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WCQF Game 7: Hockey Miracle
Sharks erase 3-goal deficit in 3rd period, win in OT
by Mike Lee
There are hockey games, and there are epic hockey games. The Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights played in the latter variety on Tuesday night at SAP Center, in what may regarded as the greatest comeback in San Jose playoff history. Trailing 3-0 in the 3rd period of Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarter Finals match up, San Jose did the improbable after captain Joe Pavelski was knocked out of the game with a cross check to the head. The Sharks scored four goals during a 5-minute major penalty to grab the lead, then converted in overtime to take the series.
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WCQF Game 6: Jones saves the day
Tomas Hertl scores in double overtime to force Game 7
by Mike Lee
Martin Jones has been the target of significant criticism this season. After dropping Games 2, 3 & 4 in the Sharks Western Conference, the Sharks goaltender was the biggest reason the Sharks had been pushed to the brink of playoff elimination. San Jose got an Easter miracle on Sunday night in Game 6, as Jones set a franchise record with 58 saves as the Sharks knocked off the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 in double overtime.
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WCQF Game 5: Sharks win to see another day
Tomas Hertl and Martin Jones lead San Jose to 5-2 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks margin of error is now zero if they want to keep their season alive. Having already dropped three games to the Vegas Golden Knights in their Western Conference Quarter Finals match-up, San Jose can not afford any more let downs this season. Thursday night's Game 5 contest at SAP Center felt more like Game 1, when San Jose dictated play and skated with a resounding win. San Jose jumped on the Knights early, and managed their lead en route to a 5-2 win before a sellout crowd.
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WCQF Game 4: No answers
Sharks fall 5-0 to Vegas, find themselves on the brink
by Mike Lee
Trailing the Vegas Golden Knights by a game entering Game 4 of their Western Conference Quarter Final match-up, the Sharks had a chance to draw even in the series. Instead, they rolled over and laid down at the feet of their opponent. The game was over in the 1st period after the Knights scored a pair of goals. San Jose had no answer in any of the three periods, but it was the surrender in the 3rd period that will go down as the point that stands out in one of the ugliest losses in franchise playoff history.
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WCQF Game 3: Sharks late to the party
Knights score early and often in 6-3 win over Sharks
by Mike Lee
The Sharks Western Conference Quarter Finals series with the Vegas Golden Knights shifted to Southern Nevada on Sunday night, but things looked a lot like the last game in San Jose. The Knights took advantage of the Sharks inability to defend their own net in the first minute of a period, scoring goals to start each period in seconds, en route to a 6-3 pasting of San Jose. Mark Stone recorded a hat trick and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves to lead Vegas.
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Controversy mars Game 2 loss
Special teams implodes as Sharks drop 5-3 decision
by Mike Lee
Game 2 of the Sharks Western Conference Quarter Finals series with the Vegas Golden Knights will go in the books as the game that was lost on a controversial call and a bushel of missed special teams opportunities. San Jose dropped Game 2 by a 5-3 score after referee Kelly Sutherland took a would be go-ahead goal off the board after the Sharks stormed back from a 3-goal deficit in the opening period.
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WCQF Game1: Sharks open series with win
San Jose dominates Golden Knights to take 1-0 series lead
by Mike Lee
If the rest of the Sharks Western Conference Quarter Finals Series with the Vegas Golden Knights is like Game 1, we're in for a humdinger of a match up. Wednesday night's series opener had a little bit of everything that you'd expect in a playoff hockey game. When the smoke cleared, the Sharks had themselves a well earned 5-2 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Five different Sharks recorded goals, including defensemen Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
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2019 Playoffs - Quarter Finals Predictions
We call it like we see it
by LGS Staff
Playoff time! Which means all bets are off. We're making our predictions and sticking to them. Not that you should be mortgaging your home and using this info to bet the farm. We did, however, go a collective 23-1 with our predictions last year.
