11/10/07 SHARKS 4, phoenix 1
Goals, saves, physical play all over the ice, history, and, most importantly, free personal pizzas at Round Table. Just another fun night at the Tank.
Ok, so it was the Phoenix Coyotes, but a great 60 minute effort is a great 60 minute effort. The Sharks worked hard for an entire game, outshooting the Yotes 28-23. The lesser paid Sharks tallied the goals, rookies Devin Setoguchi (3) and Torrey Mitchell (2) each had a marker, Sandis Ozolinsh had his first goal in a Sharks uniform since a really long time ago, and some young guy by the name of Jeremy Roenick got a goal. Evgeni Nabokov made the start (shocker), his 17th in 17 games, showing no signs of fatigue (besides the goal he allowed), and making 22 saves for the win.
About that Roenick guy, congratulations to him. Roenick's goal was the 500th of his career, tying him for 40th on the all-time list of goal scorers with Lanny McDonald, and making him just the third American with 500 career goals. He sits 2 behind Joe Mullen for second on the American list, and 11 behind the currently active Mike Modano.
The Sharks face off against the Coyotes again on Monday (7:30). With this being the second of three matchups between the teams this week (they face off again Thursday in Glendale), expect this game to be a little big more agressive, as the Yotes will be a bit unhappy being beat up on Saturday. Expect Nabby in the net for the Sharks (Dmitri who?), and probably Mikael Tellqvist for the Coyotes, as neither tender has established himself as the #1 yet.
Monday's game will also be special because of one of the attendees. As devoted a fan as I was last year, Steve Williamson has one upped me. Williamson is a big Tampa Bay Lightning fan, but is in the middle of a journey that is taking him to a game in all 30 NHL arenas in one season. As if that wasn't enough, he's doing all 30 arenas in consecutive days. His website, 30 Games in 30 Nights, has a blog, a schedule, and a mission statement. His stop in SJ tomorrow will be his 18th game, and his last in the home of a Pacific division team. He started in Detroit on October 26th, and will finish at his local barn, the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa on November 24th. Keep an eye out for Steve, he'll be wearing a black Tampa Bay Lightning jersey that says "30 games in 30 nights" on it.
GO SHARKS (Congratulations JR, Welcome Steve)