Thursday, November 15, 2007

11/14/07 sharks 4, DALLAS 3

Not only did the Sharks win a game in which they gave up a lead, not only did the Sharks (the worst shootout team in the NHL) win a shootout, not only did they win a shootout against the best shootout team in the NHL, not only did Evgeni Nabokov (who's never been good stopping a shootout) stop two of the best shootout specialists in Sergei Zubov and Jussi Jokinen, not only did Patrick Marleau (0-7 previously in the shootout all-time) score a goal on Marty Turco (who is usually good in the shootout), but all of that happened on the same night. (Hell of a sentence, eh?)

That pretty much covers last night's contest, the Sharks third consecutive victory (Phoenix, Phoenix, and now Dallas). Captain Patrick Marleau and Devin Setoguchi scored in both regulation and the shootout, and Torrey Mitchell added another in regulation to give the Sharks their 5th division win of the season, and second W in as many tries at the American Airlines Center this year. Evgeni Nabokov made consecutive start number 19 (in the 19th Sharks game of the year), and made 26 saves for the win.

The tail end of the back-to-back comes tonight, as the Sharks travel to face a team totally unfamiliar to them this year, the Phoenix Coyotes (6:00). The Yotes are probably pretty tired of seeing teal, as they've been outscored by the Teal 9-1 in the last 120 minutes of hockey against them. The Sharks looked real good against the Yotes over the weekend, and played real well until their third period hiccup last night. Tonight is their time to return to form. Look for Dmitiri Patzold to probably start in net, as Nabby played last night and is probably tire... oh who am I kidding. The San Jose Sharks are the Evgeni Nabokov show, for now and for always.



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