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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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Sharks claw back to win in Toronto
SJ overcomes 2-goal 3rd period deficit
by Mike Lee
It's not often that you can let your opponent score 4 consecutive goals and still expect to win. That's exactly what they did to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, stunning the 18,966 in attendance at the Air Canada Centre. San Jose battled back from a 2-goal deficit in the 3rd period to get the game to overtime, where defenseman Brent Burns ended things with a dramatic goal in the extra period.
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Road sweet road
Sharks get back on track with solid win in Montreal
by Mike Lee
Don't even try to understand what's going on with the Sharks. They've been a contradiction to everything you would expect from a sports team when it comes to home and road games. Their inability to win on home ice is offset by their impressive road record, which improved by a game on Tuesday night in Montreal as they kicked off a 5-game road trip. What started as a Canadiens shooting gallery, turned into a 3-1 Sharks win at the Bell Centre. The victory was the 1st in 7 tries for San Jose in the month of December.
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Not so wild about Minnesota
Home woes continue for Sharks
by Mike Lee
Home or road, the Sharks just can't seem to shake out of the doldrums that have plagued them the last 6 games. San Jose returned home on Saturday night to take a middle of the pack Minnesota Wild team that slow played the Sharks into a 2-0 loss at SAP Center. The Wild played the perfect road game, suppressing their hosts before scoring a 3rd period goal to steal a win. Zach Parise played spoiler, scoring the game winning goal and then tacking on an assist on a late empty-net score that sealed the Sharks fate.
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McLellan gets last laugh
Oilers drop Sharks in OT for their new head coach
by Mike Lee
The skid has reached 5 games. The on-again, off-again Sharks continued to slide with another loss on Wednesday night. Only now, the Sharks are losing to teams they should be wiping the floor with. The upstart Edmonton Oilers forced the Sharks to overtime, then took advantage of a San Jose turnover in the extra frame to cash in on a 4-3 win. Taylor Hall capped a mad rush up the ice with a tip in off a Leon Draisaitl feed to beat Martin Jones and the Sharks for their 6th straight home win.
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Panic button pressed
Sharks are in meltdown form
by Paul Krill
After starting out the season 4-0, things are heading south for our San Jose Sharks very fast. As of this writing, the team now stands at 6-6. Everything seems to be going wrong: Logan Couture is injured and gone for an extended period time; the Sharks give up the first goal within minutes of each opening faceoff, Martin Jones' promising start as the Sharks' go-to guy in goal has deteriorated into mediocrity or worse. (If there's a hot goaltender in the game, he's usually not wearing a Sharks uniform.).
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Homesick
Fans leave disappointed again on Saturday night
by Paul Krill
The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Sharks, 4-3, on Saturday. The obvious bad news is, the Sharks lost at home again. The more-obscured good news is, there are fewer fans on hand to see them lose in San Jose these days. This loss, which turned into a nail-biter in what football fans would call end-of-the-game "garbage time," brought their home record this season to an abysmal four wins and eight losses and 1-4 when I'm personally in attendance.
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Bad bounces sink Sharks early
Pittsburgh rolls Sharks from odd angles
by Mike Lee
There's something to be said about intestinal fortitude. Unfortunately for San Jose, they didn't have it on Tuesday night as the Pittburgh Penguins came calling. The Penguins were the benefactors of a couple of fortuitous bounces, but when a would be San Jose goal was waved off in the 2nd period, the Sharks packed it in and left the 13,000 plus in attendance to wallow in another home loss.
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DeBoer's message hits home
Hertl and Wingels emerge in 5-2 win over Flames
by Mike Lee
The Sharks could have responded a number of ways from their 5-2 drubbing last Wednesday night. It seems that several players took the loss to heart by skating with a pants on fire attitude on Saturday night, as San Jose spanked the Calgary Flames 5-2 at SAP Center. Five different players scored for the Sharks, but the energy came from two players that were benched in the 3rd period against the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the week.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings #3
Are you in or out?
by Ryan Hall
Thanksgiving is upon us, and with it the time to stop and reflect on all that we have to be grateful for. However, that doesn't make for a very fun articles, so instead we're going to indulge in another Turkey Day tradition - no, not camping out to get first dibs on the Black Friday sales. I mean we're going to take a look forward and predict which teams from the Pacific division are going to qualify for the postseason.
