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Crowd Reaction Overwhelming

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

The Sharks won their second straight game Wednesday night after defeating Columbus, 4-1, earning their second straight win after dropping their first two games on the road. Even though their last game was won thanks to a three-goal comeback, perhaps this victory meant even more.Why? For one reason...the fans.

 

In what truly felt like a playoff atmosphere, 17,496 people packed HP Pavilion to watch their beloved Sharks do battle with the Blue Jackets. The Sharks held their end of the deal up by taking care of Columbus on the ice, thanks in large part to the support of their fans.

 

"That's as loud of an opening night crowd as I've ever heard, anywhere," said Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson. "The fans provided a lot of excitement and I hope we reciprocated with the same kind of energy on the ice. I think we did. I have to give them a lot of credit. Even in the exhibition games it's been loud in here and you could tell they appreciate the style of play. Throughout the course of the year, I really think they'll enjoy the new NHL with the emphasis on offense."

 

The first two periods of the contest were a prime example of the "new" NHL. Scoring was aplenty as the Sharks notched two goals in each of the first two frames. San Jose fired 22 shots on goal in the second period alone, while accumulating 36 on the night. The crowd noise only seemed to increase as the game progressed.

 

"I loved the crowd reaction," said Kyle McLaren. "It felt like a playoff atmosphere out there. I love seeing the building sold out and I hope the fans continue to come out and support us."

 

Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov felt the crowd behind him the whole game as he stifled the Columbus offense all night long.

 

"We feed off the fans and get energy from them," said Nabokov. "I know how much this area loves hockey and I'm glad we could perform well for them tonight."

 

 

PLAYERS ADJUSTING TO NEW RULES


It's very obvious that the new rules this season have helped increase scoring in the League. Not being able to initiate as much contact on scoring chances alone enables forwards to have even more of an advantage than they have in years past. So how do the players feel about it?

 

The overall consensus is, they like it.

 

"It's a different game," said Wayne Primeau. "Not as much clutching and grabbing but I think that with the speed we have we're able to use that and keep their offense to the outside limiting their chances in front. I think we are adjusting from game to game. It's difficult for the players but it's also difficult for the referees. On any given night you don't really know what to expect. They're still learning and so are we. Everything will be a lot smoother as the season wears on."

 

It has been noted that fans may not see as many shutouts throughout the course of the season as they once were used to. Whether this is true or not, Nabokov doesn't care one way or the other as long as the Sharks get the "W".

 

"If we're going to get 35 to 40 wins, I'll take it...with no shutouts," he said. "The goals against and save percentage don't matter anymore. Maybe instead of 2-1, it's 5-4, which is fine by me, as long as we get the victory. We still have to take advantage when we're on the power play, though. That's what it's going to come down to."

 


PREGAME FESTIVITIES A HIT
The Sharks held their annual street party two hours before the home opener on Wednesday night. Fans packed Autumn Street just outside of HP Pavilion before the opening faceoff to get excited and ready for the game.

 

Face painting, live music, food and PlayStation interactive booths were just some of the many activities that Sharks fans took part in. Sharks broadcasters Drew Remenda, Randy Hahn, David Maley, Jamie Baker and Dan Rusansowsky addressed the crowd, letting them know hockey is back and better than ever.

 

The event was a hit with all the fans. After 16 long months, they're happy hockey has returned to San Jose.

"I'm pumped...absolutely excited," said longtime Sharks fan Randy Garcia. "I went through withdrawals last year and I'm so glad to have the team back."

 

 

GOC IS GOOD
Marcel Goc left the game late in the third period after having a shot fired off his leg. Wilson said after the game that Goc is OK.

 

"He's fine," he said. "He got hit on that nerve on the outside of the leg, so it was kind of like he didn't have a leg for a minute. He's a hockey player...isn't that what they say?" 

 

 

FOUR IN THE NET, PIZZA YOU GET!

Every time the Sharks score four or more goals in a home game, every fan in attendance can take their ticket stub to a participating Round Table Pizza location, within seven days, and receive a personal one topping pizza for free. A full list of participating locations follows:


