Sunday, March 09, 2008

3/7/08 sharks 3, CHICAGO 2

For those of you keeping score at home, that's 8. Ties the franchise record, too.

In the presence of such original power forwards as Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, Jonathan Cheechoo showed he's got a bit of that in him. Cheech netted #22, and the offense was aided by Kyle McLaren [3] and Patrick Marleau [14] who each added markers. Joe Thornton was his normal Joe Thorntony self, adding a pair of assists. Evgeni Nabokov was strong enough, stopping 17 shots in his league leading and franchise record 38th victory. The win was also #200 of Nabokov's career.

It was said that the Sharks could be a force this year, even when they were struggling in December and January. The only key was that they would need to get some scoring from Cheechoo and Marleau, because Thornton couldn't do it all himself (but he's sure as hell tried to). Well, over the past 6 weeks, both have finally brought their sticks to the rink, and the team has seen results. The Captain has 18 points in his last 22 games, while Cheechoo has 16 goals in the same time frame. Not too shabby. As of today's game, the Sharks sit 1 point out of 1st place in the Pacific, and a win today, coupled with an Avalanche win at Dallas, would see the Sharks back atop the division at day's end.

Speaking of today's game, the Sharks continue the road trip, and hope to continue the streak in Minnesota today, when they take on the Wild (1:00). The Sharks come to town riding an 8 game win streak, tying their franchise record, while the Wild come in as losers of their last 3. Both teams are firmly in the division race, with the Wild leading the Northwest, and the Sharks just one point back in the Pacific. The Sharks lead the season series 2-0, taking a game in each building (4-1 in San Jose on 12/14, and 3-2 in Minnesota on 12/31).

GO SHARKS (First place is in the sights)


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