Segment with Evgeni Nabokov, Christian Ehrhoff, Marcel Goc and Joe Thornton. They have this footage of Ehrhoff in front of this derelict building with broken windows and the walls are covered with graffiti, and maybe I'm missing something, but why is he posing in front of a German crackhouse?
After Practice Practice
I like this one cos' I've always wanted to know how they run drills at practice and stuff. :) They use "package" as a euphemism for drill, and uhh, that's not what I use "package" as a euphemism for. :P There's some fun banter, and like, Ehrhoff makes a joke! :O
Sharks' Nabokov still dreaming after Olympic shutout
TURIN, Italy - The illustration on Evgeni Nabokov's new goalie mask depicts a boat flying the flags of several Olympic nations - and a big shark biting through the hull.
So there's nothing subtle about his headgear. But this tournament is a lifelong ambition for the San Jose Sharks star: When he stepped onto Olympic ice wearing Russia's elegant red jersey on Thursday, he fulfilled a dream that had been deferred for nearly 30 years.
Sixty minutes later, Nabokov finished a 5-0 shutout victory over Sweden. The dream got even better - and Nabokov hopes he can reach a few more lofty goals before he's done in Italy.
Nabokov made 24 saves in his first major international competition with Russia, more than four years after he was barred from participating in the Salt Lake City Games. He finally has permission to play for the same team he idolized as a youth, and he's determined not to waste it.
"It's so hard to explain what I feel, because it's been a long time (coming)," Nabokov said, glancing down at the bright sweater complementing his teal pads. "I feel really proud putting on this jersey. I've been waiting for this a long time, and to have a good game is the best thing I can imagine."
Nabokov was born in Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, but raised in Russia from his first year. At 19, he played for Kazakhstan at the 1994 world championships - but as he developed from an unknown, ninth-round draft pick into a top NHL goalie, that decision hindered his international plans.
He was unable to join Russia in 2002 because International Ice Hockey Federation rules usually prevent a player from changing allegiances if he played for one nation before he turned 18. Nabokov wanted to play for Russia in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, which isn't governed by those international rules, but he was hurt.
He finally got permission to play in Turin, skating around the IIHF rules with an arcane exception regarding the breakup of the former Soviet Union. When Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin sprained his knee, Nabokov and Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov were left in charge of the Russian net.
"Nabby did a great job for us," Russian defenseman Darius Kasparaitis said. "He was strong back there. We're very confident in him. A lot of us have played with him before, and he was great tonight."
Bryzgalov struggled Wednesday in a surprising 5-3 loss to Slovakia, but Nabokov was unflappable against the powerful Swedish team. As always when he plays well, Nabokov directed every ounce of praise to his defensemen.
"We played a disciplined team game, which is pretty good for just the second game of the Olympics," Nabokov said. "Usually it takes a while to get there. It's a different game over here, and you have to play the position a different way because the ice is big. But it's still exciting, and I'm having a great time."
The Sharks had a big all-around showing at the Palasport Olimpico on the sixth day of Olympic competition. Canada's Joe Thornton picked up an assist in his nation's 5-1 victory over Germany - and defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, his teammate in San Jose, scored the Germans' only goal.
"Good job, Chris," Thornton yelled at Ehrhoff, smacking the young defenseman's shin pads with his stick when they passed in the hallway afterward.
Forward Marcel Goc also played for Germany, while 20-year-old Sharks prospect Thomas Greiss stopped 35 shots in goal, earning praise from Canada coach Pat Quinn.
Nabokov briefly spoke with his San Jose teammates in recent days, seeing Thornton at the athletes' village and chatting with Goc and Ehrhoff at the rink. Nabokov sat out the Sharks' final three games before the Olympic break because of a conflict with coach Ron Wilson, so he's rested for the tournament.
And Nabokov's long-term future in San Jose seems secure after signing a four-year, $21.5 million contract extension last week. He hopes to build on momentum from a strong Olympics to lead the Sharks back into the playoff picture in March.
"The Russian guys have been great, and I'm having a lot of fun," he said. "I always dreamed to play in the Olympics, so I'm enjoying it all."
Does anyone have nice pictures of Nabby's mask? Otherwise I'm going to have to take a screenshot...