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Bear Essentials on the Road: San Jose, CA

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
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Bear Essentials On the Road: SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA (HP Pavilion at San Jose)

Last stop San Jose! Everybody off.

There is a Burt Bacharach/Hal David song (sung most notably by Dionne Warwick) that fits the mood -- by the way, there are several versions of this song on YouTube if you care to immerse yourself in the mood:

Burt and Dionne (NJ Women's History)
"Do you know the way to San Jose?

Ive been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my way.
Do you know the way to San Jose?
Im going back to find some peace of mind in san jose.

L.a. is a great big freeway.
Put a hundred down and buy a car.
In a week, maybe two, they'll make you a star
Weeks turn into years. how quck they pass
And all the stars that never were
Are parking cars and pumping gas

Do you know the way to San Jose?
Theyve got a lot of space. there'll be a place where I can stay
I was born and raised in San Jose
Im going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose.

Fame and fortune is a magnet.
It can pull you far away from home
With a dream in your heart you're never alone.
Dreams turn into dust and blow away
And there you are without a friend
You pack your car and ride away

Ive got lots of friends in San Jose
Do you know the way to San Jose?
Cant wait to get back to San Jose."

Well, I don't have any friends here at the moment, but I am glad to be moving on from Hollywood and to soon be on our way back to Boston. From what I've seen on my short jaunt around town, San Jose is as beautiful as all of the cities we have seen on this trip, but has a nice downtown that is very walkable. The palm trees and the weather, just like everywhere else we've been, sign the postcard...but another win would make the scene that much sweeter. JB

Where are we going?
San Jose (
Originally known as la casa de San José de Guadalupe, San Jose was founded on November 29, 1777 as the first town in the Spanish colony of Nueva California, which later became Alta California. The city served as a farming community to support Spanish military installations at San Francisco and Monterey. When California gained statehood in 1850, San Jose served as its first capital. San Jose is located in Silicon Valley, at the south end of San Francisco Bay. Once a small farming city, San Jose became a magnet for suburban newcomers in new housing developments between the 1960s and the 1990s, and is now the largest city in Northern California.

Where are we playing?
HP Pavilion at San Jose
The HP Pavilion at San Jose is a showcase of beauty and technology that has come be to be the cornerstone of a revitalized downtown cityscape. The Sharks headline the arena’s leading professional sports lineup, who played their first game there, 22 days after the opening event (Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus), on September 30, 1993 when they played the New York Islanders during pre-season. The arena also held the NHL’s 1997 All-Star Weekend. The HP Pavilion at San Jose holds 17,496 hockey fans over two seating levels, 65 executive suites, and three Penthouse Terrace Group Entertainment areas.
Who are we playing?
The San Jose Sharks were founded in 1991 when George and Gordon Gund, former owners of the Minnesota North Stars, were granted permission to bring an expansion team to the Bay Area. The nickname, the “sharks,” was said to have been inspired by the large number of sharks living in the Pacific Ocean, especially in one area near the Bay Area known as the “red triangle.”

New Sharks logo
The Sharks, like the Bruins, have modified their logo slightly. According to Wave magazine, the Sharks wanted their kinder, gentler shark to look a little meaner. So "now, there is more chomp in the bit of the Sharks updated logo. And there's more teal in the image -- Deep Pacific Teal to be exact. As for Sharkie, he's more angular and ferocious looking, his eyes slant more and they're orange -- a menacing burnt orange. Overall, the new look is a hit. It's modernized, but not a total departure from the original logo."

The Sharks are celebrating their opening night this evening -- the second time that the Bruins have "enjoyed" such festivities on this trip.

When are we playing?
10:30 p.m. ET. It will be 7:30 p.m. here on the coast.

Who's playing for us?

John Bishop is the beat writer for He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
Who knows?

Morning skate was canceled because of our arrival time and most of the team has enjoyed a lengthy nap in preparation for the tilt.

Check below at game time...

Is the game on?
You bet! NESN and WBZ will cover the game.

2:08 p.m.
Mea culpa. Mea culpa.

