I am such a fan of the show that very often during random conversations or Sharks Games broadcast on Comcast Sportsnet California, I will drop in Family Guy references.
It is a TV show that I let my two sons Davis and Donovan start watching it with me at a very early age that led them to be forced to stay after many classes and explain their comments to the teacher. We have bonded over hockey and our love of Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane.
Which brings me to the point of my Morning Thought, Seth MacFarlane was friggin’ brilliant as host of the Oscars. He even got Tommy Lee Jones to laugh off the bat.
So when the Sharks aren’t scoring, watch Family Guy and laugh.
We could all use a good laugh after that roadtrip.
"We're either an efficient team that can be real effective, or we're inefficient and we lose games. So the next little bit will tell us what we really are." - Todd McLellan
The Blackhawks have beaten the Sharks twice this season, both in regulation.
The Blackhawks are the best team in the NHL with a record of 13-0-3 and can set the NHL record for the best start to a season if the Sharks don't win in regulation.
This Blackhawks are motivated, and rested, because they too haven't played since Tuesday.
Per McLellan's quote we'll get an idea of what the Sharks team is made of.
And clearly the Hawks are a better team right now and there is much work to be done with time to do it.
You beat the top team in their rink when they were rested and motivated which makes a statement that the Sharks are a team to be reckoned with.
It's always fun to visit Chicago. It's a big city, with plenty of character and just as many characters.
A case in point: the practice facility that the Sharks are skating at today has a homespun name: Johnny's Ice House. It's on the second floor of a building that's between the United Center and the Magnificent Mile.
On the walls of Johnny's are a few written sayings that I thought I'd share with you:
"To win the game is great. To play the game is greater. To love the game is greatest."
"Don't judge those who try and fail. Judge only those who fail to try."
"Success is a journey, not a destination."
"If you lose,say little. If you win, say less."
"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."
"If there is no one in your way, then you're not going anywhere."
It's always interesting to see what people are saying about the game (and how they say it) as we travel around the country.
I hate hotel irons for a few of reasons.
First, somebody before you has used the iron on too hot of a setting and burned some black stuff onto the plate of the iron.
You don't check (and by the way... always check) and your white shirt is ruined.
(By the way, a bounce dryer sheet can remove that black stuff lickitysplit).
Second, the iron always lacks the shot of steam power.
Third the iron is too light.
That is why I bring my own iron on the road.
It is a German made piece of excellence.
Teflon plate, Great weight and balance and a shot of steam so powerful it could probably remove the creases on my forehead, (don't think I haven't thought about it).
Todd McLellan thinks I'm weird.
So does Randy, Jamie and Dan.
I may be, but I am also wrinkle free.
Have a Good Morning and a great day.
It's a new day. It's not game 4 of a tough 6 game grinder. It's game 1 of quick little 3 game jaunt to the Midwest. The winning streak was great but it's in the rear view mirror. The winless streak shall also pass. The time is right. Tonight it's St. Louis where it all ended last spring. Yes the Sharks should be hungry. Yes they should be angry. And one more thing. Because of aircraft problems the Blues didn't return home from Vancouver until 6:30am CST today. They will be travel weary. The Sharks are rested and ready, with something to prove. It's time to turn it around. Tonight. It's a new day.
There are certain losses that sting more than others. Losing to Chicago on a Friday night at the Madhouse on Madison by a score of 4-1, in a game the captain fought the other team's captain, won the fight and drew 4 minutes of PP time that was squandered ... stings.
I thought frustration and a loss of confidence was evident for the first time this year. While the media plays on the 7 up, 7 down roller coaster the players have to focus on playing for each other and beat a Blues team that has also been inconsistent this year.
The media can talk about the losing the streak but the Sharks need to come together to beat the team that ousted them in the playoffs last year - the gritty tough St. Louis Blues. This is a great opportunity for the team to end the slump and regain their confidence.
And so it goes ...
It was former NHL right winger Ron Stewart who was credited with saying something like the following: “If you’re in a game and you’re down, 4-1 or greater, and there are five minutes or less remaining in the game, take a penalty. That way, the folks back home will look at the summary in the newspaper the next morning, and they’ll know that you played.” The calls on Douglas Murray and Adam Burish at 19:25 of the third period last night don’t fall into this category, because they were called for coincidental minors with two Blackhawks. But on Tuesday in St. Louis, the Sharks will play for each other, for the logo on the front of their sweaters, and for the city embossed in their team’s name. After all, it’s the first time that they’ve faced the team that sent them to their earliest playoff exit in franchise history. I’m expecting a great game against the Blues.
When the Sharks Broadcast Crew sits down for dinner in other press rooms, why do people sitting at surrounding tables quickly finish and vacate? ......Can you say loud, opinionated, and probably a bit offside?
On this day of love there's not too many hearts, butterflies or rainbows flowing toward Matt Cook of the Pittsburgh Penguins from fans of the Ottawa Senators. Last night Cooks skate severed the Achilles tendon of Ottawa's Erik Karlsson, quite likely ending the reining Norris trophy winners season. Because of Cook's reputation as a head hunter there are many convinced that what happened last night was not an accident. But after watching the video of the incident a number of times, it looks accidental to me. The National Hockey League apparently concurs because they've already stated that there will be no discipline for Cook.
The injury is a huge blow to the Senators and their chances to make the playoffs this season, let alone win the Stanley Cup. They've already lost their top center Jason Spezza to back surgery and now the loss of Karlsson could prove to be insurmountable. We'll see if the Sen's have the depth to adapt and successfully move on.
Meanwhile here in Chicago the Sharks will practice today in advance of tomorrows continuation of the 6 game road trip against the Blackhawks. The bad news is that the Sharks have lost 6 in a row and they just can't find a way to put the puck into the net on a regular basis. They've scored only 7 goals in the last 18 periods and 3 overtimes. If you take away power play goals, they've scored only 5 even strength goals since the slump began. On a brighter note the Sharks scored 3 goals at even strength against Chicago in a tough 5-3 loss at HP Pavilion last week. Knowing the way Todd McLellan and his coaching staff operate, they'll take those positives and reinforce them to the players between now and tomorrow night's face off at the United Center.
Hearts, butterflies and rainbows to all of you from Chicago. Happy Valentine's Day!
I'm Randy Hahn for SJSHARKS.com
It's Feb 13. The Sharks have played 13 games. I used to wear #13. What does this mean?
Nothing! Zero! Zilch! And that's the problem right now, too many zeros. The Sharks have been shutout two of the last three games, but to their credit have earned a point each time because they too pitched shutouts, at least in regulation time.
The Sharks have scored 11 goals in eight games so it's not hard to figure out what needs to be done - score more goals. I'll say this, scoring woes now are not the end of the world… just ask the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings.
The short, intense schedule will be a roller coaster the entire time. Enjoy the ride, even the bumpy parts because it's all part of the process of trying to make the playoffs and peak at the right time.
That's my thought for the day. Now I'm going to enjoy a slice of Chi-town.