The Columbus Blue Jackets almost beat the Sharks at the Shark Tank last night. Almost, but not quite. I did not see the game, but by all accounts the BJs (he he he) outplayed the Sharks in the first and second period, but were unable to defeat the juggernaut that is the San Jose Sharks hockey team, mostly in thanks to Nabokov who made some stellar saves to keep the Boys in Teal in the game long enough for Joe Thornton to win it with just over twelve minutes remaining in the game. The final score was 3-2. Thornton’s goal was his 8th of the season, and he set a franchise record for the most number of consecutive games played at 248. That is amazing to me since he has only been with the Sharks for four seasons, so he’s played like every game since coming to San Jose. Patrick Marleau also scored a power play goal, which was his 76th, another franchise record, and the 250th career goal of the team’s captain.
All in all it does not sound like the Sharks had a great game, but what matters is that they won this one. They faced a tougher than expected opponent in Columbus, trailed for some of the game, but were able to battle back and take the win, their ninth straight one. The Sharks have not lost a game since they were defeated by Nashville in overtime on November 11th, and they still have not lost in regulation at home. They play Edmonton tomorrow (my birthday) and I hope that their streak continues. I mean it would be great if they could win ten in a row and remain undefeated in regulation at home, but it would be even better because it would be on my birthday, and it could be like the Shark’s own, impersonal, birthday present to me. Is that too much to ask? Maybe, but I don’t really think so because the Sharks have been so solid this year that it is almost like we fans expect them to win every game. Of course that cannot happen, but I hope they win on Saturday just to help give me a better birthday, and one more reason to celebrate on that day.