The final score Thursday night at HP Pavilion did not sit well with the Sharks as they fell 3-2 in overtime against the Calgary Flames, but the reality is they played an extremely strong game, outshooting the Flames 36-20 on the night.
“I thought we played well for most of the game,” said Evgeni Nabokov. “We put the puck on the net and had a lot of rebound opportunities. The effort was there. You saw the emotion and the guys were going hard. That’s hockey (playing well sometimes and losing). As long as we keep playing well, it will come.”
“I can’t complain about the effort, especially with so many hurting with the flu,” said Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson. “Those are the guys that competed the hardest. The guys that didn’t get touched by the flu didn’t give the effort needed. In the end, we got a point. That is something to build on. We had our chances and Kipper made some unbelievable saves down the stretch.”
San Jose managed a well-earned point and moved into first place tie in the Pacific Division and a second place tie in the Western Conference with the Dallas Stars.
“We have 50 points,” said Nabokov. “Could we have more? Yes, but we’re up there.”
“We’ll take the positives and work hard to get better,” said Craig Rivet.
In the end, the Sharks own errors were the difference on the night.
“I think our mistakes killed us tonight,” said Rivet. “It could have been better.”
“It’s all about winning and it doesn’t matter how you do it,” said Torrey Mitchell
. “Sometimes you play poorly and win and sometimes you play your best and win. Getting two points is all that matters.” 4TH LINE STARS
The trio of Curtis Brown, Joe Pavelski
and Jeremy Roenick may be perceived as the fourth line, but they performed like the best line on the night for San Jose.
On Team Teal’s second goal, they forced the turnover that set up Rivet’s slapshot and on Torrey Mitchell
’s opening goal, he didn’t show up on the scoresheet, but it was a Roenick play that started everything.
“(They) had pressure every shift,” said Wilson.
“All three played great,” said Rivet. “By far, they were our best line tonight. They just worked hard and together.”
Mitchell was not part of that line, but he continued his strong rookie season by not only scoring, but helping keep Calgary’s power play off the board.
“We’ve been talking about him,” said Rivet. “All year long, he’s been one of our best and most consistent players. I think our focus right now is to have the Mitchell syndrome - come to the rink and have fun.”
Mitchell was working hard in front of the net for good position when he found the back of the net.
“I was just in the right spot at the right time,” said Mitchell. “There was a good forecheck and J.R. found the opening back to Christian.” TOUGH OT GOAL
On Jarome Iginla’s game-winner, Nabokov had virtually no chance to make the stop. He was guarding against Dion Phaneuf right near the post and the pass went directly to an unattended Iginla in close.
“I didn’t see Iginla coming down for obviously reasons,” said Nabokov. “The puck went right to his stick and I was already down.” PIELMEIER THE BEST
Sharks netminding prospect Timo Pielmeier (2007 3rd rounder, 83rd overall) was named “Best Goaltender” in the U-20 World Jr. Division 1A tournament, posting a 4-0 record, a 1.31 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. Team Germany posted a 5-0 record in the tournament, earning a berth in the 2009 IIHF World Junior Tournament. TV CHANGE
The San Jose Sharks and FSN Bay Area today announced changes to two broadcasts on the remaining television schedule for the 2007-08 National Hockey League season.
The game on January 30 at Calgary originally scheduled to air on FSN Bay Area will now air on FSN Plus and will be joined on FSN Bay Area once the Golden State Warriors game concludes.
The game on March 27 vs. Dallas originally scheduled to air on FSN Plus will be moved to FSN Bay Area.
FLAMES HEAD COACH MIKE KEENAN
It was fun energy to come back to after a real late night. I’m proud of the team – they had a lot of resilience. They threw a lot at us tonight and they were coming hard all night. We had a couple power plays to kill off and we got four of them done. It was a very intense atmosphere down on ice level tonight.