The Sharks played a tough game at home against the Blackhawks this past Saturday night, February 1st. Every time we play the hawks, players on both sides finish their hits and the high-speed, high-intensity nature makes fans think they have time traveled into June. Tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, the Sharks won in a close shootout. Jumbo Joe Thornton shook Corey Crawford out of his skates for the game-winning goal…
Thornton shook Crawford so bad that he ended up in the hospital with 2 broken ankles and is now out for the rest of the season. Cute casts, Corey…
This past Monday night, February 3, the Sharks took on the Flyers in another toughhome game. The Flyers haven’t beaten the Sharks in their last 13 match ups and haven’t won in San Jose since 1999.
1st Period: Mark Streit found the net first at 4:23, with an assist from Claude Giroux, putting philly up 1-0. At 7:33, Tommy Wingels snuck a quick pass in front of Flyers goalie, Steve Mason. Rookie Matt Nieto was on the receiving end and buried it on a one-timer. Two fast skating, young, American players tie up the score 1-1. AMERICA, FUCK YEAH! While the Flyers were quite aggressive on the forecheck, they weren’t able to capitalize after Streit’s goal, especially after Niemi stoned Giroux in the 9th minute. Moments after, Thornton found Burns deep in the Flyers zone. Burns protected the puck with his big body then dropped a dirty backhand pass to Nieto who finished strong for his 6th of the season and 2nd of the night. (2-1 Sharks).
2nd Period: The Flyers began to gain control and set the tempo of the game midway through the period. They caused the Sharks to make mistakes and outshot the Sharks 17-9, 10 minutes into the period. Flyers defenseman, Andrej Meszaros, got caught for a high stick on Brad Stuart with 4 minutes remaining in the period. In what seemed to be a goal for Burns, Flyers goalie, Mason, robbed him with a top shelf glove save. The Flyers ended the period with 45 seconds remaining in their power play. Score remains the same.
3rd Period: After the Flyers dominated the entire 2nd period, it was obvious that they were due for a goal. The Sharks killed the rest of the penalty, but the Flyers tied up the game moments after on a quick wrist shot by Matt Reid. Matt Irwin’s stick helped in defelcting the goal. I can’t STAND Iwrin. He’s too slow for the NHL, get him the hell off the ice. In the 17th minute, the Sharks failed to get the puck outta their zone, and Michael Raffl buried one off of the post to put the Flyers up 3-2. Less than a minute later, Claude Giroux smoked one past Niemi, in a shot he saves 9 out of 10 times. Niemi got pulled after letting 3 by in roughly 3 minutes. Alex Stalock came in and didn’t let any by, while the Sharks weren’t able to capitalize on 2 powerplays. Stalock lets 1 slip by with 2 minutes remaining and the Flyers win 5-2. The Flyers have now come back 10 times when they are trailing in the 3rd to win.
Joe Pavelski led the NHL in January with 12 goals and 3 game winners. The town of Plover, Wisconsin named Friday, February 7th “Joe Pavelski Day” to celebrate the Olympian’s accomplishments.
The Sharks are 1.5 point favorites over the Stars tonight at home.
By: Dago Joe