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Home ain't where the heart is
Blackhawks snap Sharks win streak at SAP
by Mike Lee
In the NHL, home ice is supposed to be a safe haven. The Sharks aren't your typical NHL team right now. After taking 6-of-6 on the road, the Sharks returned home on Wednesday night and promptly dropped a 5-2 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks in the not-so-friendly confines of SAP Center. San Jose slept-walked through the opening 20 minutes of the game and spent the rest of the night chasing the Blackhawks.
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Confusion
It's Not Bad, And That's Good
by Ken Smyth
Is it hard to figure out this season's edition of the San Jose Sharks? Yes. Laying it all out: they tear up the league the first week, then lose Logan Couture to a practice injury and proceed to go 4-8 over the next four weeks. Just as everybody was declaring that they were sinking to their proper level and it was time (again) to trade Patrick Marleau they roll off six straight wins on a 10-day road trip back east, establishing themselves as a force in the Atlantic Division. They return home Wednesday night for a game against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks are 1-2 so far on their own 6 game,11 day road trip. We can all hope that the Sharks confuse them as well.
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Of Mice and Men
Time to end the All-star game Rat Race
by Ryan Hall
Well, the NHL is at it again. Recently, they announced that the All-Star game format would be changing in order to inject some life and entertainment value into what has basically become a hollow and empty exercise. The current plan calls for three 20 minute 'mini-games' of 3-on-3 hockey, with each division assembling a squad to take part in a single loss elimination tournament. Basically, the winners of games #1 and #2 will meet in game #3 for all the bragging rights.
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Perfect road trip after 3rd period comeback
Sharks score 4 goals in the 3rd period to stun Columbus
by Mike Lee
The Sharks had plenty of reasons to pack it in after the Columbus Blue Jackets grabbed a 3-1 lead early in the 3rd period on Sunday. They were wrapping up a season long 6-game road trip in which they claimed 10 of 12 possible points. They were playing less than 24 hours after a tough win in Pittsburgh. It would have been too easy to simply call it a successful trip and head for home. Instead, they dug deep and pulled off one heck of a comeback, scoring 4 goals in the 4th period to stun the Blue Jackets 5-3.
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Jones stands tall in Pittsburgh
Marleau scores 1000th point in 3-1 win
by Mike Lee
When the Sharks departed on their 6-game road trip a week and a day ago, they hadn't won back to back games in almost a month. They had lost 8 of their prior 11 games and were struggling to string together any semblance of consistency on the ice. The trip away from SAP Center, where the Sharks are 3-5-0, was a much needed diversion. Nine days in, San Jose is 5-0-0 after knocking off the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 at CONSOL Energy Center on Saturday night.
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Economical Sharks win 4th straight
Melker Karlsson bags overtime winner
by Mike Lee
The Sharks may never want to come home again. After struggling for much of the evening, San Jose leaned on a Swede and a rookie Fin to pull out a 1-0 victory in overtime, as the host Philadelphia Flyers fell to the streaking Sharks. Melker Karlsson was the man of the hour as his overtime winner gave the Sharks their 4th win on their current 6-game road trip.
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Big offensive output leads SJ in Beantown
Sharks win 3rd straight to extend road winning streak
by Mike Lee
With the way they're playing on the road of late, the Sharks may never want to come home. San Jose rolled into Boston on Tuesday on a slight high after taking the first two games of their current 6-game road trip, and got out of town with a crazy 5-4 win that saw 5 different players score goals for the visitors. Martin Jones stopped 25 shots to earn the victory.
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Point per dollar a telling stat
Who is the priciest point producer for SJ
by Mike Lee
As Sharks hit the corner pole of the 2015 season I thought I'd take a look at some of the performance numbers that we've seen from players through the first 17 games of the season in an attempt to try and identify where the Sharks may be deriving some true value. I decided to look at point production for each player in context to their salary this season. Separating the forwards from the defenseman of course. Would it be of any interest to see how each player's point output corresponds to their salary this season?
