11/7 SHARKS 3, minnesota 1
Last time the Minnesota Wild visited the Tank, they walked out with a solid, 60-minute victory over the San Jose Sharks. Tonight, however, it was the Sharks turn. Led by Joe Thornton's third goal of the season, first at home, and 22 saves by Evgeni Nabokov, the Sharks skated to their 11th victory of the season.
Last night's game was a showcase of talent, as all professional sporting events are, however, last night was a showcase on a family level. The newest member of the Marleau family, Landon, attended his first game last night, and, at the ripe age of 3 weeks, Landon won his first game. Getting to see his father with a goal and an assist, Landon probably won't remember what he saw last night, but at least he'll have the game puck his father scored late in the third period. In addition to a father showing off for his son, there were a group of sons showing off for their fathers. Sitting in section 123, there were a group of men wearing the red alternate Wild jerseys, with names and numbers on the back, one for each player on the team. The reason for this, of course, was that each man was the father of the player who's name was on the back of the jersey. (This was what was told to me by a few different Minnesota fans. If this is not the truth, please let me know, and I will remove it from my blog.)
The Sharks will look to take their momentum on the road, engaging in three divisional games on this four-game road trip. Tomorrow (Thursday) sees the Sharks take on former Shark Scott Thornton (cousin of Joe) and the Los Angeles Kings. From there, the Sharks have a Saturday night match-up in the desert with the Coyotes and former Sharks Mike Ricci and this past summer's free agent signing of former captain Owen Nolan. After a rematch with the Kings Monday in Los Angeles, the Sharks will cap the trip with a visit to the Mile High City and the Colorado Avalanche.
I apologize for the brevity of this post as compared to my other posts, but I'm feeling a bit under the weather, and I'm looking to just sleep all day as it's much easier to be sick at home than sick on the road. If I had a suitcase big enough, I'd be sure to travel with my bed. See you guys on Friday morning, fresh from my weekly talk with the KFOG Morning Show at 6:15 A.M.
Go Sharks (Go sleep and go Alka-Seltzer)
The Wild dads, in all their red glory.