Saturday, December 08, 2007

12/7/07 sharks 1, COYOTES 0

Now, I'm not one to complain, but these last minute scrambles where I'm on the edge of my couch screaming at my TV with my dog barking at me for screaming at my TV are just a wee bit too tense for December hockey. Joe Thornton had a point on every Sharks goal last night (just one, but he still did it), and Evgeni Nabokov was in net, as the Sharks finished their roadtrip unblemished.

They say goals in the first minute or the last minute of a period can be killers. Milan Michalek proved that theory true once again, as his shot off a Thornton pass from behind the net managed its way past Phoenix netminder Ilya Bryzgalov with just 15 seconds remaining in the middle period. The goal was the only tally of the night on either side, and stood up as the game winner. Bryzgalov was strong in his first game against the Sharks as a Coyote, but it was the other Russian netminder, the man who stood opposite Bryzgalov, that made headlines. Nabby, playing in his 27th consecutive game (in 27 Sharks games this season), made 27 saves for the shutout victory, the 38th clean sheet of his career. Nabby has had the Coyotes number all season, as he has not allowed a goal to the Desert Dogs since the 9 minute mark of the 1st Period of the first game these teams played, way back on November 10th. With the 51 minutes and 3 full shutouts since then, Nabokov now has a shutout streak of 231 minutes against the guys from Phoenix. Not too shabby for Nabby, eh?

The Teal earned consecutive victory #4 last night in Glendale in similar fashion as the previous 3, at least as the score is concerned, winning another game by just one goal. A strong defensive effort by the Teal, complimented by the dominating play of Joe Thornton, has lead to all four victories in this streak. The poor play at home is hard to explain, as the Sharks own the best road record in the NHL at 11-3-2.

Team Teal gets an opportunity to play hostile hosts this evening as the far traveled Buffalo Sabres make a stop to the Tank (7:30). The West Coast has not been kind to the Sabres, as they limp into San Jose having lost 4-1 in Anaheim on Wednesday, and 8-2 in LA Thursday. Having been hot before this 3 game California tour, the Sabres have shown that they can be a dangerous team. Hopefully we don't see how dangerous they can be tonight.

GO SHARKS (win at home plz)


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