I went to a terrific place called Peggy Sue's for breakkie (outstanding), went back to the hotel and found out that there was no morning skate. I laid back on the bed in my room to "rest my eyes" and ended up resting them for three hours. Ha!

All the better to serve you with my friends. The Bish needed his "beauty sleep" prior to the big tilt with the Sharks later...but I digress (often).

You wouldn't guess it, but this is really hockey country out here. The Sharks are on the cover of the local version of "The Improper Bostonian" called "Wave" and banners with the Sharks new logo are pretty much everywhere.

Watching the Boston College Eagles take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and knowing my friends in More Hall and Higgins Hall and on Campanella Way are pretty excited right at the moment.

The three Eagles on the team (Alberts, Allen and Kobasew) will be insufferable -- good thing I don't have to see them until after the game.

Oh, and I have to extend my thanks to Hannah Goldman for her help with putting the away game information together. "Thanks," and I hope your Wolverines are faring well!

More in a bit...

3:59 p.m.
I really like San Jose. Everything seems to be within walking distance, including a light rail service. The museum of art is nearby and so is a movie theater and a playhouse.

AND -- Johnny Rocket's!

Yes, it's a chain and no, it's not very cosmopolitan. But if you are hungry and have less than $20 to spare, Johnny Rocket's sends you away happy.

So, thanks to my friends at the San Jose JR's.

A couple of notes (courtesy the San Jose Mercury News):
-Jeremy Roenick is not expected to play this evening. He hurt his knee earlier this week.
-Alex Semenov, Brad Norton and Tomas Plihal will also sit this one out..

5:50 p.m.
No media availability before the game, so it will still be an hour or so before I can give you any update on the lineups. I was hoping to hit the outdoor activities going on before the event, but we didn't hit the "the Shark Tank" until way after 5 p.m.

6:20 p.m.
It's Timmy in goal for Boston.

6:27 p.m.
The rest of the story:

Chara-Ward (sg) Thomas
Alberts-Ference (bg) Fernandez
Stuart-Wideman-Go Bruins!

6:59 p.m.
Nabokov led San Jose onto the ice...Timmy led Boston.

7:05 p.m.
Ahhhh. It feels like home. The lights went out -- old Garden style -- and the place went totally dark for about 20-seconds until emergency lighting went on. The players have continued to warm up in what amounts to the same lighting we used to have playing street hockey on the tennis courts or under the street lights back home in Connecticut and Western, Mass.

7:11 p.m.
It is beginning to look like street hockey down on the ice, as the players look to be unsure as to whether to continue their warm ups or to power down. For their part, both the Bruins and the Sharks are doing their best to stay loose and on schedule.

The lights have not come on fully and the emergency lights just went out...the only thing on in the building is the scoreboard lighting and that is failing.

The good news is that I am now getting juice, so I would imagine that bodes well for the game.

More when I know it...

7:15 p.m.
We seem to be making progress...slowly, but surely, the lights are coming on.

7:22 p.m.
Progress is slow. I would say, however, that this whole thing does not bode well for the B's getting out of town on time...

7:34  p.m.
Last word was that neither TV truck (home and away) had power. And they have put the following message up on the scoreboard: "Due to the power outage, the game will be delayed. Thank you for your patience."


7:42 p.m.
"Our goal is to play the game," said a San Jose Sharks official who just briefed the press box. However, the cause of the issue is most likely an "internal" issue. At this point, both teams would have to re-warm-up, so chances are that hockey is several minutes away...

7:45 p.m.
One wonders how long we will stay in a holding pattern -- with the Bruins not playing again until Thursday and San Jose off until Monday, logic says that postponement may be a solution. We'll see.

7:49 p.m.
Two Zamboni have hit the ice. And from what I can see, the players are still suited up.

7:53 p.m.
Late word is that the players will be hitting the ice for a full warm up very soon.

7:56 p.m.
Game on! The San Jose players have just hit the ice...followed shortly thereafter by Boston.

7:59 p.m.
They skipped the warm up and went straight to the game. I am switching to the running recap.
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