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Sabres goalie Ryan Miller kicks the puck away from goal. © Matt Cohen 2011

Despite being the smallest of the major American sports, hockey is the
most exclusive, credential-wise. For every photo position along the glass,
there is one less seat for the team to sell, and shooting from above means
shooting from the stands. Since I don't have any hockey in my portfolio,
I picked up a few of games covering the San Jose Sharks. Due to the
limited glass positions, I ended up shooting mostly from the stands with a
long lens, not exactly a recipe for creativity.

Still, I grew up in Pittsburgh in the Lemieux era, so I love hockey, though
I'm not sure that's exactly what the Sharks are playing this season. The
hardest part of shooting these games was resisting the almost overwhelming
urge to use Mike Lange-isms in my captions.

Miller, the goalie for the US team at the 2010 Olympics, dives to make a
save in traffic.
© Matt Cohen 2011

Sharks right wing Dany Heatley trips before getting off a shot. © Matt Cohen 2011

Sharks center Scott Nichol drives Sabres defenseman Shaone Morrisonn
into the boards.
© Matt Cohen 2011

Sabres defenseman Mike Weber and Sharks right wing Ryane Clowe trade punches. © Matt Cohen 2011

© Matt Cohen 2011

Sharks center Joe Thornton battles for position in front of the Predators goal. © Matt Cohen 2011

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne deflects a shot. © Matt Cohen 2011

Sharks goalie Antti Niemi turns away a shot. © Matt Cohen 2011

Predators defenseman Shea Weber and Sharks center Torrey Mitchell
race to a loose puck.
© Matt Cohen 2011

Heatley and Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek scuffle after the whistle. © Matt Cohen 2011

Niemi makes a save. © Matt Cohen 2011

Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek and Sharks center Torrey
Mitchell battle for a loose puck.
© Matt Cohen 2011

Sharks center Logan Couture watches from the ice as his teammates
scuffle with the Maple Leafs after a cheap shot penalty injured him.
© Matt Cohen 2011

Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic lines up a shot. © Matt Cohen 2011

Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf checks Couture into the boards. © Matt Cohen 2011