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Sharks Gameday: Santa Claus on a Helicopter

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San Jose Sharks
@ Buffalo Sabres

Thursday, Dec 9, 2010, 4:00 PM PST
HSBC Arena

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After beating the best in the West on Monday the Sharks took on one of the top teams in the East last night, the Flyers. After the Sharks scored first, the Flyers scored the next four goals, and the situation looked bleak. Were the Sharks just going to continue their loss-win-loss-win pattern? Was there any hope or light left in the world at all?

But then! Then! The Sharks scored the next three goals to force OT and won the game in a shootout. Logan Couture made a strong case  that Sergei Bobrovsky is a chump and the race for the Calder is still wide open.

Couture has been one of the Sharks best players this season, especially in the past couple of weeks. Even when our highly-paid top guys don't deliver, Couture finds a way to fly in like Santa Claus on a helicopter* and bring joy to the hearts of Sharks fans across the world.

Do the Sharks finally have enough offense? They scored four against the Flyers and five against the Red Wings, and that's even with Patrick Marleau suffering one of his infamous cold streaks**. With Thornton and Heatley still scoring and Couture, Ryane Clowe, and Joe Pavelski all legitimate threats as well, the Sharks may finally have found their stride.

Tonight's a good test for the Sharks as they face the not-very-good-aside-from-their-goalie Buffalo Sabres. Maybe tonight will be Marleau's night to snap out of it? I'll cross my fingers. Either way, after last night's inspirational performance the Sharks should be proud and ready to play tonight.

Prediction: Sharks win 3-2. Goals by Couture, Marleau, and Vlasic***.

Go Sharks. Dance! Helicopter dance!

* = And I'll bet you thought there would be no connection at all to the video.

** = If this were a modern NHL video game Marleau would have those little icicles next to his name for sure.

*** = Just kidding, I mean Demers.