I hope everyone is properly in the Halloween spirit and ready to party late into All Hallows night. Friday Halloweens rule.
Anyway, let's get back to business and get my (Gray's) take on the week in Sharks hockey that has passed.
The Pens game, Tuesday, Oct 28th:
It's fun when one of the tops teams comes to town. The Pens might not be off to the best start this season, but they're still the runners up in last year's Stanley Cup Finals, and that means they're still a force to be reckoned with. We expected a nail biter, and while we didn't exactly get that, we did get a fun, fast paced game that was thoroughly entertaining.
Sabo is a beast. Wow. I don't think he got one of the three stars of the game and I'm not sure how he got passed up.
Every time Crosby touched the puck, magic started to happen. Luckily for the Sharks, he never managed to complete whatever spell he was attempting to cast because the puck kept going wide of the net.
You gain a new found respect for Crosby and Malkin when you see them skate in person.
Thornton still looked hurt. More than I'd think he'd be with a mild, lingering injury.
Nabby was back to his old self.
A guy in the front row had a "Free Candy" sign. We saw it ONCE. You're on the glass, you have a sign and you show it once? Mina didn't even get to take a picture! We resorted to shouting to the guy after the game, in a vain attempt to get him to raise the sign. He didn't hear us. Sad times.
They were running these goofy Halloween themed spots between periods. Ghost Sharkie and swamp lit Jody Shelley! SssPPppppoooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooKKKKkkkkkkyyyYYY
Detroit Redwings, Thursday, October 30th.
Out skated, out shot out worked. That sums up the Sharks performance against the Wings last night. I didn't know what to think going into this game, but I knew it was going to be good. The problem with judging the Sharks based on how the preformed against the Wings the past few seasons is that they have a totally different coach. They are not the same team, you cannot assume they will preform the same way.
These are not Ron Wilson's Sharks. These are Todd McLellan's Sharks and they are better, bigger and stronger than they've been before. Those changes were on display last night. The next three meetings with the Wings should also be good ones. Be sure to tune in.
Conklin = Insane. I swear he had a force field up for the entire first period.
How sweet was that pass from Setoguchi to Pavelski? Awesome.
Congratulations to Jamie McGinn on his first NHL goal! Watching him blush as the crowd cheered for him and seeing JR so excited for him (and helping him wave) was pretty damn cool.
Patty was all over the place last night.
Thornton looked better and faster, but he's obviously still bothered by an injury. Take a few games off and let it heal now, or it will be real bad later this season.
Ryane Clowe had a goal. 'Nuff said.