After coming back home after a very long, yet successful road trip, the San Jose Sharks haven’t lacked exciting hockey on their current homestand.
It all started Thursday night against the beasts of the east, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh, who came into what some called a possible Stanley Cup Finals preview, the team who Sports Illustrated picked to win the Stanley Cup, were missing arguably the most talented player in the NHL, Sidney Crosby. Crosby, who suffered a season ending concussion in the middle of last season, has been making a slower then expected recovery, but reports say he may be back on the ice this friday.
It didn’t take long for the puck to find the back of the net. It only took 24 seconds for Pittsburgh to take a 1-0 lead. This seemed not to tighten up San Jose’s defense, as Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh’s other star, made it 2-0 just over 2 minutes into the contest. If there was any positive for San Jose to look at, it was that they had 58 minutes to at least tie it up and send it to overtime. That’s just what they did. Antii Niemi was pulled, Ryan Clowe and Jamie McGinn scored 2 late goals, Thomas Greiss stopped all 3 shots in the shootout, and San Jose pulled off what seemed like an impossible victory.
San Jose then played the role of Pittsburgh when they faced the St Louis Blues. After two second period goals by Joe Pavelski and Martin Havlat (his first as a Shark) and a third period goal by Logan Couture, San Jose had a comfortable 3-1 lead with roughly 20 minutes left in the contest. Except this time it was San Jose that blew the lead, and gave up the winning goal in OT, handing Todd Mclellan and his Sharks a very tough 4-3 loss.
San Jose had to forget about that game, as they welcomed their rival LA Kings into town for a heated Monday contest. Just the previous season, the Sharks defeated the Kings in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. San Jose played dominant, handling their Pacific Division enemie 4-2.
Tonight, San Jose is playing in one of the games that most players and fans circled on their schedule; an encounter with the Minnesota Wild. San Jose will be facing off against two of their former players, from just last season, fowards Devon Setoguchi, who was part of the deal that sent Brett Burns to San Jose and Dany Heatley, who was traded straight up for Martin Havlat, who is playing great hockey with San Jose.
San Jose is sure to have it hands full tonight with two players who want to show that they shouldn’t have left.
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