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Mark Smith And The Vinyl Trees To Perform At The Fillmore Tonight

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks center Mark Smith and his band The Vinyl Trees will be performing as the opening act for The Tragically Hip tonight, March 26 at The Fillmore in San Francisco.
 
 The Vinyl Trees will be performing in the Poster Room at the Fillmore from 7-8 p.m. and from 9-9:30 p.m., playing songs from their newly released debut CD “Pura Vida.” Tickets for tonight’s show are sold out.
 
“To play in the same venue with them is scary,” said Smith.  “Growing up watching The Tragically Hip, it will be fun playing in the same building with them.”
 
“We finished the CD two days ago and there are 13 songs,” said Smith.  “We hope it is available on iTunes in a week or two.
 
Smith, currently on the injured reserve list, has played in 41 games this season, registering 13 points (three goals, 10 assists).
 
For more information on the Vinyl Trees, or to purchase “Pura Vida”, visit www.thevinyltrees.com.
 
Playing and performing is one thing, but Smith now has a true appreciation for what goes into producing an album.
 
“Thank God it’s over,” laughed Smith.  “The next CD will be done in about 10 years.”
 
Other members of The Vinyl Trees are Alek Dorian of Newark who plays the bass and Larry Brooks who mans the drums.  Smith is the lead singer and works with a variety of instruments.
 
ALMOST LOCKED UP
A Colorado loss in either regulation, overtime or a shootout coupled with a Sharks win in either regulation, overtime or a shootout on Tuesday would clinch a playoff birth for the Sharks.
 
FORMER SHARKS UPDATE
Former Sharks player Mike Sullivan has been named head coach for the 2007 U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the 2007 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship April 27-May 13 in Moscow, Russia.
 
GREISS HOT
The American Hockey League announced today that Worcester Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss has been named the CCM Vector/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 25, 2007. Greiss was 3-0-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage to move the Sharks into fourth place in the Atlantic Division playoff race.
 
On Wednesday night, Greiss made 16 saves as Worcester held off Albany, 3-2, in a battle of teams fighting for playoff sports in their respective divisions. On Friday, Greiss had 38 saves in the Sharks' 5-2 win at Hartford, and on Saturday he stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 3-1 victory over visiting Providence as Worcester extended its winning streak to five games.
 
By week's end, Greiss had appeared in 15 consecutive games for the Sharks, going 10-3-2 in that span.
 
In recognition of his achievement, Greiss will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Sharks home game.
 
A 21-year-old rookie from Koln, Germany, Greiss was a third-round draft pick by the San Jose Sharks in 2004. In 36 games this season, Greiss owns a record of 21-13-2, and among AHL rookies he ranks second in GAA (2.51), third in wins (21) and fourth in save percentage (.914). Greiss is in his first season in North America after playing in his native Germany and representing his home country at the 2006 Olympics in Turin.
 
NEW AND NOTES
 Joe Thornton has a 10-game point streak (5-17--23) . . . Trade deadline acquisition Bill Guerin has six games in which to score seven goals to set a career high. The 16-year veteran has 35 goals with St. Louis (28) and San Jose (7) this season. Guerin scored 41 with Boston in 2001-02, which incidentally, was the last time he was teammates with Joe Thornton and Kyle McLaren . . . The line combination of Thornton (1-7--8 ), Jonathan Cheechoo (6-2--8) and Milan Michalek (3-2--5) combined for 21 points (10-11--21) in three games last week . . . Matt Carle established a new franchise record for points by a rookie defenseman with an assist at Carolina on Saturday. It pushed his season point total to 11-29=40, eclipsing the record set by Marcus Ragnarsson (8-31--39).
 
NEXT GAME
The Sharks will host Los Angeles Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. and the contest will be carried on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. 
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