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Sharks snooze through shutout loss
Lowly Florida Panthers beat SJ 2-0 on SAP ice
by Mike Lee
If you're wondering why the Sharks aren't selling out many games these days, all you had to do was watch the abomination that occurred on SAP Center ice on Thursday night. Facing the third worst team in the NHL in the Florida Panthers, the Sharks played below their opposition, mailing in a stinker of a performance. That performance netted them a 2-0 shutout loss to the dishrag Panthers. A lack of effort and motivation equated to a poor loss against a poor team.
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Sharks knock off Kings with late run
SJ scores a pair of 3rd period goals to beat LA 2-1
by Mike Lee
In what was billed as a battle of speed & talent vs puck control and defense, the speed & battle clearly won out. That talent came in the form of a Tampa Bay Lightning squad that blitzed the Sharks on SAP Center ice on Wednesday night in a 5-1 pasting. Tampa Bay shook off an early lapse, then rolled the Sharks in one of the ugliest losses of the season for San Jose. Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov combined for 9 points as they dominated the Sharks.
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Lightning blitz Sharks
SJ is overmatched by talented Tampa Bay
by Mike Lee
In what was billed as a battle of speed & talent vs puck control and defense, the speed & battle clearly won out. That talent came in the form of a Tampa Bay Lightning squad that blitzed the Sharks on SAP Center ice on Wednesday night in a 5-1 pasting. Tampa Bay shook off an early lapse, then rolled the Sharks in one of the ugliest losses of the season for San Jose. Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov combined for 9 points as they dominated the Sharks.
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Confessions
November Edition
by Ryan Hall
Here we are, a month into the NHL season, and certain trends are starting to appear. The sample size is getting large enough that we have a good idea which teams are contenders, and who have serious flaws. It also means that we've enough information to start chirping about the things we were right about, or to quietly eat crow over the things we got wrong. Since it's always easier to brag, I've decided to write a column of 'Confessions', basically public admissions of how little I know about the NHL. This may undermine my credibility as a writer, but I just need to get these things off my chest. Come to me, sweet absolution!!!
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Donskoi wows with shootout winner
SJ upends rival Ducks with 2-1 shootout victory
by Mike Lee
The didn't really deserve to win, but they found a way on Saturday night. Given that it was a division game against the rival Anaheim Ducks, San Jose will take the two points, but they need to count their lucky stars. Facing a Ducks team that should have been more fatigued after dropping a 5-3 decision to the Nashville Predators 24 hours earlier, the Sharks got a late goal to tie the game and a nifty score in the shootout to dispatch Anaheim 2-1 at SAP Center.
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Sharks building momentum
SJ wins third straight with 4-1 win over Nashville
by Mike Lee
The Sharks are starting to build a little momentum. By winning their third straight game on Wednesday night, the Sharks have started to string together some consistency that has produced results. The Sharks are smothering teams on defense, limiting pucks toward their own net, and are getting timely scoring. The offense was flowing to the tune of 4 goals as they dispatched the Nashville Predators 401 at SAP Center.
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Homecoming
Patrick Marleau returns to SJ
by Mike Lee
The Sharks favorite son came home on Monday night. Albeit for a short visit, but Patrick Marleau made his return to San Jose and the SAP Center as his Toronto Maple Leafs made their only stop in San Jose. After 19 seasons in teal, the prodigal son hot the ice in a foreign blue and white sweater that didn't seem to quite fit correctly. It wasnt's a storybook ending for Marleau, whose team dropped a 3-2 decision to San Jose, but it was an opportunity for fans and city to extend their appreciation to the longest tenured Shark in team history.
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Sharks in a New York state of mind
SJ scores 4 in big win over Rangers
by Mike Lee
The East Coast swing hit the midway mark with a trip to Madison Square Garden on Monday night. The Sharks rebounded from their uninspired loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday by smothering the neighboring New York Rangers with a 4-1 in Manhatten. Four different Sharks scored and Martin Jones provided a 33 save performance to help the Sharks even their record at 4-4-0.
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3rd period miscues doom Sharks in Brooklyn
Thomas Greiss beats his former team for the second time this week
by Mike Lee
So much for the brief two-game winning streak. After dropping a 3-1 decision to the New York Islanders last Saturday night at SAP Center, the Sharks repeated another mistake filled performance to drop a 5-3 decision at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. Logan Couture led the Sharks with his 2nd career hat trick, but the mistake prone Sharks gave up stoppable goals that dropped them back below 500 on the season.
