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Shark Therapy
Monday's game like a dose of good medicine
3/4/08 - By Paul Krill

Monday didn't start out too well for me. First, my computer broke down or my network connection or something. Either way, I probably spent two hours on the phone with different tech support persons from three organizations throughout the day trying to figure it out.

The rest of the day was equally tough. So, by the time the Sharks game rolled around, I wasn't exactly overjoyed to be headed to the game. Wanting to sleep was more what I fancied.

And why not? What indications did I have that this would not be another scoring-challenged game for the Sharks, where they don't show up on the scoreboard until the third period?

But then the game began and the Sharks had two goals in the first several minutes. Then, there was Jody Shelley's goal from the blue line, which from my vantage point looked like it wasn't a goal. But it clearly was.

There was Joe Thornton's "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again," goal. And his banking a shot off the outstretched arms and torso of helpless goalie Carey Price for another score.

But it gets better. Formerly goal-famished Jonathan Cheechoo splits the D and deposits the puck into the back of the net. And for the Grand Finale, newly acquired Brian Campbell does his magical spin-around past the D and finishes the scoring. (If this is the way this guy skates and plays, can we keep him? Let's pass the plate at the next game to take up a collection for what it will take to re-sign him).

Needless to say, by the end of the night, the day's frustrations were on the back burner and I ended up staying up past midnight to watch a TV replay of a game I already saw in person.

The Sharks' performance Monday was just the medicine I needed to get back on track.

Still, it was just one game. The euphoria of that performance will wear off and we will again be staring at disconcerting stats such as the Sharks' dismal record against possible first-round playoff opponent Anaheim, which has matched the Sharks win for win lately.

There's no guarantee Monday's performance, which even made me disregard a shaky outing by goalie Evgeni Nabokov, will carry over into the playoffs. But that game, and the five consecutive wins before it, certainly are a good start.

…Penalty Shots…I had the pleasure Monday of taking VTA Light Rail down to the arena alongside a pair of Montreal fans, whom I believe had not been to a Sharks game before. The many Canadiens fans at the game did not come across as obnoxious and in-your-face like fans of some other franchises, which will not be named in this column.

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