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Twitter Tales: #HockeyFightsCancer

Monday, 10.14.2013 / 4:52 PM PT / News
By Patrick Hooper
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Twitter Tales: #HockeyFightsCancer

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 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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