Originally written January 29, 2013 on Minus Twenty-Two:
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If Sunday’s Sharks win over the Canucks was scored in pure hatred for the other team, the score would have been a lot closer than the actual 4-1 tally. The bitter dislike each team has for the other was starkly evident. The physical nature, multiple fights and litany of penalties (84 total penalty minutes were handed down) were all indications of the intensity between impassioned foes. Nobody was more involved in the contentiousness of the game than Ryane Clowe, who racked up a staggering 35 penalty minutes (the Sharks had 51 minutes in all), including a game misconduct. Think he feels sorry for letting things get out of hand? Think again. From David Pollak: “There’s no secret how I play. I’m an intense guy and I’m an emotional guy. I try to play on the edge and sometimes you go over,” Clowe said. “I don’t make any apologies for that. I don’t like taking those penalties, that extra penalty where you hurt your team. Obviously that wasn’t my plan, but I don’t make any apologies for g...
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