Saturday, April 05, 2008

4/3/08 LOS ANGELES 4, sharks 2

Well, it had to end sooner or later, and later would be much worse to the playoff chances.

Thursday night was a night that didn't matter, and it showed. A few big names were scratched, the names that played had much less time, and the emphasis was on not getting hurt. Joe Thornton had a goal 36 seconds in, assisted by Worcester call-up Tom Cavanaugh, making his NHL debut. Joe Pavelski tied the game at 2 early into the 3rd Period, but the Kings' Anze Kopitar potted the go ahead goal with 5 minutes left, and then iced it with an empty netter. Evgeni Nabokov previously occupied that net, making 23 saves in the loss. The loss ends Nabokov's shot at tying Martin Brodeur's single season record for wins with 48. Nabokov still leads the league with 46 wins.

Its real nice to say that a loss doesn't matter, but it really doesn't. All the loss does is give the Sharks the taste of not victory, and how bitter it is, and maybe they'll try to avoid tasting it too much in the playoffs.

Tomorrow it ends. At least the meaningless ones. The Sharks finish up the year in Dallas to face the Stars (boo) at 12 PM. The Sharks lead the season series 4-3, taking all three played in Dallas, and the finale in San Jose last week. Dallas took the other three at the Tank.

GO SHARKS (so bored with regular season hockey, bring on the playoffs)

ON A SIDE NOTE: Tomorrow, the San Jose Stealth host the Portland LumberJax at 4 PM at HP Pavilion. With a win, the Stealth will take over first place in the Western Division, and clinch a spot in the NLL Playoffs. Its Kids Day, and the Festival of Speed, a free carshow in the parking lot with go kart racing. More details can be found at the official website here. San Jose Festival of Speed website


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