The San Jose Sharks weren’t happy about losing 3-1 to Dallas Wednesday night, but the Sharks players were complimentary of Mike Modano, who set the all-time points mark by a U.S.-born player.
“He’s a hell of a player,” said Nabokov.
“Good for Mike Modano, he is a great guy,” said Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson.
Sharks winger Jeremy Roenick is on the verge of his 500th goal and hopes to soon join his friend Modano in the exclusive club. However, he would have to settle for being happy for his fellow American’s record setting night.
“It was special to watch, especially the way he did it,” said Roenick. “They were two beautiful goals.”
Roenick was appreciative of the ovation Modano was provided by the California fans.
“A lot of props to the San Jose fans who gave him a standing ovation,” said Roenick. “They gave a good reaction. The team gave him a couple of minutes to get the ovation. That was classy. I really felt good about that. I wish I could have done it on the same night.”
The Sharks netminder said both tallies were great chances by Modano.
“The first was actually a pretty good shot,” said Nabokov. “I tried to save it with my glove, but it wasn’t there.”
San Jose outshot Dallas 39-12, but could not make the chances count.
“We did play really well, but you have to look at the outcome,” said Nabokov.
San Jose knows they have to start turning their scoring chances into goals, especially at HP Pavilion where the club is just 1-4 in the early season.
“Maybe we didn’t have enough traffic in front of the net,” said Matt Carle. “We’ve just got to keep bearing down.”
“We have to bear down and bury our chances,” said Milan Michalek. “I had a couple of chance tonight and the last game.”
When the Sharks allowed a bit of daylight to Dallas, the Stars pounced.
“We made a couple of mistakes,” said Carle. “That team is tough to come back on.”
DEFENSIVE TALLY Carle’s tally late in the first period was his first of the year and only the second by a Sharks defenseman this season.
“We’ve been working in practice on getting shots through,” said Carle. “We want to be part of the offense.”
GREAT SAVE Nabokov stopped a couple of breakaway opportunities, but the save of the night came courtesy of Carle. On the play, the puck took a strange bounce off the glass, came back over the net and was heading for a landing in the crease. Carle simply whacked the puck out of mid-air and out of danger.
“It was probably luck more than anything else,” said Carle. “If I miss it, it’s a wide-open net. I’m lucky it didn’t go out of play or I would have gotten a penalty.”
TOUGH CALL The Sharks Steve Bernier was assessed a double minor in the first period, but it was a tough pill to swallow since the highstick to the Stars player came courtesy of Marty Turco’s stick.
“We had a couple of calls that didn’t go our way,” said Wilson. “Obviously the first call on Bernie, their goalie highsticked their own guy and we had to kill four minutes.”
Then, when it appeared the Sharks had pulled within one-goal, the ref waived off a play where the puck crossed the line. The zebra on the spot ruled Michalek had interfered with Turco.
“Sandis’ goal should have counted,” said Wilson. “The defenseman had a stick between Milan’s legs, twists him and pushes him back on the goalie. There was absolutely nothing Milan could do there. That would have been a huge goal for us. You could see it live and on the replay.“
WHITE JERSEYS The Sharks will wear their white road jerseys at home this Saturday and Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes and the Sharks will return the favor on a trip to Arizona.
DALLA HEAD COACH, DAVE TIPPETT “Oh it’s wonderful. Both were really good goals too. The players and everyone within the organization are very, very happy. The accomplishment is phenomenal. What he’s meant to hockey in the United States, it goes without saying. He does it with such class. It’s great to see him finally get it”.
“We found a way to win tonight. We were under siege there a little bit. Our goaltending was very strong, and we found a way to win. That’s the name of the game. We’ve got to go into every game and find a way to win”.
“I think it will help him (Modano), it’s a load off his mind. I think he was expecting it sooner and when it didn’t happen, he got frustrated. We were under siege early in this game, and he came up with two great goals for us”.
NEXT GAME The Sharks will leave Thursday for a Friday contest with Anaheim. The contest will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.