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Sharks bust some balls in LA
3-goal 1st leads SJ to second straight win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks turned back into the road warriors that vaulted them into a playoff spot last season on Wednesday night with a commanding 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center in Southern California. San Jose scored early with a flurry of 1st period goals, then leaned on Martin Jones to snap the Kings 5 game winning streak.
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Burns OT winner bails out Sharks
SJ avoids a 3rd loss to Arizona this season
by Mike Lee
The Arizona Coyotes entered Tuesday night's game against the Sharks with the worst record in the Western Conference. With only 8 wins this season, the Coyotes should have been easy picking for the Sharks, but San Jose had lost both meeting with Arizona this season, including an overtime loss to the Coyotes last week. Arizona almost kept things close and could have made it a third win over San Jose this season if not for an overtime tally by Brent Burns.
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Sharks win humdinger vs Hawks
Special teams extra special on Thanksgiving-eve
by Mike Lee
Losses to teams like the Carolina Hurricanes and Phoenix Coyotes become all the more frustrating when the Sharks play the way they did on Wednesday night. San Jose turned in a statement performance with a solid 2-1 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks at SAP Center. Chicago leads the Western Conference for good reason this season, but it was the Sharks night as the special teams were extra special and Martin Jones had a second consecutive gem of a game.
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Home cooking energizes Sharks
San Jose scores 4 goals in shutout out of New Jersey
by Mike Lee
The Sharks returned to the friendly confines of SAP Center on Monday night, following their long 6-game road trip, and made the most of their home-ice advantage. San Jose scored early, and rolled to a decisive 4-0 win over the visiting New Jersey Devils, paced by Martin Jones' 26 saves and 15th career shutout. The victory snaps the Sharks 3-game losing streak.
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Early Diagnosis: Mediocrity
Slumping Sharks can't score
by Paul Krill
OK, so it's probably too early to panic. But what we've seen so far from this year's Sharks team has them on a downward trajectory. As in, if this keeps up, we can forget about another fourth-round appearance in the playoffs this year. Or anything close to that. According to hockey-reference.com, the Sharks one year ago on November 20 had played 19 games and had a record of 11 wins and 8 losses amounting to 22 points.
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Coyotes bite Sharks again
Sharks finish road trip 3-2-1
by Mike Lee
The Sharks limp home from their 6-game road trip that started like gang busters, but finished with a whimper. After taking the first 3 games of the trip, San Jose dropped all three in the back half, including a 3-2 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. The Sharks battled back from a 2-0 deficit by scoring a pair of 3rd period goals, but a tip by Martin Hanzal 1:16 into the extra period sent the Sharks to their first overtime loss of the season.
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Special teams fails Sharks in St Louis
Sharks drop second straight game
by Mike Lee
After an abysmal showing in Carolina again an inferior team on Tuesday, the Sharks squared off against a more qualified team that was also looking to settle a score Thusday night. The St Louis Blues had a score to settle after they were eliminated in the Western Conference Finals by San Jose last spring. The Blues converted on a power play late in the 2nd period to take a 3-2 win an exact a bit of revenge over the Sharks at Scottrade Center in St Louis.
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Gritty comeback leads to 4-2 in South Florida
Sharks win second straight
by Mike Lee
The Sharks dug deep on the road and fought back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 4-2 decision over the Florida Panthers in Sunrise on Thursday night. Four different skaters tallied goals for San Jose, including Tommy Wingel's game winner 9 minutes into the 3rd period. Martin Jones overcame a shaky 3 minute span in the 1st period to finish the evening with a 22 save night to earn his 7th win of the season.
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Stunner in DC
The votes are in, Sharks still have a pulse
by Mike Lee
The Sharks spent election night in our nation's capital on Tuesday night, canvassing the Verizon Center ice with defensive strategy that helped them bounce back from a week of putrid hockey. The Sharks clamped down on a high powered Capitals offense and rode a pair of 2nd period goals to a 3-0 shutout. Martin Jones turned aside 24 shots to earn his 14th career shutout.
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2016-17 Pacific Division Power Rankings
Early Issues Edition
by Ryan Hall
Welcome Sharks Fans to another season of the Pacific Division Power Rankings! I'm a bit late with this first edition, but I wanted to give enough time for some clear trends to emerge. Boy have they ever! While it may be early, every team has shown their strengths; and where they are vulnerable. Time will tell if these flaws will become fatal, or if they can be overcome, but for now it's clear that there are some issues facing each Pacific Division squad.
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Another stinker dooms Sharks
Lifeless start leads to second straight 3-2 loss
by Mike Lee
The Sharks have suddenly decided that they don't need to play 60 minute hockey games. Their second consecutive lackluster performance in as many games was a another indictment on the commitment of this team right now. The Calgary Flames played a solid road game and knocked off the Sharks 3-2 at SAP Center on Thursday night as San Jose turned another head scratching performance.
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Sharks October Recap
A Monthly View of San Jose Hockey
by Zach Bodenstein