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First road trip of the season starts well
Sharks wear down Devils in 3-0 win
by Mike Lee
After a disappointing 5-game home stand to start the season, the Sharks kicked off their first road trip of the year in New Jersey on Friday night. The Sharks played a solid two-way game to subdue the red-hot New Jersey Devils 3-0 at the Prudential Center. The Sharks distributed the scoring across three players and withstood some tense pressure by the upstart Devils to win in consecutive games for the first time this season.
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Canadiens outstruggle Sharks
Logan Couture leads San Jose to 5-2 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks needed something to light a fire under their lethargic season opening homestand. After whiffing on three of the first four games to start the season, San Jose received that something in the form of an equally struggling Montreal Canadiens hockey team. The Canadiens 1-3-1 record entering Tuesday night's game mirrored the Sharks struggles. Little offense and shaky goaltending have been the story out of the gate, but it was San Jose that took advantage of those struggles on Tuesday night, as they dispatched the Canadiens 5-2 at SAP Center.
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Stumbling out of the gate
Wilson's apathy pointing Sharks in wrong direction
by Mike Lee
Four games into the 2017-18 NHL season and the San Jose Sharks are at a crossroads. Just two season removed from a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson placed his bets on his Cup Finals roster to repeat their success even though they tripped a year ago. With essentially the same roster intact, Wilson placed his own destiny in the hands of that core lineup to rekindle some of the magic that saw them sweep through the first three rounds of the playoffs in the Spring of 2016 without as much as a hiccup. That bet is starting to look like lost money as the Sharks have floundered against three teams that they would have handled easily two seasons ago.
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The Good and the Bad
Thursday's highs and lows for the Sharks
by Paul Krill
The Sharks on Thursday evening became the last team in the league to tally a point in the standings this season, with a 3-2 win over the Sabres at home. Granted, they had only played two games prior to that. But what was alarming about those two games was they were home games against two teams that didn't make the playoffs last season and the Sharks couldn't muster a lead against either of them. In Thursday's win, the Sharks never trailed.
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Young Sharks lead to first win
San Jose holds off hungry Sabres in 3-2 victory
by Mike Lee
If the Sharks are going to compete with the rest of the Western Conference this season, they'll need their younger players to step up. That type of support was on display on Thursday night as San Jose's third line accounted for all three goals in a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres at SAP Center. The win was the first of the season for the Sharks, who struggled to generate much offense in their first two games of the season. Thursday night's win was a cake walk, but it pointed the Sharks in the right direction.
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Sharks drop season opener
Labanc's lows outweigh highs in opening night loss
by Mike Lee
The post-Patrick Marleau era began in San Jose on Wednesday night as the Sharks kicked off the 2017-18 NHL season with a 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. San Jose will lean on several young players to pick up the slack that was created with Marleau's departure. Kevin Labanc tried to fill some of that void by scoring a pair of goals for San Jose, but his inexperience cost the Sharks in the form of three penalties that turned into Flyer goals.
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It's been fun, Patty
Franchise icon moves on
by Paul Krill
Twenty years ago, the slumping Sharks had the second pick of the NHL draft. With it, they took Patrick Marleau, the consensus #2 pick behind Joe Thornton, who was taken by the Bruins but, as we know, would end up with the Sharks several years later, anyway.
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Can Timo and Tomas save us?
Aging Sharks appear headed downward
by Paul Krill
Last year, I predicted the Edmonton Oilers would be contenders. After all, how could they pick first in the draft year after year and not get good eventually? Well, it looks like my prediction was just a year ahead of schedule. The Oilers, having stockpiled topnotch young players such as Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and trading Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson, got really good this year instead of last. And at the Sharks' expense in the playoffs.
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Sharks on the brink after Game 5 OT loss
SJ blows 2-goal lead in 4-3 loss
by Mike Lee
The Sharks let one slip through their fingers on Thursday night. Holding a 2-goal lead, the Sharks sat back and let the Edmonton Oilers steal Game 5 of their Western Conference Quarter Final match up on Thursday night. San Jose allowed the Oilers to score late in the 2nd period to make it a 3-2 series, then let Edmonton tie the game with a goal with 2:46 left in regulation. David Desharnais won it in overtime on the Oilers 14th shot of the extra period to take a 3-2 series lead.
