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A Blog to Remenda - 4/11/2013

Thursday, 04.11.2013 / 2:20 PM
By Drew Remenda - Sharks TV, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

"Familiarity breeds contempt", is the moral of an Aesops fable. "The Fox and the Lion".

It is story of a fox was terribly afraid. Then the more the fox crossed paths with the lion the less frightened he felt until eventually the fox came face to face with the lion and turned his tail to the beast and walked off without much ceremony.

The moral of that story is never more true when you are around a sports team for an entire season, in this case the San Jose Sharks.

I'm around the team more than I'm with my family. At practice, on the plane, in the hotel and of course watching and analyzing the games, I have over time become indifferent of the team.

Before you start to think this blog is a negative indictment of the team read on.

One way to turn the contempt to admiration is to talk and listen to the managers, coaches and players of the other teams in the NHL.

Listening to the opposition you will hear how tough it is to play against the big bodies in the Sharks line-up.

Before the last three games, including against the Detroit Red Wings I have heard glowing observations of how Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski are the "engines" that drive the Sharks.

If you think about it now that Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are getting a older, having Paveski and Couture taking the lead is what you want.

Speaking of Patrick Marleau, I had a several time Stanley Cup winner reprimand me for being critical of Patty because he hasn't been scoring lately.

The gentlemen told me he is always surprised that Patrick takes as much criticism as he does. "Marleau's big, he can still skate and he always produces."

Accurate insight to be sure.

Over this season I have heard how Dan Boyle is a gamer. "Gamer" is the ultimate compliment from a coach.

Matt Irwin looks to have some great tools to build on to be a very good NHL defenceman, is how a former distinguished player and now highly respected scout described the rookie blue liner.

Opposition personnel mention how Antti Niemi battles in net and how tough it is to beat him.

They ask about the steadiness of Marc Edouard Vlasic and what a terrific person and player Brad Stuart is.

This is not to say that the Sharks are a perfect team. Without a doubt they have their weaknesses, but so does every team. Every team has blemishes , every team wishes they had more scoring or were quicker. Every team continues to strive to get better.

The Sharks are no different, they have weaknesses, they need improvement and are still searching for that elusive path to a championship. That path at times has seemed direct and at other times it is a long and winding road.

However we must remember to enjoy the journey.

For in life "we count the miseries carefully, and accept our blessings without much thought."

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Marleau 3 3 2 4 5
J. Pavelski 3 1 4 3 5
M. Nieto 3 1 3 4 4
J. Thornton 3 2 1 0 3
B. Burns 3 2 1 0 3
T. Hertl 3 2 1 -1 3
M. Vlasic 3 1 2 2 3
L. Couture 3 1 2 5 3
D. Boyle 3 0 3 0 3
J. Sheppard 3 0 3 1 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 3 0 0 .912 2.58
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