Saturday, March 10, 2007

3/9 vancouver 2, SHARKS 1 OT


Rackin' frackin' Roberto Luongo (redux). 26 shots on goal, and just 1 goes in. A great defensive effort by the Sharks, coupled with a great effort from Evgeni Nabokov was quashed by the play of the enormous Canuck goaltender, and the decent defense in front of him. The Sharks won two straight on the road with their stifling D, but returned home to be beaten by a similarly stifling D.

Two scoreless periods saw entertaining hockey, but a 0-0 game into the third. Taylor Pyatt gave the 'Nucks a 1-0 lead just a minute into the period, seemingly looking to have scored the only goal of the game, but a goal from the Captain, Patrick Marleau [30] (powerplay Joe Thornton, Matt Carle) knotted the game at 1 with just under 5 to play. The goal was set up by a Henrik Sedin tripping call. He redeemed himself 3 and a half minutes into the extra period (Overtime) however, when he crashed the net on his own rebound, and jammed home a loose puck to give the Vanucks the extra point and the W. Nabokov made 35 saves, and received his 17th loss of the year.

Along with the great many Sharks fans in the Tank (Sharks fans in the Sharks home building, go figure) were plenty of crazy Canuck fans, many with wigs of all kinds. As I found out from one group, they made the trip all the way down from BC, and were on their second stop of the three game roadie. I also spoke with the TV voice of the Canucks, Jim Hughson. Hughson is also the play-by-play voice of the EA Sports NHL series, and a very nice guy to talk to.

The Sharks continue this homestand on Sunday with an afternoon game with the toothless Edmonton Oilers (5:00 PDT). The Oil have lost 5 straight since trading Ryan Smyth, and have been outscored 20-4 in that stretch. The Sharks have won 2 of their last 3, and have outscored their opponents 8-2 in that time (slight discrepancy). The Sharks have 14 games left until the playoffs, and they could use all the points they can get to solidify a high playoff spot. Sunday begins a stretch of 6 consecutive games against teams currently out of the playoffs, and those should be easy points, but with the Jekyll and Hyde Sharks, who knows. Here's to some Jekyll hockey on Sunday (assuming Jekyll = good).

Go Sharks (Boo-ongo)


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