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The Sharks Report III – San Jose 4 Detroit 2 Final

Wow! What a great game to watch!  It was phenomenal to see the Sharks play the way they did tonight.  In 3 days they beat both conference champions from last year, the Penguins and Red Wings.  Tonight’s game was complete domination by San Jose in all aspects of the game.

The Sharks outshot Detroit 33-27, which was a big statement of tremendous forechecking.  The Red Wings had 14 shots in the third period that brought the numbers closer together but, for the most part, Detroit was held to bad shots and very few legitimate scoring chances.

Patrick Marleau exhibited blazing speed tonight slicing through various pairs of Detroit defenseman and Jumbo Joe Thornton laid a big hit on Niklas Lidstrom, showcasing his hard-nosed side.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic celebrates with Jamie McGinn after McGinn notched his first career goal

Marc-Edouard Vlasic celebrates with Jamie McGinn after McGinn notched his first career goal

The Sharks used their size and speed to overpower the Red Wings.  Hits were 29-16 wearing down a possibly tired Detroit team coming into a back-to-back.  Detroit players won’t list that as an excuse, however.  Nor should anyone blame this loss on Ty Conklin, who played wonderfully tonight despite allowing the 4 goals.  Detroit giveaways and losing battles for lose pucks were their downfall.

Todd McClellan can now relax after beating his former team in his first opportunity.  He outcoached Mike Babcock the entire game putting out matchups that worked and sticking with them.

Devin Setoguchi, who had two assists tonight, really showed me something.  This kid puts 110% on the ice and takes advantage of every shift, and every loose puck.  He can grow into one of those players who makes everyone around him better.

Joe Pavelski is a Red Wing killer.  His first NHL goal came with 5.9 seconds left at Detroit to beat the Red Wings.  From then on, he has scored or gotten a point in so many games against Detroit.  I love this kid.  His wrister is wicked.

Joe Pavelski > Detroit

Joe Pavelski > Detroit

Jamie McGinn, Sharks rookie, scored his first career NHL goal in only his second career game.  Great story.  He got it by working hard and poking the puck through Conklin’s pads.  Congratulations, Jamie.

The defense as a unit shut down Datsyuk and Zetterberg, keeping them off the score-sheet.  Despite their mental lapse in the first twenty seconds of the second when Marian Hossa scored, they played spectacular.

The Sharks are now 6-0 at home, cementing HP Pavilion, or the Shark Tank, as one of the toughest places to play.  Sharks fans are among the most passionate in the world, selling out game after game and making it tough on opponents to get their bearings.  Keep it up, fans.

One thing is for certain: The Red Wings have just experienced the best team in the National Hockey League.

The San Jose Sharks.

Ray wins! Nathan loses!  Time for Nathan to put on some Sharks stuff after his Wings lose to the almighty.

-Ray

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It’s a 1-1 Hockey Game in the 2nd Period…

So, as I sit here watching the first of four Wings Sharks games of the 2008-2009 season and the Sharks just scored ruining my title but I’m not changing it. Congrats to Jamie McGinn on his first career NHL goal. (Now 3-1… OH OZZY!!!)

The team who everyone thought was going to be the team to beat in the East, the Tampa Bay Lightning have started very slowly.  Vinny Lecavalier is getting hot and Mike Smith is playing his tail off in net for the Lightning. If Olie the Goalie doesn’t start winning, he may be catching some pine and become a spectator.

The Chicago Blackhawks fired their coach 4 games into the season and have flourished under Joe Quenneville. Sitting fourth in the Central Division, the Hawks are warming up and are getting ready to make their move.

The Pacific Division is going to be a dead heat between the Ducks and the Sharks. The Ducks have gotten off to a slow start at home and if they want to keep in the race, with a 13 day road trip coming up later in the season, the Ducks better start winning. The Ducks came from behind and beat the Wings last night in OT after a wild third period. Quack Quack Quack!!!

In the east, the Rangers are the first team to double digit victories and the Canadiens have only one regulation time loss. Can someone say Conference Finals preview when they meet up? Possibly.

With the World Series being completed, and the one sport no one watches (the NBA) the NHL is ready to continue gaining more and more fans. Unlike the rest of the leagues, there is non-stop play, non-stop excitement, and a you never know what to expect. While the weather outside cools down, the temperatures inside hockey stadiums are heating up and it’s going to be a wild winter.

Nathans Future Child

Nathan's Future Child

Have a good winter everyone…

– Nathan

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