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Sharks win back to back games
SJ wins in Buffalo for the first time in a decade
by Mike Lee
Celebrating their 25th season as a member of the NHL, the Sharks held the distinction of winning only once in Buffalo over the course of their history. That changed on Saturday night as they overcame a late Ryan O'Reilly goal in the 3rd period to take a 2-1 win in overtime. Mired in the distraction of the trade rumors that have been circulating all week, Patrick Marleau scored the game winner, giving San Jose their first win under the league's new 3-on-3 overtime format.
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Selective shooting leads SJ over Wings
Sharks only put 14 shots on Jimmy Howard in win
by Mike Lee
Given that home hasn't been exactly the most accommodating place to play, the Sharks got back in the win column on Friday night as they kicked off a 6-game road trip that takes them to the East Coast with a 3-2 win at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The Sharks shook of an early Red Wings goal, scoring three goals of their own to win for only the 3rd time in their last 8 games. Martin Jones turned aside 26 shots to earn the win.
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Sharks sputter in 4-2 loss to Islanders
SJ falls behind early and never recovers
by Mike Lee
If there's any silver lining to Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders is that the Sharks didn't get their teeth kicked in with another 6-goal disaster. You may recall the Islanders dismantling the Sharks three weeks ago in Brooklyn with a thrashing that ended the Sharks 4-game win streak to start the season, and started a downward spiral that now has the Sharks in sub .500 territory as they dropped their 8th game of the season. John Tavares scored a pair of goals and former Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss stopped 34 shots to kick off a west coast swing.
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Who stepped on a duck?
The Sharks special teams
by Mike Lee
It appears that this season's Sharks product is really no different than last season's. The Sharks had a chance to string together a 2nd consecutive win on Saturday night, but another 60 minutes of unfulfilled chances was a further reminder that this team is simply going through the motions. Like last season, this team has a void in talent or initiative that is keeping it from having any consistent success. Saturday night's performance was a sputtering breakdown that has resulted in a 3-7-0 record in their last 10 games.
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Sharks put up 5 spot on Panthers
Rebound win for San Jose
by Mike Lee
The on again, off again Sharks clicked on Thursday night to rebound from their abysmal loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers at SAP Center on Thursday night. Five different players tallied goals for San Jose and backup goaltender Alex Stalock made 31 saves to earn his first win of the season. Rookie Joonas Donskoi had arguably his best game as an NHLer, scoring a goal, and adding what should have been a highlight reel tally if not for an offside challenge that negated a gem of a play by the youngster.
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Pro: Wilson's Offseason Paying Dividends for Sharks
State of the Sharks
by Zach Bodenstein
It was nearly four months ago that the Sharks made wholesale changes that had many very skeptical about the team that could not secure a playoff berth for the first time in over 11 years. A new coaching staff, goaltender, forward, and defenseman, while departing with some anchors from the previous year now has the Sharks in line for success.
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Cons: Sharks are in meltdown form
State of the Sharks
by Paul Krill
After starting out the season 4-0, things are heading south for our San Jose Sharks very fast. As of this writing, the team now stands at 6-6. Everything seems to be going wrong: Logan Couture is injured and gone for an extended period time; the Sharks give up the first goal within minutes of each opening faceoff, Martin Jones' promising start as the Sharks' go-to guy in goal has deteriorated into mediocrity or worse. (If there's a hot goaltender in the game, he's usually not wearing a Sharks uniform.).
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Heritage night brings back horrors of early years
Sharks lost to league's worst Blue Jackets
by Mike Lee
As part of the team's 25th anniversary celebration, the Sharks busted out the heritage jerseys for the first time this season on Tuesday night in homage to teams of yesteryear. The team then proceeded to transform themselves into the god awful 1991-92 team, tripping over themselves en route to a lopsided loss at the hands of the league's current doormat, the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus entered Tuesday night's game reeling from a 2-10-0 record, but the Blue Jackets looked like the Pittsburgh Penguins of the 90's as they dismantled a discombobulated Sharks team that continues to play disorganized hockey.
