It was billed as a battle of the unbeatens. And on a day that began as a great platform for hockey and two thriving teams, an ugly incident quickly diverted attention from the records and stellar play. But it was a lesson of cooler heads prevailing and an example of the versatility of what toughness can mean on the ice.
The #stlblues will take a streak on home ice of 559:10 of having never trailed (led or tied). Last time they trailed was Apr. 16 vs. Van.— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) October 15, 2013
The first bit of news in the morning meant a new face in teal from the Woo as a result of Burish being placed on the IR.
This is third game of Brad Stuart's three-game suspension. #SJSharks icing same lineup as last two games.— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) October 16, 2013
Then came the fun analysis.
More wild accusations.
(Hockey Jesus is Tomas Hertl, btw.)— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin) October 16, 2013
And a Central Time puck drop meant an early start for Sharks fans back home.
Hi traffic please work with me so I can get home to watch the @SanJoseSharks— Tori (@stttories) October 16, 2013
Huge hits early. #SJSharks— Carlos Graves (@carlosgraves) October 16, 2013
Penalty/suspension or not… I'm angry to see hits like that in the game, and I'm sick to see Dan Boyle taken away on a stretcher. #sjsharks— Brodie Brazil (@brodiebrazilCSN) October 16, 2013
praying that dan boyle is ok. #SJSharks— Maddie B (@ablinkofangels) October 16, 2013
Sending our best. RT @SanJoseSharks: Dan Boyle was alert and moving his extremities and has been taken to a local hospital for evaluation.— NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) October 16, 2013
McLellan: "Our power play is a form of toughness. It came back and scored two goals. We really want to finish the night for Boyler."— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) October 16, 2013
And finally the end to the period.
This first intermission couldn't have come faster. Both teams get to calm their emotions, take a break and get ready for the 2nd. #SJSharks— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) October 16, 2013
After a Tommy Wingels score, the Sharks got to work on the defensive end with some fantastic PK effort, sacrificing the body, and solid work as usual from Antti Niemi.
Unbelieveable shot blocking by Sharks PK unit. #pavelski— Randy Hahn (@sharkvoice) October 16, 2013
That was Hannan's first goal as a Shark since April 4th, 2007.— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin) October 16, 2013
But maybe everyone wasn't tuning in.
More impassioned effort by the boys in teal.
Love it when players pay the price when leading by a good margin (like 4-0) case in pt, Wingels goes down, sacrifices body & blocks shot— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) October 16, 2013
Jumbo makes it 5-0 with this bizarre score.
I joked to @cyclelikesedins earlier that Jumbo is devastated when he has to shoot, even when it goes in. That's exactly what just happened.— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin) October 16, 2013
Some time after, the Blues get on the board, but who cares. It seemed like since the Boyle hit in the first period the Sharks mission was to score about 500 goals and end this game as quickly as possible. Even some cheering for the opposing side appeared to have lost investment for the night.
Blues end the Neimi riddle and end his shutout bid (which I was quietly rooting for) Score is 5-1 with around 12 minutes left in the 3rd— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) October 16, 2013
Blues fans cheering loudest for highlights of Cards 4-1 lead over Dodgers on the video board.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) October 16, 2013
Everyone seemed to get the picture by this point. (Blues cut in to lead, Marleau widens it again.)
Patrick Marleau with 2pts, Joe Thornton with 3pts and the top 3 lines have each scored a goal. That's a balanced attack. #SJSharks— Jeff Adams (@jeffmadams) October 16, 2013
For #sjsharks: Couture & Marleau have points in all 6 games, so far. Hertl, Thornton, Burns each have points in 5 of 6.— Brodie Brazil (@brodiebrazilCSN) October 16, 2013
Playing an undefeated team, on the road, losing their best defenseman early, and still winning 6-2. Great win for the #SJSharks— Brian Tenerowicz (@BrianTenerowicz) October 16, 2013
I'm very impressed how the Sharks controlled their emotion & handled themselves after the Boyle injury to go on and win 6-2. #MentallyTough— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) October 16, 2013
And the half of everyone's brain that wasn't already focused on Dan for the whole game, turned its attention.
Pavelski: "Dan's a world class player... I'm happy how we responded." #WinforBoyle— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) October 16, 2013
McLellan: "It was an emotional roller coaster...after the game, your thoughts immediately focus on Dan & his health."— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) October 16, 2013
Couture: "It's cliche but your mind is thinking about Boyler. We knew we had to win for him." #WinforBoyle— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) October 16, 2013
#22— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) October 16, 2013
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