San Jose’s 4-1 victory against St. Louis moved the club’s all-time best winning streak to 11. The Sharks 11-game winning streak is the longest single-season streak in the NHL since New Jersey won 11 consecutive games from March 28-April 18, 2006.
San Jose will look to keep their eye on the next game, but for those interested, the longest winning streak prior to New Jersey and San Jose’s 11 was the Devils run of 13 games in the 2000-01 season.
“I think our goal is to continue playing as we have this month,” said Jeremy Roenick.
The Sharks will enjoy the evening and focus on the Oilers contest on Sunday.
“Edmonton is coming in with some young guys playing really well,” said Sharks Captain Patrick Marleau
San Jose now leads second place Dallas by three points and wants to take advantage of having played fewer contests on the campaign.
“We still have to win the games in hand,” said Marleau.
Team Teal completely dominated St. Louis in taking a 4-0 lead in the first period and they never looked back.
“We had a lot of energy,” said Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson. “We wanted to get a good start and discourage them. We sucked up the energy of our crowd. It’s definitely one of our better starts when you measure the score. We had some good starts where the puck didn’t go in.”
St. Louis had just 21 total shots, but there were several quality chances early on that could have kept the Blues in the game.
“Once again, Nabby had two to three huge glove saves,” said Marleau. “He controlled the rebounds.”
Nabokov made it sound a bit simpler than that.
“It’s easier to play when they score those goals,” said Nabokov. “Making those saves is my job.”
WHAT A PASS
With his two helpers, Joe Thornton
moved into first place in the NHL’s assist race. However, it was his primary assist on Brian Campbell’s goal that was truly amazing. From the opposite side of the crease, Thornton sent the puck between the legs of Jonathan Cheechoo, and a Blues defender, to set Campbell up for the easy tally.
“It was pretty simply for me going to the net with my stick down,” said Campbell. “I went back to the room and told him it was a great pass. He said there was lots of room.”
Campbell has definitely shown the home fans his goal scoring ability.
“I’m just trying to fit in with the boys,” cracked Campbell. “It’s part of everyone’s job, but I need to jump up in the play and support (the attack).
With his first period tally, Roenick ended up with the game-winner. His nine winners lead the Sharks and are tied for second in the NHL with Jarome Iginla. On the play, Craig Rivet cranked up the shot and both Roenick and Devin Setoguchi tipped it.
“It was a great shot by Rivs,” said Roenick. “He put it in a place we could get to it.”
Setoguchi was originally given credit for it, but he knew that was not the case. The rookie is still very impressed with the Sharks most seasoned player.
“For a guy that said he was not playing any more, he’s been pretty special,” said Setoguchi.
4 IN 1
Friday marked the first time this season the Sharks had erupted for four goals in the opening stanza.
Marleau was tackled from behind in the first period and nailed his penalty shot. The Captain is now three for four on penalty shots in his career.
Campbell has tallied five points (1-4=5) in the last three games and eight points (2-6=8) in his last six games.
Friday marked Evgeni Nabokov’s 68th appearance, a single season high, beating the 67 he played in 2001-2002
The Sharks organization took the piece of glass that Roenick’s 500th goal bounced off of and created an impressive memento for him. The glass is now engraved with a huge 500 in it and was signed by the entire team.
BLUES HEAD COACH ANDY MURRAY
“Every hockey game stands on its own and they were much better than we were.”
The Sharks will host Edmonton on Sunday at 5 p.m. and the game will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Limited tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.