VS. MINNY

by Ron Spence

I used to get this knot in my stomach: whenever Brent Sopel had the puck; and when Felix Potvin and Dan Cloutier were in goal.

I now have this same feeling when Roberto is between the pipes.

It’s not a conscious reaction – it’s the result of Roberto’s suspect play – so far this season – and against the Blackhawks during the playoffs.

My respect for Henrik continues. He was only 41 % in faceoffs, but logged 21 minutes, including a minute and a half when the team was shorthanded. He played hard and looks somewhat injured.

Mikael Samuelsson continues to show his patience and scored another goal – his 4th (He now has 7 points in 7 games – but is -2.).

I am very happy with the speed line.

Coach V is giving Michael Grabner the opportunity to play his game. Led by Ryan Kesler’s grit and 11 wins vs. 7 losses in the playoff circle, they played well. Ryan had 8 shots on net, Mason Raymond 6 and Grabner 3.

Alexandre Bolduc was a good callup, and I believe plays smarter than Glass.

Both Alexandre Burrows and Kevin Bieksa had better games. Both were +2, and Burrows had 20:51 in ice time and Bieksa blocked two shots.

Aaron Rome was quicker – albeit against slower forecheckers – and blocked 3 shots, and had some good zingers from the point.

Ryan Johnson did what he does best, was 5 and 2 in the faceoff circle, but only blocked one shot.

Alexander Edler continued to play his somewhat uneven game, but logged a team high 26:50 minutes.

Steve Bernier used to lead San Jose in hits, but never touched anyone during the Calgary or Minnesota games.

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vs. Calgary

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vs. Minnesota

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vs. Dallas

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And yet, the power forward had four hits against Dallas.

If Bernier wants ice time on the top two lines, he has to play a consistent physical game.

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