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Goals galore in Sharks Game 4 win
SJ unloads on Edmonton in 7-0 win
by Mike Lee
After failing to score in their last 120 minutes of hockey, the Sharks erupted on Tuesday night in Game 4 of their Western Conference Quarter Final series with the Edmonton Oilers. San Jose rose to another level after falling behind 2-1 in the series by scoring 7 goals in their own shutout victory at SAP Center. Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored two goals each to lead San Jose, who tied the series with the Oilers at 2-2.
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Sharks lay a Game 2 Easter egg
San Jose shut out again by Oilers
by Mike Lee
Home ice is supposed to be an advantage in hockey. The Sharks did nothing with that advantage on Sunday night, dropping Game 3 in their Western Conference Quarter Finals series with the Edmonton Oilers by getting shutout for the second consecutive game. San Jose played 20 minutes of hockey and let a mistake end up in their net midway through the 3rd period to fall 1-0 to the Oilers.
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Special teams costs Sharks in Game 2
Oilers in with pair of short-handed goals
by Mike Lee
The Sharks special teams play has been their Achilles heel all season. It proved to be their soft underbelly on Friday night, after dropping Game 2 of their Western Conference Quarter Final series to the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. The Sharks went 0-for-6 on the power play and allowed the Oilers to generate all their offense on a pair of short-handed goals in a 2-0 decision in Alberta.
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Karlsson's OT Winner gives Sharks 1-0 WCQF lead
Sharks storm back from 2-0 deficit to win on the road
by Mike Lee
With the way the Sharks have played the last 6 weeks and Joe Thornton not being able to make the call for Game 1 of the Sharks Western Conference Quarter Final matchup with the Edmonton Oilers, it was easy to believe the Sharks had a tough hill to climb on Wednesday night in Alberta. When they fell behind 2-0 in the 1st period, it seemed as if that hill turned into Mt Everest. The task became almost insurmountable as Rogers Arena crowd laid into the Sharks after the host Oilers scored a pair of opening period goals.
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Go Sharks! (And pray a lot)
Playoffs start today
by Mike Lee
Finally! From October to April, most of us couldn't wait for this season to end. Admittedly, the reasons changed as it went along. Now the San Jose Sharks go against an Edmonton Oilers team most of us would have rather not see again until 2018.
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Go Sharks! (And pray a lot)
Playoffs start today
by Ken Smyth
Finally! From October to April, most of us couldn't wait for this season to end. Admittedly, the reasons changed as it went along. Now the San Jose Sharks go against an Edmonton Oilers team most of us would have rather not see again until 2018.
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Sharks look lost in loss to Oilers
SJ surrenders 3rd period lead to fall to 3rd in Pacific
by Mike Lee
The Sharks true colors are starting to show at the worst possible time. With home ice in the first round of the playoffs on the line, San Jose rolled over in a 3rd period meltdown that ended in a 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at SAP Center on Thursday night. The Sharks blew a 2-1 lead in the 3rd period on three Milan Lucic goals and are simply absent of any answers.
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Late-season tailspin: Is it finally over?
Not much optimism can be found 10 days before the playoffs begin
by Paul Krill
This past Sunday, the Sharks won a game in regulation for the first time in 19 days. That's nearly three weeks, for a team that had been having a dominant season until this recent skid that saw the team lose eight of nine game. And Sunday's game in Vancouver could prove to be be a very Pyrrhic victory: Joe Thornton hobbled off the ice, barely mobile, and nobody immediately after the game was over knew what his status was. I really can't remember the last time he was injured, it's been so long.
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Resilient Sharks battle back to beat Rangers
SJ overcomes 3rd period deficit to win in OT
by Mike Lee
So the Sharks do remember how to win. The spiraling stopped for one night, allowing the team to clinch a playoff birth, by beating the New York Rangers in a wild 5-4 overtime game at SAP Center. Defenseman Brent Burns rifle a shot past Henrik Lundqvist 3:10 into the extra period to help the Sharks snap their season high 6-game losing streak. Call it a topsy-tuvey win that saw the Sharks blow a 2-goal lead, then claw back in the 3rd period to tie the game late before winning it in the extra period.
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Sharks continue to stumble
SJ loses 4th straight with 3-2 decision in Minnesota
by Mike Lee
The Sharks freefall continued in Minnesota on Tuesday night, as San Jose fell for a fourth consecutive game in regulation. The host Minnesota Wild napped their own 5 game losing streak by dominating the Sharks in a 3-2 game that wasn't as close as the score might suggest. The Sharks chased their own tails and the Wild for 60 minutes, as the regular season winds down to the final 10 games before the playoffs begin.