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Sharks get back in the win column
Nyquist scores game winner for San Jose
by Mike Lee
It wasn't pretty, but the Sharks got the job done. As they try to get their game back on track, San Jose played well enough to knock off the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 at Rogers Arena. Gus Nyquist scored his first game-winning goal as a Shark, with a 2nd period tally. The Oilers were just trying to get to the off-season after a disastrous season that has resulted in Todd McLellan's dismissal.
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Sharks blow late lead and lose again
No answers for SJ as they fall to another doormat
by Mike Lee
The good news is, Captin Joe Pavelski made his return to the Sharks lineup on Tuesday night in Vancouver. The bad news is the Sharks didn't have 20 more guys like him on the ice, as the Canucks rallied for 3 goals in the 3rd period to comeback and beat the suddenly hapless Sharks 4-2 at Rogers Arena. San Jose lost for the 9th time in their last 10 games and don't seem to have any answers. One goal leads aren't something the Sharks can trust right now, but they also don't seem to have the fortitude to build any buffer.
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Flames take West crown
Sharks fall 5-3, will face Vegas in first round
by Mike Lee
The Sharks had 24 hours to enjoy their overtime win over Vegas on Saturday night, before the reality of their problems came back to haunt them. Hosting the Calgary Flames at SAP Center with the Western Conference and Pacific Division on the line, San Jose's lack of defensive prowess allowed their opponent to walk away with both titles. There was little drama in this one, as San Jose allowed the Flames to score the next four goals, en route to a 5-3 win over the Sharks.
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Close is one letter added to lose
Sharks comeback from 3 goal deficit, still fall
by Mike Lee
The losing streak reached 7 games on Thursday night, and by the look of things, there's no reason to believe it's going to end anytime soon. San Jose dropped a fourth straight game against a team that is on the outside looking in at the teams that are in playoff spots. This time it was the Chicago Blackhawks, who sit 6 points out of the last spot in the Western Conference. Chicago opened the game with a roundhouse kick that floored the Sharks. San Jose battled back, only to lose 5-4 at SAP Center.
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Losing becoming easy for San Jose
Red Wings latest underperformer to handle SJ
by Mike Lee
The Sharks were gifted many things this season, but their soft schedule in the month of March was one of the biggest ones. San Jose tripped on that gift, and squashed it like a bug under a two ton truck. The league's third worst team, the Detroit Red Wings, were the latest door mat to embarrass the Sharks this month, taking a 3-2 decision and extending the Sharks losing streak to 6 games. San Jose continues to spiral out of control, losing to a team they should have man-handled.
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Losing streak reaches five games
Ducks beat SJ 4-3 in overtime
by Mike Lee
The Sharks started the month of March by winning their first six games. Since then, they've done a complete about face and lost 5 in a row after dropping a 4-3 decision to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. San Jose continued to sputter without regulars Erik Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture. Special teams was particularly bad, surrendering two power play goals for the second time in the last 24 hours.
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Sharks gag up another loss
Doormat Kings score three 3rd period goals to show up SJ
by Mike Lee
With 8 games left in the regular season, the Sharks have to make a decision. Are they going to try and play for the 1st seed in the Western Conference, or will they be content with a 2nd or 3rd seed. Sporting a 3-game losing streak, they were all set to get things headed in the right direction with a date against West's worst team, the Los Angeles Kings. San Jose responded by gagging up a lead and losing to the hapless Kings 4-2 at Staples Center on Thursday night.
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Sharks get teeth kicked in by Knights
Vegas runs roughshod on SJ in 7-3 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks completed about as bad a home stand as they come on Monday night. San Jose ended their third consecutive game at SAP Center in flaming dumpster fire fashion, losing 7-3 to the Vegas Golden Knights. The Sharks were outscored 15-7 in that three game tilt, but none was worse than Monday night's disaster. San Jose surrendered 3 power play goals to a team that hadn't scored multiple goals on the man advantage since December.
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Just a glitch?
Sharks slipping lately
by Paul Krill
After a six-game win streak that ended with two road wins in Minnesota and Winnipeg in two nights, the Sharks have come home to lose twice, to Florida and Nashville. Of course, they can't win them all. There's going to be some rough patches along the way. The losses, though, spoiled the chance for the Sharks to re-take first place in the conference, where they had been playing leapfrog with the Calgary Flames on an almost daily basis.
