Twitter Tales: #HockeyFightsCancer

Monday, 10.14.2013 / 7:52 PM / News
By Patrick Hooper  - Digital Content Developer
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Twitter Tales: #HockeyFightsCancer
The San Jose Sharks vs the Ottawa Senators on Hockey Fights Cancer night as told by twitter.

It was a rare meeting between the Sharks and Senators on Saturday night as the two squads only meeting in San Jose this season. Thanks to realignment, Sharks fans will get to see every NHL team come to the SAP Center this year and there was definite hope that Ottawa coming to town would result like the most recent Eastern Conference visit by the New York Rangers.

Ottawa also meant a few familiar faces were in town. Logan Couture spent his junior hockey days playing for the Ottawa 67's.

The biggest lineup news of the morning might have been that the Senators opted for their #2 netminder.

It was also a unique game because of some special guests hosted for the night. Attention turned to an even bigger battle than what would take place at 7PM. It was time to drop the gloves and join in as #HockeyFightsCancer. The guests were treated to a pre-game tour, enjoyed the game from a suite and met with the players after the game.

Cancer patients and survivors, as well as doctors and staff were on hand from El Camino Hospital and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) October 13, 2013

First Period

In order to make it a perfect night for #HockeyFightsCancer, the Sharks needed to come out on top, a task that was not easily achieved.

So the game begins... and this quickly happens.

The Sens would go on to score two goals later in the period, but to no lack of effort from Antti Niemi who put forth a solid night.

This game was turning in to a challenge that the Sharks had not seen since opening night.

Second Period

Hope was dim until...

Marleau happened

Momentum began to swing the other way...

priorities were challenged...

...and wild accusations were made.

Third Period

The Third period skated by in a tie for the first half. Then Burnzie tested out his slap shot velocity from about two feet out.

So the Sharks were back in the lead and a bit of optimism peaked through the rafters. While those on the outside acknowledged the situation.

Final

It was perhaps the Sharks best challenge of the young season and one both players and media continued to recognize postgame.

But in the end, the important battle is one that has not been won or lost yet. It will continue to wage on and those that played and cheered for both the Sharks and Senators will be there to assist as #HockeyFightsCancer.

Jason Demers rocking the pink suit in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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