Friday, November 16, 2007

11/15/07 sharks 6, PHOENIX 0

I love Phoenix, I love Phoenix, I love Phoenix, I love Phoenix, I love Phoenix, (let's see, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, oh yeah) and I love Phoenix. The unbalanced scheudle is the best thing ever. I wish the Sharks could play the Desert Dogs 8 million times a year.

3/4ths of the way to redeeming for Coyote Ugly last year (which was the last time the Sharks lost to the Yotes, 6-0 in last 6 meetings), the Sharks went into Phoenix, and finished the demolition of the Coyotes that began last Saturday when Jeremy Roenick assisted on his 500 goal that was truly scored by Phoenix goalie Alex Auld. Joe Pavelski had a pair of tallies, while Steve Bernier, Patrick Rissmiller, Jeremy Roenick, and Devin Setoguchi added the others. Roenick's goal, the 501st of his career, went down as yet another GWG (game winning goal), bringing his GWG season total to 5, leading all of the NHL in the category. Evgeni "in Russian my name means 'God of durability' and I will always live up to it" Nabokov made his 20th start in 20 games this year for the Sharks, and wasn't tested much for his 11th win and 3rd shutout of the year, needing to make just 15 saves in the winning effort.

Tomorrow concludes the Sharks busy portion of the month, as they will play the end part of their fourth "3 games in 4 nights" segment, totaling 7 games in 11 nights, and their 10th consecutive Pacific Division contest when they host the Anaheim Ducks. Sharks/Ducks games never really meant too much before last year, as neither team was really all that competitive at the same time. Majorily, the Sharks were the better squad, and beat up on the Ducks, then Mighty in name only. When the Ducks have been good (which has been rare), the Sharks haven't, so there really hasn't been too much of a rivalry. However, with both teams being good for the third consecutive year, the hatred is starting to really form, and the blood is reaching the boiling point, both with the fans and the players. Both the Sharks and Ducks are reaching a point in the season where they're starting to come to the form that they were predicted to be in when hockey analysts almost unanimously picked either team to win the Silver in June. The Ducks took last game in a shootout last week (3-2), but with the Sharks fully focused and confident, a better result for the Teal seems attainable.



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