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Sharks learn from past mistakes
SJ holds on to 4-1 lead against Buffalo
by Mike Lee
The Sharks played the Buffalo Sabres on February 7th and grabbed a 4-1 lead in the 3rd period, only to squander it and eventually lose 5-4 in overtime. Call Tuesday night in San Jose their do-over. The Sharks scored a pair of goals in the 3rd period to grab establish another 4-1 lead, but they learned from their error of the past by clamping down on the Sabres to win by that score before 17,386 at SAP Center.
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Sharks top league's best
San Jose's special teams comes through in win
by Mike Lee
To say the Sharks special teams play has been a challenge this season would be an understatement. When they turn that challenge around against the best team in the NHL is a positive sign as the end of the regular season sits on the horizon. San Jose converted on 2 of 5 power play chances in their 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, and their special teams went a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill in an entertaining game at a sold out SAP Center.
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Sharks snooze through loss in Minny
Wild smothers San Jose in 3-1 win
by Mike Lee
The good news is the Sharks didn't blow another 4-1 lead in the 3rd period like the last time they played the Minnesota Wild. The bad news is, they were overmatched for three periods, and never even came close to holding a lead against the Wild. San Jose spent the majority of the night chasing a faster Wild team en route to a 3-1 loss at Xcel Energy Center. The loss was reminiscent of the Sharks performance against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals last spring. The Sharks were overmatched and never really made an appearance in the loss.
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Sharks finally beat Vancouver at home
SJ handles Canucks for 3-1 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks extended their win streak to three games by dispatching the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on Thursday night. It was simply a case of the better team beating a team that has some building to do. San Jose shook off a lethargic1st period by scoring three straight goals, including a pair in the 2nd period to brush aside the Canucks 3-1. Backup netminder Aaron Dell made 17 saves to earn his 8th victory of the season.
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Mumps the Word
Sharks return from break with 4-1 win in B.C.
by Mike Lee
You can't win them all, but there are some games you should win. After their week long break, the Sharks got back to work on Saturday night and used a slow and steady approach to beating the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in British Columbia. The undermanned Canucks had to rely on several prospects after a mumps outbreak affected several players, putting up a decent fight, before succumbing to their guests from the south 4-1.
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Offense sputters again
Sharks drop 4th OT game in last 7
by Mike Lee
It wasn't the 6-3 shellacking like the last time they played, but the Sharks played well enough to lose their second game to the Boston Bruins this season. 24 hours after reviving their offense in Phoenix, San Jose sputtered once again and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Bruins in overtime. The loss marked the third defeat in overtime in their last seven games.
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Storm Clouds on the Horizon?
It's time to for the NHL to grow up
by Ryan Hall
Pop Quiz: What do Long Island, Raleigh, and Glendale all have in common? If you said they're home to NHL teams that are all in trouble, then you probably already know how much uncertainty the league head office is currently dealing with. While the situations are all different, and complex in their own way, the underlying truth is that at least 10% of franchises are facing some serious questions in the near future. Just in case you aren't familiar with the details, here's a quick refresher:
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Sharks Score! (Oh, wait - never mind. It's been overturned.)
New rules to ensure goals are "valid" are frustrating
by Paul Krill
These days, NHL hockey is becoming more like NFL football - and not in a good way. What I'm referring to is the increasing incidence of goals being overruled - via after-the-fact offside calls or goalie interference rulings, which can be very subjective. It's similar to NFL football, where after a touchdown is scored, you have to wait to see if there were any flags on the play that could overturn the score. No celebrating until that determination has been made. The other day, the Sharks managed to score the first goal against the Flyers, only to have it overturned on a coach's challenge.
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Meltdown in Buffalo
Sharks blow 4-1 lead in 3rd period and fall to Sabres
by Mike Lee
There are meltdowns, and then there was Tuesday night's game in Buffalo, as the Sharks kicked off a 4-game road trip through the Eastern Conference. San Jose held a 4-1 lead with 11 minutes to play at KeyBank Center, then the wheels fell off. Make that the wheels, doors, motor and seats. Throw in the steering wheel for good measure, because there wasn't a soul in a Sharks jersey steering this train wreck. Buffalo stormed back with three goals over a 3:27 span, then scored the game winner in overtime to stun the Sharks 5-4.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings
By the Numbers Edition
by Ryan Hall
Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen!

