December 7, 2010

Maybe the Sharks Were the Ones that Drank all the Red Bull Last Night

Anytime you make the Detroit Red Wings look like an ill-prepared team of experienceless rookies instead of the wise sages and greybeards they really are, you know you're doing something right. As such, the San Jose Sharks deserve mad props for not only beating the Wings quite handily 5-2 on Monday, but taking the lead for good by scoring twice in eight seconds, which is usually about the amount of time it takes captain Joe Thornton to come out of the penalty box for boarding and promptly nail an unsuspecting David Perron. Good to see the Sharks actually benefiting from a quick change in momentum for once.

While the two goals in eight seconds were pretty quick, there is little to no information easily accessible on the web to confirm whether or not it was a team record. Eight seconds does also represent the two fastest goals in Sharks playoff history, with current New Jersey Devils head-coach John MacLean and current Darryl Sutter-cronie Ron Sutter scoring against the Dallas Stars in a 3-2 loss back in 1998. Also of note, defenseman Brad Stuart scored two goals in the last 17 seconds of regulation back in 2004 against the Los Angeles Kings, you know, back when he could actually score. It's the fastest two goals one Sharks player has ever scored in the regular season, but there appears to be no word on what the two fastest regular-season goals, period, in team history are, so, for now, let's just assume yesterday's by Niclas Wallin and Logan Couture were it. It's a fair assumption to make, along with the fact that Couture and Dallas Star Bryan Sutherby are squinty-eyed twins separated at birth, by seven years, and, of course, one actual skill set.

Interesting to note that the Sharks tied another record last night, that of the most goals scored in Detroit by the team, with the 1994 edition of the squad scoring that many in the opening game of the 1994 playoffs, which actually saw the eighth-seeded Sharks upset the heavily favoured Wings. It was the first time the Sharks made the playoffs and advanced past the first round in franchise history... and thus began a long line of disappointing their fans with mediocre playoff run after mediocre playoff run. The more things change the more they stay the same, eh?

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