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Burns saves Sharks with late goal
SJ picks up two points in Denver with nail biter win
by Mike Lee
Back to back games are tough enough, but when those games are matinee affairs on the road, the Sharks had their work cut out for them. Forget the fact that the back end game came against the struggling Colorado Avalanche. San Jose had to dig deep to pull off a win in Denver on Sunday against an Avalanche team that had lost 7 of their first 10 games this season. The Sharks picked an opportune time to suppress the Avalanche, scoring a go-ahead goal with 65 seconds left in regulation to take a 4-3 decision over the host club.
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Dallas is latest house of horrors for SJ
Former Shark Niemi beats former team
by Mike Lee
Antti Niemi decided to dress up as an NHL goaltender on Saturday afternoon as the former Sharks netminder stymied his former team in Dallas in a 5-3 win. Niemi recorded his 7th win of the season, as the Stars extended their lead in the Western Conference, as the Sharks dropped their 5th game of the season to fall to .500. As the Sharks continnue to flounder, Niemi's performance exposed the fact that the Sharks still aren't a very good hockey team, and their misfortunes last season were likely more a result of poor defense rather then goaltending.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings
Halloween Candy Edition
by Ryan Hall
You know, it's nice that Halloween happens to coincide with the 10 game mark in the NHL, as it gives me a tailor made Power Rankings Theme! However, selfishness aside, it is pretty early to draw any conclusions from what has happened thus far. But let's leave sober thoughts for November, as October 31st is definitely NOT the time for self-control!
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Rinne magnifies SJs lack of punch
Predators take 2-1 snoozer at SAP
by Mike Lee
After beating up a rag doll in the Carolina Hurricanes last weekend, the Sharks were pegged against a tougher opponent in the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night. The euphoria of the 5 goal outburst against Carolina was tempered by an offense that offered little threat to Pekka Rinne and the West leading Predators. Rinne was typical Rinne, but the Sharks aided the Predators goaltender by staying away from the net for the majority of the evening.
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Pacific Division Lacking Intensity
Easy pickings for the right team
by Zach Bodenstein
Two weeks in to this young season, and the division formerly known as the strongest in the league, has faltered thus far. 7 teams, most of which were poised for success in 2015-16, have not been able to jump the gun yet. The Anaheim Ducks, projected by most to be the eventual Stanley Cup Champions this season, are off to the worst start of them all. They finally addressed their issue of forward depth in the offseason, acquiring Carl Hagelin from the Rangers and signing both Shawn Horcoff and Mike Santorelli cheap; it felt like this was the year that the Ducks are finally going to break out. It hasn't been that way so far, registering just one win, three points, and six goals through six games.
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Kings extend Sharks woes
LA rebound from opening night loss
by Mike Lee
It's deja vu all over again in San Jose. Or Ground Hog Day. Whatever you want to call it, it smells the same. Like last years hot start, the Sharks ripped off 4 straight win, and followed that up with their 3rd straight loss on Thursday night. All the opening night hoopla they had against the Los Angeles Kings seemed to get thrown out with the Sharks momentum as San Jose played another lackluster game that ended with a 4-1 defeat.
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Lifeless Sharks drop second straight
Antti Raanta posts shut out in Rangers debut
by Mike Lee
The Sharks red-hot start has finally cooled off. 48 hours after dropping a 6-3 decision to the New York Islanders, San Jose fell to the host New York Rangers in a lopsided 4-0 decision at Madison Square Garden. The Sharks could do little against a faster and stronger Rangers team that toyed with San Jose all night long. Goaltender Antti Raanta faced a paltry 22 shots to earn his 4th career shutout in only his 40th career game in the NHL.
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Isles snap Sharks win streak
Alex Stalock allows 5 goals in subpar performance
by Mike Lee
They weren't going to win them all, but the stars simply seemed to be as misaligned as they could be for the Sharks on Saturday night as they made their first visit to the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. Playing less than 24 hours after their shootout win in New Jersey, the Sharks tired legs ran out of gas to a younger New York Islanders team that put up a season high 6 goals against the Sharks. San Jose failed to hold a pair of leads, but much like last season, the 3rd period was a house of horrors.
