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[About the game from two viewpoints. Chris and Caylie watch the game and exchange their thoughts via email.]

From: Christopher Golden
To: Caylie King
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 18:23

Hey Caylie,

So… how about that first goal?

C.

From: Caylie King
To: Christopher Golden
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 18:26

Hi Chris,

That was bad defensive coverage from Ehrhoff on that goal there. But that was an undisciplined penalty from Lapierre there. It’s one thing to be aggressive and another thing to not control a hit. Here we go again, a 4 minute penalty kill coming up. Canucks are 0 for 4 on the PK, hoping we can figure it out here. NOW!

Caylie

From: Christopher Golden
To: Caylie King
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 18:30

Hey Caylie,

So… how about that second goal?

And I noticed Sharks fans had a picture of David Hasselhoff against the glass with Ehrhoff in the box. Creative, though not the two we normally see or have seen.

C.

From: Caylie King
To: Christopher Golden
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 18:31

Hi Chris,

Did we just go back in time? It’s feeling a lot like Round 1 of last year’s playoffs.

Caylie

From: Christopher Golden
To: Caylie King
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 18:36

Hi Caylie,

If this was the series against the Kings, the Sharks would’ve scored two goals on that last PP opportunity.

And I think it’s safe to say the Sharks found their game when they got home. Stuff like that happens to me when I travel all the time.

C.

From: Caylie King
To: Christopher Golden
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 18:40

Hi Chris,

The Sharks do seem to have found their game, but the Canucks aren’t helping their own cause. Too many sloppy clearances, being out worked along the boards and in puck battles in general, and sweet baby Jesus… 1 shot in the period so far? Niemi could be napping right now and we wouldn’t know it.

Caylie

From: Christopher Golden
To: Caylie King
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 18:49

Hey Caylie,

So are you saying we need shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots?

C.

From: Caylie King
To: Christopher Golden
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 19:01

Hi Chris,

I think everyone in that dressing room needs to take a shot of that Cheetah Power Surge. Here’s to hoping they decide to show some heart and want in the second period. I still believe! We need to get back to our game, back to the basics and hopefully we can get a powerplay to get the Sedin’s going.

Caylie

From: Christopher Golden
To: Caylie King
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 19:28

Hey Caylie,

I wonder if this loss of effort by the Canucks is a customs thing? It would explain why the Sharks lacked effort in Games 1 & 2 and why the Canucks lack it tonight.

And when did the Canucks become an undisciplined team? Even if it’s not a penalty, we’re playing an undisciplined system – we just saw a 2 on 0 breakaway given up.

C.

From: Caylie King
To: Christopher Golden
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 19:33

Hi Chris,

The Canucks are taking penalties because they are making poor decisions. Bad pinches lead to 2-on-1′s, bad clearances lead to dominance along the boards and laziness led to a dumb cross-check from Bieksa. The Canucks are beating themselves. We NEED a powerplay goal here.

Caylie

From: Christopher Golden
To: Caylie King
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 19:51

Hey Caylie,

So no powerplay goal. On that 2 man advantage. Or the next one either. Niemi and the Sharks PK looked solid. Or the Canucks PP looked horrible. Something like that. We still have a period to go, but I haven’t seen anything from the Canucks to think we’ll comeback.

And I’m normally positive to the final whistle.

C.

From: Caylie King
To: Christopher Golden
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 19:56

Hi Chris,

Bottom line is if we can’t score on TWO 5-on-3′s we cannot expect to get back into the game. I give major props to Niemi who has bounced back from a dreadful game 2. He has been the Sharks best player, hands down. The Canucks looked timid on all their powerplays. One would think if Salo’s one timer didn’t work the first 4 times, you would switch up the game plan.

The only positive I can take out of the 2nd period is that the Sharks didn’t score again. We are in a huge hole, it’ll take a miracle to get back into this game. But hey if the Sharks can score 3 goals in a period, so can the Canucks. Right? RIGHT?! *Sigh*

Caylie

From: Christopher Golden
To: Caylie King
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 20:57

Hey Caylie,

I think I’ve finally figured it out. With the nice weather, the Canucks shipped their compete mode down by bike – that’s why it arrived in the 3rd period. I’m still not sold on the the Canucks powerplay (though they did score a couple on the major) and can’t figure out where the penalty kill is. I’ll check under my bed when I get home.

That all said, I’m not completely demoralized and think we’ll see a better squad on Sunday. And let’s be real, who would’ve guessed the Canucks could sweep the Sharks – definitely not me. I’m thinking in 5.

C.

From: Caylie King
To: Christopher Golden
Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 21:08

Hi Chris,

While I am happy with the effort the Canucks brought in the 3rd period, it still concerns me how they came out so poorly and completely got away from their game. In the end we cannot expect to play 20 mins, give up 10 poewrplays (albeit, some of those penalty calls were atrocious) and not be effective on two 5-on-3′s. That being said we can take a lot of positives out of that 3rd period push. Hopefully the early start on Sunday won’t throw us off.

Now if the NHL does not take disciplinary action on that McGinn hit on Rome I will be outraged. That was a careless and dangerous play. I hope Rome is okay, but he looked very groggy after the hit. Also, I hope Ehrhoff’s injury isn’t too serious, but shoulder injuries are always tricky.

I expect a much better and more complete game from the Canucks in game 4. If we win, I think we will take the series at home.

Caylie

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