Monday, January 14, 2008

1/13/08 ANAHEIM 4, sharks 3 OT

Hey Alexei Semenov's foot, "you suck".

The ill placed foot of the Russian defenseman provided a big bounce for the Ducks, who just wouldn't go away. The ill-fated bounce came with just 28 seconds left in the game, and although it didn't cost the Sharks the game directly, it swung momentum away from the Teal for good, as the Ducks then ended the game just 33 seconds into OT. With Steve Bernier out, Jeremy Roenick stood in his place on the top line quite admirably, recording career marker #504, adding an assist as well on Milan Michalek's goal in the 2nd. Joe Thornton had an assist on each of the first two goals, giving him 7 helpers in the last 3 games. Torrey Mitchell had the other Teal tally, converting a beautiful pass from Mike Grier on a Sharks 3-on-1 rush on a Sharks PK late in the opening frame.

The real story of the game was the ending of streaks. The loss was the Sharks first on the road in more than a month, ending their 10 game victory streak away from home. Scoring 3 goals and losing was something the Teal hadn't done until last night, bringing their record in such an instance to 21-1. And lastly, and probably largest of all, Evgeni "Iron Man" Nabokov recieved a night off from goaltending, ending his consecutive streak at 43 games this year. Whether it was because of injury, or just to rest the All-Star netminder, rookie Thomas Greiss made his NHL debut, looking a bit shaky, but standing mostly strong, stopping 25 shots in the losing effort.

When reviewing games like these, the idea is real simple. Think about it for about 15 minutes afterwards, then move on to the next one. From one division opponent, to the next, as the brief roadtrip comes to a close tomorrow as the Sharks visit the desert and the Phoenix Coyotes (6:30). Phoenix is not a bad team anymore, as showcased by their surprise shootout win over the Sharks in San Jose in their last meeting. The season series now stands at 4-1 in favor of the Sharks.

GO SHARKS (just gotta move on)


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