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Sharks use shootout to extend win streak
First game without Logan Couture
by Mike Lee
One of the traits of successful hockey teams in the NHL is depth, or the ability to fill any roster spot with another player waiting in the wings. If the Sharks are going to succeed without Logan Couture, who broke his leg in practice on Thursday, they'll need to fill the newly created void in their lineup with quality minutes from their younger players. San Jose has their first chance to test out that theory in New Jersey on Friday night. San Jose was forced to reach deep against the host Devils, taking the game to the shootout, where Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns converted for the 2-1 win.
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Couture injured in practice
Centerman had to be helped off the ice with leg injury
by Mike Lee
If a road trip through the north east wasn't a test enough, the Sharks were left with a bigger challenge on Thursday when assistant captain Logan Couture was injured in practice in New Jersey and had to be helped off the ice. Couture was injured during a 5-on-5 drill according to CSN Bay Area. A video showed Couture in obvious pain, and didn't place any weight on his right foot as he was helped off the ice.
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Jones caps another shutout
Sharks knuck off Ovechken-less Capitals
by Mike Lee
The Sharks kicked off a 4-game road trip with a stop in our nation's capital on Tuesday night, with a resounding 5-0 victory at the hands of the host Washington Capitals. The Sharks got plenty of scoring in this closer than the score tells game, but defense was the story of the night. Namely from goaltender Martin Jones, who turned aside all 31 shots he faced to earn his 2nd consecutive shutout.
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Doug Wilson's Big Gamble
It's Paying Off Big…So far
by Paul Krill
When it became clear that Antti Niemi was not going to be returning as the Sharks top netminder, Sharks fans wondered who would be the new guy in the net. Would it be backup Alex Stalock? Some high-priced, well-known free agent? Somebody in the Sharks farm system?
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Sharks establish 3rd period presence
Marleau scores a pair in home opening win
by Mike Lee
One of the least flattering traits of the Sharks last season, was their inability to hold a lead in the 3rd period. It became almost automatic that a lead would dissolve and result in a crushing loss, typically at the hands of a team that they would have mauled a year earlier. So addressing that shortcoming is something the Sharks have clearly identified as a point of development. They had their first real chance to put their new mindset to test on Saturday night in their home opener against the Anaheim Ducks.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings
3 Bold Predictions Edition
by Ryan Hall
Well, here we are! The puck drops for real on the NHL season this week, and with it the hopes and dreams of several franchises will be realized and dashed. Right now everyone is looking at things in the best possible light, with hope abounding. Sadly, most of that optimism is baseless, as the upcoming months will reveal. However, let's leave the pessimism for another day! Today, we're going to put on our thinking hats and make some bold predictions about what the fates have in store for the teams of the Pacific Division.
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DeBoer era kicks off with a bang
Sharks roll Kings 5-1 on opening night
by Mike Lee
After playing what was arguably their worst hockey in over a decade, the Sharks had a long off-season to contemplate how they would respond. Six months later, San Jose kicked of their 2015-16 campaign with the look of a team that's been rehabilitated and eager to prove that last season was an anomaly. They got things started with a commanding 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
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Meet the 2015-16 Sharks
Taking a look at the goaltenders & coaches
by Mike Lee
The final installment of ourr look at the opening night roster focuses on the goaltenders and coaching staff. Martin Jones and Alex Stalock get the nod in net this season as the Sharks lean toward a more youthful look between the pipes. Head coach Peter Deboer makes his debut in San Jose along with a new slate of assistant coaches that will help lead the Sharks this season.
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Meet the 2015-16 Sharks
Taking a look at the defense
by Mike Lee
The 2015-16 NHL Regular Season gets underway on Wednesday night when the Sharks travel to Southern California to take on their rivals, the Los Angeles Kings. As the San Jose tries to rebound from their worst season in over 10 years, we take a quick look at the players that will adorn the teal and black this season. We turn our attention to the blueline, where the Sharks will serve up a blend of young and old as they try to fix a defense that was constantly tested last season.