Hockey season is flying by so far, and for Sharks' fans, that may be a good thing. This team is coming off of its greatest playoff run in franchise history, falling two wins shy of the ultimate prize. Now, nine games in to the 2016-2017 campaign, they're still dominating. The Sharks sit at a respectable 6-3-0 record, good enough for second in the Pacific Division. However, this record in not indicative of their play thus far. They could, have and will be even better.
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Sharks wither in the desert
Lowly Coyotes handle Sharks
by Mike Lee
Looking at the box score, the Sharks peppered goaltender Louis Domingue and the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night but ran into a hot goaltender that shut them down. The reality of it all is much different. San Jose played 20 minutes of hockey at Gila River Arena, then took the easy road to a flight back home after dropping a lifeless 3-2 decision to the worst team in the NHL.
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Sharks stay perfect at home
SJ beats Nashville 4-1 at SAP Center
by Mike Lee
It's early in the season so you can't gauge the outcome on a few games in October, but not having to make constant corrections to rights nagging issues is always a plus. The Sharks have figured some things that have made them click at home, which was a far cry for their inconsistencies on home ice last regular season. San Jose pretty matter of fact on Saturday night, as they dispatched the visiting Nashville Predators 4-1 at SAP Center.
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The lights go out on Blue Jackets
Tomas Hertl scores a pair in Sharks win
by Mike Lee
Early season games don't always seem like must win game, except when they come against teams in rebuilding mode like the Columbus Blue Jackets. Those are games that you need to put in the bank as automatic wins. The Sharks did that on Thursday night, taking their season series with the Blue Jackets with a 3-1 win at SAP Center. San Jose overcame a brown-out and Sergei Bobrovsky en route to their 5th win of the season. Tomas Hertl scored a pair of goals and Martin Jones turned aside 24 shots to lead the Sharks.
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Vlasic gets Sharks back on track
San Jose returns home to beat Anaheim
by Mike Lee
It wasn't a work of art, but it was two points against a division rival. For the Sharks, two points is what it's all about right now. After their recent sub-par road trip, San Jose needed to generate win whatever the cost. Doing it against the Anaheim Ducks made it that much more important. The Sharks turned in a more inspired effort and got a clutch goal in overtime to knock off the Ducks 2-1 at SAP Center.
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Energy and initiative absent in Detroit
Sharks end road trip 2-3-0
by Mike Lee
The first road trip of the season came to a sputtering finish in Detroit on Saturday as the Sharks dropped a lifeless 3-0 decision to the host Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings muzzled a Sharks team that seemed ready to come home after splitting the first 4 games of the road trip. Gustav Nyquist scored a pair of 2nd period goals to provide Detroit with more offense than they would need against the lackluster Sharks.
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Epic collapse in rematch with Pens
Sharks blow 2-goal lead in 3rd period
by Mike Lee
There are certain games you want to win at all costs. Facing the team that crushed your Stanley Cup dreams for the first time is one of those games. When San Jose entered the 3rd period with a 2-0 lead, it looked as if that mission would be accomplished. The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins had other ideas, storming back with a 3-goal 3rd period to stun the befuddled Sharks at PPG Paints Arena. While not the magnitude of a Stanley Cup eliminating loss, it was a demoralizing defeat. It confirmed who the better team was last spring when it counted most.
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Rookie Dell earns first win for Sharks
San Jose tops Islanders in Brooklyn
by Mike Lee
The Sharks have historically had a knack for letting rookie goaltenders beat them. They let an opponent get a taste of that medicine on Tuesday night as 27 year-old rookie Aaron Dell got the start in net for the Sharks and turned in a 21-save performance against the host New York Islanders to earn his first career NHL victory. Dell didn't have to play superhero, as his teammates provided lots of air cover to keep the Islanders suppressed for the most part.
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New Season Musings
Some thoughts on the just-opened 2016-17 season
by Paul Krill
Obviously, this Sharks team has a tough act to follow, with last year's team coming just two wins from the Stanley Cup. So far, the team looks up to the task, with solid defensive play and goaltending. Some more goals would be nice, though. Here's just a few thoughts on what we've seen so far, from the fan-at-the-game perspective:
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Road success continues for San Jose
5-game road trip starts off with a W
by Mike Lee
The Sharks kicked off a 5-game road trip with a stop in Ohio to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. San Jose took advantage of a young lineup that was out-classed in the opening 30 minutes, to take a 3-2 victory at Nationwide Arena. San Jose received scoring from three players and clamped down on the Blue Jackets for their second consecutive win of the season.
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Enjoy the Ride
Who knows where it will end
by Ryan Hall
Well here we are. With their season opening victory over the Los Angeles Kings, the San Jose Sharks kicked off their first ever defense of the Western Conference. It might not mean as much as defending Lord Stanley's mug, but let's take a moment to appreciate just how far this club has come. It isn't easy to win the West, and in doing so the Sharks have placed a large bullseye on their backs for the 2016-17 season, which means every win will be hard fought, and none should be taken fro granted.
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Sharks hit the ground running in opener
