I don't mean to play off of the unoriginal use of "What did we learn today," which is so overplayed, but there is something to say about seeing the Sharks for the first time this season on TV, in the starting lines and in front of fired up fans.
We had not seen that, for the most part. The first game of the season showcased what the Sharks bring to the table this season, and there was no debating it—this team is good.
How much can we really find out about a team after one game?
Close to nothing, but it was different in San Jose on Saturday night.
We saw Brent Burns and Michal Handzus. Even seeing Thornton and Marleau again in actual competition was exhilarating.
Still, there were weaknesses shown against Phoenix. But for how many soft spots we found, we saw equal bright spots in the route of the Coyotes.