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Raffi Torres suspended 41 games
The Sharks forward levels his own team by incurring the death penalty
by Mike Lee
One of the intangibles that was missing from the Sharks game last season was the big hitting presence on the ice that made the opposition worry more about getting popped and less about moving the puck. After Raffi Torres tore up his knee, that presence turned into a void. With the start of the regular season looming, Torres created another void on Monday after learning that he won't be skating for San Jose until the second half of the 2015-16 NHL Season. Torrres will be sitting in the press box, watching after being handed down a devastating 41-game suspension for his hit on Jakob Silfverberg last Saturday night in Anaheim.
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Meet the 2015-16 Sharks
Taking a look at the offense
by Mike Lee
The 2015-16 NHL Regular Season gets underway on Wednesday night when the Sharks travel to Southern California to take on their rivals, the Los Angeles Kings. As the San Jose tries to rebound from their worst season in over 10 years, we take a quick look at the players that will adorn the teal and black this season. Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson didn't dismantle his underperforming roster, but he did retool some of the lineup as the team tries to get back in the playoff hunt after getting bumped last season. San Jose looks to a blend of veterans, youngsters and new free agents.
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Ducks pound SJ in preseason finale
Prospect heavy roster gets ice time for Sharks
by Mike Lee
The Sharks put the wraps on their preseason by dropping a 5-1 decision to the Anaheim Ducks in Southern California on Saturday night. The score is a little deceptive based on the fact that the Sharks essentially wheeled out a "B" Team, while the Ducks skated most of their starters. While giving most of their regulars the night off, it allowed the Sharks brass to assess players who sit on the bubble just four days before the start of the regular season.
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Sharks Jonesing over goaltending performance
SJ rebounds with 4-0 win over Canucks
by Paul Krill
The Sharks bounced back from their lack-luster performance on Monday night with a solid performance across the lineup on Tuesday in Vancouver, to knock off the Canucks 4-0. San Jose received scoring from four different players, including two goal from the defense, and rode goaltender Martin Jones to a commanding victory of the host Canucks.
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A death in the NHL
The passing of Todd Ewen is a devastating loss
by Paul Krill
This past Sunday, The Mercury News ran a small item about the death of Todd Ewen, 49, an NHL enforcer who played for the Sharks in 1996-1997. Later reports stated the cause: apparent suicide. He was said to have suffered from depression for years.
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Sharks drop first preseason game
Canucks win on odd overtime goal
by Mike Lee
The Sharks kicked off their pre-season game schedule on Monday night by participating in the Kraft Hockeyville Game held at the Q Center in Victoria, British Columbia. The Sharks rolled out a roster of primarily 3rd and 4th line players, combined with a pool of prospects, in a low scoring affair in a contest intended to provide coaches with a chance to evaluate bubble players in an NHL environment. The Sharks would drop the game 1-0 in overtime, surrendering a 4-on-3 goal in the extra session.
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Training Camp Photo Gallery
Pictures from Sharks Ice
by Mike Lee
Photos from the September 18th kickoff to training cap at Sharks Ice in San Jose, California. Click on any photo for a larger image. All photos, copyright LetsGoSharks.com, 2015.
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Big boys hit the ice
Regulars make their debuts in DeBoer's first practice
by Mike Lee
The big boys stepped out onto the ice this morning as regular rostered players practiced for the first time this season at Sharks Ice in San Jose. The likes of Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture all ran through drills for the first time under new head coach Peter DeBoer, in 60 minute practices. The 50 some odd players were split into two groups, which Group A hitting the ice at 9:30 Friday morning. Group B ran through identical drills at 11:45.
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Training Camp picks up steam
Nabby returns, Roy signed and more
by Mike Lee
While you were trying to cool down from the week's crazy heat, the Sharks kicked things into gear with a number of items of note, starting with FanFest on Saturday. The team is poised to open training camp as they embark on their 25th season in San Jose.
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Hey! You! Get out of my Tank
Say goodbye to Rock n Roll Part 2
by Mike Lee
After 25 years, some things do change. Like the music you hear after goals. The Sharks sent an email to season ticket holders on Thursday, notifying them that they are headed in a different direction this season when it comes to the music they'll be piping in to the SAP Center after every Sharks goal. Gary Glitter's long standing anthem, Rock n Roll Part 2 is going the way of the DoDo Bird at SAP next season.
