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Roast turkey comes early
Sharks serve up Flames win on a platter
by Mike Lee
With the Sharks falling on their faces on Thanksgiving eve, it would be too easy to make comparisons to the birds that will be adorning many of your dining room tables on Thursday. So let's step things up and be a little more graphic. The Sharks played more like turkey droppings on Wednesday night, falling 2-0 to the Calgary Flames at SAP Center.
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Hitting the Fan
Two players gone, losses mount, goals hard to come by
by Paul Krill
It looks like panic is starting to set in. Or at least it should be. We're seeing players shipped out. Jason Demers is gone, Adam Burish as well. Who will be next? Meanwhile, losses keep piling up, the Sharks rarely score goals and the team has won just two of seven home games this season. Maybe they should go back out on the road?
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Sharks acquire Dillon from Stars
San Jose ships Jason Demers to Dallas along with draft pick
by Mike Lee
The change took five months to get started, but GM Doug Wilson is finally taking action to solve some of his team's ills. Wilson shipped defenseman Jason Demers to the Dallas Stars along with a 3rd round draft pick in 2016, in exchange for defenseman Brenden Dillon. The move provided the Stars with a right-handed shot, and the Sharks get the left-handed defenseman that they desperately need.
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Home no haven for San Jose
Sharks drop another season series
by Mike Lee
If you took the 3000-to-1 odds on the Sharks losing the season series to the Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue jackets and Buffalo Sabres, you just hit the jackpot. San Jose completed the parlay of shame on Thursday night, dropping a 3-2 shootout loss to the Panthers at SAP Center. The no-name Panthers overcame a last second goal by the Sharks at the end of regulation by one-upping San Jose in the skills contest.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings #3
Okay! So I was wrong Edition
by Ryan Hall
While only in its second season, the Pacific Division has often been called the toughest in hockey; a fact that I have trumpeted many times in this very column. However, is that really true? Is it possible that the lovable Western teams really aren't the juggernauts that they appear? As the calendar begins to draw towards the latter half of November, it's time for us all to face the harsh reality: maybe parity isn't the same thing are skill level?!
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Buffalo forecast calls for a flurry of goals
Defense softer than a NY snow
by Mike Lee
If anything was going to save the Sharks on Tuesday night is was the weather. Limping into Buffalo for the finale of a painful 7-game road trip, the Sharks needed the blizzard that blanketed Western New York to prevent anyone from reaching the First Niagra Center. No such luck. The snow wasn't deep enough, nor was the Sharks lineup, as San Jose coasted through a 4-1 loss to the hapless Sabres.
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Another winnable loss
Sharks fall to another cup cake
by Mike Lee
How do you explain the on-again, off-again season the Sharks are having? San Jose will beat the best one night, then lose to the worst the next. They did it again on Saturday night, losing to a depleted Columbus Blue Jackets team that has gone 1-8-1 in their last 10 games. Columbus had lost 9 in a row before winning on Friday night, but even after that the Sharks had no business losing to their hosts.
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Befuddling Sharks win
SJ knocks off East's best
by Mike Lee
The Sharks are a bewildering team. After laying an egg against one of the league's worst teams in Florida on Tuesday night, San Jose rebounded with a solid win against the best team in the Eastern Conference on Thursday night. Joe Thornton and Tyler Kennedy each scored in the Sharks 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena.
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Sharks shelled on Veteran's Day
San Jose endures second straight thumping
by Mike Lee
South Florida is where old people, devoid of energy and life, go to retire. The Sharks got in on that act on Tuesday night, checking their dentures at the door and turning in early in a lethargic 4-1 loss to the host Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. The only thing missing from this game was craft hour and pudding for dessert. The Sharks coasted for 60 minutes and ended up getting beat by a bad hockey team in a mausoleum that held a tick over 8,000 paying customers.
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1st period dooms SJ in Chi-town
Sharks dig their own grave early
by Mike Lee
Playing on a 7-game road can be taxing, but throw in games on back-to-back nights and you have the recipe for some lackluster hockey. Skating less than 24 hours after their energetic 3rd period comeback in Dallas on Saturday night, the Sharks sputtered in Chicago, losing 5-2 to the Blackhawks at the United Center. San Jose allowed Chicago to administer a 3-goal body blow in the opening period, which provide to be too much to overcome.
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3rd period kind to Sharks
San Jose kicks off big trip with 5-3 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks kicked off a tough 7-game road trip on Saturday night with wild 5-3 win over the host Dallas Stars in Texas. Brent Burns scored a pair of 3rd period goals, to help the Sharks turn the tables on an opponent for a change. San Jose overcame a Tyler Seguin hat trick to upend the Stars, who held a 3-1 lead through 40 minutes of play and lost for the 7th consecutive time.
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Sharks fade against the Canucks
Lots of shots, too little scoring in 3-2 loss
by Mike Lee
After 5 days off, the Sharks looked to build on their 3-1 win over the New York Islanders last weekend as they squared off against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on Thursday night. Mission not accomplished. San Jose played a 30 minute game that netted them a 3-2 loss. It was a well-deserved loss for a team that got too cute with the puck and tried too hard to do all the little things except score goals.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings
The After Halloween Edition
by Ryan Hall
