Dan's Thought of the Day - 3/29/2013

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 2:08 PM PT
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites
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It’s always such a pleasure to call the action when the San Jose Sharks face the Detroit Red Wings. The style of hockey that is played is, all at once, fast, hard skating, thrilling, and clean. It brings back memories of some great Sharks triumphs along with some bitter Sharks disappointments, but it really sets the tone for the way that professional hockey ought to be played.

When the Sharks last faced the Red Wings in the 2011 playoffs, all of hockey got more of the same. That series was the finest of all of the series played that season, with the possible exception of the seven-game Final series between Vancouver and Boston.

Last night, at HP Pavilion, another awesome game was played between these two long-time rivals, and the Sharks captured the victory, 2-0. Antti Niemi was outstanding in net, but it took contributions from everyone working together in order to get to the desired result.

You have to tip your hat to the Red Wings for putting together a solid effort of their own that was typical of their history. In fact, one of the more spectacular individual moments in the game occurred when Pavel Datsyuk performed some magic in a one-on-one situation with Logan Couture. Check the evidence here, from the point of view of the Detroit telecast:

Logan Couture is one of the most competitive and talented players on the Sharks roster, so when you watch what Datsyuk did, you see why he has to be one of the truly best players in the game. Couture, by the way, had an excellent night in all three zones, and celebrated his 24th birthday in style with the Sharks win.

Let the homestand continue!



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AWAY
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STANDINGS

PACIFIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
2 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
3 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
4 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
5 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
6 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
7 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Burns 8 2 9 -1 11
J. Pavelski 8 6 4 2 10
L. Couture 8 4 6 1 10
J. Ward 8 1 5 1 6
J. Thornton 8 2 3 3 5
P. Marleau 8 2 3 -1 5
J. Donskoi 8 2 2 -2 4
T. Hertl 8 2 2 3 4
M. Vlasic 8 0 3 6 3
M. Nieto 8 1 1 0 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Jones 6 2 1 .914 2.36
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