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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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No Reimer reason for penalty kill woes
Canucks top Sharks 4-2 at SAP
by Mike Lee
Most NHL teams play to earn the home ice advantage come playoff time. The Sharks may want to align themselves with the 8th seed should they hold on and actually make the playoffs this season. SAP Center ice has been anything but advantageous for the Sharks this season, and Saturday night's loss to the Vancouver Canucks further drilled home the point that the Sharks are a much better team on the road and that home ice has been less than inviting. The Canucks took advantage of a Sharks parade to the penalty box en route to a 4-2 win in San Jose.
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Sharks dispatch Canucks again
Another strong 3rd period paces SJ
by Mike Lee
The Sharks did what they needed to do Thursday night in Vancouver as they kicked off the road end of a home-and-home series with the Canucks. Coming off their 4-1 win in British Columbia last Sunday, the Sharks overpowered Vancouver with another strong 3rd period, scoring a pair of goals to wipe out a 2-1 Canucks lead.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings #7
(California) Dreaming Edition
by Ryan Hall
I guess we should have seen this coming. After five months of games, the Pacific Division has aligned itself into two groups: California and The Rest. Despite some stumbles and struggles during the early stages the Sharks, Ducks, and Kings have emerged as the only legitimate teams in a division that is chock full of underwhelming, young, inexperienced squads. For those clubs the only thing left to worry about is the Austin Matthews sweepstakes; while for the big boys the California Derby is just getting started.
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Sharks spank Habs 6-2
Pavelski's big night leads San Jose
by Mike Lee
Once the hottest thing going in the Eastern Conference, the Montreal Canadiens have fallen on hard times of late. Their lone visit to San Jose didn't do much to turn their season around. The Sharks unloaded on the Canadiens, scoring 6 goals in a 6-2 whitewashing at SAP Center. Joe Pavelski scored a pair of goals and added an assist to lead San Jose. Ten different players recorded points for the Sharks who won their 2nd game in a row.
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Big 3rd period paces win in B.C.
Sharks take first of 5 with Canucks
by Mike Lee
It wasn't pretty, but the Sharks dispatched the Vancouver Canucks in British Columbia with a big 3rd period fueled by 4 San Jose goals. The Sharks snapped out of a 40 minute funk that was nothing but lifeless hockey, pounding Ryan Miller with a flurry of goals that help the San Jose keep pace with the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks in the Pacific Division race. Four different Sharks scored in the big 3rd period.
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Sharks stink up the Tank
Door mat Sabres take 3-1 win at SAP
by Mike Lee
The Sharks returned home on Friday following a so-so 5-game road trip. By virtue of playing on home ice, the Sharks obliged their fans with a typical no-show performance that ended in an embarrassing 3-1 loss to the cellar-dwelling Buffalo Sabres. San Jose charged fans a gate fee, but it wasn't an NHL caliber product that hit the ice. San Jose slept-walked through 60 minutes of carefree hockey, like there wasn't a care in the world.
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Sharks run out of gas in Denver
Avalanche take 4-3 shootout win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks up and down February continued on Wednesday night as San Jose wrapped up their 5-game road trip with a 4-3 shootout loss to the host Colorado Avalanche. Joel Ward salvaged a point for the Sharks with a goal in the final 1:31 of regulation, but then San Jose wouldn't come any closer to the net in the overtime and shootout. Martin Jones made 38 saves in a valiant performance, but the defense in front of him wasn't up to the task against the hungrier Avalanche.
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Doug Wilson Overpaid
Roster is Now Over-Made
by Zach Bodenstein
On Monday morning, The San Jose Sharks hooked up with the Toronto Maple Leafs for a five-piece deal that brought rugged blueliner Roman Polak and underrated speedster Nick Spaling to San Jose in exchange for the contract of Raffi Torres, a second-round pick in 2017, and a second-round pick in 2018. Most are overreacting to Doug Wilson perhaps giving Toronto too much in the midst of their rebuild, but the move was one that had to be made and will pay dividends come playoff time.