Well, the candy is piled high in bowls, the costumes are put away for another year, and sudden onset diabetes is about to strike; yup it's the day after Halloween! While last night was definitely filled with fun, Trick or Treater's weren't the only ones getting up to some shenanigans! Even though it isn't a sugar hangover, Pacific Division teams are still waking up to face the inevitable question: "What happened last night?" For some it was a horror movie, while others simply didn't want the ride to end. With that in mind, and before all the fog clears, let's take a look into the fevered dreams that plagued the 7 squads out West.
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Back to basics
Sharks turn the tables on Islanders
by Mike Lee
Funny thing happened on Saturday night, as the Sharks focused on getting back to basics. They won. They did it in an inglorious way, but they won and that's all that matters. Forget pretty wins. The Sharks need to focus on establishing an offense that can deliver in crunch time and a defense that will clamp down on opponents. They got both of those on Saturday night, beating the New York Islanders 3-1 at SAP Center.
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Wild expose Sharks 3rd period woes
SJ blows 3-1 lead and lose in the shootout
by Mike Lee
The Sharks had the chance to close out the opening month of the season on a high note. Leading 3-1 in the 3rd period, familiar bad habits made an appearance and before they could blink, San Jose was losing to the host Minnesota Wild 4-3 in the shootout. Kyle Brodziak pounced on the Sharks soft 3rd period defense by scoring a pair of goals, then Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville beat Antti Niemi in the shootout to win their 6th game of the season.
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Sharks rewarded for strong effort
Colorado holds SJ until the shootout
by Mike Lee
Building on their strong performance in Anaheim on Sunday night, the Sharks kept up the pressure on the second leg of their road trip in Denver, but it took 65 minutes and a shootout to be rewarded for their effort. San Jose out played the Colorado Avalanche for the majority of the evening, but it took extra time and the skills competition to lock up two points in a 3-2 barn-burner.
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Don't push the panic button…yet
Saturday's broad daylight nightmare at home is followed by Sunday's dominance in Orange County
by Paul Krill
After Saturday's multi-faceted flop - the Sharks laid an egg against the lowly Sabres and failed to sell out on a wonderful Saturday afternoon - panic buttons were readied. Internet discussions again asked why Todd McLellan and Doug Wilson were still employed by the Sharks. Musings on who the new coach would be ensued. And the empty seats showed that the Sharks are indeed going to have to finally pay a price for failing in the playoffs year after year after year; a "What's the use?" attitude looks to have set in, to some degree.
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Ducks snap Sharks out of their funk
Teams combine for 165 penalty minutes in SJ's 4-1 win
by Mike Lee
After losing four straight games, the Sharks needed a swift kick in the pants to snap them out of their funk. What better than a division rival known for their unwieldy ways. That rival was the Anaheim Ducks, who obliged the Sharks with an invitation to the Fight Club, rather than a hockey game. San Jose used the engagement to play solid team hockey and bond a little as a team.
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Sharks drop 4th straight to doormat
Buffalo the latest to open up in the 3rd period
by Mike Lee
If you happen to be driving down Santa Clara Street on Saturday afternoon, you may have caught a whiff of an awful stench emitting from SAP Center. That smell may have been the 17,370 paid attendees all vomiting in mass as the league's worst Buffalo Sabres were handing the Sharks their 4th loss in a row. Having won once in eight tries this season, the Sabres should have been easy pickings for the Sharks. What should have been and what transpired were two very different things. Buffalo scored a pair of 3rd period goals to beat San Jose 2-1 in what is clearly the most embarrassing loss of the season for the Sharks.
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This story is getting old
Yet another 3rd period collapse
by Mike Lee
If you saw any of the Sharks last two games, then there was no need to take in Thursday night's contest at SAP Center. Same story, different opponent. Jump out to an early lead, cough up that lead in the third period, then lose. That's your story line in a nutshell. Same old late mistakes and a lack of defensive fortitude to hold on to a lead are all the Sharks have to offer right now. Bad 3rd period hockey allowed the Columbus Blue Jackets to take two points in a 5-4 decision against the hapless Sharks.
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More 3rd period fail
Boston scores 3 unanswered 3rd period goals
by Mike Lee
After a quick start to open the season, bad habits are starting to cost the Sharks games. Yet another 3rd period collapse turned a lead into a loss as San Jose fell in regulation for the second consecutive game. San Jose gagged up a 3-2 lead by surrendering three goals to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in the final 20 minutes, falling 5-3.
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Madison Square ambush
Sharks flat in shutout loss to Rangers
by Mike Lee
An unusual thing has been happening to the Sharks this season. Usually shot crazy, San Jose has trailed in shot counts for a majority of their games this season. But they've been winning. They went and messed that all up on Sunday in New York by outshooting the host Rangers 33-29 at Madison Square Garden. For their effort, they were rewarded with a 4-0 spanking at the hands of Henrik Lundqvist and the rest of the Rangers.
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Sharks hang on in Jersey
San Jose allows late surge by Devils but wins 4-2
by Mike Lee
The Sharks were not very accommodating guests on Saturday night. With the New Jersey Devils hosting their home opener at the Prudential Center in Newark, the Sharks were supposed to all the home crowd to celebrate the start of the 2014-15 NHL season with a Devils victory. San Jose apparently didn't get the script. At least not until the 3rd period, when another defensive lapse almost allowed the Devils to claw their way back from a 3-0 deficit.
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 SHARK SNAPSHOT
Western Conf W L OTL Pts
(1) Anaheim 14 4 5 33
(2) Vancouver 15 6 1 31
(3) Nashville 14 5 2 30
(4) St Louis 14 6 2 30
(5) Calgary 14 8 2 30
(6) Los Angeles 12 6 5 29
(7) Chicago 13 8 1 27
(10) San Jose 10 10 4 24
SJ Home 2 4 2 6
SJ Road 8 6 2 18

