3/2 ANAHEIM 3, sharks 1
Yeah, another loss, but hey, at least somebody finally got the script right. A few thousand Sharks fans made the trip to SoCal to see their Teal take on the Duck L'orange at the Ponda, and, at least from a new player perspective, they got their money's worth (I'm tryin real hard to be positive about this game, cause the stupid Duck "fans" were quacking at me all night long). The Sharks new addition on defense, Craig Rivet, recorded his 7th goal of the season, and first goal as a Shark, in his first game as a Shark, unlike somebody else I know (hint hint, Bill Guerin). Rivet had the lone goal for the Sharks (Matt Carle, Joe Thornton), a small bright spot in an otherwise dreary game.
The Sharks, beat up by injuries (no Marleau, Hannan, or Smith for this one) have been struggling as of late, this one being their fourth straight loss, and 7th in their last 9 games. With just 17 games left, the Sharks are looking to get their stuff together for the playoffs, assuming they don't totally fall apart and miss them altogether.
The Sharks continue this roadtrip on Sunday with another matinee with the Dallas Stars (12:30 pst). The Stars lead the series 5-2, winning the last 3 contests between these teams. Simply put, the Stars seem to be on their way up, and the Sharks seem to be on their way down, but, trends can change easily, and when it's not playoffs, the trends don't matter as much. Here's hoping that the trends end Sunday.
Go Sharks (short post because I'm cranky)