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Transaction Tracker
All the Sharks roster moves this off season
9/12 Signed D Jeremy Roy to an entry level contract
8/3 Signed G Aaron Dell to a 1-year contract
7/8 Signed F Timo Meier to an entry level contract
7/3 Signed F Joel Ward to a 3-year contract
7/2 Signed D Mark Cundari to a 1-year contract
7/2 Signed D Patrick McNally to a 2-year contract
7/2 Signed F Bryan Lerg to a 1-year contract extension
7/2 Signed F Micheal Haley to a 1-year contract extension

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Changes lead to questions
Roster changes make Sharks a mystery
by Mike Lee
After struggling to find an identity and missing the playoffs for the first time in an eternity last season, the Sharks enter the 2015-16 campaign with big expectations and even bigger questions about the make up of their roster. Sharks GM Doug Wilson made several off-season moves to fill holes vacated by several players moved late last year or who did not re-sign with the club during the summer. On paper, the moves don't appear drastic, but plenty of mysteries abound, including the massive question mark hovering in front to San Jose's crease as the club prepares to start it's 25th training camp and campaign.
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"C" ya when I "C" ya
Handcapping the Sharks captains race
by Mike Lee
Not that he's really put himself out on a limb since taking over the bench job as the Sharks new head coach, Peter DeBoer's one commitment to Sharks fans this off season is that his team will have a captain this season. He didn't say when the big announcement will happen, but that it will happen sometime during the 2015-16 season. The Sharks headless approach to leadership (or multi-headed depending on who you ask) resulted in one of the worst seasons in the past decade, so with that experiment behind them, DeBoer gets a clean slate to work with.
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Dolla Dolla Bills Y'all!
Making it rain, NHL style
by Ryan Hall
Earlier this week the official deadline for expansion team bids passed, and now we know that there are only two new markets currently seeking entry into the National Hockey League: Las Vegas and Quebec City. Both of them seem to be a lock, with the only real question being 'when do they get in?' If you judge it solely by traction, then the logical step would be to have them both join in time for the 2016-2017 season, as the process of building their respective front offices, naming the team, releasing uniforms, etc. would definitely keep fans interested. If that is the league's plan, hopefully they announce it soon as putting together a franchise isn't something that can be done overnight.
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How to Build a Winner?
Why You Just Never Know
by Ryan Hall
Well, here we are in the dog days of the offseason, where NHL news comes at a pace slightly slower than paint drying on a wall. Not only are there very few transactions to speak of, but even those that do occur tend to be for depth AHL players, marginal talent, or reclamation projects. In short: there isn't much to write about.
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The Future's So Bright?
Sharks' brass bullish on the team's prospects
by Paul Krill
These past two seasons have not been kind to Sharks fans. The 2014-15 campaign ended with the Sharks missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade, as we know all too well. And before that, the Sharks had a historic choke against the Kings, losing a playoff series when they had been ahead three games to none. But all of that is behind us now.
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Ten Reasons
Sharks missed playoffs for a reason
by Zach Bodenstein
For the first time in ten seasons, the San Jose Sharks will not be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 2014-2015 season. With a very controversial offseason, Doug Wilson has yet again set the Sharks up for failure, this time in various different forms. There are so many things to analyze, such as not filling the hole at D so that Brent Burns, the most dominant power forward in hockey, needs to play out of position. Not to mention his lack of knowledge on call-ups and send-downs that cost the team not being able to maximize their skill. However, I am not focusing on Wilson's mishaps today, as I would like to analyze 10 games that are responsible for the Sharks' lost season.
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McLellan and Sharks part ways
Sharks have yet another hole to fill
by Mike Lee
The dark cloud looming over Santa Clara Street got a little darker on Monday, when the Sharks announced that head coach Todd McLellan and the team have decided to mutually part ways. McLellan's 7-year tenure as bench boss of the Sharks ends after their spiraling crash in the 2014-15 season, which came on the heels of their playoff disaster last spring.
