Sharks fans will get their first live look at newcomers Brian Campbell and Brian Boucher Monday night when the Sharks play hosts to Montreal at HP Pavilion. Evgeni Nabokov is expected to take his spot between the pipes, leaving Campbell as the only one of the two scheduled to play.
“I’m looking forward to tonight,” said Campbell, whose new locker room stall is next to childhood friend Joe Thornton
. “It should be an exciting night.”
As far as Campbell is concerned, the Sharks are playing perfect right now, or least that’s the way it probably feels to him as the Sharks haven’t lost since his arrival three games ago.
“The team is great,” Campbell said. “Everyone in the organization has been great so far.”
Campbell was in a bit of shock upon being traded for the first time in his career, but is enjoying his first week with Team Teal.
“I’m happy where I’m at right now,” Campbell said. “I’m trying to fit in quietly, but hopefully bring some leadership and something on the back end.”
Campbell sees some similarities between his current club and his Buffalo Sabres teams that played deep into the postseason.
“I think I’d have to say the leadership is like we had in Buffalo after the lockout,” Campbell said.
The newest Shark wants the current five-game winning streak to go on even longer.
“Hopefully we can go on a rol1 that can last 20 games,” Campbell said.OLD HOME WEEK…SORT OF
Defenseman Craig Rivet got a not-so-subtle reminder about the daily media scrums he faced while playing with the Montreal Canadiens. Rivet enjoyed seeing the familiar faces and catching up at Monday’s morning skate, but hinted he might prefer the day-in, day-out press in California.
“Once, not once in a while, but once,” Rivet said of how often he would like to see such large crowds in the regular season.
Center Torrey Mitchell
’s parents are in town as part of a Christmas present he gave them and they’ll be watching their hometown team play their son’s team.
“My mom said, ‘I have an idea for a Christmas present,’” Mitchell said. “They’re on spring break (from teaching).”
|Torrey Mitchell (right) and his brother Jeff (left) celebrate Christmas in their San Jose Sharks T-shirts |
Mitchell, who grew up in suburban Montreal, can recall watching the Canadiens in person as a child when his dad had acquired tickets near ice level.
“When I was eight, Patrick Roy came out and I (went to give him a high-five) hit him right on the shoulder,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell’s actions earned him a stern look from the nearby security guard.
Along with fellow forwards Jonathan Cheechoo and Devin Setoguchi, there’s physical evidence of Mitchell taking an early liking to the Sharks. NO HABS FOR ME
Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic
also hails from Montreal, but was a little less of a Canadiens fan.
“I watched them a lot because I lived there, but I didn’t root for them,” Vlasic said. “I liked Detroit, but now I don’t like them.”FEELING BETTER
Defenseman Douglas Murray
missed the last game with the flu, but is an option for Coach Ron Wilson in tonight’s match against the Canadiens.
“I’m finally able to eat something,” Murray said. “I needed to fuel the body. I’m coming ready to play.”
Who plays on the blueline tonight will be decided later today as Kyle McLaren is an option as well after resting his knee the past several contests.
“All are capable of playing, but that is a game time decision,” Wilson said.FAMILY REUNION
Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson got a chance to catch up with his older brother. Murray Wilson. Murray, who was a left wing for six seasons in Montreal during the 1970s, is now the team’s English radio analyst.
Marilyn Gunner-McLeod will perform both the Canadian and American national anthems before tonight’s game. She’s a member of the Moose Cree First Nation and a resident of Moose Factory, Ontario, right wing Jonathan Cheechoo’s home town..
The entire community of Moose Factory recently came together to raise the necessary funds to send Marilyn to San Jose for this pregame honor.
San Jose will play hosts to Montreal at 7:30 p.m. and limited tickets are available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The game will be aired on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.