Wednesday, May 4, 2011

San Jose Sharks & Playoffs - hat tricks & octopi

What a game...May 4th at Detroit for game 3, San Jose Sharks against Detroit Red Wings. In the best of 7 series San Jose was up 2 games to 0. San Jose expected Detroit to come out with fists (and pucks) blazing. Rivalries are so much fun to watch.

The first casualties were four octopi, in the grand tradition, tossed on to the pristine ice surface by crazed Red Wing fans in the pathetic attempt to rouse their team to greater glory.

It didn't work.

San Jose's Devin Setocgui scored first. Detroit came back, Nicklas Lidstrom evened it up. In the second period Patrick Eaves put Detroit ahead, Devin scored his second goal of the night, and Pavel Datsyul made it a Detroit 3/2 game. In the third, Dan Boyle tied the game for San Jose, send the teams to overtime.

Here's where it became interesting. Setoguchi was whistled for a two-minute holding penalty against Todd Bertuzzi. Now, I'm strictly speaking as a biased voice, but how can a player be accused of holding when the other player won't let his arm go free? As I said, just my observation based upon the slo-mo replay. Regardless, San Jose killed the penalty, and Detroit was unable to score during their power play.

Devin made up for the time in the sin bin by scoring the game winning goal - which just happened to be a hat trick. Justice is served!

So, I say to those loyal Red Wing fans, thank you for the octopus. In the Southwest we have a name for that which you tossed at us: SUSHI. Next time, how about a little wasabi to go with it?

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