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Mercifully, it's over
Sharks end season with another loss to the Kings
by Mike Lee
It's not officially spring until the Sharks close out their season with a loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Like the two previous seasons, the Sharks ended their season with a loss to the Kings, albeit without the drama of the past two seasons. The Sharks stayed true to the season by imploding in the 3rd period, an all too frequent occurrence this season, en route to a 4-1 loss at the Staples Center in Southern California on Saturday.
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Lerg provides a small silver lining
Rookie bags game winner in NHL debut
by Mike Lee
After all the failure this season, a 29 year-old rookie who's wallowed in the minors for the past 7 years provided one of the few feel-good stories of the year for the Sharks on Thursday night. Making his NHL debut for the Sharks in Edmonton, Bryan Lerg slipped on a glass slipper then banged home the game winning goal in San Jose's 3-1 win over the Oilers at Rexall Place. Lerg upstaged the 49 save performance by goaltender Laurent Brossoit, who made his NHL debut for the Oilers.
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RIP 2014-15 Season
Sharks eliminated from playoffs before 5-1 loss
by Mike Lee
Entering Monday night's game with the Dallas Stars, The Sharks and Stars were both mathematically eligible for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. By the 10 minute mark of the 1st period, both teams had been eliminated. Only one team chose to continue to play. That team wasn't the Sharks. San Jose elected to pack it in on Fan Appreciation Night, rolling over to the Stars who took the opportunity to sour an already bitter evening en route to a 5-1 win over the Sharks at SAP Center.
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Arizona push Sharks to the brink
League's doormat essentially ends San Jose's season
by Mike Lee
It looked as if the Sharks were about to line up a valiant comeback in the Western Conference playoff race. With 4 games left in their regular season, the cards were actually aligning in their favor. The schedule pitted San Jose against the West's worst in the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night in Glendale. True to form this season, the Sharks let a doormat team take it to them and steal a game that San Jose should have won with their eyes closed.
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Coyotes heel to Sharks
San Jose keeps playoff hopes alive with 3-1 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks continued to do what they need to if they want any chance at sneaking back into the playoff race. Kicking off their home-and-home series with the Arizona Coyotes, the Sharks struck early, hitting the Coyotes with a couple of knockout punches in the 1st period, then suppressed the Coyotes for most of the evening en route to a 3-1 win at SAP Center.
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Sharks unveil the SJ Barracuda
New brand for San Jose's new AHL team
by Mike Lee
When I saw the leaked photos of the Sharks new AHL affiliate, I thought it was an April Fool's joke. The Sharks new west coast based franchise, branded as the San Jose Barracuda (notice no trailing "s") will begin play in the AHL next season. The Sharks officially announced the Barracuda, releasing branding and jersey mock ups on Thursday, but initial peeks of those logos were leaked a day earlier.
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Western Conf W L OTL Pts
(1) Chicago (C) 36 18 4 76
(2) Dallas (C) 35 15 5 75
(3) St Louis (C) 30 17 9 69
(4) Los Angeles (P) 32 18 3 67
(5) San Jose (P) 28 20 5 61
(6) Anaheim (P) 26 19 8 60
(7) Colorado (C) 28 25 4 60
(8) Nashville (C) 25 21 8 58
(9) Minnesota (C) 23 21 10 56
SJ Home 10 12 3 23
SJ Road 18 8 2 38

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LEADERS
Scoring Gm G A Pts PIM
Pavelski 53 25 27 52 22
Thornton 53 12 35 47 44
Burns 53 18 28 46 38
Marleau 53 17 18 35 6
Ward 51 15 17 32 18

Goaltending W L OTL Sv% GAA
Jones 25 15 3 .915 2.38
Stalock 3 5 2 .884 2.94

Special Teams # Eff% Rnk
Power Play 42/182 23.1% 3rd
Penalty Kill 32/161 80.1% 18th

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

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

10/26 Assigned F Bryan Lerg to San Jose (AHL)

10/24 Recalled F John McCarthy from San Jose (AHL)

10/23 Assigned F Micheal Haley 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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