The Sharks entered Tuesday with an opportunity to sweep the season series against a strong conference opponent, but perhaps even more important was the opportunity to simply gain two points, an achievement the team had only done twice through half of December.
And what do you do if you're hitting a rough patch on the ice... ? Put out the best holiday video that was ever invented!
Back to gameday though... , the Sharks toyed with some different line combinations during a practice on Monday leading to mass hysteria and speculation.
Hertl-Thornton-Burns remains intact, but shuffling elsewhere as #SJSharks bulking up vs. STL tonight.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) December 17, 2013
Finally someone has developed a handy flow chart to solve the daily riddle of the Sharks starting goaltender scenario.
The last time the Sharks awaited an opponent who played the night before in a different city, they lost to the incoming Islanders. Safe assumption is that the Sharks locker room was reminded of that at some point Tuesday.
The #stlblues are not skating this morning after arriving from Ottawa around 1:30 a.m. There has been no update yet on the status of Backes.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) December 17, 2013
Hockey vs Basketball
Not a hockey player RT @Amareisreal: Fans, IM NOT INJURED, just want u to know I'm ONLY stay'n bk bc of 6 games n 9 days w/ bk2bks!— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) December 17, 2013
Foreshadowing! Foreshadowing! Foreshadowing!
The Blues are 18-0-0 when giving up 2 or less goals & 4-4-6 when giving up 3+. #SJSharks are 17-1-2 giving up 2 or less & 3-6-4 giving up 3+— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) December 17, 2013
#SJSharks scratches: Hannan, Kennedy, Nieto. STL missing Backes, Sobotka, Schwartz.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) December 18, 2013
And since we're playing the Blues, maybe we just stick to the current trend of having a strong opening period.
Sheppard with a monster shift before Pavelski picks up a fortuitous bounce off the glass to make it 1-0 #SJSharks … a 5-5 goal too!— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) December 18, 2013
Joe Pavelski's on FIYAAHH! #SJSharks— Noelle (@noelle_starr) December 18, 2013
Havlat is absolutely dominating. Creating chances left and right, great period for him. #SJSharks— Brian (@CoachEdelstein) December 18, 2013
That was the 1st TV timeout. It took just 23 minutes to play the first 17:20 of the game. #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) December 18, 2013
In three first periods against St. Louis this season, the Sharks have outshot the Blues 36-12, outchanced them 24-6 and outscored them 8-0.— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin) December 18, 2013
What was that about Burnzie being on a cold streak?
Low cycle behind the net keeps Halak glued 2 the goal line (look over left shoulder, right, left, right) b4 Burns steps out front & roofs it— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) December 18, 2013
#SJShark Burns seemed a little miffed this a.m. when questioned about his lack of goal in previous game. That'll shut us up.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) December 18, 2013
And the Sharks are cruising at this point, safe to say this will be another Blues blowout ... WHAT?!?
Blues cut in to #SJSharks lead, 3-1 with just under five minutes to go in the 2nd. Deflects in off a sliding Desjardins.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) December 18, 2013
Battle along the boards. Refs send one from each to the box. 4-on-4 for 32.2 left in the 2nd.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) December 18, 2013
And Blues take advantage after winning the faceoff. #SJSharks lead cut to 3-2 in the 2nd.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) December 18, 2013
You don't need me to spell out how important next 20 minutes of hockey are to #SJSharks as they try to break out of this slump.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) December 18, 2013
Havlat taking shifts on #SJSharks 2nd line, Wingels on 3rd since late in 2nd period.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) December 18, 2013
Marty Havlat does not often skate alongside Patty and Cooch, but when he does, it's a...
MARTY PARTY!!!! IM CRYING TEARS OF JOY! I FREAKING LOVE HAVLAT! #SJSharks— Joe Pfeil (@godfrey19) December 18, 2013
Havlat having a strong game and gets his 3rd of the year. Braun and Marleau each picking up their 2nd assists of the night.— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) December 18, 2013
In the quirky stat of the night. Alex Pietrangelo has attempted 10 shots tonight. He's missed the net once and had the other 9 blocked— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) December 18, 2013
Refs say Couture deflects puck over the boards w/ 2:01 to play while in the DZ. Blues have net empty, it's 6-on-4. Sharks lead 4-2.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) December 18, 2013
By the way that might be the worst call we’ve seen this season— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) December 18, 2013
But don't fret ... a big kill for a big win!
WOO HOO!! @SanJoseSharks POOPING BIG RAINBOWS!!— Douglas C Perera (@DouglasCP) December 18, 2013
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