PM PST

And yet another good point (two, actually) from chicagokill =
 
But did they add any time back to the clock? And did they not notice it was Kane and not Versteeg with the high stick?

by chicagokill on Jan 31, 2009 8:03 PM PST

A short word on the subsequent power play goal by Christian Ehrhoff (erroneously reported at first as Milan Michalek's goal) =
 

Nice timing Ehrhoff! And Michalek!

by princessminako on Jan 31, 2009 8:02 PM PST

Fearless Leader on the malfunctioning goal light behind Nabby (with a quote from the Sharks' Drew and Randy)=
 

"It looks like Christmas behind Evgeni Nabokov"

I’m pretty sure a lump of coal is more desirable than the goal light flashing behind Nabby.

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by Mr. Plank on Jan 31, 2009 8:06 PM PST

 
A longer word on the officiating =
Sooo

Weirdest period ever.

Oh, and I’m pretty sure those refs just blew their chances to get assigned to playoffs. What with all the interference, tripping, roughing, and a 4 minute high stick that was missed. And then, of course, failing to get the right guy in the penalty box.

by mymclife on Jan 31, 2009 8:24 PM PST

A first intermission rallying call from St. Louis Game Time's Dan. =
 
Chuck Ficago.

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are? - Satchel Paige

by Dan. on Jan 31, 2009 8:30 PM PST

And on Dan.'s reason for visiting =
 

I love anybody playing the hawks or the wings. :)

If they’re playing each other, I just always hope the rink bursts into flames.

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are? - Satchel Paige

by Dan. on Jan 31, 2009 8:39 PM PST

 
SECOND PERIOD
 
A one word reaction to the 'Hawks' shorthanded goal (Kris Versteeg) =
DAMN!!!

Ever get the feeling we are on a collision course with reality?

by ang6666 on Jan 31, 2009 8:45 PM PST

An assessment by Dave =

So far

I am seeing the Sharks getting out worked….the Hawks have an awesome forecheck and an amazing transition. Speed, I think is pretty much equal, but we have to use our size here, and so far we aren’t doing it.

Fear the Fin....where being an old guy isn't all bad

by Dave Valentine on Jan 31, 2009 8:54 PM PST

A gracious note on Jonathan Toews' power play goal =

Have to say, it was a nice play even if it is a goal in favor of Chicago

resident cartoonist @couchtarts.blogspot.com

by CTGray on Jan 31, 2009 9:01 PM PST

After being down 3-1 going into the third, Fearless Leader makes a wish =
Anybody have a feeling

That Patty’s going to take a dump on the Bulin Wall this period?

Fear The Fin: Where The Second Round Is Overrated

by Mr. Plank on Jan 31, 2009 9:24 PM PST

Two notes on the absence of Dan Boyle =

Seriously- imagine if we hadn’t picked Boyle up this year? So many more nights that would look exactly like this…..

Fear The Fin: Where The Second Round Is Overrated

by Mr. Plank on Jan 31, 2009 9:30 PM PST

Dear Dan Boyle,

Between playing 32 minutes a night and directing a front-runner for the Oscars, it is understandable that you have gotten hurt. However, you need to get your ass back on the ice ASAP. We suck. Okay, we don’t suck, but we’re definitely not playing as well. And that’s bad.

Signed,
Mymclife

by mymclife on Jan 31, 2009 9:34 PM PST

And on Alexei Semenov's play =

I think the most telling thing about this game so far is that for long stretches, Semenov was the best player on the ice for the Sharks.

When that happens, you know you’re screwed.

(No offense to Semenov or anything, he’s definitely picked it up the past few games, but in no way should he ever be the best player on the ice).

by mymclife on Jan 31, 2009 9:29 PM PST

In response to a latecomer's arrival on the blog, and her reaction to the score =
yes,

the sharks are human.

by mattman on Jan 31, 2009 9:38 PM PST

THIRD PERIOD
(Note = our readers were plainly discouraged at this point... we'll jump to 14:34 in the 3rd)
On Duncan Keith's rocket of a goal =
@#$%!!!

son of a @#$%

'It aint over till the fat lady sings." - Not Yogi Berra

by serrapadre716 on Jan 31, 2009 9:50 PM PST

And 10 seconds later, when Milan Michalek made it 2-4 =
GOAL!!

more pls

Ever get the feeling we are on a collision course with reality?

by ang6666 on Jan 31, 2009 9:51 PM PST

Fearless Leader, with a parody lambasting our beloved captain =

KFC has chicken and corn
Sharks better score so I’m not filled with scorn
Patty my Captain where ya be?
Poop on the Bulin Wall for me please

Fear The Fin: Where The Second Round Is Overrated

by Mr. Plank on Jan 31, 2009 10:01 PM PST

POST-GAME
On the fact that Boston is technically the #1 team in the NHL =
Ew, now the B's are No.1

and we don’t play again till Thurs. (right?)

I'm a happy seal

by SwisherThresher on Jan 31, 2009 10:03 PM PST

And on the upcoming month =
February is going to be a hell of a month for the Sharks

Heavy emphasis on the HELL

I'm a happy seal

by SwisherThresher on Jan 31, 2009 10:05 PM PST

After-the-fact remark about Ryane Clowe =

Did anyone else notice that Clowe pulled a Bambi? I swear, the guy just could not stay on his feet. Even in the last dozen seconds or so, when there was absolutely nobody around him, he fell. Every single time he was near the puck, he fell. Even when he wasn’t near the puck, he fell.

by mymclife on Jan 31, 2009 10:08 PM PST

A noteworthy statistic =
Giveaways: Sharks 23 - Hawks 10

that’s telling

I'm a happy seal

by SwisherThresher on Jan 31, 2009 10:17 PM PST

And finally, word from one who was there =
Ugh

Damn did that suck. Officiating was worse that McCreary or Fraser. I really don’t like going to losses. Danny can’t get back soon enough. On the bright side I got to meet Mr. K.

It takes a big man to cry and it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man. -Jamie Baker

by Lurker Shark on Jan 31, 2009 11:14 PM PST

Yes, Brandon, yes you did =
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The Sharks have 4 complete days off before taking on the Carolina Hurricanes next Thursday.  In the meantime, don't be discouraged if the Boston Bruins seem to grossly outstrip us in points - we'll have 4 games in hand against them.
Fear the Fin also throws its considerable weight behind the St. Louis Blues (and St. Louis Game Time) when they visit the Joe Louis Arena on Monday.  H/T to Dan. for visiting tonight, BTW.
GO SHARKS.