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Sharks rally around Tennyson injury
SJ beats up on St Louis after nasty hit
by Mike Lee
The Sharks continued to roll on the road, but they paid a price for the 6-3 win in St Louis on Monday night. Outplaying the host Blues early in the game, the Sharks lost Matt Tennyson to a wicked hit along the end board glass that knocked out the defenseman. Blues winger Ryan Reaves tried laying the body as Tennyson was about to play the puck, but the hit came with Tennyson too far from the boards.
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Sharks grind out win in Florida
SJ takes 2-1 shootout decision
by Mike Lee
The road warrior San Jose Sharks scratched and clawed their way to a 2-1 shootout win in South Florida on Thursday night, capturing their 20th road victory of the season. San Jose and the Florida Panthers played one of the tightest games of the season, trading goals in the 3rd period in the low scoring affair. The Sharks beat Panthers goaltender Al Montoya with a pair of goals in the shootout to beat the second best team in the Eastern Conference.
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Road trip starts with a buzz
Sharks sweep season series with Tampa
by Mike Lee
The road has been a safe haven for the Sharks this season, so when that's coupled with a new found confidence San Jose has been playing with, the results have been solid. San Jose kicked off a tough five game road trip with a nice 4-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightening at Amalie Arena in Florida on Tuesday night. The Sharks matched a solid performance against the Lightning earlier this season against the Lightening with goals from four different players and solid goaltending from Martin Jones who improved to 27-15-3.
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Stalock's rough night spells doom for SJ
Flames take 6-5 win in the shootout
by Mike Lee
There are tough losses, and then there are confounding losses that could have simply been avoided. The Calgary Flames were the benefactors of an injury to starting goaltender Kari Ramo, beating the Sharks, who tried to ride an underperforming Alex Stalock in a 6-5 shootout at SAP Center. Stalock allowed 5 goals on 22 shots in regulation, then couldn't stop anything in the shootout to overshadow a gritty comeback by his teammates.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings #6
Straight Shooting Edition
by Ryan Hall
There comes a time in any season where the blinders are removed, and you're simply left staring at reality. For some clubs this is a pleasant surprise, as it is evident that they are going to exceed expectations. Other teams though, well, they are left with the ugly truth that they just aren't very good. Even though the reasons for success and failure can be debated, argued about, and rehashed for hours, the inescapable truth is right there on the ice.
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Jones blanks Hawks in Chitown
San Jose knocks off Chicago to end road trip
by Mike Lee
Martin Jones had never defeated the Chicago Blackhawks entering Tuesday night's match-up at the United Center. He was 0-4 in his prior attempts, but a 33 save performance was good enough to not only beat the Blackhawks, but to shut them out. There's something to be said given the Blackhawk's status atop the Western Conference standings, and the fact they did in Chicago's barn. The Sharks played a perfect road game, stifling the Blackhawks lineup of super stars and generated just enough scoring to end their road trip an even 2-2-0.
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Sharks get back to winning in St Louis
SJ avoids back to back loses
by Mike Lee
If the Sharks are going to make a run this season, they have to learn how to avoid back to back loses. They took a big step forward on Thursday night, bouncing back from their in Anaheim two nights earlier with a solid 3-1 win in St Louis. San Jose took advantage of a St Louis Blues team that has been hard pressed to score goal s of late. The Blues have averaged a goal a game in their last five contest, and the Sharks chipped away in a crucial road game that helped them keep pace in the playoff race.
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Ducks strangle Sharks in 3-2 win
No fight in Sharks following ASG break
by Mike Lee
The post All Star break blues were in full effect in Southern California as the Sharks stumbled to a 3-2 loss, snapping their a 10 game streak in which they scored at least a point in the standings. The host Anaheim Ducks trudged through a stifling game that was more about grinding clock than emphasizing any form of finesse. The Ducks skated away with a 3-2 win over the Sharks in what best described as a snooze fest at the Honda Center.