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Sharks come back to earth
SJ falls flat in 4-2 loss to Panthers
by Mike Lee
The Sharks play 15 games in the month of March, and had won their first six entering play on Thursday night. The Sharks looked like a team that is letting that heavy schedule take its toll as the Florida Panthers took a 4-2 decision from San Jose who returned home to start a three game home stand. The Panthers came back from a 2-1 deficit by scoring three straight goals on a Sharks team that ran out of gas in the second half of the game.
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Pavelski stuns Winnipeg with late goal
Sharks outlast the Jets 5-4 in epic style
by Mike Lee
The Sharks didn't have time to react. After beating the Minnesota Wild less than 24 hours earlier in overtime, San Jose was forced to play in Winnipeg on tired road weary legs. It didn't seem like it. Especially in the last 10 seconds of the game, when Timo Meier and Joe Pavelski raced up ice on a 2-on-1 break. Meier carried the puck up the left wing before feathering a pass to his captain on the opposite side. Pavelski collected Meier's pass and lifted it past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck with 4 seconds left in regulation, knocking off the Jets 5-4 at Bell MTS Center.
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Jones shuts out Wild...again
SJ scores 3 times to take road opener
by Mike Lee
The Sharks stayed perfect in March, by winning for the 5th straight time on Monday night. San Jose kicked off a quick two-game road trip, with a stop in Minnesota to play the Wild. The Sharks scored three times, then leaned on Martin Jones, who stopped 24 shots to earn his third shutout of the season. The Sharks also hop-scotched past the Calgary Flames to reclaim the top spot in the Western Conference with the win. The Sharks sit a point better than the Flames who have one fewer overtime wins than San Jose. The strength of schedule for the remaining schedule favors San Jose, who still also has 8 of their remaining 13 games at SAP Center.
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Labanc cashes in with OT goal
San Jose fends off St Louis Blues 3-2
by Mike Lee
The Sharks completed a perfect 4-0 home stand with a thrilling overtime victory over the St Louis Blues on Saturday afternoon. The red hot Blues entered play in third place in the Central Division after they've revived their season following a coaching change. San Jose outlasted St Louis in the extra period on a Kevin Labanc goal with 1:39 remaining to keep their March perfect.
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Third line propels Sharks over Habs
Sorensen and Thornton lead SJ
by Mike Lee
The Sharks continue to take advantage of home cooking, even though that may have been nothing but chicken soup for the last few days. With a flu bug ravaging the Sharks locker room, the sickly Sharks reached deep on Thursday night to knock off the visiting Montreal Canadiens 5-2 at SAP Center. Clinging to the last wild card spot in the East, the Canadiens were motivated to continue their hot hand against the Pacific Division this season. San Jose had other ideas, as the Sharks received more offensive production from their third line.
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Desperate Hawks remain desperate
Sharks open up in the 3rd period to beat Chicago 5-2
by Mike Lee
The Sharks continued to enjoy some home cooking, as they squared off against the Chicago Blackhawks at SAP Center on Sunday night. That cooking is helping the Sharks fatten up the win column, as San Jose knocked off the Blackhawks 5-2. Desperate to climb back into the playoff hunt, Chicago couldn't afford to leave San Jose without any points, but that wasn't enough to overcome a three goal 3rd period by the Sharks. San Jose was the aggressor most of the evening, but it took a 40 minute warm up before they kicked the offense into gear.
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Home cooking pots Sharks win
San Jose holds off Avalanche to start home stand
by Mike Lee
The Sharks returned home from their recent road trip on Friday night, taking on a desperate Colorado Avalanche team at SAP Center. With a little more than a month to play and the Avalanche on the outside, looking in at the playoff race, Colorado had every reason to lay in on the line. The Sharks had other ideas, as they scored four times to hold off the Avalanche 4-3 in regulation.
