Twitter Tales: #NoVember
The first home game in half a month set the tables for a visit from the Desert Dogs. Despite the Sharks fantastic start through the month of October, little separated them from the rest of the Pacific Division, hot on their tails.
@SanJoseSharks stop playing when i have work lol— westley (@DaleShackleford) November 2, 2013
.@Logancouture acknowledges a lack of separation in Pacific, "I look at the standings every morning. We need pts, we need wins."— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) November 2, 2013
Speaking of hot starts, several players on the Sharks had great individual performances in the month of October, but defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was honored as the sole representative.
Gameday came a day after a big burly Sharks forward decided to take a razor to his scalp and face for charity. Over $23 thousand was raised for Defending the Blue Line and the Katie Moore Foundation.
Lost in Burns’ shaving yesterday was Thornton and Doug Wilson trying to convince (with a charitable donation) Mike Ricci to shave his head— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) November 3, 2013
And even more giving will happen after the Sharks wore Veterans Day themed jerseys during the morning skate. They will be auctioned off for charity by the Sharks Foundation during upcoming home games on Nov. 5 and Nov. 7.
Big lineup news as Dan Boyle is finally ready to play.
Boyle on coming back vs. PHX tonight: "I had to be 100 percent and I wasn’t 100 percent sure at the LA game."— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) November 2, 2013
Also, it has been known for some time, but finally Dan Rusanowsky was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. Well deserved!
Insanely loud ovation for defenseman Dan Boyle by the locals when he's announced as part of #Sharks starting lineup. Back from concussion.— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) November 3, 2013
The Sharks are used to a hot start, but not when they're on the other end of it.
Sharks have scored a goal in the 1st minute of a game 5x this year. Tonight it happens to them and the Yotes have the early 1-0 lead.— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) November 3, 2013
Nieto skating back with his American linemates... I wonder if this line will do anything tonight?
Pavelski, Nieto & Wingels are back together. The group just generated a couple good chances. Shots are 5-2, SJS as Sharks trail 1-0.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) November 3, 2013
Tommy Wingels leads the Sharks in hits with 28, has points in 2 straight games and has had some good looks early in this game.— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) November 3, 2013
Wingels takes the first Sharks penalty of the game on a hit he might even admit was late. However the Sharks penalty kill, tested four times, would not be the issue at the end of the night.
If you are going to get an interference penalty might as well make it a good one. Wingels definitely did that! Sharks go on the PK— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) November 3, 2013
Phoenix netminder Mike Smith has a reputation for performing well against the Sharks. He's 7-4-1 with a .944 save percentage, 2.09 goals-against average and has four shutouts.
This Mike Smith looks a lot more like the Mike Smith the #SJSharks are used to facing. No idea who that was in Game 2 this season.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) November 3, 2013
The Sharks power play, contrary to their special teams performance on the penalty kill, did struggle to produce at the team's standards on the night. It was an example of something that looked very good at times, but for various reasons, did not result in goals.
#SJSharks owning this power play, tons of pressure. Nothing to show yet— Kenneth Laws (@Kenneth_Laws) November 3, 2013
Many good chances, but Smith stopped them all. #SJSharks still trailing after power play— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) November 3, 2013
Brodie Brazil and his eventful interviews.
Actual Patrick Marleau sweat. This is what Twitter was made for! pic.twitter.com/meTKhxEWuv— Brodie Brazil (@brodiebrazilCSN) November 3, 2013
Matt Nieto was the back checker that created the turnover & was with Pavelski on the 2-1. Pavelski was a perfect snipe to make it 1-1— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) November 3, 2013
Halloween extends an extra day for some.
A well timed Sharks goal by a greatly missed #22, especially on the power play.
First PP unit a dominant shift, and Boyle makes it 2-1. Punches the glass in celebration #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) November 3, 2013
I guarantee that goal helped Dan Boyle vent a lot of building steam inside him. Like 2 weeks worth. #SJSharks— Brodie Brazil (@brodiebrazilCSN) November 3, 2013
Sharks have generated 30 shot attempts on the power play tonight.— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin) November 3, 2013
Stats time: Couture has 10 shots. Sharks have 17 takeaways, Havlat leads with 3. PHX has 24 blocked shots, Michalek leads with 6 #SJSharks— Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) November 3, 2013
My arm is up! How is that not a penalty?! #SJSharks— Leslie Gonzalez (@Lezzlzz) November 3, 2013
Yes, we skip overtime and head straight to the shootout. What we skipped was several Niemi game-extending saves and too long of a duration for holding your breath.
There are 3,219 people in the US named Mike Smith. There is only one Antti Niemi. So, who's the real winner here? #SJSharks— Allison (@AllisonShiftkey) November 3, 2013