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Burns burns Sharks in tough loss
Kings steal 2 points after SJ collapse
by Mike Lee
Call it one of those ones that got away. Holding a 3-2 lead with seconds left in the game, the Sharks decided that Brent Burns was suddenly capable of playing defense. They were wrong. Another defensive lapse, this one with 12.7 seconds left in regulation, cost the Sharks dearly against the visiting Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night at SAP Center. Burns lost track of newly acquired Kings forward Vincent Lecavalier in front of the Sharks net, allowing the former Philadelphia Flyer to poke home the tying goal in the waning moments of regulation. The Kings would go on to win the game on a Marion Gaborik goal in overtime to steal 2 points from the Sharks.
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Sharks solid in the desert
San Jose takes 3-1 win over Coyotes
by Mike Lee
The Sharks shook off the sting of their shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators earlier in the week and responded with a strong 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Thursday night. San Jose scored a pair of 1st period goals from their underlings, then held on to a tight 2-1 lead for the majority of the 3rd period to take the Pacific Division match up.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings #5
Mid-season Report Cards Edition
by Ryan Hall
The time when high school students are frantically preparing for semester change over, and the NHL reaches its midway point. While everyone has 'room for improvement' the hard work of several clubs is starting to pay dividends, even as others are regretting some of their life choices. There's still time to make up lost ground though, even as the dividing line between valedictorian and dropout is coming into clearer focus.
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Gaffs cost the Sharks in loss to Sens
Ottawa wins 4-3 in shootout after SJ hands them game
by Mike Lee
Playing for a 6th straight win, the Sharks outplayed the visiting Ottawa Senators, but a series of mistakes cost the Sharks in a 4-3 shootout loss in front of 16,619 at SAP Center. The outcome of the game was frustrating, given the effort San Jose turned in. With the Sharks finally turning the corner on their horrific home performances, they make a pair of mistakes that essentially cost them a point in the standings.
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Hertl's heroics lead the Sharks to 5th straight win
Sharks beat former netminder Antti Niemi
by Mike Lee
It wasn't pretty, but the Sharks figured out how to extend their winning streak to 5 games on Saturday night at SAP Center. They also did it against the top team in the Western Conference. San Jose let a pair of 3rd period leads slip through their fingers against the Dallas Stars, but a Tomas Hertl goal 1:12 into overtime gave the Sharks an exciting 4-3 win before a rare home sellout crowd.
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Sharks not so inviting in McLellan's return
San Jose takes 2-1 shootout win
by Mike Lee
Former Sharks head coach Todd McLellan made his return to San Jose on Thursday night. It's been eight months since McLellan and the Sharks parted, but it was the former San Jose bench boss' first chance to face Bay Area fans. Playing at SAP Center with his roster full of baby-faced Oilers, McLellan just missed on a chance to go 2-0 against his former team. The Sharks had to stretch things to the shootout in order to avenge an overtime loss to the Oilers earrlier this season. Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi buried shots in the shootout to escape with a 2-1 win.
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The road continues to be a haven
Sharks win third straight game with 4-1 win in Winnipeg
by Mike Lee
The road continues to be a safe haven for the Sharks this season. Even skating against a team that beat them soundly at SAP Center ten days earlier, San Jose played another solid road game, scoring a couple of goals, then clamping down defensively to stymie the host Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. The Sharks misfired on 5 of 6 chances on the power play, but converted on a big chance late in the game to secure a 4-1 victory at MTS Centre in Saskatchewan.
