It's a new day. It's not game 4 of a tough 6 game grinder. It's game 1 of quick little 3 game jaunt to the Midwest. The winning streak was great but it's in the rear view mirror. The winless streak shall also pass. The time is right. Tonight it's St. Louis where it all ended last spring. Yes the Sharks should be hungry. Yes they should be angry. And one more thing. Because of aircraft problems the Blues didn't return home from Vancouver until 6:30am CST today. They will be travel weary. The Sharks are rested and ready, with something to prove. It's time to turn it around. Tonight. It's a new day.
On this day of love there's not too many hearts, butterflies or rainbows flowing toward Matt Cook of the Pittsburgh Penguins from fans of the Ottawa Senators. Last night Cooks skate severed the Achilles tendon of Ottawa's Erik Karlsson, quite likely ending the reining Norris trophy winners season. Because of Cook's reputation as a head hunter there are many convinced that what happened last night was not an accident. But after watching the video of the incident a number of times, it looks accidental to me. The National Hockey League apparently concurs because they've already stated that there will be no discipline for Cook.
The injury is a huge blow to the Senators and their chances to make the playoffs this season, let alone win the Stanley Cup. They've already lost their top center Jason Spezza to back surgery and now the loss of Karlsson could prove to be insurmountable. We'll see if the Sen's have the depth to adapt and successfully move on.
Meanwhile here in Chicago the Sharks will practice today in advance of tomorrows continuation of the 6 game road trip against the Blackhawks. The bad news is that the Sharks have lost 6 in a row and they just can't find a way to put the puck into the net on a regular basis. They've scored only 7 goals in the last 18 periods and 3 overtimes. If you take away power play goals, they've scored only 5 even strength goals since the slump began. On a brighter note the Sharks scored 3 goals at even strength against Chicago in a tough 5-3 loss at HP Pavilion last week. Knowing the way Todd McLellan and his coaching staff operate, they'll take those positives and reinforce them to the players between now and tomorrow night's face off at the United Center.
Hearts, butterflies and rainbows to all of you from Chicago. Happy Valentine's Day!
I'm Randy Hahn for SJSHARKS.com
Sharks fans have been busy on the Twitter machine so far this season. Here are a few that have recently come my way. Enjoy!
@sharkvoice at some point refs need to start getting fined just like players do when mistakes are made.— John Zardkoohi (@TGIJZ) February 6, 2013
I don’t see that coming anytime soon. NHL Officials are already constantly being monitored and reviewed and graded on their performances. Those grades affect their playoff assignments and thus their compensation.
The long wait for Sharks fans is finally over. The home opener is tonight at HP Pavilion at 7:30pm against the Phoenix Coyotes. Not only do fans finally get to see the Boys in Teal for the first time since last April, but also they’ll be welcoming a team that comes home with a 2-0 record after impressive wins in Calgary and Edmonton.
There are so many positive takeaways from the road trip.
- The stunning and franchise record 6 goal first period against Edmonton.
- Patrick Marleau’s 4 goals as he became the first Shark to record multiple goal games in the first two contests of the season.
- Joe Thornton’s 5 assists
- Logan Couture’s 2 goal 2 assist start and his “stare down” of Taylor Hall and the Oilers other “Young Guns”
- Antti Niemi’s brilliance in the first period of the first game in Calgary when he gave the Sharks a chance to win
And those were just the headlines.
Here’s 10 reason’s to love the Sharks TV Schedule.
1. We’re back and the band is back together
The last time we ((Drew Remenda, Brodie Brazil, Bret Hedican, Jamie Baker, Dave Maley, Curtis Brown and yours truly) called a live game was April 21, 2012 from St. Louis. That’s just too long between broadcasts. We all love what we do and can’t wait to get back at it.
2. Opening night January 20 at Calgary
Finally we get to see the Boys In Teal back in action and what a venue to begin in. Lockout or no lockout, hockey is Canada’s national passion. Flames fans will be out in full force and the city of Calgary will be teeming with anticipation. It’ll be similar 2 nights later in Edmonton.
The annual Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony recently got me thinking. What if there was such a thing as a San Jose Sharks Hall of Fame? Who would be the inaugural inductees?
First of all these would be my ground rules. Current NHLers wouldn’t be eligible in the player category and the basic rule of thumb would be that any player considered for induction would be judged solely on his contribution to the Sharks franchise during his time with the team no matter how many other clubs he eventually played for.
I’m going to go with three “SJSHOF" categories: Player, Coach and Builder.
InnVision and the Shelter Network recently merged and represent 64 combined years of serving homeless families and individuals across the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Peninsula. The goal of the organization is to end homelessness. On the way to achieving that goal they provide food, housing, training and assistance to over 20,000 homeless men, women and children every year. These are dedicated people doing amazing work in our community.
While a dozen or so of my co-workers headed to the Julian Street Inn to thoroughly clean all the kitchen facilities and help with a special holiday themed crafts project, the rest of us descended upon the New Montgomery location with paintbrushes in hand to spruce up the main cafeteria area. Three hours later the room had a fresh coat of paint on it and we all felt grateful for the opportunity to lend a hand to a group of such dedicated people making such a profound difference in the Bay Area.
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Like most of us who work for the Sharks, I’m asked every day what I think of the NHL labor negotiation and when I think the season will start. The fact is that none of us who are employed by the team are allowed to discuss the issue, per League rules.
People are also interested in what the broadcasters are doing to pass the time. We’ve actually been quite active. Here’s some of what’s been on my plate in October:
The First Tee of the Tri-Valley Backyard BBQ
Barone's Restaurant - Pleasanton, CA
The First Tee of the Tri-Valley was formed seven years ago by a group of golf professionals and local business leaders. The purpose of the charity is to make golfing more accessible and affordable throughout the Tri-Valley and the greater Alameda County area for children ages 7-17.
But along with learning how to play , the children are also exposed to virtues such as honor, patience and fair play, lessons that will be valuable beyond the golf course. Golf professionals Dana Jetter and Todd Fisher along with many others work tirelessly to grow the game and their organization. There’s also a hockey connection. The First Tee of the Tri-Valley’s executive director is Dan McKegney, son of former NHLer Tony McKegney.
It was a welcoming opportunity this week when 60 Sharks employees, myself included, were invited to volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank and Sacred Heart Community Service in San Jose.
I have helped out at Second Harvest before so I was looking forward to something different at Sacred Heart. It turned out to be a fun, eye-opening and enriching experience.
My assignment was to work at the checkout counter in the clothing store. It was set up just like a retail clothing store the only differences being that all the clothes, new and used, had been donated and there was no charge whatsoever to the customers. My job was to count the garments or shoes selected (five per family member) and then bag them up.
Being that it was a Monday morning, the store was busy. While there is no charge for the items, customers are allowed to visit the store only twice a month. So when the first of the month falls on a Monday, the line is long. There are many people in need of these clothing items.
Before I began working on Sharks broadcasts in 1991, I worked for the Los Angeles Kings. There, I’ve said it. I once worked for one of the Sharks biggest rivals. (Geography aside, I still believe that Detroit is “Rival #1".)
From 1988 through the 1990 season I was the host of Kings Korner, a 30-minute pregame show that aired before every game, home and away. It was in the early years of the Wayne Gretzky era. It was a very exciting time to be doing my first ever television work in the NHL, so it is with that backdrop that I get ready to watch Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight at 5 PM Pacific on NBC Sports Network.
Will I be cheering for the Kings? Well, yes and no.