Wow! What else can you say about our favorite hockey team? Four for four and tonight's game a shut-out win for Griess's first start. Has Doug put together a hockey club with that special chemistry combined with the skills & talent to take the team all the way? Colorado pulled goalie Varlamov, who allowed all four of the Sharks goals and sent in Giguere.
If the guys continue on this same path, it certainly looks so. I am like every Sharks fan, dreaming of that end of season Stanley Cup parade downtown, proudly wearing my teal and waving my teal & white pom-poms & holding my Sharks flag up high.
Obviously, there are some more games to be played tonight, but looking at the stats for the individual players, Patrick Marleau is the star of this week scoring two goals per game in each of the four games played. According to NHL correspondent, Eric Gilmore, Patrick Marleau is only the second player in NHL history to accomplish this feat. The last player to put on this show was Cy Denneny of the the 1917-1918 Ottawa Senators. That deserves a well-earned bow, Mr. Marleau.
When asked about Patty, the coach was quoted: "I don’t know if he can keep scoring two goals every night, but he can keep his play up the way it’s been," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "He’s been skating extremely well. A ton of confidence. He’s prepared to shoot the puck. He’s engaged physically. It’s a great reward for him. He came focused to play."
Patrick was names the 2nd Star for the NHL tonight. Here is the link to the highlight of his performance.
The game didn't come without a little shoving about. Sharks Brad Stuart hit Avalanche Captain Landeskog, a big hit that resulted in the Colorado player leaving the ice for the rest of that period (but returning in the next). This then ignited a skirmish between the Avalanche and the Sharks - Colorado's O'Byrne received 19 penalty minutes. Opinions on the message boards varied on whether the original hit was targeted to the head or not. I wouldn't be surprised if Shani reviews the play.
Our top guys are doing their job: Marleau is holding #1 in total points,Thornton is in #2, both with 11 points overall, and Pavelski in #8 with eight points. Patty leads the league with 8 goals. As a team, San Jose is #1 in goals per game at 4.75%, #3 in goals against at 1.75%, in specials teams they stand in #2 with a Power Play of 41.7% - which is great, but their penalty kill still needs some work at 68.8% for 25th place. Special teams should be improving, especially with an average shot per game of 34.5, ranking them in 4th place.
What an exciting time for our team and San Jose Sharks fans! What will game five bring on Sunday, Jan. 27th? We can only wait and see.
Stay safe out there!