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Darryl Sutter


C - Bernie Nicholls, Patrick Marleau, Marco Sturm, Mike Ricci, Tony Granato, Jaime Baker. LW - Shawn Burr, Murray Craven, Stephane Matteau, Dave Lowry, Jeff Friesen. RW - Ron Stern, Owen Nolan, Joe Murphy D - Bryan Marchment, Bill Houlder, Marcus Ragnarsson, Mike Rathje, Andrei Zyuzin, Bob Rouse, Gary Suter. G - Mike Vernon, Steve Shields, Bruce Racine.


Bernie Nicholls, d (cut near eye, day-to-day); Gary Suter, d (elbow, indefinite (again)).


placed Gary Suter, d, and Bernie Nicholls, c on injured reserve.


10/28 Phoenix      L 4-2
10/29 at Colorado  L 4-2
10/31 Tampa Bay    W 6-1
11/04 Dallas       W 4-0
11/06 at Anaheim   T 2-2
11/07 St. Louis    T 2-2


Pacific Division    GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA   
  Dallas            11   7   2   2    16   29   23   
  Phoenix            9   6   2   1    13   27   15   
  Los Angeles       14   5   6   3    13   30   33   
  Anaheim           12   3   5   4    10   26   27   
  San Jose          12   2   6   4     8   28   31


by Al Swanson, San Jose Correspondent

After the miserable start to the season, the Sharks (and fans) were looking ahead to another dismal year of sub-.500 hockey. Then something happened. They started to improve. Not that it showed immediately in the W/L column. There were two more losses to be endured before the 98-99 Sharks would win a game. It showed on the ice in the manner of their play.

Against each of Phoenix and Colorado, they played an impressive 40 minutes of hockey. The problem was, of course, that there are 60 minutes in a hockey game. Those last 20 minutes came back to kill them.

This has been on on-going problem for San Jose. Either they show up late or go home early. The game against the Lightning would change all that. Against TB, they would shove in as many goals as they had in the previous three games. Next, they would shut down and out the Stars. At home ice.

Complacency, however, another hallmark trademark of Sharks play, took over for the first 40 minutes of each of the games against the Ducks and the Blues. They did not, however, lose. The Sharks are now unbeaten in four after not winning in eight.

This bit of horn-tooting notwithstanding, the radio announcers crowing about the `comeback kids' in the last two games was pathetic. Comeback kids? They only had to comeback because they played so awful in the first two periods. A decent 60-minute game in the style played against Dallas or the first five or last 15 minutes against the Blues would leave a solid trail of W's and shattered, shaken teams in their wake.

With the incredibly fast Friesen, the newly energized Captain Nolan, the suddenly solidly defensive Ricci, and the fourth line of Sutter (three goals so far this year, after only two in each of the last two seasons), Stern (not a dumb penalty to be seen, but no fights, either), and Matteau, the Sharks seem to be putting together the type of team which had such great success the latter half of last season.

Gritty, determined and tough, the team that played in each of the last four games is the team that could see the playoffs this year. Once Gary Suter comes in for a few games, we'll see a Sharks team more powerful than since the glory years against the Wings.

The two weeks started out against the Coyotes. The game was going well with the Fish ahead of the Dogs 2-1. That was the last time it was a happy crowd. The Coyote yelps (a joke about the Phoneix fans' yowls during the games) over the PA system soon turned to Fish flops as the Sharks gave up not one, not two, but count `em, three goals in the third including one from goalie Shields that would not be soon forgotten. He wouldn't see action again `til the back-to-back Anaheim and St Louis games.

Next to face the Sharks were the Avs. The only team even in the Sharks league as far as bad goes. Colorado drew early blood as Corbet put in his first of the year. From there it looked like all Sharks as Lowrey and Zyuzin scored. Zyuzin has looked very inconsistent this season, which is a surprise considering how he faired toward the end of last season. It was his first of the year.

San Jose looked powerful. Looked. Not were. Sakic, Sakic and Yelle combined to sink the Fish ship in another 4-2 loss in a game they had led. This left them the sole holders of last place in the NHL and the only team without a win.

Then the Lightning hoped to strike in the Tank. Never happen. Jeff Friesen picked up three assists, Ron Sutter equaled last year's goal output and San Jose finally put a W up as they crushed TB 6-1. Rathje, Sturm, Marleau and Craven all tallied in the frenzy that saw Steponmytoe go to the box for fighting. Steponmytoe? fighting?

Next up was the much anticipated rematch from only 12 days before of Dallas. This time, they started Belfour. Turek played most of last season, probably because the Sharks fans hate Belfour as much as Dallas fans hate Marchment. OK, the stage is set. The NHL's first place team against the NHL's last place team. The first game, a disallowed goal enabled Dullass to eek out a 2 - 1 win. This time Belfour would be pulled after allowing three goals on six shots (to the deafening sound of BELLLL-FOURRRRR, BELLLL- FOURRRR), the Sharks would shoot an NHL low for a winning game of nine shots and four of those would find the back of the net. What, you ask? SHARKS WIN, SHARKS WIN!!!

The Sharks go into Anaheim not having lost against the Ducks in seven meetings. One team has always dominated this series. The Fish let two goals get past Shields as he faced 47 shots (most by any Sutter- coached Shark and most of his career) and Teemu Selanne earned the dubious title of best Shark killer as he surpassed the Great One for most points against the Fish (51). True, the Sharks came back to steal a point in a 2-2 tie. But it wasn't pretty.

If that wasn't enough, the Sharks faced the Blues who have only lost five times in 28 games against the San Jose club. Blues fans were stunned as the Sharks came out like they had against Dallas. For five minutes and one disallowed goal. Then they whined and moped for 50 minutes till they realized they were behind 2- 0. Like the Ducks game, they came back in the last 15 minutes to score two goals and steal a point. While the Blues may have been sad to lose the W, they were much sadder to lose Fuhr for a couple of months to a groin injury suffered stopping the disallowed goal.

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