SJ outclasses Kings in spirited game
by Mike Lee
It wasn't a Stanley Cup victory, but it was still sweet. With the sting of their oh-so-close loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins still lingering in the SAP Center air, the San Jose Sharks did the only they could do on Wednesday by hitting the ice. The Los Angeles Kings tried to exercise some of the demons of their playoff loss to San Jose by simply hitting as many Sharks as they could find. In the end, San Jose skated away with an entertaining 2-1 win over the Kings by brushing off the rough stuff and focusing on the style of play that got them to the Finals last Spring.
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The Longest Summer
Sharks look to repeat last season's success
by Mike Lee
Summer is officially over. Technically it was the shortest break in franchise history, but for the San Jose Sharks, it was excruciatingly long. Falling two wins short of a Stanley Cup Championship, the Sharks had four months to stew over the "what ifs," and ponder what might have been. A bounce here, a shot 6 inches to the one direction there, and history could have been much different. What the Sharks get to do now is prove to everyone that they belonged in the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Preseason opens with OT thriller
Sharks tie game late, then win in extra session
by Mike Lee
The longest summer on record in San Jose is officially over. Hockey is back. Considering the way things finished on SAP Center ice, everyone in the south bay wants to get things moving, so Tuesday night's preseason opener popped the top off the 2016-17 NHL season. It was only a preseason game, but the Sharks got off to a winning start by taking a 3-2 decision in overtime over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.
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Analyzing the Western Conference's Top Teams Salary Cap Situations
Time to start thinking dollars
by Zach Bodenstein
With many moves to be made by many teams due to salary cap and expansion reasons, we break down the top teams in the West as of June 20th 2016 looking towards next season. The Blackhawks were forced to make another deal that they did not necessarily want to make earlier this week, sending promising forward Teuvo Taravainen alongside Bryan Bickell to Carolina for draft picks as a salary dump in attempt to re-sign Andrew Shaw. The Blackhawks have had to make similar deals involving Patrick Sharp to Dallas and Brandon Saad to Columbus, amounting in very little returns for their respective values.
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Gordie and Dad
Fond memories of a legend
by Ken Smyth
There's still a few thoughts about the Sharks' playoff run, but today is a time to reflect on Gordie Howe. The personalities of the hockey world are coming forward with individual recollections and anecdotes about what a fine man he truly was. For me, though, Gordie Howe is another part of the stuff I shared with my dad.
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That's how the story ends
Sharks simply lost to a better team
by Paul Krill
We've all heard this expression 1,000 times: So close, yet so far. This season, we saw a rebirth of our Sharks, After disappointing ends to the past two seasons, the Sharks came within two games of the Ultimate Prize: The Stanley Cup. Unfortunately, after dominating through the first three rounds of playoffs and finally, at long last, getting to the championship round, the Sharks were like Rocky Balboa facing off against Apollo Creed in the first "Rocky" movie. It became apparent quickly that the Sharks were outmatched and they'd have to will their way to competitiveness in this series.
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Magic playoff run ends
Sharks fall in Game 6 ending Stanley Cup Finals
by Mike Lee
Time ran out for the Sharks on Sunday night. Literally and figuratively. As the puck skidded down a sheet of bad ice, the clock ticked to zero on the Sharks storybook playoff run, ending with the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrating as they hoped to do. Another tight hockey game ended in favor if Pittsburgh, which was all the Penguins needed to cap a 3-1 win over San Jose at SAP Center on Sunday. The Sharks offense failed them for a fourth time in the series, ending a series that was probably more lopsided than the game scores suggested.
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Martin Jones steals Game 5
Sharks live to fight another day with 4-2 win in Pittsburgh
by Mike Lee
In order to win the Stanley Cup, you need to be good, you need to play above yourself and you need to be a little lucky. The Sharks were all three on Thursday night, winning Game 5 with a 4-2 nail biter over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center. San Jose finally looked like their playoff selves, jumping out to a quick lead, and battling after Pittsburgh tied the game to overcome a bit of adversity. Martin Jones turned in a game for the ages, stopping 44 shots to force the series back to San Jose on Sunday.
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So Hasty With the Shovel?
The Sharks aren't dead yet
by Ken Smyth
All these funeral metaphors. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression: that makes Game 5 on Thursday night "acceptance". Should there be flowers? Maybe Peter DeBoer should forfeit the game, and the team just show up in black suits for a handshake line and screw the Penguins out of a game's worth of beer sales.
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Win or Lose, 2015-16 a Success
Much to be proud of this season
by Mike Lee
Regardless of what happens on Thursday night in Pittsburgh, this season can only be regarded as a success. Should the Sharks lose Game 5 in Pittsburgh, and ultimately the series, they can still hang their heads high. The 2015-16 season was supposed to be a big question mark, filled with the unknown uneasiness for a team that was an absolute mess a season earlier. To make the Stanley Cup Finals, much less make the playoffs, was a massive step forward for a team that many had written off for dead.
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Believe

