11/12/07 SHARKS 5, phoenix 0
Can we see Phoenix every night please? For those of you keeping score at home, that's two, count 'em two whole wins IN A ROW. Another dominant performance by the Teal, following up a dominant performance on Saturday.
Ok, fine, so it was the Phoenix Coyotes. But still, we've seen two straight games, two straight wins, two home wins, 120 minutes of effort. They're not there yet, but they certainly seem to be headed in the right direction. Devin Setoguchi had a pair of beautiful tallies, Joe Thornton added a pair as well, and, for the second time in two games, the Sharks struck shorthanded (Torrey Mitchell on Saturday, Mike Grier last night)
Evgeni Nabokov, the one and only goaltender of the Sharks (apparently Dmitri Patzold was eaten by SJ Sharkie), made his 18th start in 18 games this year, stopping all 25 shots he faced (dating back to last season, Nabokov made his franchise record 25th consecutive start, breaking a record held by Chris Terreri who pulled off the feat in the 95/96 season). Despite not making any really spectacular saves, Nabby stopped every shot, something no one will really complain about.
Last night was a big night for Sharks fans, as we welcomed the becomingly more famous, and not quite yet fully grizzled traveler, Steve Williamson, of 30 Games in 30 Nights, made his 18th stop in a trip around the league. Even for a Monday, I'm glad we were able to show Steve a good time, complete with goal horns, Sharkie, even grown men on tricycles, not to mention free Round Table Pizza (four in the net, pizza you get, unless you're flying to Calgar... oh wait). His write-up for his experience swimming with the fishes in the Tank can be found here.
With this weird double Yote extravaganza over (not that I'm complaining), the Sharks head out on the road for some more Pacific Division action, taking their sticks back to Big D for a game with the Stars (boo) on Wednesday (5:30). 7 games have been played in this PacDiv injection, and the Sharks sit at 4-2-1 through it thusfar. SJ sits on top of the division currently, but leads Dallas by just 3 points. Wednesday's game will be a pivotal one for this point of the season, and with each team already taking a win in the other team's building, the season series is ready to really be opened up.
GO SHARKS (PLEASE CAN WE FACE THE COYOTES EVERY NIGHT FOREVER?)
If I can get minorly patriotic and gushy here for a second, I would like to give thanks to the brave men and women of our armed forces, who allow us the ability to spend time wasting our emotions, our money, our lives on what in the long run, is just a game, just a way to pass the time. Yesterday was Veterans Day in the US and Remembrance Day in Canada, but every day should start with the memory and the thanks to those who allow us the freedom that we sometimes all too easily take for granted. Thank you today, thank you tomorrow, thank you for yesterday and the day before, thank you always.