Hey now, Happy Veterans weekend and down with the Donald. As in I ain’t down with the new Hitler, er President elect. Keep up the good work protesting and don’t tear down your town cause you ain’t down with the Donald.
Politics aside, lots of great hockey games recently and coming up this weekend. The red carnations are in the lapels of the coaches and as we reflect upon the sacrifices of men, women and their families to keep us free, we are distracted from worldly problems by this great game we love to watch.
San Jose rides into Tampa with a two game win streak and have scored seven straight unanswered goals. Tuesday night in DC, the Sharks played their first complete game since they beat the LA Kings in their first game of the season and won going away, shutting out the powerful Caps 3-0.
The Sharks pinpoint passing and tenacious defense, coupled with stellar goaltending from Martin Jones completely shut down a powerful Washington squad. Marc Eduard Vlasic and Brent Burns scored, and Joe Thornton added an ENG to salt away the contest.
From there it was on to Sunrise, Florida to take on the Panthers, a good young team still looking for consistency this season after playing very well last year, winning the Atlantic Division and barely losing to John Tavares and the New York Islanders. Florida opened the scoring, getting 2 goals from former Shark Jason “Daddy” Demers in the first period. Brent Burns got one back at 16:18 of the first and in the second C Joe Pavelski scored after a sweet play by Joel Ward to steal the puck from Alex Petrovic, picking the top corner on former Shark James Reimer.
In the third, Chris Tierney won a face off, and although All Star D man Aaron Ekblad retrieved the puck, Wingels stole it and patiently waited out G Reimer for the game winner. Logan Couture got off the Schneid, scoring an ENG with less than a minute to go. On to Tampa to play Steven Stamkos and the Lightning.