In the Sharks last victory, it was a goal scored from returning forward Joe Pavelski
that helped bring the victory. The same story rang true in Tuesday’s 4-3 win against Nashville. This time it was Devin Setoguchi and his goal was a big one. With San Jose trailing by one late in the third, his blast from the left side of the rink was deflected and found the back of the net.
“We got a lucky bounce and it hit the d-man’s stick,” said Setoguchi.
Setoguchi was elated to provided an important tally, but said he was far from perfect on the night.
“When you are out 15-16 days there is always a little rust,” said Setoguchi. “I didn’t have the usual step I wanted.”
Everyone on the team had a little more bounce in their step when Dan Boyle
scored the game winner with just under a minute remaining in regulation. Due to the angle of the shot, Boyle didn’t know for sure if the puck went in right away.
“It disappeared and that is always a good sign when you can’t see it,” said Boyle. “It was not a very good looking shot by any means, but it went in.”
Despite the win, the Sharks were not content with their overall play on the evening.
“We didn’t play the game we wanted,” said Setoguchi. “They scored the goal to go up 3-2 and I guess that is what we needed to wake up.”
Yet, in the end there were two points.
“It think it was good we found a way to win,” said Scott Nichol.
GREAT GREISSThomas Greiss
was starting his first home game of the season and he flashed his skills early and often.
“We were probably outchanced 10-2 in the first and if it wasn’t for Greiss, we probably are not in it,” said Setoguchi.
“He made some huge saves on a couple of breakaways,” said Boyle. “That’s what you want in a goalie. It was only his second start and it’s tough to do when you don’t play a lot.”
And it wasn’t just in the first period that Greiss starred as McLellan noted his goaltender had some “big saves down the stretch.”
Greiss was proud to be part of the team’s success.
“I felt all right,” said Greiss. “I was a little rusty. It was exciting to play in front of the home crowd.”
Goalies play a unique position in the sports world and while he wanted nothing more than the victory, there was a bit of empathy for his opposite number.
“It was a pretty huge goal,” said Greiss of Boyle’s game-winner. “On the other side, a goal like that is one you don’t want.”
The Sharks has one amazing penalty killing shift that seemed go on forever. Thanks to the work of the four out there, they eventually cleared the puck despite a brief injury and a broken stick.
“I just went to hit Erat and my elbow went into my midsection and knocked the wind out of me,” said Nichol. “Then I looked and Jamie (McGinn) didn’t have a stick. It was a good shift and a long one.”
They have played the bulk of their games on the road, but Team Teal enjoys their home cooking as well, posting a 6-0-1 record at HP Pavilion in seven games. That’s 13 of 14 possible points.
GIMME MOREDan Boyle
had his fourth multi-point game of the season and now has 18 points on the year (4+14=18).
ONE PER GAME
Jamie McGinn (3+0=3) and Joe Pavelski
(2+3=5) each have two goals in the last two games.
NASHVILLE HEAD COACH BARRY TROTZ
“That one hurts because we could have iced the game on that three-on-one and they come back and score off our defensemen. Then you get into the last minute of the game expecting to get a point, and end up giving up a goal I think (Ellis) would like to have back.”
“They’re just a really good, deep team. To this point, they are the most talented team we have played. Their first two lines would be the number one line (on most teams). They have good character guys. We know a couple of them, Nichol and Ortmeyer. Their aspirations are the Stanley Cup.”
The Sharks will close out the home stand Thursday night against Dallas at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The game will be on CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.