Tuesday, November 06, 2007

11/3/07 sharks 3, LOS ANGELES 1

499 came to a chorus of boos. And a small part of Jeremy Roenick probably liked it. The former LA King got within one goal of 500 at glamorous Staples, where he spent one less-than-glamorous season. Oh yeah, and the rest of the Sharks played pretty well too. Joe Pavelski the tone with a PP goal from Joe Thornton, and Jonathan Cheechoo capped the night with a goal from Thornton (that Thornton guy ain't too shabby). Evgeni Nabokov, making his 14th start in 14 games for the Teal, stopped 24 of 25 shots for the win.

This game was radio only, so I have only to go on what Jamie and Dan told me happened, but the Sharks sounded like a good team on Saturday, which is great, but it only begs the question, "where was this a night earlier when they were shown up at home by the same team?" Consistency has been an issue with this team for the past couple years, and it's almost like the San Jose Sharks wouldn't be complete without a bit of said inconsistency. It's just an element of their game. Not a good element, but an element none-the-less.

To further illustrate the point, the Sharks record through 14 games is as follows: 7-6-1, the game log goes: L, W, L, W, L, W, L, W, W, L, L, W, L, W. Save for twice, the Sharks have alternated wins and losses through the first 14. The road/home split is interesting as well, as the Sharks, usually a great home team, are just 1-3 when playing on the sheet at 525 W. Santa Clara, and instead are 6-3-1 on the road. It's great to perform well on the road, but if you're only gonna win half of your games, you'll make the people paying your salary feel a little better if you do it in front of them.

A fourth of the division binge is complete, and the Sharks are 2-1 thusfar, defeating Dallas and LA on the road, and falling to the Kings in SJ. Game 4 of this stretch of 12 comes on Wednesday night, when the Stars (boo) come to San Jose (7:30). Mike Modano sits one point from tying Phil Housley for most points scored by an American born player, Jeremy Roenick sits 1 goal from becoming the third American born player with 500 goals, and 3 from tying Joe Mullen for 2nd on the all-time goals list by an American born player. If you are an American, your eyes should water red, white, and blue tomorrow night at all the great american talent on the San Jose ice.



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