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Sharks Experiencing Trouble with Top Teams on the Road

Sharks Experiencing Trouble with Top Teams on the Road

As well as the Sharks have played this year, a concerning trend is starting to emerge.  As of late, they’ve had a tough time beating top teams on the road.  Sure, they have beaten the Blues and Canadiens on the road, but they have also lost a heartbreaker in Boston, and suffered blowout defeats in Chicago and Pittsburgh.  The loss to the Blackhawks could be explained by fatigue from a long road trip, but Thursday’s loss to the Penguins is rather dumbfounding. The Sharks came into Pittsburgh having won six games in a row, but thanks to a horrendous seven minute stretch in the second period, a seventh consecutive win was out of the question.  Pittsburgh scored four times during that time period, and what makes it even more frustrating is that the Sharks brought it on themselves.  They didn’t move the puck well, they committed numerous turnovers, and they weren’t able to capitalize on scoring chances.  Pittsburgh’s second goal came off of a bad pinch by Jason Demers, and their third goal was a direct result of a defensive zone turnover. San Jose also made mistakes on the power, albeit less obvious ones.  All four penalty killers sank too low in the defensive zone and Pittsburgh had the entire perimeter to move the puck.  As evident from Pittsburgh’s fourth goal, which came on the power play, the Sharks barely provided any pressure and allowed a talented Penguin’s team to move the puck at will.  In fact, on Pittsburgh’s first power play, the Sharks played the same way and only avoided a goal thanks to a shot off the post. The positives for the Sharks were that they outshout the Penguins 45 to 30, and actually seemed to control play for much of the game.  Unfortunately, when a team plays so poorly for an extended period of time, the chances of a comeback are not high.  When the Sharks play against top teams on the road, their play resembles a team that doesn’t want to lose, rather than one that wants to wi...

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1914 translation by H.

"But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?"

Section 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum", written by Cicero in 45 BC

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"On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains."

About Hardeep Dhillon

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Sports enthusiast. Love to watch, play, and talk about almost any sport. Co-host of The West Coast Bias, broadcasting from the Urban Knights Radio station in San Francisco.

One comment

  1. A wise old man once asked, “Are you a mouse or a man?” Thursday night depicted a side of the Sharks which was very mouselike. As the author excellently pointed out, letting 4 goals score within 13 minutes behooves most great sports analyst. One can put the blame on the defensive minded players within the sharks ranks;however one must look at both sides of the coin. Where was the drive to attack in the 1st and 2nd period? Why did the Sharks not put early pressure on Penguins. From my recent immersion into the food web, Sharks should be eating penguins not the other way round!

    All in all, the season is young;let this be a wakeup call for the sharks!

    Great article by the way, helping share american sports with the rest of the world :)

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