Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Feeding Frenzy - Sharks embarrass Penguins

While you can read about the Sharks' commanding victory (the 2-1 score is deceptive) over the Pittsburgh Penguins last night at the HP Pavilion here and here, I thought I'd offer some brief information that would be of interest to fans of both teams.
  • Even though it's been said repeatedly in the last 24 hours, WE HELD THE PENS TO ELEVEN SHOTS. Also worth noting - at one point in the second period, we quadrupled their shot output 20 to 5.

  • Unfortunately worth noting - when Nabokov let up the only goal against, it was on the tenth shot... and thus his save percentage dropped immediately from perfect to .900. At least he didn't dip below .800 like the past few starts...

  • Last night was Jamie McGinn's first NHL game (after Marcel Goc was re-injured in Tampa, and Brad Staubitz was sent back down).

  • The Penguins were without Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney... and earlier this year they were without Sidney Crosby. Just saying...

  • I wanted to see Marc-Andre Fleury in net, but I'll take Sabourin if it means an easier Sharks victory. Not that he made it too easy...

  • Jody Shelley vs. Eric Godard - whole lotta awesome. I complemented Jody on it today at the Sharks Store, and asked him to do the same against Steve Ott next week. He laughed affirmatively. (P.S. - Shelley was a class act tonight, personalizing autographs for kids and staying later than the required 6pm to sign for people stuck in the long line... like me.)

  • I felt a tinge of corny delight as Miroslav Satan was sent to the penalty box. Satan, in the sin bin, where he belongs.

  • Nabby's kick save - awesome.

  • Sidney Crosby's first point against the San Jose Sharks - not so awesome. Unless I'm mistaken, I believe that makes us the last of 29 non-Pittsburgh teams to give up a point to the Kid. At least he's still without a goal against us.

  • Mike Grier once again got the game winner against Pittsburgh at home. He also had it on November 4, 2006.

  • The Sharks are tied with the Philadelphia Flyers (how ironic...) for most shorthanded goals in the season thus far, at FIVE. The next closest team, the New York Islanders, has three.

  • The Sharks lead the league in faceoff wins, at 57.7% Detroit is behind us at 54.6%. We won 32 to Pittsburgh's 20 last night.

  • You may have gathered from the picture above, but I made another sign... G-rated, non-political. The Pens players noticed it, I might add.


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