by Ryan Hall
It's been a long time since I've put pen to paper. Truthfully, I haven't had much to say, since I've been living in a teal colored dream. However, the time feels right to say something.
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Sharks teeter on the brink with Game 4 loss
San Jose's big guns AWOL once again
by Mike Lee
The only thing missing from the procession of fans streaming out of SAP Center on Monday night following the end of Game 4 was a casket. The somber reality that the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals is about to turn into a funeral for the San Jose Sharks hit home like a slap in the face. The Sharks succumbed for third time on Monday night, falling 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins after another lifeless performance that left no doubt who the better team is in this series.
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Sharks saved by a Donkey
SJ wins first Stanley Cup Finals game on Donskoi's OT goal
by Mike Lee
It took three games to get it done, but the San Jose Sharks finally win a Stanley Cup Final game. Rookie Joonas Donskoi blew the roof of the SAP Center on Saturday night, with an overtime goal that legitimized head coach Peter DeBoer's insistence that the Sharks aren't dead yet. Donskoi sent the capacity crowd into a frenzy as the Sharks finally figured out the Pittsburgh Penguins in their best-of-seven series.
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Sheary beats Sharks in OT
San Jose limps home down 0-2 in the series
by Mike Lee
The Sharks first foray into the Stanley Cup Finals is turning into a public flogging. San was dominated in Game 2, and by some grace of the hockey gods they managed to get the game to overtime, where they would fall 2-1. Rookie Conor Sheary snapped a shot past a screened Martin Jones 2:35 into overtime to hand the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. San Jose spent the majority of the night scrambling in their own zone, defending against a superior Penguins lineup that owned them.
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Late miscue costs Sharks SCF Game 1
San Jose battles back from 2-0 deficit to fall in final 3 minutes
by Mike Lee
The Sharks waited 25 years to make their first appearance, but they kicked off their first showing with a bang in Game 1 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rust and nerves got the best of San Jose, who dropped the opener, but it was a battle to the end. San Jose battled back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game, but a miscue late in regulation cost the Sharks, who dropped a 3-2 decision to the Penguins.
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It's Real, Again
Time for Sharks to shine
by Ken Smyth
On April 26, 1994, over 22 years ago, the San Jose Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-4 in game 5 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal to send that series back to Detroit with the Sharks leading the series 3-2. Johan Garpenlov put the game winner past Bob Essensa at 8:08 of the third period and the Shark Tank was nuts. Our new team was finally for real. That was the high point of playoff game elation in San Jose until last Thursday's win over St. Louis sent the Sharks to the Stanley Cup Finals. But finally the feeling is real, again.
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The Prediction
And other SCF tid bits
by Mike Lee
As the Sharks embark on their first ever foray into the Stanley Cup Finals it's customary for the prognosticators predict who will win the best-of-seven game series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Predictions from across North America peel back every statistical detail in search of the information that will help determine who lift the Stanley Cup. With the puck drop just hours away, here is my prediction...
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Sharks Break on Through
Chokers No More
by Paul Krill
Yes, I say the Sharks can no longer be known as chokers. They have made it to the Stanley Cup Final, thus leaving behind a small contingent of teams (Minnesota, Nashville, Columbus, Phoenix, Winnipeg) that's never been there. Of that group, only Phoenix, the original Winnipeg Jets, has been in the NHL longer than the Sharks. The rest are late-90s/year 2000 expansion teams. A number of teams have made it this far but still haven't won: Vancouver, Saint Louis, Washington, Buffalo, Ottawa, Florida. So for now, the mantle of Choker for This Decade officially passes to the Washington Capitals, who had the best record in the regular season this year but were done in the second round.
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Why the Sharks can beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 4
Stanley Cup Finals prognostications
by Zach Bodenstein
For the first time in the franchise's 25-year history, the San Jose Sharks are in the Stanley Cup Finals after successfully capturing the Clarence S. Campbell trophy as Western Conference Champions. They will oppose a core that has not only been here before, but has succeeded in capturing Lord Stanley's cup. With contributions from the entire depth chart, the Sharks took care of the high-powered Blues in six games, including controlling the pace of play for practically the entire series.
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Finally!
Sharks advance to Stanley Cup Finals with 4-2 win
by Mike Lee
The San Jose Sharks are going to the Stanley Cup Finals. Let that one soak in for a moment. It took 25 years, but the Sharks improbable playoff run reached new heights on Wednesday night, as San Jose eliminated the St Louis Blues with a dominating 5-2 win at SAP Center. It was a 60 minute affair that showcased four Sharks lines that contained the Blues from the opening whistle. St Louis was forced to play catch up from the opening period, but could never generate the spark necessary to match the Sharks.
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Uncharted Sharks Territory
Sharks notch 11th win in the playoffs
by Mike Lee
The San Jose Sharks have gone where no Sharks team has ever gone before. They won their 11th game in the playoffs on Monday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals with a hard fought 6-3 win over the St Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in Missouri. Sharks captain Joe Pavelski scored the tying goal late in the 2nd period, then bagged the game winner 16 seconds into the 3rd period to propel San Jose. The Sharks sit one win away from their first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, which they can lock up at home on Wednesday night in Game 6.
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Blues even series by smashing Shark
Everything goes wrong for SJ in Game 4
by Mike Lee
When the Sharks beat the St Louis Blues in Game 2 at Scottrade Center, they stole home ice advantage as the series shifted back to San Jose. The Sharks imploded in Game 4 on Saturday afternoon, to hand that advantage right back to the Blues. Holding a 2-1 series lead, the Sharks played like a team that expected the Blues to roll over and hand them the series. Not so fast. The Blues landed a throat shot to the lethargic Sharks to even the series with a resounding 6-3 win at SAP Center.
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The Quest for Game M
Sharks are closing in on uncharted territory
by Paul Krill
The Universe is in spot where it's never been before: The San Jose Sharks at this juncture are leading a Western Conference Finals series in games won. And if they can take just two of the next four games, Sharks ticketholders will for the first time get to use tickets for Game M. For those of you confused by what Game M is, let me explain.
