Our San Jose Sharks returned to Silicon Valley after a successful their first road trip of the 2011-2012 season Ice Hockey season. The Sharks earned 10 out of a possible 12 points, only falling in their final road game. The schedule and final tally for each game is listed below.
October 21rst, at New Jersey, playing the Devils, San Jose WON 4-3
October 22rst, at Boston, playing the Bruins, San Jose WON 4-2
October 25th, at Nashville, playing the Predators, San Jose WON 3-1
October 28th, at Detroit, playing the Red Wings, San Jose WON 4-2
October 29th, at New York, playing the Islanders, San Jose WON in overtime 3-2
October 31rst, in New York, playing the Rangers, San Jose, lost 5-2
Together, the team combined for 54 points in goals and assists. The big winner on the visit east was Joe Pavelski, with six goals and assists. Next up is Joe Thornton, who not only played in his 1000th game, but also had a multi-goal game against the Detroit Red Wings, scoring the game winner and an empty netter. The Shark players tallied six points: Clowe, Marleau, and Couture. Ryane Clowe’s biggest goal was the shoot-out goal against the New Jersey Devils. Patrick Marleau continues to work hard, scoring goals and making plays. Logan looks to be on track to show his full rookie season was no fluke. Goalie Thomas Griess played one road game, getting the win in overtime over the Islanders Rick DePietro. Antti Niemi took over the pipes for the remaining games for San Jose.
Boyle Goals= Assists= 3 3 points total
Burns Goals= 1 Assists= 1 2 points total
Clowe Goals= 3 Assists= 3 6 points total
Couture Goals= 4 Assists= 2 6 points total
Ferriero Goals= 1 Assists= 1 point total
Havlat Goals= Assists= 5 5 points total
Marleau Goals=2 Assists= 4 6 points total
McGinn Goals= Assists= 1 1 point total
D Murray Goals= Assists= 2 2 points total
Pavelski Goals =6 Assists= 5 11 points total
Thornton Goals=3 Assists= 5 8 points total
Vandermeer Goals= Assists= 1 1 point total
Vlasic Goals- Assists= 2 2 points total
Greiss = 1 (for 1)
Niemi = 4 (for 5)
As of November 4, 2011, the team stats listed on the Sharks site is as follows (these stats include the Penguins game win mentioned above).
Joe Pavelski is on top of the team in point, with 13(8 goals and 5 assists); he also has 3 power play goals, more than any other Sharks player does. Joe has a 22.9% scoring rate, again the highest on the team. Andrew Desjardins is next, with a scoring success of 14.3%. Logan Couture has the only short-handed goal as of the date of these stats.
The game winning goals are spread out; none of the Sharks have more than one. Dan Boyle and Martin Havlat each have 7 assists, surpassing their team mates in that category. Douglas Murray is a +7, the highest ranked member of the team, Jason Demers is the lowest at a -6. Andrew Desjardins has 21 penalty minutes with Ryane Clowe’s 18 minutes coming in second, and Brad Winchester at 13 in third place. Ryane Clowe has 40 shots on goal, Dan Boyle is second with 37 and Joe Pavelski is third with 35.
Why the problems at home? One reason could be the new boards that were installed over the summer. According to Dan Rusanowsky and Jamie Baker, the boards have more bounce. I still believe the changes in staff have a lot to do with the rough start. As the guys get to know one another, their play will improve even more. The ‘Big Guys’ are performing. I say this season will be a big year for Thornton and Pavelski.
The boys in teal have certainly kept is fun so far. Looking forward to a great hockey year!