Monday, March 10, 2008

3/9/08 sharks 3, MINNESOTA 2 SO

It's becoming obvious to me now that the Sharks are getting bored winning games, so they're doing crazy things to make it exciting for them, us as Sharks fans, and the poor souls that cheer for the teams they face.

Captain Resurgent struck on both sides of the puck when the Teal needed it most yesterday, and it paid off. After giving up a lead on an impossible two-Shark pinball ricochet (worth 300,000,000 on replay), Patrick Marleau chose to backcheck on what began as a 2-on-1 for the Wild, swooping in as the Wild shot passed Nabokov, and swatted the netward bound puck out towards center ice, keeping the game going. After a Shootout Jesus (Joe Pavelski) goal, and a Cambell-ian spinorama from Pierre-Marc Bouchard tied the skills competition at 1, the Captain had the chance to win it, and win it he did, rifling a wrister past goaltender Niklas Backstrom. Evgeni "Who else" Nabokov made 21 saves for his league leading 39th victory.

The win is the Sharks 9th consecutive win, a franchise record, and the longest streak by any team in the league this season. For a brief time following the win yesterday, the Sharks did what just 3 weeks ago seemed the impossible, catching and passing the Dallas Stars for first place in the Pacific. The Sharks win put them at 88 points to the Stars 87, only to lose first place a couple hours later when the Stars shut out the Avalanche putting them at 89 points and back on top. I will introduce the "what the Stars and Ducks are doing" segment down at the bottom of each post.

The road trip wraps up tomorrow with a shot at 10 wins, but it won't come easy as the Sharks head to Nashville to face the Predators (5:00). The Predators have had a strange year. They lost big name guys (Forsberg, Hartnell, Kariya, Timonen, Vokoun) over the summer, almost lost their team too, but as soon as October rolled around, the Preds got right back to business, and are poised to make the playoffs for a 4th straight year. They enter tomorrow's game losers of 2 of their last 5, and their last two home contests. The Sharks lead the season series 3-0, taking both contests played in San Jose (3-0 on 10/20 and 4-3 on 2/9) and the one previous matchup in Music City (5-2 on 12/29).



Blogger Chris said...

Hey, Jess, great blog! I'm a Sharks fan living in the Twin Cities and I was at this game...actually I've been to the last five games here in a row (all wins...I figure it must be me). Keep up the good work...

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