With the All-Star Game now in the rear view mirror, the NHL is heading into frantic Trade Deadline season, before the final stretch run to the postseason. Right now, teams have to decide if they are buyers or sellers, which means digging deep into the numbers to find the truth. While it has been said that stats can lie, they do offer an unique insight into the actual performance of a club, and provide the cold, hard truth that a Front Office needs to know in order to decide the best path forward. So, buckle up, as we go into the numbers to see how the Pacific Division stacks up internally, and with the rest of the league.
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Iron Man Marleau Makes it 500 Goals
Has it really been almost 20 years since he came to San Jose?
by Paul Krill
On January 23, Patrick Marleau entered the game having scored 493 goals in his career. Just 10 days later, he now has 500. Wow. He made quick work of that, tallying four goals in one period alone against the Avs on the 23d , followed by a game-winner one night later in Winnipeg and a goal against Chicago on January 31. He then scored number 500 on February 2 in Vancouver.
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Sharks edge Hawks in battle of titans
Tomas Hertl scores game winner in his 2nd game back
by Mike Lee
The schedule makers put a treat on the calendar when they decided to match-up the Sharks with the Chicago Blackhawks in the first game following the All Star break. With both teams rested, Tuesday night's game pegged two of the best teams in the Western Conference in a battle for that didn't disappoint. The contest was a back and forth affair that was settled in the last 2 minutes of the game when an unlikely source potted the game winner.
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More Marleau Magic
Sharks overcome 3rd period deficit in Winnipeg
by Mike Lee
The NHL schedule makers weren't too kind to the Sharks on Tuesday night. Having played in Colorado 24 hours earlier, the Sharks were forced to fly to Winnipeg and square off against the Jets in a game that turned out to be a hum-dinger. The Sharks had to overcome a 3rd period deficit against a team that was eager to exact some revenge after falling to San Jose in California last week. San Jose scored a pair of 3rd period goals, then let Aaron Dell hold off the Jets in a 4-3 win at MTS Center in Saskatchewan.
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Marleau can't miss in 4-goal outburst
Sharks forward sets franshise record for goals in a period
by Mike Lee
The Sharks were in need of a pick-me-up on Monday night, as they battled with the Colorado Avalanche in the back end of a home-and-home series in Denver. Patrick Marleau obliged by scoring 4 goals in a single period, something no other Sharks player had ever done before. Marleau snapped a 1-1 tie in the 3rd period, then buried the Avalanche with three more tallies. San Jose slept through the first 40 minutes, fighting to generate much offense, then turned to their former captain to save the day.
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Sharks go to work in SoCal
San Jose wins season series with Kings 3-2
by Mike Lee
Winning division games are always important, but they're always sweeter when they come against the Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks 3-2 win at Staples Center on Wednesday night gave the Sharks the edge in the season series 3-2, but more importantly. it helped them keep pace with the contenders in the Pacific Division. San Jose sits three points out of the division lead, and they have two teams ahead of them. The 4-point game also staked the Sharks to an 8 point lead over the Kings, who sit in the final a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
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Ward leads Sharks in MLK matinee
Sharks get back to basics and roll Jets 5-2
by Mike Lee
Joel Ward wears number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. Ward read a biography of Robinson and found it fitting to honor the man that crossed Major League Baseball's color line by sporting his number on his NHL jersey. Call it fitting that Ward was the man that stepped up on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and led the Sharks to a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Ward scored a goal and added an assist, but more importantly put his nose to the grind stone and led by example as the Sharks desperately needed to derive some positives from.
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Sharks shelled on Military Appreciation Night
Blues blitz the Sharks in 4-0 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks honored our men and women in the military on Saturday by going AWOL and getting shelled by the St Louis Blues at SAP Center. It was Military Appreciation night in San Jose, complete with people rappelling from the rafters, Joe Thornton conducting bayonet demonstrations on the ice, and the Sharks getting blitzed at home.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings
Mid-Season Awards Edition
by Ryan Hall
Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen!

We find ourselves gathered here, at the halfway mark of the NHL season, to recognize the accomplishments of the teams from the Pacific Division. Through hard work, determination, and a high level of craftsmanship, every team here has done something notable; though not necessarily praiseworthy. So, without further ado, let's get right down to the awards.
