Although Brent Burns can be recreated as a pumpkin, he and his teammates, and their opponents will always be subject to human nature.
It's amazing how one weekend (more like a 32-hour span) brought us the definitive lows and highs of this young Sharks season, to date.
San Jose players were quite honest after losing a 4th straight game on Saturday afternoon, especially 2-1 to the struggling Buffalo Sabres. As Logan Couture put it: it was "a look in the mirror" kind of defeat.
Fast forward to include travel, fatigue, and going up against the NHL's leading team in points one night later - and it makes their decisive 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks that much more impressive. As Todd McLellan put it: "The best sixty minutes we have played all year".
So how does one group show two very different looks in such a short time period?
Fans and media ask this question of the players and coaches (of all teams) on a regular basis. The responses are rarely good. That's because if the performers HAD the answers, they would HAVE the solution, and they would execute to perfection 100% of the time.
I'm not here to tell you I have the answer either, but I do think I have an explanation. It's human nature.
None of us are perfect at our job, every day - every shift (to put it in hockey terms). Some days at the office are a grind, for internal or external reasons. And if we regularly threw our work team's collective effort out there against the competition - would it always win?
I'm here to humbly admit - I have good days, and bad days on the job. For better or worse, you the CSN viewer, gets to share in all of them. My premonitions about shows - good or bad - are usually on target. When personal mistakes arise, it's because I'm a human being who stumbles on the occasional ad-libbed word. Not a robot spitting out a perfectly dictated script.
Back to the point: much as we build athletes up as the brilliant performers they are, NHL players are the same human beings we are. They are expected to produce at a peak level on a highly consistent basis. And when they don't ... it is exposed on television, radio, and the internet for all to see.
So until the day comes where NHL teams send out droids, expect to see what makes the game interesting: individual and collective human nature.