Saturday, February 16, 2008

2/14/08 edmonton 3, SHARKS 2

At least the quality of the picture is now higher. Really a sad indication of sorts when I'm reaching for silver linings each night.

The Sharks seemed to not care if they won their last home game for 3+ weeks, since they didn't put out much effort. It's a good thing they didn't care, because they weren't able to skate by with 10 minutes of strong effort this time around. Joe Pavelski whacked home a loose puck in the slot and Mike Grier converted on a beauty of a short-handed breakaway for the Sharks, who won't be back in San Jose until March 3rd when they host the Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge (Montreal Canadiens). Evgeni Nabokov stopped 18 shots in the loss.

This post is intentionally short because 1) I feel that when writing about the game, I should show the same energy and effort that they brought, and 2) Its early and I'm rushed for time because I'm leaving in an hour to fly to NYC. The first one makes me sound more angry, frustrated, and snarky, and less lazy than the second one, so I'll go with that.

The Sharks now embark on their season long eight game road trip, which will take them all the way to the East Coast and will work them back to the west. 8 cities, 15 nights, 4351 miles, and hopefully many wins. The trade deadline is Tuesday, February 26th at 3:00 Eastern, so if the Sharks get anyone on deadline day, they'll probably debut in Columbus on the 27th. Last year GM Doug Wilson gambled, trading for defenseman Craig Rivet and Right Winger Bill Guerin at the deadline, the former worked out nicely and will be in teal for the next few years, the latter is the Captain out on Long Island.

Tomorrow, the road trip begins, with an early matinee showing of Sharks hockey from Broadway as the Teal meet the Broadway Blueshirts (10:00 AM). The Rangers have been all over the map this year, since signing Chris Drury and Scott Gomez this summer, to a stretch where they could barely muster a goal in each game. 2-3 in their last 5, the Rangers sit in 4th place in a very tight Atlantic Division. While the Sharks get to rest and see the sights today, the Rangers will be entertaining their upstate rival Buffalo Sabres, hopefully the Sharks will be able to take advantage of a tired New York squad and pluck two points from The World's Most Famous Arena.

GO SHARKS (Hello cold, hello New York)

New camera time at the Odyssey, so playing around with my abilities. Here's a wide shot of the score, can you read it?

How about now?


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