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Sharks continue to roll in Game 3
Jones extends shutout streak in 3-0 win
by Mike Lee
Momentum in a powerful thing, and the San Jose Sharks have all of it in their Western Conference Finals series with the St Louis Blues right now. The series shifted to San Jose on Thursday night, and the Sharks picked up where they left off in St Louis, by shutting out the Blues for the 2nd consecutive game. The Sharks used a pair of goals from Tomas Hertl and another from Joonas Donskoi to use a 3-0 decision to take a 2-1 series lead.
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Welcome Back
Sharks now control home ice
by Ken Smyth
Coming back to San Jose with the series tied, the St. Louis Blues are trying to earn a split on the road just as the Sharks were a few days ago. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock tossed his team under the zamboni after Tuesday's loss, but his lamentations of why-can't-we-play-at-home-like we-do-on-the-road sound appropriate for the Sharks as well. Also, don't snicker at Htich too much. Spending all those years in 210 watching his Stars teams snag a loose pass and send the forwards back up ice made me appreciate his system, boring as it looked to play. Those doughnuts power a good hockey mind.
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Sharks smother Blues for Game 2 win
Martin Jones shutsout St Louis 4-0
by Mike Lee
The Sharks turned in a hard nosed performance in Game 1 of their Western Conference Finals series with the St Louis Blues, but weren't rewarded for it. They put their heads down and bulled forward in Game 2 on Tuesday night in St Louis, skating away with a dominating 4-0 win at Scottrade Center. Brent Burns potted a pair of goals, and Martin Jones turned aside 26 shots to earn his 2nd career playoff shutout.
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Hitchcock kicks off war of words
Blues coach says DeBoer is "whining"
by Mike Lee
We're only one game into the Western Conference Finals and the war of words has already begun. At least Ken Hitchcock has elected to go that route. In response to comments Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer made about referees needing to do their job, Hitchcock responded by implying that DeBoer was "whining". Pretty crafty of Hitchcock to play the referees against DeBoer, who opened that door with his comments to reporters on Monday.
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Simple mistakes cost Sharks Game 1
Blues take tightly contested 2-1 game
by Mike Lee
The Western Conference Finals kicked off in St Louis on Sunday night, but an absence of the fire that carried them to a Game 7 win in the Conference Semi-Finals doomed the Sharks to a 2-1 loss at the hands of the host Blues. San Jose showed some signs of life after falling behind to the Blues, but in the playoffs, you need to seize control of the game. They didn't do that, and find themselves in 1-0 series hole.
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Why The Sharks Can Beat The St. Louis Blues in Round 3
Round 3 prognostications
by Zach Bodenstein
The San Jose Sharks were pushed on to the brink of elimination for the first time in these Stanley Cup playoffs, but that only propelled the club to have its most dominant performance of the postseason in Game 7 against Nashville. Now, they head to St. Louis for the Western Conference Final against a healthy and scary Blues team.
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Game 7 is all San Jose
Sharks advances to Conference Finals with 5-0 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks Western Conference Semi-Finals series wrapped with a hum-dinger of a Game 7 on Thursday night. San Jose came out swinging and powered past the Nashville Predators with a 5-0 pummeling at SAP Center. Five different Sharks put pucks past Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne in what was arguably the best playoff performance in franchise history.
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Sharks roll over in Game 6
Blown leads and complacency dooms San Jose
by Mike Lee
The not so illustrious history of the San Jose Sharks in the playoffs is scarred with one simple fact. They've never been able to put teams away when they had the chance. With all the momentum following their Game 5 pasting of the Nashville Predators in their pocket, the Sharks pulled another underwhelming performance in Game 6 on Monday night, letting the Predators back into the series.
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Sharks ambush Predators in Game 5
SJ unloads after controversial Game 4 loss
by Mike Lee
After their demoralizing triple overtime loss to the Nashville Predators in Game 4, the Sharks jumped all over their opponent and rolled to a 5-1 win in Game 5 at SAP Center. San Jose was relentless all night, piling on the Predators with an up-tempo game that caught Nashville flat-footed all night. Joe Pavleski led San Jose with a pair of goals, and Martin Jones made 24 saves to earn his 7th victory of the playoffs. San Jose now sits a win away from the Conference Finals.
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Triple overtime proves too much for SJ
Nashville evens series at 2-2 with comeback win
by Mike Lee
So much for that 2-0 lead. The Sharks limp home from Nashville after dropping Game 4 on a Mike Fisher goal scored in triple overtime. San Jose blew a 3rd period lead, then misfired on a boatload of chances in the three extra periods, but they simply found a way to lose. San Jose actually put what should have been the game winning goal into the Predators net, but a controversial call waved off what would have been the goal to put the Sharks up 3-1 in the series.
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Sharks fall flat in Nashville
SJ drops Game 3 in 4-1 snoozer
by Mike Lee
You can't expect to win them all, but you do expect the team to show up. The Sharks have found lots of success during this post season, but Tuesday night wasn't indicative of that. The Sharks grabbed an early 1st period lead, then threw things into cruise control for the final 40 minutes. That was a recipe for disaster as the host Nashville Predators scored the next 4 goals to roll the Sharks 4-1 at Bridgestone Arena.
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Jones leads Sharks to 2-0 series lead
SJ grabs another 3rd period win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks had the advantage of playing a tired Nashville Predators team in Game 1 of their Western Conference Semi-Final match-up, but Game 2 was a much different story. Nashville came out firing on Sunday afternoon, outplaying the Sharks for the better part of 60 minutes, but San Jose's netminder Martin Jones had a career game in net to help the Sharks take a 3-2 win at SAP Center, vaulting the team to a 2-0 series lead.
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Five 3rd period goals propel Sharks
SJ take 1-0 series lead in WCSF
by Mike Lee
The Sharks last played a week ago when they ended the Los Angeles Kings season with a 6-3 win in Southern California, so it wasn't a surprise that they had a few cobwebs to deal with. San Jose spent the better part of 40 minutes in search of their legs, but when they found them it was a beautiful thing. San Jose erupted for a franchise record 5 goals in the 3rd period to knock off the Nashville Predators to take Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi-Final match-up.
