October 16, 2011

Sharks feeling Blue

After their first game of the season and waiting a week to play, the Sharks lose 1-0 to their division rival Anaheim Ducks Friday night... After the game the Sharks on the plane headed home, now eager to play their 3rd game in hopes to getting back on a winning note.

Visiting the HP Pavillion were the St Louis Blues. The Blues are full of great potential, led by the big captain David Backes.
Last season the Sharks went 3-1 against the Blues and hoped to keep a winning record against them again this season. Instead it was the Sharks singing the blues tonight as St. Louis won 4-2.
The first goal started out with a "cough up" turnover (aka bad pass) intended for Logan Couture but instead got to the stick of Matt D'Agostini, which then beat Griess for the first goal of the game. It was not until a power play at the end of the period where Michal Handzus chipped in a power play goal to tie up.

Brent Burns would then fire a cannon of a shot that beat Brian Elliot and end up being the lone goal of the Second Period. [P.S.]The flex of his stick was ridiculous!

The 3rd period ended up being all St. Louis goals (3), 1 by former shark Kent Huskins to tie it up, then Alex Steen with the Game winner…and to put the nail in the coffin, Captain Backes scores the empty netter to make it 4-2.

Also to add to the pain…Brian Elliot decided to play a brilliant game against the Sharks and make phenomenal stops tonight.

Now this is not to say the Sharks played all bad tonight, because there were very good shifts and some very bad shifts.

The first line of Marleau - Thornton - Pavelski had great zone time but could not finish, and each would finish -1 tonight.
The Sharks also dominated in the faceoff circle tonight which is a another plus to a bad game, as well as the physical play started to go in the Sharks favor as they were out matched in the first period.

Over all this weekend was not the best for the San Jose Sharks, but this should not cause any doubt about the talent this team has...
If anything this should end up making the Sharks desire to bounce back even more…which leads us to Monday's rematch against the Anaheim Ducks. Arch Rivals? Sharks wanting revenge after a horrible weekend? Yeah, I would tune into Mondays tilt  

 -Justin Stefani

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