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Cheechoo Still Day-to-Day After Kunitz Hit

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
It looks like the Sharks will be without the services of Jonathan Cheechoo for at least another game. The right wing is still suffering from the hit to the head he took from Anaheim’s Chris Kunitz in the late moments last Friday’s game.

“I saw it after the game on TV and I thought it was a cheap shot,” said Michalek. “The stick hit him in the back of the head.”

Cheechoo’s return is unknown, but the Sharks can only hope for sooner rather than later as their sniper has been on his A-game lately.

“He’s still suffering the affects of the hit,” said Shark Head Coach Ron Wilson. “I’d say he’s doubtful for tomorrow. I wouldn’t say it’s a concussion.”

“As soon as he’s back, the better,” said Michalek.

With Cheechoo out and Roenick taking a day off, Ryane Clowe had an opportunity to skate alongside Joe Thornton and Milan Michalek in practice. Clowe was a regular linemate of Thornton last season and was a big presence for the Sharks in the postseason.

“It’s great to see him out there,” said Michalek. “He’s a great player and we miss him.”

Clowe may not have Thornton’s setup ability, Michalek’s speed or Cheechoo’s shot, but every Sharks player and fan knows his importance to the club. Clowe can bring scoring and toughness while being a very smart positional player.

“I think he is an all-around great player,” said Michalek. “He has a great shot, great hands and plays physical. He can do it all.”

Clowe is anxious now that his return is imminent.

“Hopefully within a week I can get in a game,” said Clowe. “The light is brighter at the end of the tunnel.”

“Clowe won’t play until next week at the earliest,” said Wilson.

For a player who has been healthy his entire career, the 2007-08 regular season was rather difficult for Clowe.

“It was hard to get in my head I had to watch 60 to 70 games,” said Clowe. “The first three weeks of rehab were so slow and repetitive. It was tough. It was good that I could get back in time for the playoffs. Last year’s playoffs were so much fun.”

On the play where San Jose tied the Tuesday night Phoenix contest at four apiece and sent it to overtime, Michalek forced his brother Zbynek into relinquishing the puck.

“We talked about it after the game,” said Michalek. “He was (not happy). He told me we have one more game and I’d better be ready.”

If San Jose wins their next two games, they would clinch the Pacific Division title.

“We’re in control and focused on playing our best,” said Wilson.

Three Sharks prospects, Tony Lucia (Minnesota), Nick Petrecki (Boston College) and Steven Zalewski (Clarkson) will be in the hunt for this year’s NCAA college championship.

From the Sharks locker room, there will be extra attention paid in the first round when Matt Carle’s Denver University Pioneers face off with Joe Pavelski’s Wisconsin Badgers.

The Sharks will host Dallas Thursday night at 7 p.m. and the game will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and Limited tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at
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