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There's no pretty way of putting it: the Sharks have simply stunk whenever they visit the Sabres. San Jose continued its worst franchise road record against a single NHL team with another loss in Buffalo.
For adventurous foodies, Iceland has some of the world's most daring dishes. Among them are singed sheep's head, rams' testicles and a mixed dish of sheep intestines, liver and lard tied up in a sheep's stomach (kinda like haggis).
But by far the most olfactorily offensive, however, is hakarl, a traditional Icelandic meal of fermented Greenland shark that has to rot in the ground for six months before it's even eatable for humans. It smells of ammonia and is chased with a local spirit called "Black Death," just to take the taste away.
Imagine that and you'll approximate how bad the Sharks stink up the ice whenever they visit the Sabres.
Since coming into the league in 1991, San Jose is all of 1-14-1 when it plays the Sabres in Buffalo's barn. That includes Friday's 4-2 loss to a depleted Sabres squad that was minus its No. 1 goalie, Ryan Miller, and captain, Steve Ott, after they were dealt to the St. Louis Blues earlier in the day.
With the win, the Sabres sweep the season series with the Sharks. Buffalo beat San Jose 5-4 Nov. 5 in the Sharks' tank. Cody Hodgson had the winner in the shootout.
For whatever reason, the Sharks become Hakarl in Buffalo. Their lone win was Joe Thornton's debut with San Jose Dec. 2, 2005, after being traded from the Boston Bruins.
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