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Sharks peter out in Calgary
Flames score late to take 3-2 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks missed on a golden chance to go perfect on their swing through Alberta on Wednesday night, but a flurry of missed opportunities against the Calgary Flames allowed the host Calgary Flames to come from behind to take a 3-2 decision at Scotiabank Saddledome. Aaron Dell matched Chad Johnson with a 25 save night, but the Flames had one more shot that San Jose in a game that can be best described as the one that got away.
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Mikkel Boedker found alive
Sharks forward records hat trick in 5-3 over Oil
by Mike Lee
Brace yourselves, but Mikkel Boedker has been found. After going missing right after the Sharks signed him, the forward surfaced in Edmonton on Tuesday night and brought his game to Rogers Place as the Sharks squared off with the Oilers. The forward went crazy by recording a hat-trick to pace the Sharks to a 5-3 win as San Jose kicked off a brief two-game road trip through Alberta. The Sharks have gone hog-wild on the offensive zone all of a sudden, scoring 11 goals in their past two games.
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Offense unloads on Wings
San Jose last team in NHL to record 5 goals this season
by Mike Lee
After stinking it up for three straight games, the Sharks paid homage to the California Golden seals of the 60's and 70's by scoring like it was the NHL's golden era. San Jose scored bushels of goals in the 1st and 3rd period to run roughshod over the visiting Detroit Red Wings at SAP Center on Saturday night. Joe Pavelski led all scorers with a pair goals to spark a Sharks offense in dire need of unloading on an opponent.
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Implosion
Sharks fall flat on their faces in 3rd period
by Mike Lee
If you thought two straight losses to the Los Angeles Kings stank, then you may want to buy some air freshener. The Sharks stank it up on Thursday night, blowing a 2-goal lead in the 3rd period to the visiting Minnesota Wild, dropping their 3rd straight game. San Jose did about everything possible to implode in a game they had in the bag. Minnesota scored 4 goals in the final 20 minutes after they failed to lockdown on a team that has been red hot.
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Nappy New Year
Sharks sleep through another loss to Kings
by Mike Lee
If your 2016 ended with that bloated, half hung over feeling, then you know what the Sharks felt like. They kicked off 2017 by ringing in the new year with fully hung over, gouty kind of bloat that resulted in a second consecutive loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Yes, those same Kings who have been bringing up the rear of the Pacific Division most of the season with their perennial backup goaltender Petr Budaj holding down the fort while Jonathan Quick mends.
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Ring in the New?
The Sharks roster could be in for some big changes
by Paul Krill
While the Sharks are having a good run lately, an issue percolating in the background is – who exactly will be with the Sharks in coming months and on into next season? For starters, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, who have both been around for years – nearly two decades in Marleau’s case – are both unsigned for next season. For sentimental reasons, we’d probably like to see both come back next year. But will they still have the skills to make them worth expensive roster spots? We could be saying goodbye to at least one of them after this season.
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Burns bails out Sharks with OT winner
Sharks return to work after short Xmas break
by Mike Lee
The Sharks extended their Pacific Division lead by beating a division foe on Tuesday night, as the league restarted things following the Christmas Break. San Jose trekked to Southern California for a brief one-game roadtrip, knocking off the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on an overtime goal by defenseman Brent Burns. The Ducks deserved the 2 points, but the Sharks aren't going to complain with the outcome, after they managed a way to pull out the victory.
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Western Conf W L OTL Pts
(1) St Louis (C) 14 5 1 29
(2) Winnipeg (C) 11 4 3 25
(3) Los Angeles (P) 11 6 2 24
(4) Vegas (P) 11 6 1 23
(5) Nashville (C) 10 6 2 22
(6) San Jose (P) 10 7 0 20
(7) Minnesota (C) 9 7 2 20
(8) Calgary (P) 10 8 0 20
(9) Chicago (C) 9 8 2 20
SJ Home 6 5 0 12
SJ Road 4 2 0 8

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Scoring Gm G A Pts PIM
Couture 17 10 5 15 4
Hertl 17 3 7 10 8
Thornton 17 2 8 10 18
Donskoi 17 5 3 8 14
Pavelski 17 4 4 8 21

Goaltending W L OTL Sv% GAA
Jones 8 5 0 .925 2.13
Dell 2 2 0 .934 1.94

Special Teams # Eff% Rnk
Power Play 10/66 15.2% 27th
Penalty Kill 7/62 88.7% 2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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