Sunday, November 9, 2008

Tuuuuurrrrrrcooooo - Sharks beat Stars 2-1, go 9-0 at home

Correct me if this stat is wrong - but after tonight's game, I saw on TV at the bar that Todd McLellan became the 2nd coach in NHL history to win 9 straight home games to start the season.

If that is true, he has Dallas goalie Marty Turco largely to thank for that.

Turco made a horse's ass of himself in the final 30 seconds of the game by giving up the game winner on what should have been a simple execution. Sharks defenseman Brad Lukowich dumped the puck to Turco from center ice, and instead of playing the puck behind the goal or something similarly bright, Marty held on before trying to backhand it back up the middle. Enter Patrick Marleau, who managed to retrieve the puck after it hit his skate, before shooting it towards the net, where it was further helped in by the diving Dallas goaltender, for Patty's seventh of the year.

Officially, the goal was unassisted... LOL.

To quote David Spade: "Look, a falling star! Make a wish!"

I'd also like to take this moment to thank Brad Lukowich for inadvertently redeeming himself on that play. Earlier in the third period, Brad Lukowich badly misplayed the puck behind the Sharks' net, allowing a turnover to (I think) Steve Ott, that eventually resulted in a Loui Eriksson game-tying goal (and his sixth of the season).

Eriksson's goal was the first in over 36 minutes of game time - Dan Boyle had a nice goal (his third this season) with help from crisp passes from Joe Thornton and Marleau, seven minutes into the game.

Eriksson also ruined Brian Boucher's shutout streak at 163:41 since the start of the season... still, considering it was the only goal let up on 67 shots (21 from Los Angeles, 22 from Tampa Bay, and 24 from tonight), I'd say Boosh is doing pretty bleepin' well.

Not surprisingly, super pest (and occasional Vogue intern) Sean Avery served two separate minor penalties this evening, both in the first period (cross checking and slashing). However, it was actually San Jose that had the most penalty minutes - including too many men on the ice AND boarding (at least they weren't called for closing their hands on the puck, like on Thursday). Neither team converted on any of the ensuing power plays.

Ryane Clowe and Brandon Crombeen got into a fight by the players' bench before the first six minutes of the game had passed. My friend and I ruled it a draw - Clowe technically fell first, but got up to cause Crombeen to tumble even worse.

Lest I forget, the Sharks were looking pitiful at the get-go on faceoff wins - by the game's end the Sharks had won 24 to Dallas' 27, so I guess McLellan put some pressure on in the locker room to narrow the gap.

Patrick Marleau, Milan Michalek, and the Stars' Brad Richards each had 4 shots on goal - the most for the evening. Unlike the two Sharks forwards, Richards finished the evening with a minus-2 (the worst of any player tonight).

Mark Parrish, who had a hat trick last night in Anaheim in his first game with the Stars, was pretty quiet - I almost didn't notice #37's presence, though he did put in over 15 minutes of ice time. Rookie sensation Fabian Brunnstrom (who also scored last night against the Ducks) put up 3 shots, and thus made a bigger impression, but still was kept without a point. Marc-Edouard "Why Do They Call Me Pickles?" Vlasic led both teams' players in ice time, at an even 25 minutes.

Tomorrow (er, today), the Sharks take on *Olli Jokinen's* Phoenix Coyotes. It will be the second game in two days for both teams, as the Coyotes schooled Jokinen's old team, the Florida Panthers, 4-1 tonight... something the Sharks were unfortunately unable to do last month (well, as far as the final outcome - we did have 50 shots on goal, however. The way I choose to look at it - Olli had insider information, to which we were not privy).

Lastly, the Sharks now have a 3 point lead over the next closest team in the NHL, as the New York Rangers lost to the Washington Capitals tonight in regulation. Us - 26. Them - 23.

President's Trophy, here we come. GO SHARKS, and SUCK IT, Stars.

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