3/28/08 sharks 3, ANAHEIM 1
Congrats boys, but the work has just begun.
Captain Patrick Marleau got the team going good early, Jeremy Roenick added #509 (which turned out to be the game winner, of course, and Curtis Brown shoved Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller and the puck into the net, and the San Jose Sharks are 2007-2008 Pacific Division Champions. Joe Pavelski had a big night, recording assists on all three Sharks goals, and Brian "english for Evgeni Nabokov" Boucher looked strong in net for the Teal, making 23 saves for the win.
The win clinches the 2007-2008 Pacific Division for the Sharks, their third division title (they won the Pacific in 2001-02 and 2003-04). It also secures the Sharks enter the post-season with a seed no lower than #2, extends their point streak to 18 games (16-0-2), and breaks the Ducks 10 game home winning streak, the longest in the NHL this season. Its the Sharks 27th road win this year, leaving them one short of the all-time record, set by the 1998-1999 New Jersey Devils with 28. The Teal are on the road twice more, Thursday April 3rd in LA, and Sunday April 6th in Dallas.
First things first, however. Before those road games comes finishing up the home schedule, starting Sunday when the Teal welcome the Phoenix Coyotes to town (5:00 PM START TIME). The Yotes are out of the playoff picture this year, but will be there in the future, and are working real hard in these meaningless games. The Sharks lead the season series 4-3, winning 2 of 3 played in San Jose (4-1 on 11/10 and 5-0 on 11/12) and splitting in Phoenix (6-0 on 11/15 and 1-0 on 12/7). The 'Yotes have won the last three, however one in San Jose (3-2 SO on 12/20) and two in Phoenix (5-3 on 1/15 and 5-4 OT on 3/25).
GO SHARKS (Congrats on the division, now for the important stuff)
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