| SJ/NAS Game 3 - PreGame
Sharks hold upbeat practice
4/24/06 - By Mike Lee
Predators will have more to worry about than just the Sharks on Thursday
as the two teams faceoff against each other in Game 4 of their Western
Conference quarterfinal series. NHL Comissioner Gary Bettman will be in
attendance at HP Pavilion. Several Predators players complained after their
game 2 loss to the Sharks that Bettman's presence may have played a role in
overly restrictive on-ice officiating.
Bettman has indicated that
official who puts his whistle in his pocket during the playoffs, won't be
officiating in the playoffs and that he wants the same protections that the
NHL rules afforded teams durng the regular season, to be imposed during the
NHL's second season.
The Sharks conducted an upbeat workout at
Ice on Monday afternoon, a day after their dominating win over the
Game 2. Jonathan Cheechoo told reporters after the practive that he fully
expects the HP Pavilion crowd to play a big role in the teams fortunes on
Tuesday and Thursday.
"The crowd will be loud, and that may force
(the Predators) to think that something big is happening. That could force
to a mistake or take a penalty," Cheechoo said.
With the home ice
advantage back in their favor, San Jose's confidence is building. Of
shutting out your opponent certainly helps build confidence. For goaltender
Vesa Toskala, Sunday was his first NHL playoff win and first NHL playoff
The Sharks will be hosting pre-game rallies prior to
home playoff game this postseason, beginning with their first home playoff
this Tuesday against the Nashville Predators. The rallies run from 5:15 pm
7:15 pm before each home game and are open to the public. The first playoff
rally will be prior to Game Three on Tuesday, April 26 from 5:15
Festivities kick off at Autumn Street in between Santa Clara
Street and St. John Street.
Activities for the first two playoff rallies will include music and a live DJ
from Sounds in Motion, a performance by the Keith King BMX Stunt Show, face
painting and balloon art by Dizzy Entertainment, poster making and other
and games for the kids.
In addition, the Sharks Foundation will have a benefit beer booth with proceeds
from the beer sales going to the Sharks Foundation. Corporate partners of
Sharks will also have manned sponsor booths at the rallies.
The Bear says...
Shark Andrei Nazarov was asked to predict the outcome of the Sharks -
OPredators series. His response:
"San Jose in seven. I have faith in
former team, or more precisely, in Thornton, Cheechoo, and
Nice to see Nazzy is keeping up with the goaltending
in SJ. Attention to details Nazzy. That's what cost you your gig in San
Or more precisely your lack of skills. Or was it that head butting thing?
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