Last Week in San Jose:
Doug Wilson was all smiles Wednesday, November 2nd, and not because the Sharks were on a roll – they weren’t. They were actually currently in the midst of their worst week in hockey, three straight losses including two at home. Wilson was celebrating his induction to the San Jose Hall of Fame.
Wilson was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks before he became the captain of the San Jose Sharks during their inaugural season in 1991-1992. He announced his retirement shortly after in 1993 but not before he played his 1,000th game in ’92, and had been nominated both years for the King Clancy Award.
Ten years after retirement Wilson became the Sharks general manager and in his twelve years he has initiated some great successes. Under his leadership San Jose has qualified for the playoffs 11 times (17 times altogether), and is second in both points and wins in the NHL. Of those 11 qualifications their longest streak was 10, making it the second longest streak behind Detroit with 24. Their 12 year span gives them a record of 1,204 points. Detroit is number one with 1,223 points, a 19 point difference.
Last season was huge for the Sharks as they made it to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time. A feat their fans hope to see again this season. So a big and overdue congratulations to Sharks GM Doug Wilson. We hope to see him in the Hockey Hall of Fame next as a builder inductee.
San Jose This Week:
The San Jose Sharks finished off their first week on the road playing three games against teams of varying difficulty.
Their first stop proved to be the pick me up San Jose needed after their 3 game losing streak last week. While the Capitals played hard, skated fast, and kept the pressure on, the Sharks managed to pull together and take home a great win. Washington was coming back home from a five game winning streak to fall short in a shut out. This was Jones’ first shut out of the season and Lablanc’s debut game.
They followed that up with a comeback against the Florida Panthers on Thursday. After being down 2-0, San Jose pulled together to win 4-2. Four goals from four separate players made for one exciting game. The hardest part to watch was former Shark Jason Demers scoring both goals in the first period for the Panthers. Those also happened to be his first two goals of the season.
Last night against Tampa Bay, San Jose held on strong. After scoring two goals in the first period, they continued to hold the lead ending the second period 3-0. The Lightening scored their only goal in the third period as they continued to outshoot the Sharks. Saturday marked the Sharks third win in a row with a 3-1 score.
Next Week for San Jose:
San Jose continues on the road all next week with an additional three games. After three wins this week their record is 9-6-0. They will start off Tuesday in North Carolina against the Hurricanes. They will then continue on to St. Louis to battle the Blues before finishing up in Arizona against the Coyotes on Saturday.
This season the Hurricanes have had a rough go at it. With a record of 4-6-4, they are in last place in the Eastern Conference. However, they are coming off a dominant 5-1 win against the Capitals on Saturday. This will be the first game of the season between San Jose and Carolina.
St. Louis, 7-6-3, lost to San Jose in the Conference Finals last season. This is their first matchup of the year, with the Sharks trying to replicate last season’s success. The Blues will look for a little revenge on their home ice.
The Coyotes, in 29th place, hold a record of 5-9-0. While they are low in the standings, they dominated against the Sharks with home ice advantage. The Sharks will have their work cut out for them to turn Arizona into Sharks Territory.