It was a strange night all the way around for the Sharks Thursday night. They never led for 65 minutes of hockey action, but in the end, they won 5-4 in the shootout and moved their home record to 8-0. The eight-game home winning streak is not only the Sharks best start at home ever, but it’s tied for the fifth best home start in NHL history. The only better home winning streaks to begin a season are 11 (Chicago in 1963-64), 10 (Ottawa 1925-26) and 9 (Montreal 1953-54 and Chicago 1971-72).
A big part of the victory was the impressive night by Ryane Clowe
. The rugged winger scored twice, including the tying tally late in the third, then drilled home the shootout winner to seal the deal.
“The second goal was a great heads up play by Lukowich,” said Clowe. “He made it look like a shot and I was surprised. I saw the goalie was out.”
Thanks in part to his two goals on the night, Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan nabbed the forward for the normally finesse based shootout.
“I was surprised,” said Clowe. “He told me when Boyle made his shot.”
“We talked about it and why not have the hot hand shooting,” said McLellan.
Clowe has been making a habit of scoring lately and having to deal with the media postgame scrum.
“It’s not a problem meeting after games,” joked Clowe.
“It was great having Clowe on the ice,” said Joe Thornton
. “Either he had a great opportunity or he scored a goal.”
Clowe’s coach appreciates what Clowe has been delivering lately.
“It’s more of the same,” said McLellan. “The big guy goes to the net, shoots the puck a lot and has been scoring big goals for us. And obviously to finish the night in the shootout was a feather in his cap.”
The regular season did not start off perfect for Clowe. The Newfoundland native is now riding a four-game goal scoring streak with eight goals in the last eight games, but he did not score a goal in his first six games of the year.
“I think I was thinking too much (earlier),” said Clowe. “My strength is getting to the net. “I talked to Todd after the Philadelphia game on the things I needed to improve on.”
McLellan said the fireside chat was simply about reminding Clowe of what he already knew rather than teaching him a new trick.
“Sometimes if you ask a player what type of player they are, it reminds them of what they need to do,” said McLellan. “He’s very intelligent and he had most of the answers.”
Clowe’s shootout winner is not an official goal, but one fan did see fit to toss his hat on the ice in honor of the almost hat trick.
The Sharks were down two goals early to a St. Louis club that played the previous night and the Sharks weren’t happy with the beginning.
“It was weird,” said Joe Thornton
. “It felt sloppy all night.”
“I think we have to give credit to St. Louis,” said McLellan. “They made it hard.”
The Sharks are now 2-0 in shootouts on the season.
Clowe may have been all smiles after the game, but his temper was on display on the bench for a bit after he was run from behind into the boards and cut above the eye. He was bleeding on the bench and needed to be closed up.
“Anytime you hit the dasher, you’re going to get cut,” said Clowe.
Rob Blake has scored many times during his NHL career, but Thursday night was his first while donning the teal.
“It’s good to see it happen,” said McLellan. “He’s been pounding away and got it off his back.”
He is now tied with Denis Potvin for fifth all-time in power play goals by a defenseman according to one scribe.
TIED A FRANCHISE MARK
San Jose’s seventh game with 40 or more shots tied a franchise record for an 82-game season and Team Teal is just 14 games in right now.
The Sharks are now 12-2-0 and have had a different player record the game-winning goal in the 10 games decided before the shootout.
Following his final save that closed out the shootout victory, Evgeni Nabokov skated off in a fashion that lead to questions about whether he was injured. McLellan said there was no official injury update as of the time he addressed the media.
“We haven’t received a report yet,” said McLellan.
3 IN 13
Late in the third period, there was a strange sequence of events that saw three penalties called in 13 seconds.
In honor of Remembrance Day in Canada, McLellan, other coaches and Sharks management members wore a traditional poppy on their lapels.
extended his point streak to four games with an assist on Joe Thornton
’s first period goal. Marleau has five points (1+4=5) in the four game span and also has four assists in three straight games. Marleau also leads the Sharks in points
The San Jose Sharks and Comcast SportsNet Bay Area announced today there has been a change to the Sharks television schedule for the 2008-09 season.
The Nov. 13 game against the Calgary Flames, originally scheduled to be carried on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area-Plus, will now appear on the main Comcast SportsNet Bay Area channel and will be available in high-definition (HD).
In addition, full pre- and postgame show coverage has also been added to the schedule.
Sharks left wing Jody Shelley and his wife Mandy announced today the birth of their first child, Owen. Born today at approximately 11:31 a.m., both Mandy and Owen are doing fine.
Owen, a tough 6-pound, 12-ounce, 20-1/2-inch forward with a knack for hitting, will be available for the National Hockey League Entry Draft in 2026.
“I know the room is excited for him,” said McLellan.
McLellan said the Sharks missed more than Shelley’s physical presence on the evening where he was celebrating with his expanding family.
“He is vocal in the room and we probably missed that the most tonight,” said McLellan.
With Shelley out, and Marcel Goc and Torrey Mitchell
still banged up, McLellan dressed seven defensemen.
Goc is now skating again and Mitchell could be skating in two to three weeks.
BLUES HEAD COACH ANDY MURRAY
“Well, you know, they are playing really well. They found a way to get two points and that’s what you have to do in this league.”
“We had guys that competed pretty hard tonight.”
San Jose will host Dallas on Saturday night in a 7 p.m. start that will be available on CSN Bay Area in HD, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.