I know it’s old news by now, but I was exhausted yesterday because I watched the game Thursday night/Friday morning and didn’t get to sleep until around 640 am. Since I don’t have Friday classes this semester I chose to sleep a lot of the day away, but day sleep is no substitute for night sleep.
Anyway, the Sharks finally won their second game of the season , and The Playmaker as I call him (or the Big Pavelski as he is better known), Joe Pavelski, continued his domination of the Colorado Avalanche while on the power play. Pavs scored two consecutive power play goals on two shots, from almost the exact same position. It was quite a sight to behold. I wish there was a video of it on Youtube, but alas, there is not.
The final score was 4-2 Sharks. Scott Nichol got the first goal of the game for the Sharks, which also happened to be his first goal of the season, and Logan Couture picked up an empty netter.
So yay the Sharks won, and they did it against a good team–Colorado is young and quick and dangerous. It doesn’t make up for the losses against Atlanta and Carolina, but it does go a long way to restoring confidence in the team. Not that my confidence was completely shaken–sure it sucks that the Sharks have only won two games out of 5, but they do have five points, thanks to taking Columbus to overtime, but it is still early in the season and the Sharks are still (somehow) readjusting to the rigors of professional NHL hockey. In the two games I have actually watched this season the Sharks have looked slow and out of sorts for part, if not most of, the game. Thursday night’s game is a prime example of this as it seemed to me that for most of the first period the Sharks were sluggish and careless, affording Colorado some chances, one of which went it. It was a softy and probably could have been stopped, but it never should have happened in the first place.
The goal was scored off of a misplay by Antero Niitymaki. Carelessness leading to a goal–an area of concern for this Sharks team in the early season happenings. However, they were able to overcome these mental and physical lapses and take control of the game. Colorado still got their chances, but the Sharks played well as a team, both on offense and on the blue line. There is still more work to be done, but this game was a really strong first step.
And speaking of Niittymaki, I thought he put in a good performance. He looked confident for the most part (with the exception of the mishandled puck, of course), and he made some amazing saves, especially in the second period and the Avalanche were making a push after Pavelski’s goals. I was happy to get a chance to see Niittymaki in action, and that the team got the win. The jury is still out on the Sharks starting goalie should be, but I think Niittymaki should start tonight in order to give him a chance to build his confidence and skills and prove whether or not he has what it takes to be a starting goalie for the San Jose Sharks. Start Niittymaki tonight and see how he does, and then tomorrow, when the Sharks play their second game in two days, start Niemi and hope that he can be a wall and that the Sharks can win their first three road games of a season for the first time ever.