The San Jose Sharks road their winning streak and showed off their recently acquired mojo at home Monday night in a big 6-4 win against the Montreal Canadiens. Newcomer Brian Campbell also showed of his talents.
“There was so much skill on the ice tonight,” said Joe Thornton
. “It was two powerhouses. They’re the best in the East and we hope to be the best in the West shortly. Patty started us off great and there were a lot of great individual efforts.” WATCH CAMPBELL'S HIGHLIGHT REEL GOAL
It was a game full of offensive highlights as each goal seemed to out do the next. Things started off right when Patrick Marleau
scored one minute in with a nifty backhander off a between the legs pass from Devin Setoguchi. Then Joe Thornton
purposefully banked one in off the Canadiens netminder.
Thornton followed that up with a second tally after his initial shot sat just short of cross the goal line. Next Jody Shelley scored a goal that went in and out so fast that no one on the ice knew it crossed the line. The shot went off a defender, then off Carey Price’s stick.
“I’ve been working on that shot a while,” joked Shelley. “I just threw it at the net. I’ll take it.”
The next two tallies made the top 10 plays of the night on virtually every evening highlight show.
Jonathan Cheechoo, scoring his 10th goal in the last 15 games, came down and completely undressed former Sharks blueliner Josh Gorges.
Cheechoo’s tally would have been the goal of the game almost every other night, but then the newest Shark took center stage.
Campbell came down the ice and pulled a spin-o-rama move before sending a backhander to the back of the net for his first goal before his new home fans.
“Brian is still dizzy in there,” joked Shelley after the game.
Campbell said he was a bit surprised he scored on the tally.
“It’s not a thing you go out and try to do (every night),” said Campbell. “It’s the first time I’ve scored on it.”
But it might have been premeditated.
“He told me he was going to pull that out,” said Thornton. “If that’s not a highlight, I don’t know what is. He’s been doing that since the age of 10. He is so gifted offensively and tight defensively.” GOOD VIBE
Sharks players new and old felt a special vibe in HP Pavilion throughout the night.
“It was unbelievable as soon as we stepped through the Sharks head,” said Shelley. “They really carried us through the game. It was loud and fun. It felt like the crowd was into it.”
“It was like a playoff atmosphere,” said Campbell. “I’m happy with the situation right now. There were some signs out there in warmups. It’s nice to see the support for the team and the players. I didn’t know it was like that.”
Campbell is truly enjoying that the Sharks remained undefeated (4-0) since his arrival.
“It’s nice to score, but the winning is really nice,” said Campbell.
The Sharks are now in a position where if they can win their games in hand, they could jump into first place in the Pacific Division.
“We’ve got games in hand and we have to take advantage,” said Campbell. BACK FROM THE ROAD
Teams can sometimes struggle coming back from a long road trip, but not this time for the Sharks.
“We had a lot of jump,” said Ron Wilson. “Usually when you come off the road, there is a little let down. It was our third game in four nights and they had the same thing. We have some pretty good momentum.” TIED FOR FIRST
Cheechoo’s 20th goal moved into a tie with Milan Michalek for first on the club. FIRSTS
Campbell and Shelley each scored their first goal as a Shark. 4Joe Thornton
had two goals and two assists on the night for a four point night. With an assist, Joe Pavelski
extended his point streak to four games. He now has five points (3-2-5) over that span. TEAM PHOTO
San Jose will take their team photo Monday prior to their practice at HP Pavilion.
CANADIENS HEAD COACH GUY CARBONNEAU
“We did some really good things, and we did some really bad things. To be able to score four goals in an up-and-down game like that was pretty good, but we just can’t win games giving up six goals.”
“We gave up six goals, so I think there are a few we’d like to have back. That’s where we are. We’re playing well, but we still have a young team that’s learning to play those occasions. We had a very good weekend. In the papers, everyone was talking about our defense and our goaltender, and we saw the results tonight.” NEXT GAME
The Sharks will face Ottawa Wednesday night in a 7:30 p.m. PST contest that will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Limited tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.