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Why the Sharks can beat the Nashville Predators in Round 2
Round 2 prognostications
by Zach Bodenstein
After shocking the hockey universe and eliminating the Los Angeles Kings in dominant fashion, the Sharks are well-rested and poised to carry over their first round success against the Nashville Predators. The Predators are no slouch, as they took down arguably the western conference's toughest team, defeating the Anaheim Ducks in seven games, of which was a grueling and bruising series. The Predators come into this game on a two game winning streak, like the Sharks, and are forced to adjust to the time zone in Northern California, as well as the extended travel from Tennessee.
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Quiet Night
Sharks prepare for Round 2
by Ken Smyth
No hockey tonight so one can think about things. The LA Kings are gone in five games, and between the Sharks and the St. Louis Blues, "exorcising their demons" easily wins the Over-used Metaphor In A Hockey Blog competition for the week. Sharks fans can live with that, we're tired of hearing that "c" word. About 90% of the smart people pecked either the Kings or the Chicago Blackhawks to represent the Western Conference in the Finals and have some serious splaining to do. Somebody new will go in a few weeks, it might as well be us. But that's getting ahead of things.
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A Measure of Redemption
Two years of mourning is over
by Paul Krill
The Sharks have won their first playoff series in three years. More importantly, they have defeated the Kings, with the series not even going all that far, only five games. We all know how it worked out the last time these two teams met in the playoffs in 2014: the Sharks won the first three games and then rolled over and played dead in a historic choke that has resulted in the Sharks' once-vaunted sellout streak being a thing of the past, thanks to some people just losing interest. The sting of that series is removed to a small extent, anyway.
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Sharks exact a little revenge
SJ wins opening round series 4-1 over Los Angeles
by Mike Lee
The Sharks got a little redemption on Friday night. It wasn't full retribution for the great playoff collapse of 2014, but it was a nice little accomplishment that every player who wore teal two season ago had the pleasure of enjoying. San Jose out gunned the Los Angeles Kings in a wild 6-3 shootout at Staples Center, which allows the Sharks to advance to the Western Conference Semi-Finals. There was great irony in the game after the Sharks blew a 3-0 lead in the game before unloading two years of frustration on the Kings with a 3-goal 3rd period.
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Power play powers Sharks to Game 4 win
Sharks convert on 3 of 4 man advantage chances
by Mike Lee
The Sharks Western Conference Series with the Los Angeles Kings was billed as one of the tightest of the playoffs. Each of the first four games has been diced by a single goal, including Wednesday nights 3-2 Sharks win at SAP Center. San Jose scored the first three goals of the game, then held on for a wild victory that gives them a commanding 3-1 series lead in the best-of-seven affair.
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Missed opportunities gift the Kings Game 3
0-for-5 on the PP one of many missed chances
by Mike Lee
The Sharks played like world beaters for 30 seconds on Monday night. Then they came back to earth and played mediocre hockey for the better part of an hour and allowed the Los Angeles Kings to crawl back in their Western Conference Quarter Final series after a series of missed opportunities. Tanner Pearson scored an overtime goal at SAP Center to help the Kings cut the Sharks series lead to 2-1.
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Sharks grab 2-0 series lead
Another road win gives Sharks leverage
by Mike Lee
The league's best road team did it again on Saturday night. With Game 1 already in the win column, the Sharks turned in another gritty performance at Staples Center in Los Angeles to take Game 2 with a 2-1 win over the host Kings. The Sharks took advantage of their chances, and held the Kings offense in check for most of the evening to grab a 2-0 lead in the best of 7 series.
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Sharks take Game 1 from Kings 4-3
Joe Pavelski pots a pair of goals to lead SJ
by Mike Lee
To say the Sharks have some playoffs demons to exercise against the Los Angeles Kings would be a bit of an understatement. They kicked off the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a step in the right direction as they topped the Kings by a 4-3 score at Staples Center. One game does not a playoff series make, but the Sharks know they can compete and the road has been their comfort zone this season.
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Game is On, Will the Sharks be
It's that time again
by Ken Smyth
Team Teal is back to the playoffs. Notice the exclamation point is missing. Maybe the Warriors have taken up all the oxygen around the bay, maybe it's the Sharks' losing record at home, but outside of we hopeless puckheads the excitement isn't happening. Even among fans there is a feeling of resignation.
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Why the Sharks Can Beat the Kings in Round 1
SJ has something to prove
by Zach Bodenstein
After the infamous "reverse-sweep" in 2014, the San Jose Sharks are a force to be reckoned with this season. To the average hockey fan, the Sharks don't stand a chance, and that is a fair assumption considering the Kings' recent playoff success. However, this is a different Sharks team, and a different Kings team, as well.
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One More Night in Camelot
Shock the world and acctually win
by Ryan Hall
The NHL playoffs loom on the horizon, and when they begin the hopes and fears of several fan bases will be realized. For some, this post-season brings optimism and hope, while for others just reaching the second season is enough of an accomplishment. However, for others, the playoffs have been a House of Horrors for so long that they can no longer bring themselves to have anything approaching excitement; and it is this last category that best describes the San Jose Sharks.
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Sharks unveil new goal song
San Jose to overhaul marketing approach
by Mike Lee
As the playoffs approach, the Sharks put one of their pressing needs to bed on Friday when they unveiled their new goal song. Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Flavil Hampsten announced that the Sharks are adopting the Helen Reddy anthem "I am Woman" to celebrate every goal the Sharks score. Insiders have attributed the lack off an inspiring goal song as the reason the Sharks have struggled mightily on home ice this season.
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Canucks cure ills with SAP hospitality
Sharks slip at home again
by Mike Lee
The Sharks are consisitent if nothing else. On a night when they were handed a cup cake game by the schedule makers, they gagged up another stinker on home ice, losing to the Vancouver Canucks, helping to break their guests nine-game losing streak. Vancouver beat the host Sharks 4-2 before a lifless home crowd.
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Couture's hat trick powers Sharks
Canucks drop 9th straight game
by Mike Lee
