Sharks are latest NHL team to salute fans after wins

At the suggestion of center Joe Thornton, the Sharks have become the latest NHL team to salute their fans with raised sticks at center ice after each home victory.

"We used to do it in Europe. It's a nice touch and I just figured, hey, let's try it over here," said Thornton, who organized the tribute that began with the home opener. "I think it's gone over well."

Thornton played in Davos, Switzerland, during the 2004-05 NHL lockout and said he has been wanting to do it here for a while.

"This year just seemed like a good one to start," he said.

The New York Rangers have been doing it for years, and center Scott Nichol said the Nashville Predators did something similar.

  • Dany Heatley's five goals and three assists in games against Los Angeles, Columbus and Minnesota earned him the NHL's No. 1 star of the week. Heatley tried to share that recognition with linemates Thornton and Devin Setoguchi.

    "It's a reflection that our line has played well," he said. "When we're skating, we're going to get our chances."

    Coach Todd McLellan said Heatley positions himself well and has shown the ability to take shots that aren't necessarily in his wheelhouse.

    "The pass can be off by a little bit and he seems to adjust his body very well," McLellan said. "The other thing he does is protect the puck while he's shooting so a lot of other guys don't get their sticks on it."


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    Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick received the No. 2 star and Vancouver forward Henrik Sedin the No. 3 star.

  • Worcester Sharks forward Steven Zalewski thought he would be camping in the Maine woods this week, part of a team bonding exercise. Instead he made his first NHL appearance Monday against Phoenix.

    Zalewski said he got a call from the trainer Sunday to pick up his gear and get on the next flight to San Jose.

    "I really didn't believe him at first, and I'm just excited to be here now," said Zalewski, who played on the fourth line with Jody Shelley and Manny Malhotra.

    McLellan described Zalewski as "a heady player, smart, sees the ice well."

    Zalewski, who played his college hockey at Clarkson, went into training camp with a shot at sticking in San Jose but ended up getting sent down earlier than expected.

    "I thought I could have played better," he said of his performance, "but it was really a good wake-up call when I got down to Worcester, to kind of step it up a little bit."

  • The Sharks practiced Monday in special Halloween jerseys that will be auctioned off for charity later this month.

    — DAVID POLLAK