Wednesday, January 16, 2008

1/15/08 PHOENIX 5, sharks 3

Well, that sucked.

After the anticipation of the Sharks/Ducks matchup left a sour taste in the mouths of the Sharks and their fans alike, redemption was figured to be had against Phoenix. Yeah, not so much. In one of the sloppier games played by the Teal this year, not a whole lot went right, as shown by the final score.

Jonathan Cheechoo did get off the schneid with an incredibly ugly net-crashing goal i.e. the Cheechoo special, Joe Thornton added a goal, and Curtis Brown scored his first tally of the season, but that wasn't enough, dropping the Sharks record to 21-2 when scoring 3 or more goals in a game. Evgeni "game 1 of a new consecutive streak" Nabokov played goal, in what was easily his worst game this season, making 23 saves in the loss. Whether he is injured, or just out of his groove, he was clearly off his game last night. It'd be nice to have it back for tomorrow.

Last night further proved the parity in the NHL this year, as the team most expected to win not only didn't win, but didn't look very good either. Since Ilya Bryzgalov came to the Coyotes in November, they are now 2-1 against the Sharks, hardly a number the Sharks can be hapy about. As the season gets closer to the end, every point matters for playoff positioning, especially when in the running for a division title.

The race for the division is especially important tomorrow, when the Dallas Stars (boo) come to town (7:30). Dallas currently stis in 3rd in division, but is just 2 points behind the Sharks. The Sharks still lead the season series, 3-2, winning all three games played in Dallas (4-2 on 10/29, 4-3 on 11/14, and 3-2 on 12/5), the Stars (boo) have won both contests in SJ (3-1 on 11/7 and 4-2 on 12/15). As you can see, the home team has yet to win a game when these two face off. Tomorrow can break the trend, I won't mind.

GO SHARKS (stars [boo])


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