A day after clinching a playoff birth, the Sharks had to overcome the fatigue of back-to-back games and the emotional let down after such a big win. Luckily they got to do it against the lottery bound Vancouver Canucks who haven't won a game in 9 straight tries. San Jose shook off a sluggish start to beat the Canucks 4-1, powered by Logan Couture's first career hat trick.
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Sharks earn playoff spot with win over Kings
SJ back in the post season after a year hiatus
by Mike Lee
The Sharks and Los Angeles Kings don't ever need any motivation to play each other tough, but when there's a playoff spot on the line, you have the makings for an entertaining evening. That's exactly what fans got on Monday night as the two teams battled for the positioning in the Pacific Division standings. The Sharks had the added motivation of a playoff spot that eluded them last season. A win or a Phoenix Coyotes loss would secure that spot for San Jose. They would get both.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings #8
The Final Countdown Edition
by Ryan Hall
I'll give you a moment to let the chorus from the 1986 Europe hit play through your head before continuing. There. You ready now? As the NHL season begins to wind down most of the teams are entering their own final countdowns. For some it's the number of games left until the post season starts. For others it's the magic number to clinch their own spot in the playoff dance. While for the rest it's simply a tally of how many times they need to hit the ice before a long summer vacation.
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Lowly Oiler spoil Sharks playoff party
4 goal 2nd period sinks San Jose
by Mike Lee
There are losses, and then there are those head scratching performances that make you wonder why you bothered to get up that morning. Thursday night was one of the latter, as the Sharks turned in an abomination of a performance en route to a 6-3 loss to the lowly Edmonton Oilers. In their second chance to clinch a playoff spot, the Sharks once again gagged up another loss albeit to a cellar dweller. The upstart Oilers exploded for 4 goals in the 2nd period to hand San Jose their 20th loss on home ice this season.
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Sharks fizzle in playoff style matchup
Blues shutout SJ on SAP Center ice
by Mike Lee
With the Sharks on the verge of clinching a playoff spot, San Jose got a taste of what playoff hockey is going to be like on Tuesday night. The Sharks misfired in a defensive slugfest, losing to the St Louis Blues 1-0 at SAP Center in a primer for the post season. San Jose missed a chance to jump past the Anaheim Ducks in the standings and climb within 3 points of the Los Angeles Kings for the Pacific Division lead after both teams lost.
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Sharks exact some revenge on Coyotes
Reimer earns 2nd shutout since acquisition
by Mike Lee
The Sharks turned in the performance they needed last Thursday night, as San Jose dispatched the Arizona Coyotes 3-0 at SAP Center. The underachieving Coyotes beat the Sharks three days earlier in a game that was filled with controversy. Arizona wouldn't be so lucky on Sunday night. Making only his 4th start since being acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline, James Reimer made 25 saves to earn his 2nd shutout in San Jose.
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Donskoi leads Sharks over Bruins
San Jose gets rare back to back home wins
by Mike Lee
The Sharks accomplished something on Tuesday night that they've only done once this season. Win more than one game in a row. Even as they make a push for a Stanley Cup Playoff spot, it's hard to believe that San Jose had only strung together multiple wins one time this season. With their 3-2 win over the visiting Boston Bruins, the Sharks accomplished that feat for only the second time this season. Building on their 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals last Saturday, the Sharks overcame a 2-1 deficit to beat the visiting Bruins. San Jose swept the season series, having also won in Boston 5-4 on November 17th.
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Buyer Beware
Will This Year Be Any Different?
by Paul Krill
We've just finished three games against the Canucks in the past two weeks, where the Sharks won the two games on the road, only to come home and lose, thanks to an absence of penalty-killing. Then, the Sharks go out and kill it on the road, beating Calgary and Edmonton, only to come home and get shut out by subpar New Jersey and its backup goaltender. So it's a mixed bag: road dominance, home struggles.
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Sharks sweep Caps with big 3rd period
SJ turn the tables on NHL's top team
by Mike Lee
The best team in the NHL cruised into San Jose on Saturday night, countering on a pair of Shark leads, but when push came to shove, the home team finished the evening with a big 5-2 victory. The Washington Capitals came to town looking to take advantage of the Sharks woes on home ice, but San Jose dug deep in the 3rd period to score three goals to break a 2-2 deadlock. Brenden Dillon, Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton all contributed a goal and an assist in the win.
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Sharks stumble at home...again
New Jersey lures SJ into lethargic loss
by Mike Lee
The Sharks returned to the scene of the crime on Thursday night, dropping a 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils. The crime being the product the Sharks throw out on the ice in front of their home fans. San Jose slept-walked through 60 minutes of lifeless hockey that was best suited for an insomniac. New Jersey entered the contest 0-5-1 and were shellacked for 6 goals in their last game, but they played a lockdown defensive road game that was tailor made for the Sharks lethargic offense.
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Back to back goaltending gems for SJ
Reimer shuts out Oilers in his 2nd start for SJ
by Mike Lee
24 hours after Martin Jones 47 save performance, the Sharks leaned on recently acquired netminder James Reimer, who made 31 saves en route to his 1st shutout in only his second start for San Jose. Reimer didn't face the onslaught of shot that Jones faced against the Flames a day earlier, but his steady hand in net allowed the Sharks offense to flow against the host Edmonton Oilers as they capped their Alberta trip with a 3-0 victory.
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Sharks play with penalty fire again
Martin Jones bails out SJ with 47 save performance
by Mike Lee
After giving up three power play goals to the Vancouver Canucks last Saturday night, you'd think the Sharks would have learned a lesson about staying out of the penalty box. Not so much. The Sharks continued their penalty box parade in Calgary on Monday night, serving up 7 power play chances for the host Flames. The last one cost Martin Jones a shutout as the Flames converted on a 6-on-4 late to tie the game in dramatic fashion. If not for a Joe Pavelski goal in overtime, the Sharks would have wasted a gem of a performance by Jones who made 47 saves in a 2-1 win at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
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 SHARK SNAPSHOT
Western Conf W L OTL Pts
(1) Chicago (C) 15 6 3 33
(2) St Louis (C) 13 7 3 29
(3) San Jose (P) 14 9 1 29
(4) Anaheim (P) 11 8 4 26
(5) Edmonton (P) 12 10 2 26
(6) Minnesota (C) 11 8 3 25
(7) Nashville (P) 11 8 3 25
(8) Los Angeles (P) 12 10 1 25
(9) Dallas (C) 9 9 6 24
SJ Home 8 3 0 16
SJ Road 6 6 1 13