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Pavelski's hat trick leads SJ comeback
Sharks score 4 straight to beat Detroit 5-3
by Mike Lee
The Sharks shook off the 4-0 spanking that they took from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday by beating the host Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena by a 5-3 score on Sunday afternoon. Joe Pavelski led San Jose with a natural hat trick, helping the Sharks overcome a 3-1 deficit. Aaron Dell made 20 saves to record his 8th win of the season.
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Sharks start trip with a bang
SJ knocks off Penguins with convincing 4-0 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks kicked off a four-game road trip on Thursday, with a commanding 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG Paints Arena in Pennsylvania. Tomas Hertl scored a pair of goal and Martin Jones made 26 saves to lead San Jose. The Sharks scored three goals on the power play and added another short-handed. San Jose man-handled the Penguins throughout the night, starting their longest remaining road trip on the schedule.
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Shoddy officiating and goaltending doom Sharks
Controversy mars Bruins overtime win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks let two points slip through their fingers on Monday night. Rather, Martin Jones let 6 pucks slip past him, which cost San Jose a chance at a share of the Western Conference lead. Shoddy officiating and poor goaltending resulted in a crazy 6-5 loss for San Jose, who dropped the contest to the Boston Bruins in overtime at SAP Center. The Sharks overcame a 3-0 deficit to take a 5-4 lead in the 3rd period before a controversial call allowed the Bruins to get the game to the extra period where Charlie McAvoy ended it with a goal 3:59 in.
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Young goaltender learns a tough lesson
San Jose rolls with 7 goals against Canucks
by Mike Lee
There's not stopping the Sharks right now. If you could bottle the Sharks current hot streak, it would be a big seller. San Jose continued to roll on Monday night, winning their 6th game in a row, with a lop-sided 7-2 victory over the host Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. With the win, San Jose leap-frogged past the Calgary Flames for the top spot in the Western Conference. Evander Kane led the Sharks with a pair of goals in the big win.
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Sharks exact some revenge in Calgary
Team focus on the win in retribution game
by Mike Lee
The Sharks have waited 38 days for a chance to even a score with the Calgary Flames. The Sharks were beat by the Flames back on New Year's Eve, but more importantly, they knocked out Radim Simek with an unpenalized cheap shot that resulted in a concussion to Simek. San Jose paid the Flames back on the scoreboard, extending their winning streak to four games. The Sharks caught the Flames with a 3-spot in the 1st period, then never looked back, taking a 5-2 decision at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
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Pavelski helps SJ win third straight in OT
Sharks start trip with come from behind victory
by Mike Lee
The Sharks kicked off their 4-game road trip on Tuesday night with a stop in Winnipeg, where temps were sub zero. San Jose overcame a Winnipeg Jets team that boasted the best home record in the NHL, with a Joe Pavelski goal in overtime. The Sharks came back from a 3rd period deficit, then scored the game winner while short-handed.
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Post All Star stretch kicks off with a W
Brent Burns bags overtime winner to repel Coyotes
by Mike Lee
With all the All Star hullabaloo in the rear view mirror, the Sharks returned to the ice as the unofficial second half of the NHL regular season kicked off on Saturday night. San Jose had to knock off some of the rust that accumulated during their 10 days off, but one of their All Stars used some nifty moves to bail out the Sharks. That All Star being Brent Burns, who scored an unbelievable goal in overtime to knock off the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 at SAP Center.
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Can we avoid looking silly (again!) against the Coyotes?
Back to Work!
by Ken Smyth
The gathering of the tribes otherwise known as NHL All-Star weekend has come and gone. My wife was wondering just how many people from the far-flung reaches of North America would show up on the West Coast for a weekend. She was impressed.
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Reporter's Notebook: San Jose welcomes the NHL stars
Players talk to the press, with Shark fans watching the festivities
by Paul Krill
With the NHL All Star Game in town this weekend, San Jose played host to the NHL All Stars at the Civic Center downtown on Thursday evening, for All Star Media Day. It was kind of a zoo-like setup for the fans who were there; we could see the players from a distance but not approach them. We could watch interviews from the stands, listening to one at a time from a selection given to us on this earphone device.
