12/23 SHARKS 4, calgary 1
And four it was made. Remember that little stat thing about rebounding from a Black Thursday? Well, that stat was kept in the world of usefulness again last night as the Sharks rebounded from their ugly Black Thursday loss to a good ole fashioned teal Saturday win. This win was cemented by the fact that the goals were scored by some of the harder working guys who rarely get their names written on the scoresheet. The helicopter line (all three guys are centers, no wings), Curtis Brown, Marcel Goc, and Mark Smith each had a goal, Scott Hannan added an empty netter (for his first goal of the year, what a way for the first of the year, eh?), and Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves for his 4th consecutive victory.
Saturday marked the broadcast return of Drew Remenda, former Sharks color analyst. Remenda, a long time staple of the Sharks broadcast team, now is a color analyst for CBC (Canadian Beer Canada?) and their long running Saturday night hockey program, Hockey Night in Canada. Drew got a standing ovation during the second intermission, very well deserved if you ask me. As it was an impromptu celebration, I wasn't in the seating area when it happened, as I was hanging out with a good buddy of mine, Woody (I'm sure he has a first name, but his last name has wood in it, so Woody fits perfectly). Woody is a former high school roller hockey teammate of mine, and a friend for 5 years.
Also during the second intermission was the traditional Danny Miller Out-of-Town Scoreboard Rundown. All was pretty irrelevant until the announcing of the Ducks score (Coyotes 2, Ducks 0). It was at this point that the arena, already pretty stoked from the Sharks 2 goal second period comeback, started to get loud. Probably the loudest I've ever heard during an intermission.
The Sharks have two games left on this homestand, with the next game coming on the 26th against the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks come back to the Tank fresh off their 4-3 loss at the hands of the Sharks in one of the most exciting games in the history of the world (7:30 pst).
Tomorrow is this little holiday called Christmas. I'm not sure if it'll ever catch on, as only a few people in the States celebrate it, but if you are one of the few recognizing tomorrow as this Christmas thing, Merry Christmas to you. And to those of you who don't recognize Christmas, Happy Monday. Regardless, have a safe and happy day where everything is closed except for movie theaters and Chinese restaurants.
Go Sharks (go being able to go to the mall again in a couple days)