For the first twenty minutes, it appeared as if no one had bothered to inform the Sharks that the lockout was over. They looked positively shiftless, in that none of their skaters turned in a single good shift. San Jose made mental mistakes in their own end, ceded territory far too easily and were rarely in position to contest the Flames' blueline. No one would characterize this Sharks team as speed demons on the best of days but when Calgary makes you look slow, you've got problems. They were outshot 16-9, outchanced 9-2 and outscored 1-0 in that first period as Antti Niemi (and the crossbar behind him) was the only thing keeping the Sharks within striking distance.

But after the first intermission of the 2013 regular season, the Sharks returned to the Scotiabank Saddledome ice and looked...competent. It was almost as if their first twenty minutes back from a nine-month layoff wouldn't dictate the remainder of their season. Imagine that! An effective cycle by, believe it or not, the team's third line led to FTF Hero and everyone's favorite fourth-grader Tommy Wingels drawing a roughing penalty. With his team on the power play, that gutless puke of a big-game choker Patrick Marleau stormed the front of the net undetected before Joe Thornton found him with a centering feed that Marleau tucked past Miikka Kiprusoff on his backhand.