Monday, September 29, 2008

Sharks lose yet again... Phoenix gets first win of preseason

The San Jose Sharks lost yet again in the preseason, this time against the Phoenix Coyotes on the road, by the ghastly score of 5-1. They are now 1-3-0. The Coyotes notched their first win of the preseason, and are now 1-5-0. Center Peter Mueller scored a natural hat-trick in the 2nd period, and 18-year-old Danish left wing Mikkel Boedker scored 2 goals. Lukas Kaspar had the lone goal for San Jose.

Brian Boucher stopped only 16 of 21 shots, while Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 19 of 20 shots, and was given a break so Mikael Tellqvist could play in net. He stopped all 9 shots he faced. The Sharks led the Coyotes in shots on goal = 29 to 21. They also won 32 of 54 faceoffs. The score speaks for itself, however. Could have been their inability to score on the power play (including a 5-on-3...).

The Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic led both teams' players in ice time, logging a staggering 27:14... and posting a -4 for his efforts (yuck). Way to go, Pickles - you made Alexei Semenov's -3 look like sheer genius.

Conversely, Phoenix's Olli Jokinen, Ryan Lannon and Mueller each had a +3. No Phoenix player had below a 0 for his plus/minus.

Tonight saw the return of Kyle McLaren to the ice, logging just under 15 minutes of ice time, and posting a 0 for his plus/minus. Say goodbye while you can, McLaren fans...

Lastly, GET IT TOGETHER, SHARKS. You too, coach McLellan.

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