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LEADERS
Scoring Gm G A Pts PIM
Burns 24 9 12 21 4
Pavelski 24 7 14 21 12
Couture 24 9 7 16 2
Thornton 24 2 11 13 6
Hertl 17 4 5 9 10

Goaltending W L OTL Sv% GAA
Jones 12 8 1 .921 2.04
Dell 2 1 0 .931 1.93

Special Teams # Eff% Rnk
Power Play 13/72 18.1% 14th
Penalty Kill 9/57 84.2% 10th

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2/27 Recalled G Aaron Dell from San Jose (AHL)

2/27 Acquired G James Reimer and F Jeremy Morin from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for G Alex Stalock, F Ben Smith and conditional 4th round draft selection (2018).

2/24 Acquired F Nick Spaling and D Roman Polak from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for F Raffi Torres, a 2nd round draft selection (2016) and a 2nd round draft selection (2017).

10/26 Assigned D Mirco Mueller to San Jose (AHL)

10/26 Assigned F John McCarthy to San Jose (AHL)

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11/21 Patrick Marleau - 1000th NHL Point (@ PIT)

10/17 Dylan DeMelo - 1st NHL Game (@ NYI)

10/17 Nikolay Goldobin - 1st NHL Point (@ NYI)

10/17 Nikolay Goldobin - 1st NHL Goal (@ NYI)

10/16 Nikolay Goldobin - 1st NHL Game (@ NJ)

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