Swimming With Sharks

Thursday, 12.08.2011 / 11:52 AM
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Swimming With Sharks

Truth be told, when the NHL realigns next season the only thing I'm gonna miss about the Pacific Division will be the Sharks.

I'll miss their Venue: The "Tank" is an old school hockey arena in a sea of impersonal cookie-cutter buildings. Steep. Limited luxury suites. Low roof.

I will miss their off-ice personnel: The likes of Drew "Daddy Warbucks" Remenda, Randy "Playoff Beard" Hahn, Tom "Not So" Holy, Jamie Baker (Who I love talking shop with) Bruce in audio, John the usher, Sharkie, The carpet bombing e-mail composers in PR. Oh will I miss Sharks PR's practice of using an obscure starting date as a point of reference for player stats in order to artificially enhance said stat. Sadly they don't do this as much anymore, don't really need it)

I remember the signs too. Back when they allowed fans to post them in the lower bowl they had some extremely creative ticket holders. I think it was either the Belfour venom or the Fedorov dating choices signs that ended the practice. Sad.

And the players: Lots of villains, plenty of skill. From Marchment to Murray, Thornton to Falloon, Irbe to Nabokov, and Marleau - oh yes, the omnipresent Patrick Marleau.

But above all it was the quality of the games that made Stars-Sharks so compelling. Whether it has been run-of-the-mill-Tuesday-in-January-hockey, or trample the weak - hurdle the dead playoff hockey, the two teams just seem to bring out the best in each other. Clashes that are usually close, punctuated by great goaltending, always vicious, and perplexingly road team dominated.

Memorable Moments: Belfour leaving Sharks for Stars and stating why. Brian Marchment ending Nieuwendyk's 1998 playoff 16 minutes into it. Brendan Morrow almost ending Michalek in 2008. Police escorts to the rinks in Dallas and San Jose. Modano becoming American born points king. That 08' quad OT. Ott vs Thornton. Turek's dazzling night at the Tank when the Stars played back to back in Edmonton then San Jose. (Stars mustered 9 shots...total...and won)...and so on.

Pacific Title Banners: Stars 5, Sharks 6 (Anaheim is the only other team to win a division title over the dozen seasons)

Good rivalry. Good hockey. Good people. Good times.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
5 MIN 75 43 25 7 215 185 93
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 75 27 44 -6 71
T. Seguin 65 33 34 -3 67
J. Spezza 75 16 40 -4 56
J. Klingberg 58 10 27 5 37
C. Eakin 71 17 17 -4 34
A. Goligoski 75 4 30 -1 34
T. Daley 61 16 17 -10 33
A. Hemsky 69 11 21 -7 32
S. Horcoff 71 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 73 12 14 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 33 15 10 .907 2.84
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.28
 
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