Canucks 5, Sharks 4 (SO): The Most Satisfying Game Ever Lost

March 11th, 2011 by Simon Cherin-Gordon Leave a reply »
After Joe Pavelski was stuffed by Cory Schneider, rendering Alex Burrows' previous goal the lone score of the shootout and the game winner, Sharks TV color commentator, Drew Remenda, said that he doesn't believe in "moral victories," but that this came close. Radio broadcaster Jamie Baker disagreed, calling the thrilling game a "moral victory."

While the two respectable men disagreed, they both failed to hit on a key point: Under current NHL rules, losses of value (or moral victories) do exist. The Sharks left HP Pavilion tonight with an overtime loss, but if they had failed to come back just once (they did three times), they would have 84 points right now instead of 85.

Not only does this bring a very intriguing element of the NHL's current scoring system to the forefront (which I'll get to later on), but it also, indisputably, makes this game a loss of value. However, the Sharks now have seven "losses of value" this season, and not all can be seen as "moral victories."

On both November 17th and 18th, the Sharks blew two-goal leads in the third period. In both games, their opponents (the Avs and Stars, respectively) completed their comebacks and ...

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