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San Jose Sharks vs Columbus Blue Jackets

Feb 08, 2008 in Kamil, Sports

San Jose SharksToday with a couple co-workers we went to see the Sharks vs Blue Jackets game at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, courtesy of Hewlett-Packard. I’m ashamed to admit this but after living in San Jose for 14 years this was the first ever Sharks game that I went to. I’ve been to concerts, tennis tournaments and other skating events and shows at the Pavilion (or Arena as it used to be called) but never to a Sharks game. We had good center ice seats in the 5th and the 7th row which is the level that the plexiglass barriers around the ice end at so when a puck goes over it flys just about at your eye level. In the 2nd quarter a slow flying puck flew about 4 feet from my head to the right and landed on some poor woman’s lap across the isle scaring  her. Then in the 3rd quarter following a slap shot pass a puck was heading right for my head but before it had a chance to decapitate me it hit the plexi an inch or two below the edge.

I’m probably going to upset some Sharks fans with this next statement but it’s really astounding the level of almost god like worship that they have for the Sharks’ goalie Evgeni Nabokov. The guy’s uniform basically covers half of the goal so he has a 50-50 chance of “defending” the goal and any half intelligent and not turtle slow person would be able to do the job. Here’s my advice to the NHL teams, get a 500lbs goalie that will cover the entire goal so that he only has to shuffle his skates back and forth to get the full coverage :)

Another co-worker that we did not know was at the game but who was there because he won a charity auction showed up in between quarters riding the Zamboni machine :) We took a lot blackmail photos and videos ;) Overall the game was a a lot of fun to watch and even though all of the sport events are entertaining when watched live the NHL has to be up there as one of the more so. You have players smashed into the wall right in front of you with a loud thud, dynamic gameplay and fights (yes I know “It’s not suppose to be about the fights”) … there were 3 or 4 at this game and during one of them almost the entire both teams got into it with people landing nose first into the ice etc … pure “family” fun. If you don’t want your kids to copy the body slams on their classmates or think that punch to the face is an appriopriate response or a problem solving skill I probably would not bring them to the game (on the other hand that’s what makes it fun to watch for the adults)  :) just as I would not take my kids to a football (soccer) match in the UK in the 80s, except there the violence was off the field.

The Sharks won 2:1 in overtime. Game Recap, Photos and Video Highlits.