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by Jamie Baker / San Jose Sharks

Definition of Interesting


In – ter – est – ing
Adjective
“arousing curiosity or interest; holding or catching the attention”

It’s early in the 2014/15 NHL season but two topics are very interesting so far.

1. The parity in the league culminating in close games and come-from-behind wins.
Example: On Tuesday October 20, 2014 there were 10 games around the league:

  • Seven saw a team overcome a deficit at any point in the game to pick up a win.
  • Six were tied or within one goal entering the third period.
  • Five featured a third period comeback that eventually led to a win.
  • Five went past regulation, including four that were decided in overtime.
  • Two saw a tying goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation. Both teams that tied the game late in regulation went on to win in.

2. The San Jose Sharks have to be one of the most interesting teams, if not the most interesting team, to watch this season. Case in point:

  • Game 1 – Sharks spoil the Cup Banner night in LA shutting out the Kings 4-0.
  • Game 2 – Sharks explode to early lead, shutout Jets 3-0 and go 0-8 on the PP.
  • Game 3 – Sharks have 3-0 and 4-1 leads in Washington and end up winning the game 6-5 in the shootout.
  • Game 4 – Sharks get outshot by a large margin, give up a lead, tie the game in the 3rd before losing the game in the shootout to the Islanders.
  • Game 5 – Sharks score first for the 5th consecutive game, are comfortably up 3-0 early in third but give up two quick goals before holding on for 4-2 win with ex-Captain and current assistant Captain Joe Thornton getting his 1,200th point by scoring into an empty net.
  • Game 6 – Sharks were playing well until late in the 2nd period when they looked like the bad news bears for about 2-3 minutes and ended up getting shut out to the Rangers for their first regulation loss of the year.
  • Game 7 – Sharks score twice late in the 2nd period but give up three unanswered goals in the 3rd to lose to the Bruins.

Call it can’t miss live action, or can’t miss TV or can’t miss Radio or can’t miss Internet, this NHL season has already shown it’s going to be a wild with lots of ups and downs and the Sharks are in the front seat of this roller coaster ride.

I love it, because interesting can be good, can be bad but as the definition says, it certainly captures our attention, and isn’t that what pro sports are all about?

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