The Sharks had not won back-to-back games since coming back from the Olympic break and entered another showdown with an Eastern Conference opponent on Saturday night. There was much talk after a big win over the Pittsburgh Penguins about bottling up the positive play and continuing momentum, this time against the Montreal Canadiens, who were no doubt reminded of a 2-0 Sharks win in Montreal earlier in the season. Allez Requins. Allez!
Douglas Murray was back in town and had this to say during the morning's media availability.
"Anytime you trade me away & add somebody else, it’s going to get faster. I’m not going to argue with that. But you’re also getting softer."— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) March 8, 2014
If you want some easy French lessons, follow the Canadiens on twitter.
Notre vue de la galerie de presse. / Our view from the pressbox. pic.twitter.com/BPXlPQD15b— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 9, 2014
Cranky got an ovation early in the game, greeted by the Sharks home crowd for the first time since his trade out of San Jose.
Bittersweet to see Crankshaft play 4 another team but gotta <3 @SanJoseSharks fans for giving him big love!! He’ll always be a SJShark 2 me!— Tamra Takeuchi (@tamtak) March 9, 2014
Sharks took advantage, just minutes in, ironically while on a man-disadvantage.
@SanJoseSharks wind beneath my Wingels yo— SJ (@stace_ofbase) March 9, 2014
Thanks to @SanJoseSharks for singing the Canadian national anthem in french. Habs were so impressed they gave away a goal.— Steve Drouin (@steve_drouin) March 9, 2014
Matt Irwin let loose a blast with Wingels planted in front of the net and the Sharks widened a lead to two goals. Initial credit went to Irwin, but review corrected it to Wingels for his second goal of the game.
Nope, #SJSharks goal is Irwin's. Credit Wingels with a very effective screen.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) March 9, 2014
Tommy Win-Goals. #sjsharks— Brodie Brazil (@brodiebrazilCSN) March 9, 2014
New guy in net for the Habs. Tokarski. pic.twitter.com/AMTvSeUCg9— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) March 9, 2014
#SJSharks Torres flattens Eller in corner and Tinordi takes exception. All-shoulder on that Torres hit. He gets 7, Tinordi gets 17.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) March 9, 2014
A shame they called that a penalty. That’s a phenomenal hit in the corner by Raffi— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) March 9, 2014
Before that, Raffi Torres had 0 PIMs on the year. Sure, only five games in, but still...— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) March 9, 2014
Montreal can't handle the Sharknieto.— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin) March 9, 2014
Marleau nicely sets up Nieto for a beauty of a one-timer as Murray caught in middle. 3-0, #SJSharks lead.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) March 9, 2014
Well that was a beauty - Marleau's speed & perfect pass sets up the left handed shooting Nieto 4 a one-timer that Tokarski had no chance on— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) March 9, 2014
Boy Marleau really looks tired out there after his Olympic experience - NOT! He is flying out there tonight!— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) March 9, 2014
Sharks drop to 1-for-3 on the Montreal power play.— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin) March 9, 2014
As hockey people like to say, "Game Off."— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) March 9, 2014
Marleau's backcheck creates a turnover, Nieto w/ great puck patience followed up with a saucy saucer pass to Couture who redirects home.— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) March 9, 2014
Penalties began to rack up in the final 10 minutes.
By the time the game ends Half the team will be in the penatly box or off the ice. @SanJoseSharks Lets go boys!!— Sam Sam (@AwweSamm) March 9, 2014
#SJSharks gagne— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) March 9, 2014
Victory! https://t.co/kZJQOOxJYn— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) March 9, 2014
The last time the Canadiens scored a goal on Antti Niemi was December 1, 2011.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) March 9, 2014
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