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Making friends in LA
By Jess Knaster
Joe Pavelski. His name, synonymous with
greatness. Well, maybe not quite yet, but 7 goals in 10 career NHL games ain't
too shabby. Pavelski added goals number 6 and 7 last night and Steve Bernier
recorded his 10th of the year as the Sharks continued their recent dominance of
their Southern California rivals with a 3-1 victory over the Kings in L.A. on
Tuesday. Evgeni Nabokov made 36 saves for his 9th win of the year. Nabokov has
allowed four goals in his last 5 games.
The Kings outshot the Sharks, and by a large margin for much of the game,
holding a 32-16 margin after two periods. A lackluster 3rd period effort by the
Kings saw only five shots, but a Lubomir Visnovsky shot that bounced off both
Mike Grier and Matt Carle found its way past Evgeni Nabokov for the only Los
Angeles goal of the night.
Having attended three games at Staples this year, I'm enjoying the ease in
which I can find my way around the arena. I have been able to get the same seat
to all four games in L.A., I've had the ability to make friends with the season
ticket holders who sit in the row in front of me (309 row 1 seats 1-4). My
supreme social skills have seen me attend three games, talk at length with the
people in front of me, and not ask for their names once.
But, in the great spirit of hockey, whether it be playing or watching, friends
are a great portion of the game. On this evening, I was able to make friends
with Jim, a Sharks STH (Season Ticket Holder, or Super Taco Hotdog, whichever
you care to believe) and proud member of 209 (he's the "Go" in the "Go, Sharks"
chant heard during the start of the powerplay). Jim is friends with a Kings STH
and attends each Sharks game in L.A. with his buddy.
I also met up with my friend Josh, a guy I've known for years, from playing
tennis with at the local JCC for about 8 years or so. He just happened to be in
town with his family and thought it wise to catch the Sharks, who happened to
be in town this evening. Good call, Josh, good call.
These two teams meet up again on Thursday in the Northern half of the state at
7:30 pst. The Sharks have won 15 of the last 18 against the Kings, hopefully
the teal clad crazies see #16 tomorrow.
Go Sharks (BEAT LA) (go Jess, having two parenthetical statements, with the
second one being a bit of a cop-out)
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