First things first. We won. I know it wasn't always pretty but it's 2 points and I'll take 'em. I really liked the way the Sharks played for most parts of the game. One of the things I didn't like - the penalties. Is there something fun about going to the penalty box that we don't know about? At least it wasn't as bad as last night where we were shafted by the refs. We definitely earned the penalties tonight. Blurgh. Just because we can kill penalties doesn't mean we should....all the time. Okay, rant over. Some of my other thoughts...
- Brian Burke was on hand to watch JoePa and some Chicago players for the US Olympic team. He did an interesting interview with Jamie Baker in the 2nd intermission where he gave JoePa some nice compliments. Let's all keep our fingers crossed for JoePa!
- Dan Boyle was an animal tonight. He played the most out of all the Sharks (24 minutes), leads the NHL in ice time and is on a 7 game point streak. Oh, and he makes it easier for our players to score. Thank you sir.
- Ummm - not sure if the Sharks know this, but in order to score you kind of have to shoot the puck. At the net. Or even towards the net. Our shot total was 14. For the whole game. Chicago had 19 shots in one period (47 total.) None of our players had more than 2 SOG and some of their players had 6 or 8 shots. Pretty sure this isn't a good thing.
- Is anyone else watching every game just waiting for Murray to crankshaft someone (sounds dirty, but it's not.)? It reminds me of how I used to watch/wait for Kyle's butt hits (again sounds dirty, but it's not.) Especially loved the hit on Hossa - Murray will hit anybody.
- Nab-by, Nab-by, Nab-by - obviously he got the first star and deserved every bit of it. He was our best player on the penalty kill and for most of the darn game. I know some people wanted Greiss in net tonight (since Nabby played last night), but this guy seems to be better the more he plays. I know at some point we have to give Greiss more time, especially with Nabby probably getting a lot of playing time for Russia in the Olympics, but do you really want to take him out when he's playing so well? Me neither.
- Finally, I just wanted to give a shout-out to Brodeur. As a former goalie (okay, it was only two seasons in a women's rec league), I can not even imagine the mental, physical and emotional strength a person has to have to play that position with such success. It took 45 years for someone to break the shut-out record - wonder how long it will take for someone to break Brodeurs new record? Not to mention that it looks like he's not close to being done being awesome.
We have a bit of a break before the next game and then we play Anaheim on Saturday. And is there any better way to celebrate Kwanzaa and Boxing Day than another Sharks win? Mina will be at the game for the FTF Sharks party, while Gray and I will be crying about the fact that neither of us can be there.