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Sharks fight for two on the road
SJ scores a pair of 3rd period goals to beat Calgary
by Mike Lee
The Sharks showed a little perseverance when they needed it most on Monday night. Kicking off a quick two game road trip in Calgary, the Sharks overcame three power play goals by the Flames by scoring a pair of 3rd period goals to win a 5-4 thriller. San Jose followed up their big 7-0 win on Saturday night with another bushel of goals to win back to back goals for the first time since mid-December. Brent Burns and Joel Ward came through in that crucial final 20 minutes with a goal apiece.
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Sharks find scoring touch in rout of Leafs
SJ unloads on Toronto with 7 goals
by Mike Lee
Apparently Joe Thornton's outburst at the end of the Red Wings game on Thursday struck a chord with a few of his teammates. Either that or the Toronto Maple Leafs looked so far past Saturday afternoon's game that they forgot to actually show up. Thornton and his teammates erupted for 7 goals in a white-washing of the Maple Leafs in a matinee affair at SAP Center.
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Same sad SAP story
Red Wings latest to beat Sharks on home ice
by Mike Lee
The Sharks 25th season of futility continued on Thursday night with the team's 12th loss in 17 games on home ice. The Sharks played a tight coin flip kind of game, but once again came up short when it counted. Justin Abdelkader scored a goal with 6:52 left in regulation to stake the visiting Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win at SAP Center. The goal pushes the Sharks to within a point of the Western Conference basement, leading only the lowly Edmonton Oilers.
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Penalties sink Sharks
Colorado converts 4 of 6 power plays in 6-3 win
by Mike Lee
Taking 6 penalties in a game isn't a back breaking statistic so long as your special teams does its job. The Sharks didn't do that on Monday night, and ended up paying the price. San Jose gave up 4 power play goals to the visiting Colorado Avalanche in a 6-3 shellacking at SAP Center. Nathan MacKinnon scored 2 of his 3 goals on the man advantage to lead the Avalanche, who vaulted into the 7th spot in the conference. San Jose fell to 4th in the division and sit 4 points out of the Western Conference basement.
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Sharks wrap up trip with stunner in LA
Pavelski scores a pair of 3rd period PP goals to pace Sharks
by Mike Lee
The Sharks lengthy 5-game road trip came to an end in Southern California on Tuesday night, with one of those "how did that happen" performances that left heading home with a 5-3 win over the host Los Angeles Kings. Facing a 3-2 deficit heading into the 3rd period, the Sharks scored 3 goals to knock off the rival Kings in a stunning turnaround.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings #4
Star Wars Edition
by Ryan Hall
A long time ago, in a division far, far away…

Okay, so after seeing The Force Awakens, I can safely say that the NHL has a long way to go before it can match entertainment like that! Wow!! For those who haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend it. However, this is a safe, Non-Spoiler article, so feel free to read without worry - unless you haven't seen any of the trailers and will find the mere mention of names and climate a spoiler. Then avert your eyes before it is too late…
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 SHARK SNAPSHOT
Western Conf W L OTL Pts
(1) Dallas (C) 50 23 9 109
(2) St Louis (C) 49 24 9 107
(3) Chicago (C) 47 26 9 103
(4) Anaheim (P) 46 25 11 103
(5) Los Angeles (P) 48 28 6 102
(6) San Jose (P) 46 30 6 98
(7) Nashville (C) 41 27 14 96
(8) Minnesota (C) 38 33 11 87
(9) Colorado (C) 39 39 4 82
SJ Home 18 20 3 39
SJ Road 28 10 3 59

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LEADERS
Scoring Gm G A Pts PIM
Thornton 82 19 63 82 54
Pavelski 82 38 40 78 30
Burns 82 27 48 75 53
Marleau 82 25 23 48 10
Hertl 81 21 25 46 26

Goaltending W L OTL Sv% GAA
Jones 37 23 4 .918 2.27
Reimer 6 2 0 .938 1.62
Stalock 3 5 2 .884 2.94

Special Teams # Eff% Rnk
Power Play 62/275 22.5% 3rd
Penalty Kill 46/236 80.5% 21st

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
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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RECENT MILESTONES
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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