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LEADERS
Scoring Gm G A Pts PIM
Thornton 24 7 13 20 4
Pavelski 24 9 10 19 13
Couture 24 8 11 19 2
Burns 24 7 12 19 26
Marleau 24 6 12 18 4

Goaltending W L OTL Sv% GAA
Niemi 7 7 3 .917 2.49
Stalock 2 2 1 .925 2.38
Grosenick 1 1 0 .948 1.53

Special Teams # Eff% Rnk
Power Play 17/75 22.7% 7th
Penalty Kill 13/71 81.7% 14th

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
11/25 Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Worcester (AHL)

11/21 Acquired D Brenden Dillon from the Dallas Stars for D Jason Demers and a 3rd round selection in 2016

11/12 Recalled G Troy Grosenick from Worcester (AHL)

11/6 Recalled F Tyler Kennedy from Worcester (AHL)

11/6 Assigned F Chris Tierney to Worcester (AHL)

10/27 Assigned F Tyler Kennedy to Worcester (AHL)

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RECENT MILESTONES
11/16 Troy Grosenick - 1st NHL Shutout (@ CAR)

11/16 Troy Grosenick - 1st NHL Win (@ CAR)

11/16 Troy Grosenick - 1st NHL Game (@ CAR)

10/30 Barclay Goodrow - 1st NHL Gamet (@ MIN)

10/23 Patrick Marleau - 500th NHL Assist (vs CBJ)

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