Store Address

City

2611 Blanding Avenue

Alameda

901 Marina Village Parkway

Alameda

150-A Alamo Plaza

Alamo

962 San Pablo Avenue

Albany

2509 Somersville Road

Antioch

4504 Lone Tree Way

Antioch

878 Southampton Road

Benicia

41 W. Sand Creek Road

Brentwood

2540 Sand Creek Road

Brentwood

1207 Burlingame Avenue

Burlingame

711 W. Hamilton Avenue

Campbell

20920 Redwood Road

Castro Valley

4935 Junipero Serra Blvd.

Colma

1743 Willow Pass Road

Concord

5100-2 Clayton Road

Concord

2960 Treat Blvd.

Concord

3393 Port Chicago Hwy.

Concord

6222 Mission Street

Daly City

1901 Junipero Serra Blvd, SteC

Daly City

105 Town and Country Drive #A

Danville

7841 Amador Valley Blvd.

Dublin

740 South Main

Fort Bragg

1084 Foster City Blvd

Foster City

37480 Fremont Blvd.

Fremont

40831 Fremont Blvd.

Fremont

4922 Paseo Padre Parkway

Fremont

46600 Mission Boulevard

Fremont

815 First Street

Gilroy

50 Cabrillo Highway North

Half Moon Bay

22457 Foothill Blvd.

Hayward

157 Harder Road

Hayward

1108 W. Tennyson Road

Hayward

1351 Healdsburg Avenue

Healdsburg

1511-D Sycamore

Hercules

3637 Mt Diablo Blvd.

Lafayette

821 11th Street

Lakeport

4098 East Avenue

Livermore

1024 E. Stanley Blvd.

Livermore

4400 El Camino Real

Los Altos

57 North Santa Cruz Avenue

Los Gatos

1472 Pollard Road

Los Gatos

6648 Alhambra Ave.

Martinez

504 Center Avenue

Martinez

1225 El Camino Real

Menlo Park

3550 Alameda De Las Pulgas

Menlo Park

3130 Alpine Road, Suite 240

Menlo Park

50 Belvedere Drive

Mill Valley

414 Broadway

Millbrae

79 S Abbott Avenue

Milpitas

1271 E. Calaveras Blvd.

Milpitas

361 Rheem Blvd.

Moraga

16740 Monterey Street

Morgan Hill

570 North Shoreline Blvd.

Mountain View

157 E. El Camino Real

Mountain View

3331 Solano Avenue

Napa

701 Lincoln Avenue

Napa

5544 Thornton Avenue

Newark

35118 Newark Blvd.

Newark

1565 S. Novato Blvd.

Novato

500 Alameda Del Prado

Novato

2854 Mountain Blvd.

Oakland

3070 Main Street

Oakley

1285 Linda Mar Blvd.

Pacifica

702 Colorado Avenue

Palo Alto

263 University Avenue

Palo Alto

405 California Avenue

Palo Alto

1520 E Washington Street

Petaluma

890 Petaluma Blvd. N.

Petaluma

1409 Fitzgerald Drive

Pinole

1331 Buchanan Road

Pittsburg

408 Bailey Road

Pittsburg

85 Chilpancingo Parkway

Pleasant Hill

1938 Oak Park Blvd.

Pleasant Hill

4855 Hopyard Road, Suite C-1

Pleasanton

530 Main Street

Pleasanton

128 Woodside Plaza

Redwood City

15501 San Pablo Avenue, Ste I

Richmond

6314 Commerce Blvd.

Rohnert Park

914 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

San Anselmo

730 Kains Avenue

San Bruno

1324 El Camino Real

San Carlos

243 W. Portal Avenue

San Francisco

1503 N. Point Street

San Francisco

5160 Geary Blvd.

San Francisco

4523 Mission Street

San Francisco

2660 San Bruno Avenue

San Francisco

801 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco

3567 Geary Blvd

San Francisco

737 Portola Drive

San Francisco

1175 Lincoln Avenue

San Jose

1118 Branham Lane

San Jose

6217 Santa Teresa Blvd.

San Jose

1170 N. Capitol Avenue

San Jose

1015 E. Capitol Expressway

San Jose

4302 Moorpark

San Jose

5440-A Thornwood Drive

San Jose

3212 S. White

San Jose

1125 S. Bascom Avenue

San Jose

14940 Camden Avenue

San Jose

5385 Camden Avenue

San Jose

6075 Snell Ave

San Jose

3730 North First Street

San Jose

15255 E. 14th Street

San Leandro

1359 Washington Avenue

San Leandro

13700 Doolittle

San Leandro

15960 Hesperian Blvd.

San Lorenzo

1304 W. Hillsdale Blvd.

San Mateo

430 South Norfolk Street

San Mateo

61 West 43rd Avenue,Suite 1001

San Mateo

1852 South Norfolk Street

San Mateo

13100 San Pablo Avenue

San Pablo

3203 Crow Canyon Place

San Ramon

450 Market Place

San Ramon

3050 El Camino Real

Santa Clara

2615 The Alameda

Santa Clara

4300 Great America Parkway

Santa Clara

2424 Magowan Drive

Santa Rosa

1003 Guerneville Road

Santa Rosa

550 Montecito Center

Santa Rosa

2065 Occidental Road

Santa Rosa

1791 Marlow Road

Santa Rosa

18482 Prospect Road

Saratoga

131 South Main Street

Sebastopol

2227 Gellert Blvd

So San Francisco

20 Chestnut Avenue

So San Francisco

201 W. Napa Street

Sonoma

1663 Hollenbeck

Sunnyvale

101 Town and Country

Sunnyvale

860 Old San Francisco Road

Sunnyvale

415 N Mary Avenue

Sunnyvale

665 S. Bernardo Ave.

Sunnyvale

186 Northgate One

Terra Linda

292 S. State Street

Ukiah

1744 Decoto Road

Union City

31852 Alvarado Blvd.

Union City

2633 Springs Road

Vallejo

4300 Sonoma Blvd, #100

Vallejo

1776 N. Broadway

Walnut Creek

8499 Old Redwood Hwy

Windsor

 

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