Tonight, the Sharks are at home to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Even though he is still not playing in NHL games, Sidney Crosby is travelling and practicing with the team, which means that he will be in the building to witness the Penguins' soul-crushing defeat. I recall fondly the Penguins' last visit to San Jose, in which they were handed a 5-0 loss so devastating that it gave their team president a heart attack. Obviously, I wished him a full and speedy recovery, but damn that was an epic win!
It is a disservice to Sharks fans that we don't get to see the Penguins every year, but it does contribute to great statistics like this one: The Penguins have not won a game in San Jose since October 22, 1997.
Only 9 games have been played at the Tank in that time, but that still seems incredible. I only wish I got to brush off that statistic every year.
Here are the highlights from last season's game between the two clubs, which ended pretty dramatically:
SJ @ Pittsburgh, 23 February, 2011
I look forward to these games. Go, Sharks!