The Silver Bullet

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Catching up on your Teal

Your boys in teal have jumped right into their sixteenth season and have powered up the pacific division with three consecutive wins.

The first coming over the St. Louis Blues in a 5-4 OT thriller. A dramatic contest featuring an obscure hole in the rink boards and a downed referee (AP Photo/ The Oakland Tribune, Aric Crabb)who left the game with an eye injury. All the parts were there on this night, including a tying goal by St. Louis’s Bill Guerin to force the extra five. Curtis Brown though muscled up and won the game for the Sharks by tapping in a shot from Matt Carle with 2:48 left to go. Sharks win 5-4.  Notes: Vesa Toskala looked a little shaky in his first home opener start, giving up two goals in the game’s first four minutes. After that he cooled off and looked somewhat like the Vesa we came to love in the post season last year. JT starts with three assists and Milan Michalek continues his scoring streak with a pair of goals.

Game 2: The Sharks took on a lowly New York Islanders club with a switch at goalie, (AP Photo/Ben Margot) longsincebeenseeningoodform Evgeni Nabokov started for Team Teal. Special teams were key this bout as Matt Carle scored his second on the year and Christian Erhoff, his first, both scored on the powerplay in the first period. The true story must be Nabokov who earns his first shutout since January 12th against powerhouse Ottawa. Sharks win 2-0. Notes: A quiet game that featured the playmaking and set-up ability of Steve Bernier and Patrick Marleau each assisting on both goals.

 

Game 3: A charged encounter with 2004 foe Calgary, from the Saddledome. The first appearance of Kipper (AP PHOTO/CP, Jeff McIntosh)and the return of Vesa to the pipes. The Sharks dominated this game as the Flames seemed flat, again. Patrick Marleau tallied three assists as the Sharks score the first four goals of the game, surrendering only the a late goal by Alex Tanguay. Vesa gets his second win. Sharks win 4-1. Notes: Milan Michalek scored his third goal in three games, and is seeming a nice target for Marleau, who may feel he doesn’t have to do all the scoring anymore.

This weekend: The Sharks return to Edmonton to face the team that ousted them from the playoffs just a few months ago. This time though they have a restructured line-up without big guy Pronger who is quacking in So-Cal. Some big names have left with the scoring in tow, the Oilers four goals rank lowest in the conference. Prediction: Teal 3, Oil 1

Friday, the Sharks will face a Vancouver club whose playoff dreams died when the sharks swept them in a home-n-home in late March. This is the Canuckleheads home opener and the boys in teal may feel like they/re on the run for the first ten minutes. Prediction: High Scoring Battle Canucks 6, Sharks 5 OT.

Either way it happens, the Sharks are on the road and they look good. If they win tonight, Team Teal will win the first four games of their regular season for the first time in franchise history.

 

 

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October 12, 2006 - Posted by | danharris, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Sports, thesilverbullet

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