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Hertl's hat trick saves Sharks
SJ wins wild 7-6 overtime shootout in D.C.
by Mike Lee
The Sharks scored the first and last goals of Tuesday nights wild game in Washington D.C. In between that, the Sharks and Capitals scored eleven more goals in what amounted to an All-Star game preview. No defense to be seen. The 13th goal of the night came in overtime, when Tomas Hertl deposited a Logan Couture feed 1:48 into the extra period. The goal also gave Hertl a hat trick, his second in as many weeks. The 7-6 also snapped San Jose's 3-game losing streak.
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Comedy of errors ends Sharks win streak
Coyotes knock off Sharks again
by Mike Lee
The Sharks followed up one of their best games of the season with undoubtedly one of their worst on Wednesday night. Playing on back to back nights, San Jose had to fly to Phoenix late Tuesday night and play less than 24 hours after knocking off the Pittsburgh Penguins at SAP Center. The Sharks gave it a go, but several late gaffs cost them a chance at overcoming a single goal deficit and would eventually fall 6-3 to the host Coyotes.
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Pens no match for red hot Sharks
Tomas Hertl's 2nd career hat trick leads SJ
by Mike Lee
The next time someone in a Sharks sweater steps on SAP Center ice, it will be for the NHL All Star Game. That made Tuesday night's win over the Pittsburgh Penguins was all the more important. The Sharks played a complete game from horn to horn en route to a dominating 5-2 win over the Penguins. Pittsburgh entered the game with a 8-20 record in their last 10 games, but the Sharks have been equally hot. Tomas Hertl helped propel San Jose with his second career hat trick.
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Sharks stun Knights for 1000th win
3rd period comeback highlights victory in Vegas
by Mike Lee
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas has been a house of horrors for the Sharks. San Jose hasn't performed very well in Sin City since the Golden Knights entered the league last season, Vegas entered Thursday night on a 7 game winning streak, having won 8 of their last 10, so this one was tailor made for a Sharks let down. They threw us all a curveball, by overcoming a 3rd period deficit to stun the Golden Knights 3-2 with a pair of 3rd period goals.
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Sharks throw a 7 spot at the Oil
Kane and Donskoi each score a pair in big win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks needed a game like Tuesday night's white-washing of the Edmonton Oilers at SAP Center. San Jose pummeled the Oilers 7-2 on a night where anyone in a teal jersey could do no wrong. The Sharks scored in bushels, which included responses on the two occasions where the Oilers got pucks past goaltender Aaron Dell. Dell made 20 saves to help San Jose win for the fourth time in a row.
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Flat Sharks still beat LA
SJ generates enough scoring to take 3-1 win over Kings
by Mike Lee
The big question after their stunning win over the Tamp Bay Lighting on Saturday, was which Sharks team would show up on Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings. The feared letdown made an appearance, but the Kings are so bad that the Sharks were able to generate enough scoring to hold off Los Angeles for a 3-1 win.
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Mid-season musings
Observations on the Sharks' year so far
by Paul Krill
With a bit more than half of the regular season - 43 games - having been played, here are some observations on how things have gone for the Sharks so far:

* After Saturday's game against Tampa Bay, fireworks were set off downtown. These undoubtedly were part of the festivities for the college football championship game, to be played at Levi's Stadium on Monday night. But no Sharks regular season game was more appropriate for fireworks this year than the Sharks' masterful 5-2 win over the league's top team.
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Mile high but inches from defeat
Sharks hold on to beat Colorado 5-4
by Mike Lee
The Sharks brushed aside their disappointing performance in Calgary on New Year's Eve, kicking off 2019 with a hair-raising 5-4 win in Denver over the host Colorado Avalanche. The Sharks jumped out to a 5-1 lead, before allowing the Avalanche to score three straight goals to cut the lead to a single goal. Martin Jones stopped 31 shots, including a Nathan Mackinnon shot from the doorstep at the final horn to preserve the Sharks first win of the new year.
