Not much early, but both sides are definitely looking to find the winning tally.
End of the third.
After an exciting third period, the teams are headed to overtime to the delight of the German crowd.
Clowe and his #29 counterpart get involved in minor scrap.
A crazy last few minutes of the game as San Jose scores twice to take the lead, courtesy of Joe Thornton
and Devin Setoguchi, only to see Mannheim tie it late.
The Sharks are going to have to find something soon, but Mannheim is sitting back and keeping everything to the outside.
The Sharks have their turns pressing, but can’t seem to find the seam. Now it’s not just the standing room only section up, but most of the lower half of the building. The fans have been impressive.
San Jose had chances in the opening seconds of the third, but Joe Thornton
was called for goaltender interference.
After 40 minutes there is no doubt in the host club’s mind they can finish this off. Let’s see what the Sharks can come out with for the final 20. San Jose posted 24 shots in the second period, but couldn’t break the seal on the net.
Jamie McGinn is knocked down trying to stuff one in. The Sharks are getting chances, but just not burying them.
San Jose gets four minutes of power play time thanks to a high-sticking penalty. A great save by Lang stops a Thornton tap-in. Of the four officials, two are German and two are North American. The crowd whistles like crazy as the Sharks pressure for most of the four minutes, but the penalty is eliminated.
absolutely undressed a Mannheim defender to get in alone on Brathwaite, but he ran out of room at the end and couldn’t get the shot up. As Mannheim had planned, they then switch netminders halfway through to Lukas Lang.
tries to muscle one past Brathwaite and, while it does fall in the crease, it is cleared away.
The forward lines have been as follows:
With seven D dressed the pairing are jumbled a bit.
Heater takes three whacks at one from the side, but former NHLer Fred Brathwaite mans the post.
End of the first
The home team takes the lead after one period before a packed house. The atmosphere is truly amazing. Both clubs posted nine first period shots.
The game is rather slow to be honest at his point. Not much offense either way.
Just as the power play was expiring Mannheim had a shorthanded two-on-one. Niemi turned the shot away, but that led to a follow up effort that rang off the post.
The Sharks killed off a power play and are starting to find their game. Now they just drew a penalty for their first power play. Whistling from the standing room section seems to be the way to
After coming close once, Mannheim pulls off the first goal. Two initial stops by Niemi led to an open net at the side and the home crowd erupted for the 1-0 lead.
The game is underway.
The Eagles even enter through a gigantic eagle with his wings spread apart, similar in theory to the Sharks head. As the players are introduced, the announcer says their first name and the crowd yells the last name. They are waving flags like crazy.
The Sharks own Danny Miller is here doing the in-arena announcing and when he introduced the Sharks by name, the crowd erupted, then broke into an impressive chant.
I’m not sure what the mascot is. His name is UDO and the Mannheim Eagle is on his jersey, but he is some sort of gopher/chipmunk. Not sure why it is, but just giving you what I see.
Scott Nichol is making friends by tossing some pucks over the glass to local fans.
It will be Antti Niemi
in net with Antero Niittymaki backing him up. The German fans would probably prefer Thomas Greiss
, but Todd McLellan has to do what’s best for his team in the final tune up before games count in the standings.
Let’s simply start with the fans. The sections immediately behind one net, all the way to the top of the building were the first fans to arrive. They are here in force and standing an hour before the game. AS Mannheim took the ice for warmups there was some applause, but when the Sharks skated out the clapping was noticeably louder.
They’ve had one organized already and a lot of big flags are stationed to be waived.
There is an abundance of Sharks jerseys around. Likely from the time period when the Sharks had three German regulars on the team in Marco Sturm, Marcel Goc and Christian Ehrhoff. The fans are noticeable in their Heatley jerseys as well, likely due to his being born in the country.
Each of the five faceoff circles is dominated by the color of the advertiser, which adds a different perspective to the ice. Like European soccer clubs, the primary logo on the Eagles jersey is not the team crest, but the logo of SAP, the club’s primary corporate partner.
SAP Arena is very modern looking and has a flat low roof that should make it very noisy. There are lower level suites as you would expect in North America and a high end restaurant midway up on one end of the ice. I’m guessing it’s high end because most people are wearing suits.