In the third inning of Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the Rockies, Nick Noonan lay sprawled behind second base after Carlos Gonzalez accidentally kneed him in the face.
What a perfect metaphor for arguably the ugliest road trip in the Bruce Bochy era, a stink pot of bad pitching and worse defense that concluded with the Giants’ potent offense scoring one run over the final two games at Coors Field.
- Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle
For years, win or lose, the playoff performances of the San Jose Sharks were judged on the backs of two players: Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.
Fair or not, those two players had to answer for all 23; they carried the weight of the team, and the spotlight was squarely on them.
Take a step back for a moment and perhaps the most revealing thing about Logan Couture’s gutsy Game 3 heroics Saturday night is that they’re representative of what’s happening with the evolution of this team.
- Pierre LeBrun, ESPN.com
It’s a difficult reality, but Petrie chose to stay in Sacramento under the Maloofs reign. Kings fans have lived by the mantra “In Petrie We Trust” and in return, they have received a 187-371 record in the seven seasons since the Kings’ last playoff run.
The new ownership group has a lot to consider when they walk through the doors of Sleep Train Arena this week. They need to come in with a blueprint for success, but also with an idea of how this situation got to where it is today.
Geoff Petrie had seven years to either fix or walk away from this once-sinking ship. It’s time to give someone else a chance to fix the mess.
- James Ham, Cowbell Kingdom