Saturday, December 29, 2007

12/28/07 sharks 1, ST. LOUIS 0

It only takes one goal to win a hockey game. Which is good, because that's all the Sharks were able to scratch out last night.

A Milan Michalek 3rd Period slapper found its way past netminder Manny Legace for the lone tally in a game that seemed to less resemble a hockey game and more look like that of a chess match. Both sides are towards the top of the league when it comes to goals allowed. Each team had played 29 games in which they allowed fewer than three goals, with the Sharks having played 36, and the Blues 34. Evgeni "Iron Horse" Nabokov earned career shutout #39, and win #20 on the season, stopping all 26 shots he faced, many of which were in spectacular, beer spitting out inducing greatness.

The win gives the Sharks 14 road wins, 8 of which have come consecutively. It remains that the Sharks have just 6 home wins. 6 home victories in 18 home games, while they've won 14 of 19 on the road. Why this is, I don't know. But as long as they're winning somewhere, I'll take it, albeit begrudgingly.

The Sharks go for consecutive road win #9 tonight on the back end of the back-to-back when they head to the Music City to take on the Nashville Predators (5:00). Nashville is not the same club they were last year, minus several key players, but they're still afloat, thanks to youngsters scattered throughout the lineup. Unfortunately for them, and fortunately for us, two of the better Predators youngsters on the blueline, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, will be out tonight, bettering the Sharks chances, at least on paper. Now, unfortunately, games aren't won on paper, but at least from an SJ point of view, they are won on the road.

GO SHARKS (#9 plz)


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