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Burns shines in his 1000th game
Sharks beat Anaheim to end home stand
by Mike Lee
Brent Burns is no kid. His 1000th NHL game is proof. The Sharks defenseman skated in his milestone game on Thursday night on home ice and capped it with the game winning goal to help San Jose snap a three-game losing streak. Burns helped the Sharks overcome a lost 3rd period lead with a go-ahead shot with 9:39 to play. The Sharks would score an empty netter late to take a 4-2 decision over the Anaheim Ducks.
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Kings take advantage of AWOL Sharks
LA takes 3-2 overtime decision at SAP
by Mike Lee
The Sharks just can't help themselves sometimes. After a terrific performance against one of the best teams in the NHL on Thursday, the Sharks laid an egg against the worst team in the NHL on Saturday afternoon. Facing in state rival, the Los Angeles Kings, the Sharks failed to handle an opponent then should have overwhelmed. Absent was any of the energy that had them running neck and neck with the Winnipeg Jets two days earlier.
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Lock down defense nets win in Minny
Couture scores a pair to lead SJ in 4-0 win
by Mike Lee
The Xcel Energy Center hasn't been kind to the Sharks. San Jose's dismal record in Minneapolis was offset for a night by one of the best performances by the Sharks this season. The focus was clearly on a defensive first approach, that resulted in a 4-0 shutout win as the Sharks capped their short 2-game road trip by taking their 7th win in the last 8 games. Martin Jones made 26 saves for the shutout win.
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Offense comes alive in the Windy City
Sharks knock off the Blackhawks 7-3
by Mike Lee
The Sharks always seem to be on the road, and visiting barns have been less than inviting. They finally had some success in a foreign arena. San Jose kicked off another quick 2-game jaunt away from SAP Center with a stop at the United Center in Chicago on Sunday night. The offense came alive against the downtrodden Blackhawks, scoring 7 goals in a 7-3 knockout of their hosts. Seven different Sharks scored goals in one of the best showings of the season.
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Sharks avoid Stars season sweep
Timo Meier scores another pair to pace SJ
by Mike Lee
Timo Meier continued to wield a hot hand, turning in another 2-goal game to propel the Sharks to a 3-2 win over the visiting Dallas Stars on Thursday night. San Jose avoided dropping a third consecutive game to the Stars and the season sweep with the win. Meier has been the Sharks primary goal scorer as of late. His first tally helped San Jose tie the Stars, followed by another tally which would give the Sharks the lead for good.
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Meier leads Sharks over Devils
San Jose splits season series with New Jersey
by Mike Lee
The Sharks had a score to settle with the New Jersey Devils after gagging up a win on the East Coast back in October. San Jose exacted some revenge on the Devils by grabbing a lead and holding it this time in a 5-2 win at SAP Center. The Sharks blew a 3rd period lead the last time these two teams played, but San Jose built on a 3rd period lead this time around en route to their 16th win of the season.
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Quick home pit stop nets a win
Shark split season series with Carolina with 5-1 victory
by Mike Lee
The Sharks returned home after their abysmal 5-game road trip on Wednesday night with a quick 1-game homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes. Much like their win in Montreal, the Sharks returned to a focus on defense and goaltending which resulted in a victory. San Jose also balanced their scoring with five skaters potting goals in a 5-1 win over the Hurricanes at SAP Center.
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Sharks end skid in Montreal
Martin Jones stops 40 shots to propel San Jose
by Mike Lee
The road trip that wasn't finally ended on Sunday night. What is wasn't was a complete disaster. The Sharks salvaged the final game with a 3-1 win in Montreal to end a 6-game road losing streak. San Jose scored early and counter punched when the Canadiens tried to strike. An infusion of youth in the lineup helped resuscitate a roster that was in dire need of change as the Sharks have spiraled out of the Pacific Division lead int he last week.
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Special teams dooms San Jose
Maple Leafs score three power play goals to sink Sharks
by Mike Lee
The Sharks entered Wednesday night's game in Toronto with the league's 2nd ranked penalty kill, but even that was exposed by the Maple Leafs in another 5-3 defeat. The Sharks completed their home and home series with the Eastern Conference opponent by dropping both games by the same score. San Jose continued to under perform on their 5-game road trip, but this one was decided by a penalty kill that imploded by allowing three goals on the man advantage.
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Good enough to lose in Buffalo
Sharks comeback late, only to lose in overtime
by Mike Lee
The Sharks are solidifying their position as a mediocre hockey team. Win one, lose one is the theme through the first 25 games this season. They followed up their 6-0 tail whipping by the Vegas Golden Knights by dropping a 3-2 overtime defenseman to the red hot Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. The Sharks were 9 minutes from getting shutout for a second straight game, but late heroics by Joe Pavelski salvaged a point in the standings for the ho-hum Sharks.
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Sinful effort dooms Sharks
Golden Knights continue their dominance over SJ
by Mike Lee
When the Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs last spring by the Vegas Golden Knights, they should have circled November 24th on their calendars. That was the day they would finally get a crack at exacting some retribution on the Knights for the unceremonious exit. San Jose responded on Saturday night by rolling over to the Knights in a 6-0 whipping. Much like Game 1 of last springs playoff series with Vegas, the Sharks had no answer for an opponent that ran roughshod over them.
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Sharks have a Dell-emma after win
Netminder records back-to-back shutouts
by Mike Lee
The Sharks have a dilemma on their hands. Aaron Dell has created a problem for San Jose after recording his second straight shutout, stopping the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 at SAP Center as the Sharks wrapped up a 6-game home stand. Dell stopped 19 shots en route to his 3rd win of the season. Dell's numbers have been more effective than starter Martin Jones, and back-to-back shutouts shouldn't be ignored.
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Sharks blow three leads and the game
Oilers take OT win after McLellan fired
by Mike Lee
When Todd McLellan woke up this morning, he was still the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. By the start of the Oilers game with the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, McLellan was out of a job. The Sharks don't need many excuses to play mediocre hockey, but the Oilers coaching change was enough to inspire Edmonton to a 4-3 overtime win at SAP Center. Leon Draisaitl booted a puck past Martin Jones with the only shot of the overtime to allow Ken Hitchcock to win his first game as bench boss for the Oilers.
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No lead is safe
Sharks can't stay in the driver's seat
by Paul Krill
Saturday's delightful 4-0 win against the Saint Louis Blues was a bit uncharacteristic of this season:

* The Sharks captured the lead and held it.
* The Sharks had their first shutout of the year.

According to pre-game reporting on TV, the Sharks have had a lead in seven of the 10 games they've lost this season. And that doesn't count a game like last Tuesday's, where they had to come from behind to win after blowing a 3-0 lead against a Nashville team that had played an overtime game the night before.
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Dell exacts some revenge on Blues
Sharks payback St Louis with 4-0 win
by Mike Lee
Eight days ago, the St Louis Blues ran roughshod over a fatigued San Jose Sharks hockey team. San Jose was playing on back to back nights, and the fatigue reared its ugly head in the second half of that game when the Sharks fell 4-0 at the Enterprise Center. The Sharks got a little revenge on Saturday night, as it was their turn to rest and wait for the Blues who beat the Vegas Golden Knights in Sin City on Friday night. The Sharks took advantage of the road weary Blues by reciprocating with their own 4-0 victory at SAP Center.
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Jumbo to the rescue
Thornton's 400th career goal is game winner
by Mike Lee
Joe Thornton had a quiet Tuesday night. Then the Sharks had another chance to upend the best team in the NHL, and the Sharks senior statesman worked his magic. Not known for his shooting prowess, the old man snapped a shot with 6:42 left in regulation that sailed past Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros to give the Sharks a 5-4 lead. It capped another come-from-behind victory over the Predators this season.
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Jones shines in win over Flames
Sharks kickoff 6-game homestand with 3-1 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks goaltending has not been a strength for the Sharks early this season. That wasn't the case on Sunday night as the sharks returned home to kickoff a 6-game home stand. Martin Jones turned in what might have been his best game of the season to propel the Sharks to a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames. Jones made 29 saves to earn his 8th win of the season.
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Sharks checkout early to Blues
St Louis shuts out Sharks 4-0
by Mike Lee
The Sharks got an early jump on their weekend by checking out of the office early on Friday. San Jose wrapped up their quick 2-game road trip with an absentee performance at the Enterprise Center in St Louis, dropping a pitiful 4-0 decision to the Blues. San Jose was outplayed in all three periods, exuding no fight or energy in one of their poorest performances of the season.
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Thornton rains on Thornton's parade
Sharks drop 4-3 decision to Stars
by Mike Lee
Joe Thornton played in his 1500th NHL game on Thursday night as the Sharks kicked off a quick 2-game road trip with a stop in Dallas. Thornton had a chance to be a hero late in the game with the Sharks trailing the Stars by a single goal. The Sharks centerman found himself with the puck and open ice between him and the Stars goal with a minute to play. Never a goal scoring threat, Thornton lived up to that reputation by putting a shot on net that never really challenged goaltender Anton Khudobin. Thornton's moment to shine ended with a thud, as did the Sharks who lost 4-3.
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Goodrow's goal salvages win over Wild
Sharks blow 2-goal 3rd period lead
by Mike Lee
The Sharks had a tall task in hosting the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. The Wild boast one of the best records in the NHL, and like San Jose, rolls four lines that are capable of beating any team on any given night. The Sharks put their heads down and built a lead that they would squander in the 3rd period, but a Barclay Goodrow goal would propel the Sharks to a second consecutive win and a stake in the Pacific Division lead.
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Meier's overtime winner sweeps Philly
SJ overcome's 3rd period deficit to win at home
by Mike Lee
The Sharks have struggled on home ice since returning on October 30th. After dropping their first two games back on home ice, San Jose had to battle back from a 3rd period deficit to take a 4-3 overtime decision of the Philadelphia Flyers at SAP Center on Saturday night. Joe Thornton scored the tying goal with 4:57 to play in regulation, then Timo Meier scored the game winner 13 seconds into the overtime period to help propel the Sharks.
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Sharks blow late heroics in return home
Tomas Hertl's last second goal squandered in shootout loss
by Mike Lee
San Jose returned home from an arduous three game road trip on Tuesday night, and played a flat game until the waning minutes of their rematch with the New York Rangers. The Sharks lost to New York in overtime back on October 11th, and were looking to exact a little revenge. Only problem is, they played an uninspiring game on home ice, only to lose 4-3 in the shootout. Tomas Hertl played hero by scoring a game-tying goal with 1.3 seconds left in regulation, but that was the last puck that would get by Henrik Lundqvist.
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Meier bails out Sharks in Anaheim
SJ wins in overtime after dominating game
by Mike Lee
San Jose wrapped up their 3-game road trip with a frustrating overtime win in Anaheim against their division rivals on Sunday night. Outplaying the Ducks for a majority of the game, the Sharks allowed Anaheim to stick around all night and eventually force overtime by surrendering the lead in the 3rd period. Timo Meier was the Sharks savior, scoring the game winner in overtime. The Sharks forward finished the game with a pair of goals, an assist and a +4 night.
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Western Conf W L OTL Pts
(1) Calgary (P) 50 24 7 107
(2) San Jose (P) 45 27 9 99
(3) Nashville (C) 46 29 6 98
(4) Winnipeg (C) 46 30 5 97
(5) St Louis (C) 44 28 9 97
(6) Vegas (P) 43 30 7 93
(7) Dallas (C) 42 31 7 91
(8) Colorado (C) 38 29 14 90
(9) Arizona (P) 38 34 8 84
SJ Home 24 11 5 51
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Scoring Gm G A Pts PIM
Burns 81 15 66 81 34
Hertl 76 35 37 72 18
Couture 78 27 43 70 22
Meier 78 30 36 66 55
Pavelski 74 38 26 64 22

Goaltending W L OTL Sv% GAA
Jones 35 19 5 .896 2.95
Dell 10 8 4 .886 3.17

Special Teams # Eff% Rnk
Power Play 57/239 23.8% 6th
Penalty Kill 45/232 80.6% 15th

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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).

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