Jillson vs Rathje With defenseman Mike Rathje sitting out due to an extended contract dispute, rookie Jeff Jillson has made the most of his opportunity. With one PP goal, and four PP assists, Jillson changed the look of the Sharks power play.
Jeff is able to keep the puck in the offensive zone, make quality passes, and keep his shots on net through traffic. It remains to be seen how quickly he will improve in other areas of his game [skating, 5-on-5 defense], but the future looks promising.
SJ vs CLB game audio If you have trouble with the MSN audio stream of the Sharks game tonight, try listening from two Columbus radio affiliates 1460-WBNS or CD 101FM.
Note: After a disappointing 5-2 loss to Edmonton Thursday night, fed up Bluejacket fans threw beer bottles onto the ice.
Went to a fight and a hockey game broke out During a minor league match between the Quad City Mallards and the Asheville Smoke, multiple brawls ended the game prematurely.
"The referee called 14 major penalties for fighting, six 10-minute misconduct penalties and five game misconduct penalties."
ESPN2 blacked out To all the fans that emailed yesterday about the blacked out Sharks-Buffalo game, refer to this post Malcolm Bordelon made last season on FSNBA and the issue of DirecTV/NHL Center Ice Blackouts.
Closer look @ Selanne It's time to take a closer look at Selanne. Re-watching the 1st period of the Devils game I saw several instances when Selanne made defensive zone blunders. If this were Korolyuk, he would have been benched! In fact, I thought the team played better against Boston when Teemu wasn't on the bench in the 3rd period. That fact disturbed me.
Perhaps the error of the Sharks is to always pass to Selanne rather than making the play themselves. I get a copy of the Wild game tomorrow. It will be interesting to see how he and the team played there. One can say that Teemu isn't fully tuned into Sutter's defense first system of play ... one can also say he is still a duck!
Rating the NHL San Jose placed fourth this week in the Sagarian NHL 2001-2002 rankings. It will be interesting to predict the outcome of tommorow's game using the numbers.
The Sharks (4.85) are favored over the Devils (2.43) thursday by a 2.17 goal margin. Dont forget to factor in +.25 for home ice advantage.
After playing more than fifty minutes of uninspiring hockey, the Sharks exploded for three goals late in the third period.
Brad Stuart snapped an innocent shot from the point that deflected off Marco Sturm's stick, then dipped under Byron Dafoe for the first goal. Three minutes later, Jeff Jillson kept the puck in the offensive zone, started a pretty Jillson-Damphousse-Nolan tic tac toe pass, which Nolan tapped into the back of the net.
The game winning goal came at 19:44 in the third period. After a wild scramble in front of the net, Marco Sturm lifted a back hander high over the sprawled Byron Dafoe to put the Sharks ahead 3-2.
I did like Toskala ... watch for him. He has a very good awareness and is very agile. Cheechoo looks a lot better and I was impressed by his stick handling but he still has skating problems in pinches, gets bottled in and coughs the puck up. His safest move would be to fall on the puck.
Watch for Brandon Smith and Fibiger. I liked them both. Fibiger is much like Heins in stature and ability. Of course we all know Jillson ... he's good but needs more time in AHL.
The Wild open the season today in San Jose, with newly acquired Dwayne Roloson starting in net.
The focus for the Sharks tonight should be on the blue line. The Mike Rathje watch continues...
Ice time vs Detroit:
Suter - 25 min.
Ragnarsson - 23 min.
Hannan - 21 min.
Stuart - 15 min.
Marchment - 14 min.
Heins - 12 min.
Jillson - 8 min.