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Late heroics propel Sharks after lethargic start
Timo Meier ties the game in last minute
by Mike Lee
Sometimes you deserve to win a game and the result falls short. The Sharks didn't deserve to win their game in Anaheim on Sunday night, but they skated away with two points after stunning the host Ducks with a tying goal late in regulation before stealing the win in the shootout. Timo Meier helped the Sharks earn a point with his tying goal with 54 seconds left in the 3rd period, before Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture buried their chances in the shootout to seal the victory for San Jose.
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Ryan's big night leads to comeback win
Sharks overcome tough 2nd period to beat Edmonton
by Mike Lee
The Sharks defensive woes have been spotlighted the past few games and Saturday's match up with the Edmonton Oilers was not devoid of errors that led to goals, but the Sharks found a way to bookend those mistakes with bushels of goals in a 6-4 win at SAP Center. San Jose came out of the gate like gang busters, grabbing a 3-0 lead, only to watch that lead turn into a deficit. Rather than roll over, the Sharks countered with three goals in a wild 3rd period that help them knock off their division rivals from Alberta.
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Defensive circus nothing to laugh at
Vegas takes 5-3 decision with three 3rd period goals
by Mike Lee
The Vegas Golden Knights have been the NHL's biggest surprise this season, and they showed everyone in San Jose why on Thursday night. The visitors from Southern Nevada scored three unanswered 3rd period goals to knock off the Sharks 5-3 at SAP Center. The game was a mini-recap of both the Sharks and Knight's seasons. Vegas played hard nosed hockey land scored late to win a game, while the Sharks floundered on defense to drop a game they could have won.
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Sharks limp home after falling 3-1
SJ fails to take advantage of ailing Avalanche
by Mike Lee
The Sharks have embarked on three 5-game road trips this season. They concluded the second trip on Tuesday with a disappointing 3-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver. After going 3-2-0 in the first trip, then followed that up with a 1-2-2 disaster as the new year kicked off. With the loss on Tuesday, San Jose capped their third trip 2-2-1, or 6-6-3 spanning all three trips. That's 15 points out of a possible 30, which seems apropos for a team that isn't bad enough to throw in the towel, but isn't really good enough to be taken seriously.
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Sharks second straight win is super
San Jose leans on puck possession to knock off Hurricanes
by Mike Lee
San Jose built on their win in Columbus on Friday night, by dispatching the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 at PNC Arena on Sunday morning in a pre-Super Bowl matinee. The Sharks grabbed a lead late in the 1st period and held the Hurricanes in check for the last 40 minutes. San Jose looked spry against the young and fast Carolina roster that has several up and coming offensive threats. The win put San Jose into a position to finish their current-5-game road trip with more wins than losses.
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Jones solid as Sharks get back to winning
Sharks snap 4-game losing streak with 3-1 win in Columbus
by Mike Lee
The Sharks righted the ship for a game, as their current 5-game road trip hit the middle point with a stop in Columbus. San Jose scored three goals and Martin Jones reverted to his old self to take a 3-1 decision over the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Jones made 28 saves to lead San Jose who broke a 4-game losing streak. The Sharks turned in solid performances on special teams, which turned out to the storyline for the struggling club.
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Sharks drop 4th straight
Doormat Red Wings take shootout win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks are starting to show some consistency. In their last four games, they've consistently played losing hockey. After their defense failed them in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, San Jose limped into Detroit where they let the offense fail them against a poor Detroit Red Wings squad. The Red Wings broke a 4-game losing streak against a Sharks team that is struggling to do anything right.
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Sharks continue to hemorrhage goals
Penguins put another 5-spot on defensively challenged SJ
by Mike Lee
After their 5-day respite for the All Star Break, the Sharks hit the ice fully rested in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The re-energized Sharks looked like a rested team, moving well at PPG Paints Arena, but a series of miscues cost them in what ended as a lopsided 5-2 loss to the Penguins. San Jose held a 2-1 lead late in the 2nd period, before allowing 4 unanswered goals to the defending Stanley Cup Champion Penguins.
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Rangers exploit jumbo defensive hole
SJ surrenders 6 goals in ugly loss to New York
by Mike Lee
The Sharks started the Jumbo-less period of their schedule as Joe Thornton begins his rehabilitation following knee surgery earlier in the day. San Jose got a bit of a reprieve in the schedule by having the struggling New York Rangers to cut their teeth on the new roster situation. They responded by playing a sloppy defensive game that resulted in 6 Rangers goals and a 6-5 loss at SAP Center. If Thursday night's game is an indication of things to come, the Sharks can't get Thornton back soon enough.
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Sharks play well enough to lose
Gutsy comeback overshadowed by little mistakes
by Mike Lee
The Sharks seemed to be headed in the right direction after their last two games, but a top performing Winnipeg Jets team set them straight on Tuesday night at SAP Center. The Sharks gave up three goals in the opening period, before battling back to tie the game. They would lose the lead in the 3rd, before tying it again late, only to lose 18 seconds into overtime.
