Following Tuesday’s morning skate, the five medal-winning Sharks sat before the Bay Area media and had a chance to show off their hardware. Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle, Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau had the golds on hand and Joe Pavelski had the silver around his neck for the photos.
(The medals will be on display near the Sharks Foundation booth by section 124 tonight from the time the doors open until the beginning of the third period.)
Thornton probably summed the situation up best with his first comment.
“You haven’t been able to wipe the smile off my face for 24 hours,” said Thornton, noting it was the same for the rest of the Canadians.
Then he drew a laugh from the crowd.
“I’m not sure about Pavs,” said Thornton.
The emotions of the players winning gold in their home country is tough to comprehend unless one was in Canada.
“It was complete pandemonium,” said Marleau. “I think streets were shut down in Toronto. In Vancouver, it took three green lights to get through one light.”
Marleau said the victory was a strong reminder of “where you come from.”
It was mentioned how special it was for Boyle to have both a Stanley Cup and a gold medal.
“It was petty awesome,” said Boyle. “I need one more Cup, but this is a great accomplishment.”
The winning Canadian quartet felt their initial stumble to their southern neighbors in the preliminary round may have benefited them in the long run.
“We were disappointed losing to the USA,” said Boyle. “We played the extra game, but we needed it.”
The long term benefits of the team’s leaders skating in a one-and-done tournament could prove fruitful in the spring.
“Hopefully we learned what it’s like with the ups and downs,” said Boyle. “It was a pretty calm lockerroom.”
Pavelski said his team was confident until the final red light went on for the Canadians in overtime.
“Right from the start, we felt we had something,” said Pavelski. “We thought we could win even when we were down.”
Canada may have the final say with the overtime victory, but the war of words may go on for a while in the lockerroom. When asked about handling faceoffs against Pavelski in game action, Thornton noted it was about 50/50.
To which Pavelski quipped, more like “60/40.”
The players seemed unified in NHL participation in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
“I think so,” said Dany Heatley. “I think with that TV number (even high for the Olympics), and everyone I talked with in Canada and the States watched.”
Boyle closed things with a funny anecdote about how shooting and scoring on Nabokov was not as awkward as celebrating with enemies from Anaheim while wearing the Canadian jersey.
“I was jumping into Perry and Getzlaf’s arms,” joked Boyle. “What was I thinking?”
The San Jose Sharks announced today that right wing Dany Heatley has been selected as the Sharks Foundation “Player of the Month” for the month of February. Heatley will be recognized prior to tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
Heatley’s seven points (2-5=7) were tied for the team lead on the month. He had three points at Nashville on Feb. 6 that included two power play goals, one of which was his League leading eighth game-winner.
In addition to his work with the Sharks in February, Heatley became a gold medal winner as a member of the 2010 Canadain Olympic hockey team. He tied for second on Team Canada in points (4-3=7) in his second career Olympics.
This marks the first time Heatley has been selected with the honor.
HOME SWEET HOME It has been a month since the Sharks have played at HP Pavilion, but McLellan said he says the ice time will likely be the same as prior to the Olympics. He noted an intangible may be adjusted.
“I expect our energy to come from the 12 players that didn’t play in the Olympics,” said McLellan. “It could work the opposite way. The energy onus tonight is on the 12 who had nine days off.”
RECALLED The Sharks have recalled Jamie McGinn, Dwight Helminen and Jason Demers for the game. McLellan says after the trade deadline he will hopes the lineup will become a little more steady.
“We’ll start going with our 22 or 23 man roster and slow the shuttle to Worcester,” said McLellan.
WORCESTER Worcester Sharks General Manager Wayne Thomas announced today that the Sharks have acquired defenseman Brett Westgarth from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in exchange for future considerations.
NEXT GAME The Sharks will host New Jersey tonight at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The contest will be aired CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.