28th of January
After scoring two free tickets to the San Jose Sharks vs Chicago Black hawks ( thanks Mark) NHL game, Allie and l drove to San Jose's HP Pavilion to watch the game. During my stay in Canada three years ago, l did watch quite a few hockey games but that was the WHL, a lower league of hockey. So l was extremely keen to see the 'big boys' play the game and compare the skills and speed to the lower league and actually be involved in the ongoing hockey atmosphere in the stadium.
The Pavilion didn't disappoint. Allie and l grabbed a few snacks and beers of course for the game and quickly found our seats, as l didn't want to miss a second of the game. The seats we were given had an amazing view of the game (back right corner) and we had a wall behind us so there would be no one complaining about us standing up.
During the first period of the game the top ranked Sharks played very flat and lacked any defensive aggressiveness and were down 3 nil by the end of the period. But as the game continued on the sharks lifted their game and skated their way back in to the game by upping the ante and getting in face off their opponents nearly resulting in a few fights, but nothing ever eventuated...damn.
By the end of the 3rd period the scores were locked and the ever present shark fans were riding their team to win. Five, four , three, two, one ... overtime. Scores remained locked at the ended the third and threw the fast paced game into overtime. But this was short lived as 30 seconds into overtime the Chicago blackhawks slotted a goal past the keeper into the top right hand corner of the net. And as soon as that red light flashed above the sharks goal keepers net signaling the goal, sharks fans left right and centre bailed out of the stadium faster than you can say "kangawallafox".
Although it was not the result Allie and l wanted, the overall atmosphere that the crowds brought after every hit up and goal was incredible and made the game worth while. lt will be very interesting to see how the Sharks far in the playoffs.