San Jose Sharks forward Jonathan Cheechoo exploded for his first hat trick of the season, including the game-winning tally in San Jose’s 4-3 win against Nashville. Cheechoo now has seven goals in his last seven games and nine tallies in his last 11 contests.
“I’ve been feeling good since Christmas,” said Cheechoo.
For the hat trick, Cheechoo and Milan Michalek were both rushing the net and when Thornton found Michalek. The Czech winger quickly tossed it over to Cheechoo, who spun almost 360 degrees to elude a defender and knock in the pass.
“It’s something we try once in a while,” said Cheechoo. “I knew what Milan was going to do with it and I just spun.”
The Moose Factory, Ontario product is definitely on the hottest streak of the season and it’s coming at just the right time.
“Cheech is starting to score goals and he’s going to the dirty areas,” said Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson. “He’s getting hot, like this time last year.”
“I’m really happy for Cheech,” said Michalek.
Cheechoo actually recorded four points on the night as he set up Michalek for his tally. Cheechoo simply placed the puck for Michalek to pick up and his opposite winger did the rest of the work.
“He has so much speed and I just laid it out there,” said Cheechoo. “One-on-one, it’s so tough to defend him. And even harder if the defense is standing still.”
Michalek scored despite having his feet taken out of him from behind. The goal, along with his two assists, tied Michalek’s career best night with three points.
“It probably would have been a penalty shot if I (didn’t get the shot off),” said Michalek.
And all the line’s center did was set up all three of Cheechoo’s goals, take the league lead with 50 helpers and move within one of 500 career helpers.
“He’s on his game and been unbelievable,” said Michalek. “He’s getting hot at the end of the season like the last two years. I’m happy to be playing with him.”
THAT’S GOOD D
The minimal 13 shots faced against Nashville tied a franchise record for fewest shots faced on home ice. This marked the fourth time the feat has been achieved, happening most recently on January 20, 2007 in a 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues.
“We wanted to tighten up our game from yesterday and have a better defensive effort,” said Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Sharks Captain Patrick Marleau
left the Nashville game with a groin injury.
“Patty’s groin was sore,” said Wilson. “I don’t expect him to miss any time.”
MURRAY AT SHARKS STORE
Sharks fans will have the opportunity to meet and greet Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray
, who will be signing autographs at the Sharks Store at HP Pavilion on Monday, February 11th. The event will take place from 4:30 - 6:00 PM and is open to the general public.
The Sharks Store currently features the latest in new Sharks logo merchandise. Fans can also purchase the new Sharks authentic game sweaters. Collectible Douglas Murray
items will be available. Customized jerseys, t-shirts, and 8x10 photos will be featured and available for purchase in the Sharks Store prior to and during the event.
Fans are allowed to bring their own memorabilia items to be signed but the number of items that can be signed per person will be dependent on the crowd on the night of the event.
Sharks Season Ticket Holders can receive their discount on merchandise purchases by showing their Season Ticket Holder ID Card at the time of purchase.
To pre-order a customized Sharks jersey call 877-I-Chomp-2 (1-877-424-6672), or email the Sharks Store at SharksStore@svse.net.
PREDATORS HEAD COACH BARRY TROTZ
“When we got a goal there at 3-3, I thought we had a lot of momentum there. We got ourselves into position to get a point tonight.”
“When they are playing their game, their cycle game, they’re tough to contain because they do have size, but at the same time I think we controlled that. They had their opportunities, but their goals didn’t come from that. They came from the little stuff like that semi-breakaway goal, and that goal from the point with the tip.”
The Sharks will host Calgary on Tuesday night in a 7:30 contest that will be aired on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Tickets can be purchased at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office or at www.ticketmaster.com.