Josh Langfeld has played very well for the Sharks this season. Otherwise, there is no way he would still be in the lineup midway through the campaign with no goals. While scoring in bunches may not be his calling card, Langfeld was more than happy change his luck and get on the scoreboard with two goals.
“As long as I was getting chances, I wasn’t too hard on myself, but there was a stretch there where I wasn’t getting chances. I was just doing the little things to help win hockey games. The puck has been following me, but it was nice to get the monkey off my back. I feel 20-30 pounds lighter.”
His initial tally was classic hard work by Langfeld as he took the initial shot, kept skating and then circled around to pick up the loose change.
“The first goal, I was trying to get the puck to the net and get a rebound for Hannan,” said Langfeld.
His second tally required a little more skill as Alyn McCauley fed him on a two-on-one, but Andrew Raycroft has squared up on the shooter.
“The second was good pass by Alyn,” said Langfeld. “He made a good play on the forecheck. I had a chance to hold the puck and make a shot.”
The call that sent Joe Thornton
to the showers early in the first period didn’t really affect the game, but it did ruin his homecoming.
“It’s disappointing for the fans,” said Thornton. “They wanted to see me play. I was shocked at the call.”
The hit kept Hal Gill from returning to the ice, but Thornton made a visit to the visit his friend, who wasn’t too upset with the play.
“I went and talked with him and we’re still friends,” said Thornton laughing.
San Jose’s bench boss was more disappointed as well.
“I felt bad for Joe,” said Ron Wilson. “He wanted to play well in front of the crowd.”
San Jose’s original trainer, Tom Woodcock, who retired following the club’s run to the Western Conference Finals, was back behind the bench for Team Teal during the weekend. The Hall of Fame trainer now resides in nearby Connecticut.
Woodcock thought he was being brought into Boston to help out his old friends and enjoy some camaraderie. There was another reason. At a team meal the previous night, the players presented him with a going away present.
“They gave me a $4,000 Rolex,” said an appreciative Woodcock. “That’s more than you get from the Hall of Fame. They didn’t have to do it at all.”
San Jose returns to action Thursday in Ottawa with a 4:30 p.m. affair that will be televised on FSN Bay and can be heard on 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.