Things I missed during the past year.
The sound of skates on ice.
The buzz on Santa Clara St. on game night.
The Sharks grand entrance via the Shark head.
The sea of teal on the HP Pavilion concourse.
Joe Ike's announcement . . . "Sharks on the Powerplay!"
A huge open ice hit courtesy Kyle McLaren.
Changing on the fly . . . 5 off, 5 on, without missing a beat.
Patrick Marleau looking to his right, then his left...then the faceoff.
Marco Sturm pounding the glass after a highlight reel goal.
Patrick Marleau pumping his fist in celebration after going top shelf.
Scott Hannan being his old feisty self at the expense of the opponent's best forward.
Nils Ekman smiling, like he means it!
Jonathon Cheechoo out of control goal celebration.
Wayne Primeau quietly doing all the right things.
The pregame warmup.
Ron Wilson chirping at an NHL official.
The Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary" during a TV timeout.
Wide eyed kids taking in their first NHL game.
Drew's artistry on the FingerWorks telestrator.
A new banner for the HP Pavilion rafters.
The dark, tense atmosphere just before gametime.
Evgeni Nabokov cat-like reflexes stealing a goal with his lightning quick glove.
17,196 chanting: Beat LA, Beat LA, Beat LA.
Drew and Randy having so much fun.
Dan Rusanowsky's pregame show on KFOX.
Glen Kuiper's between period interviews.
High fives on the bench.
Hearing two national anthems.
Tic tack toe passing that leads to a great scoring chance.
Nabby sliding across the crease to stifle a would be scorer.
Racing zambonis on the Jumbotron.
The Kiss Cam.
HP Pavilion Pretzels.
The fog horn after a Sharks goal.
S.J. Sharkie's antics during the game.
S.J. Sharkie's grand entrance.
Mark Smith bubbling after another Sharks victory.
Tom Priessing's quiet class
Scott Thornton finishing his check.
Scott Parker's menacing glare.
Alyn McCauley showing how the game should be played.
Niko Dimtrakos making one last move to beat the goalie.
Brad Stuart winding up from the point.
The 2005-06 regular season is almost here. I can't wait.
For In The Crease, I'm Frank Albin.