Thursday, September 21, 2006

SJ 4, VAN 3 9/21/06

Hockey is here. Yes it's pre-season, but it is Sharks hockey and therefore, is welcomed with open arms. Walking to the arena tonight from the San Pedro garage was a walk of joy, an ascension to hockey heaven. To be perfectly honest, I couldn't stop smiling. The game did not disappoint either.

Before the game tonight, the Sharks had a moment of silence for Greg, a charter season ticket holder and leader of 209 (the "You Suck" Section) who passed away around a month ago while hiking.

The game was pretty enjoyable. Milan Michalek scored on the powerplay early on, and gave the Sharks a lead they held until late in the third period. Evgeni Nabokov started tonight, and it was the good Nabokov who stopped all 23 shots he faced in a period and a half of work. Nolan Schaefer came in and didn't totally replicate Nabby's success. After giving up the game tying goal late in the third, Schaefer vultured out the win when Michalek struck again for his third goal of the night, giving the Sharks a lead they would not relinquish and sending a few fans home hatless.

The next Sharks game is Saturday in Fresno against the Ducks. Not sure yet if I'll be there, but stop by on Sunday to find out. Tonight was the changing of the seasons from baseball to hockey, and tomorrow is when summer leaves and fall is here. Perfect timing if you ask me.

Go Sharks.


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