Thursday, October 30, 2008

Todd McLellan's new boys school his old ones (why couldn't I be there tonight???)

The Red Wings and their fans got the first and the last goal, but not the last laugh. The San Jose Sharks defeated Detroit, 4 to 2, to stay perfect at home (6-0), and new Sharks coach Todd McLellan bested his old *master* Mike Babcock to further the Sharks' best start ever.

I am still listening to the game as I type - I am in Sacramento, where I cannot watch the game. Adding insult to injury, my computer is having issues with the free video tonight (DANG). The Red Wings just scored. Oh well...

I bring that up to explain that I can't give too many details, but here goes:

The first period found the Sharks outshooting the Wings 12 to 5. The Sharks killed the one Detroit power play (Rob Blake, holding).

Eighteen seconds into the second period, Detroit got first blood with Marian Hossa's 6th goal of the season. About seven minutes later, Patrick Marleau tied it up with his own 6th of the season. Two minutes after that, Jamie McGinn, in only his second NHL game, got his 1st NHL goal. The fun wasn't over yet, as Ryane Clowe got his 4th of the year during a power play (Hossa called for tripping. The Sharks once again outshot the Wings, 15 to 8.

The third period found the Wings to be even feistier, though the Sharks got their fourth straight goal (and PIZZA for the crowd) with a Joe Pavelski goal six minutes in (his 5th of the season). The Wings finished the period with a goal from Brian Rafalski, and outshot the Sharks 14 to 6 for the period, but it doesn't matter. As Dan Rusanowsky said, a statement was made tonight. At the risk of sounding cocky, the Sharks are the team to beat this season.

Other notes:

Ryane Clowe gets his first game-winning goal of the year... could have been Jamie McGinn, but the rook is still the #1 star (see below).

Ty Conklin, formerly the stellar backup Penguins goalie, was in net for Detroit tonight, versus Evgeni Nabokov.

Jamie McGinn (#1, 1 goal, 1 assist, plus-2), Devin Setoguchi (#2, 2 assists), and Patrick Marleau (#3, 1 goal, 6 shots on goal) were the stars for the evening.

Brad Lukowich appeared injured (so I heard), but returned to the ice.

Mr. Plank's predictions about goals turned out to be incorrect (nice guesses though, Jason - but Grier again was pushing it ;-) ).

Final shots on goal - 33 to 27, San Jose. The Sharks also had the edge in faceoffs, 33 to 28, and converted on 1 of 2 power plays, while the Red Wings were 0 for 2.

Joe Pavelski got into an altercation with the refs - so I heard from friends. More to follow.

This was supposed to be our test week. NEWS FLASH - WE PASSED.


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