With the Sharks ahead 1-0, Thomas Griess stopped a tip-in try by Phoenixs Kyle Chipchura on a two-on-one shorthanded rush that very easily could have tied the score and halted San Joses momentum.
A rowdy HP Pavilion crowd watched the Sharks take their season-opening division matchup with conviction. San Jose got points from 12 skaters in its six-goal onslaught of Phoenix.
The Sharks open the 2011-2012 season tonight at The Shark Tank against the Phoenix Coyotes and Kevin Kurz lays out the key matchups and storylines.
A bulked-up, more experienced and skilled defense -- along with some high-octane scorers and a proven goalie -- give the Sharks as good a chance as any club to go all the way.
At least one well-respected national hockey writer expects the San Jose Sharks to win the Stanley Cup this season.