Swimming With Sharks

Thursday, 12.8.2011 / 10:52 AM CT
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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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 8 5 7 7 12
J. Spezza 8 4 5 0 9
C. Eakin 8 0 7 3 7
A. Goligoski 8 3 2 -3 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 8 3 1 2 4
R. Faksa 8 2 2 2 4
J. Klingberg 8 1 3 -2 4
A. Hemsky 8 1 3 2 4
M. Janmark 7 1 3 0 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .906 2.45
A. Niemi 1 2 2 .892 2.73
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