It was pretty frakking awesome.
Sure, there were some issues, namely the entire first period, but it was still a rather convincing win even without the full 60 minute effort. While it probably helps that the Wings are currently in a slump that only the Hockey Devil himself could solve, the Sharks still managed to make them look like fools in the second.
Before that happened though, there were about 15 or some minutes of WHY ARE WE IN THIS ZONE, as the Wings set up camp in front of Niemi. Kronwall got a goal towards the end of first, which was responded to with a large sign from fans, and a burning desire to score some goals on the part of Joe Pavelski. And score a goal is just what he did, just a little over 2 minutes later, and short handed I might add, to tie the game at one a piece.
Vlasic said to himself "golly gee, that looks like fun!" and scored one of his own to put the Sharks up 3-1 over the Wings. At this point Vlasic had 3 points on the night, thanks to assist on both Pavelski's short handed goal and Thornton's goal. Upon realizing this, I believe Mike Babcock made a face like this:
from somewhere care of the hfboardsWith the final two minutes counting down in the period, Torrey Mitchell scored to make it 4-1, giving everyone in attendance the right to text in a get a coupon for two deep fried "tacos". Taco Torrey strikes again. The crowd rejoiced over the goal, then spent the second intermission pondering their intestinal fortitude. (have I mentioned that I don't like Jack in the Box? I don't like Jack in the Box. Commercials are top notch but the food is...bleh)
Howard was pulled and replaced by Conklin to start the third. Let me repeat that, the Sharks chased Howard.
And there was much rejoicing.
Actually, I think most of us would have been fine with him staying in. After all, he was doing just fine by the Sharks, and there was no reason that I could see for that to end so soon.
Brad Winchester is a man who needed his first Sharks goal. Brad Winchester is a man who now has that goal. That goal put the Sharks up 5-1 over the Wings. Mike Babcock was like:
Image sourced from hereThis is you losing to the Sharks. Haven't you heard? They beat you now.
Dan Clearly is party pooper though, and went and scored a goal towards the latter end of the third to make it 5-2. There was a big lead, but this was still marginally unacceptable.
Niemi made 40 saves on the night, coming up big for the Sharks during a game where they were clearly out shot, and during the first and part of the third, outworked.
The big splash of the night, however, was made off the ice by Mr. Randy Hahn. While remarking on Vlasic's career high 4 point night, he quipped, "That is one hot pickle." A meme, and a very briny star, was born. (and a lot of really creative gifs that are borderline nsfw. You find them. I'm not linking to them.)
Next up, the Stars. Let's hope that the Sharks can make them....go nova. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH