Twitter Tales: #WesternPostAssist
Friday night was good to the Sharks. They defeated the Oilers 3-1 for a third straight victory. In the win, they avoided overtime (can this be worth more than two points?). They swept Western Canada on the road trip (but not really because Winnipeg is technically in the west). Joe Thornton had three assists, then only two, then credited back to three, then finally corrected to only two. To make sense of it all and recap the events, here's how the night unfolded on twitter.
Oh yeah, and anytime it says Thursday in this article, pretend it says Friday.
Biggest event on the internet of the day was easily the cool news of #SFBatKid sweeping across twitter and everywhere else. Such a cool opportunity for Miles and fantastically pulled off by Make-A-Wish and everyone else involved.
Joe Pavelski had the primary assist on Dan Boyle's OT PP goal last night at Vancouver. It was Pavelski's 200th career assist.— Darin Stephens (@SharksStats) November 15, 2013
No morning skate in Edmonton thanks to back-to-backs plus travel, so predictions on a lineup are a little vague, but some educated guesses were made.
Niemi skated in Edmonton this morning so looks like Stalock vs. Oilers. Nothing confirmed #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) November 15, 2013
Klefbom won't arrive til tomorrow but since Justin Schultz is still unavailable, Klefbom had to be summoned. EDM may be down to 5 D tonite.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 15, 2013
Based on reaction to the Oilers lineup changes, Arcobello should be trending across Canada any minute now. @rayferrarotsn— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 15, 2013
McLellan confirms Stalock is starting. Pavelski to go back to center after playing wing - at least for the start. #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) November 16, 2013
I wonder what happens when you embed multiple #TwitterTales tweets inside of a single #TwitterTales piece?
You know things will be good when the broadcasting crew begins their night on a positive note.
Modified look for #SJShark lines tonight: 12-39-15, 48-19-57, 81-8-43, 83-10-18,— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) November 16, 2013
One of the easier differences to identify between Stalock and Niemi's styles of play is Alex' tendency to venture out of his net and use his puck-handling skills to an advantage.
Stalock looking like Irbe #SJSharks— Peter N. (@TarantulaPete) November 16, 2013
biscuit ---> basket, sharks up 1-0! #SJSharks— wm. (@manzoku) November 16, 2013
I love the giant smile on Hertl's face whenever he scores. #sjsharks— Alissa Ceja (@AlissaFTW) November 16, 2013
10 periods without a goal at home now for Oilers. Barely tested Stalock. OIl seeing backup goalies from here on in, we suspect.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) November 16, 2013
Yep, we're north of the border pic.twitter.com/37tRiML8WH— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) November 16, 2013
Couture looks like he really wants to get on the score sheet tonight #SJSharks— Nathaniel (@nattylite_29) November 16, 2013
I seldom do this but tonight I find myself hoping someone scores a goal (or more) & that's Logan Couture. #SJSharks— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) November 16, 2013
It's not Couture, but we're not going to turn it away.
BARTENDER! Give me a Marleau! #SJSharks— Neditch (@Neditch) November 16, 2013
If you compound a turnover by forcing on 3-2 against then guys like Thornton, Demers and Marleau will make you pay ... And they did! 3-0 SJ— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) November 16, 2013
The Oilers start to pressure.
Some unhappy Oilers fans pic.twitter.com/giido99xXu— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) November 16, 2013
And the other guys finally break through.
Oilers PP delivers for the 5th time in 6 games. I think Yakupov looked up to his agent, Igor Larionov, after scoring that PP goal. #Hmmmm— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) November 16, 2013
Yakupov almost made it a 3-2 game there, but Stalock came up with big save for #SJSharks.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) November 16, 2013
No luck for Couture at all tonight. That one hit both posts, but didn't cross goal line for #SJSharks here early in third.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) November 16, 2013
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Teed somebody up...
No big difference then. RT @SanJoseSharks: Empty net for the Oilers.— Megalodon (@MegalodonBOC) November 16, 2013
Perhaps the most back-and-forth feature of the game was the stat sheet repeatedly changing credit for assists to and from Joe Thornton all night long. He went from having an assist on the Marleau goal, to not having an assist and back to finally having an assist. If you go back and watch the replay, it was a obvious call.
Then on the first goal of the game, Thornton carried an assist all night, just to have it removed right after the game ended. Couture was given credit for the assist, perhaps some redemption for all the shots and posts.
Mission accomplished - Sharks beat the Oilers 3-1, have a 3 game winning streak heading into Chicago 2 play the Cup Champs Sunday #SJSharks— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) November 16, 2013