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Sharks feast on more poultry
Ducks follow same fate as Penguins
by Mike Lee
The back-to-back game gods are not typically sympathetic with the San Jose Sharks. San Jose told the gods to buzz off on Sunday night as they followed up their big 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, by blitzing the Anaheim Ducks for 6 goals in a 6-1 roasting of their hosts in Southern California. San Jose created a little distance between themselves and their Pacific Division rival by chasing starting goaltender John Gibson with a bucket of goals.
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Dell corrals Penguins in 2-1 win
Netminder makes 31 saves in big Sharks win
by Mike Lee
It wasn't a Stanley Cup Championship, but the Sharks will take a regular season win over the Pittsburgh Penguins any day of the week. In the only visit of the year by San Jose's Stanley Cup Finals tormentors, the Penguins fell to a Sharks team that stifled them defensively and used a 3rd period power play goal to knock off Pittsburgh 2-1 in an action packed affair at SAP Center.
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Jones continues to struggle is 5-3 loss
Nathan Mackinnon torches Sharks in Denver
by Mike Lee
Most professional sports teams strive for consistency in their game. Sharks goaltender Martin Jones has achieved that in his consistently poor play the last two months. Outside of the game against his former team, the Los Angeles Kings earlier this week, Jones has struggled. Those struggles have cost the Sharks, who are fighting to keep pace in the Pacific Division standings. Jones failed to deliver on Thursday night, giving up 5 goals to the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver, as the Sharks dropped a 5-3 decision.
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Sharks hang on in Arizona
SJ takes 3-2 decision with a shootout win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks shook off the fatigue associated with playing three games in four days to win on Tuesday night in Glendale, knocking off the Coyotes 3-2 in a the shootout. Aaron Dell made 30 saves to lead the Sharks to their second win over the Coyotes this week. Sharks captain Joe Pavelski was the only player to score in the shootout, propelling the Sharks 2nd place in the Pacific Division.
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Martin Likes the Kings
Sharks netminder rebounds to lead SJ on MLK Day
by Mike Lee
MLK Day stands for the day we honor one of the most influential figures in American history. On Monday, MLK stood for Martin Likes the Kings. San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones faced his former team and made 35 saves to bounce back from a horrendous start last Saturday to beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 at Staples Center. Unlike Saturday's goal fest, the Sharks played a methodical defensive game, suppressing the Kings and leaning on four different goal scorers to beat their rivals from Southern California.
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Snap out of it, Martin
Sharks' usually stellar goalie has been shaky
by Paul Krill
Recently, stories have floated about the Sharks trading possibly backup goaltender Aaron Dell, who has been playing well and will be an unrestricted free agent at season's end. The Sharks could probably get a decent player or two for him. But all that talk has to be put on hold for now, because of what has been happening with Sharks starting goaltender Martin Jones.
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Donskoi saves the day
SJ win wild game in overtime after Finnish winger ties game late
by Mike Lee
The Sharks returned from the collective bargaining induced bye week to officially wrap up the first half of the season with their 41st game of the season at SAP Center on Saturday night. The schedule makers made things easy for San Jose by allowing them to ease back into things with a game against the worst team in the NHL in the Arizona Coyotes. They made it difficult on themselves by ignoring any semblance of defense in the game and were forced to scratch out a nail biting goal in the waning moments of regulation just to tie the game. They salvaged two points with a goal in overtime to win a heart-stopping 6-5 decision over Arizona.
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Groundhog Day: NHL Style
Play it again Sam. And Again. And Again. And…
by Ryan Hall
The NHL has a problem with Video Replay. While it has been an issue of hot debate over the past 12 - 16 months, video replay has slowly become a greater part of every NHL game. What started as a way to review goals, goalie interference, and fix missed calls at the blue line has turned into a circus show in which coaches are challenging offsides that took place 40 - 60 seconds before a goal was scored, and which have to be viewed from dozens on angles. Making things worse, in most cases the plays which are overturned are done so only by slowing the game down to milli-seconds and attempting to judge whether a skate blade was 1/16 inch, or less, off the ice. The result is good goals being called back, and the game adjudicated at a speed in which it was never intended to be dissected. Simply put, reducing the fastest game on ice to a frame by frame rehash is peering too closely at the wrong thing.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings - Half Way Haiku's Edition
To Be or Not To Be
by Ryan Hall
Here we are at the halfway mark of the NHL season, and by this point what you see is what you get. It's very hard for a team to have hidden their warts for 40+ games, and even more challenging to address those holes in a meaningful way mid-campaign. With nearly 2 months until the trade deadline, everyone is stuck with what they got during these dog days of the season.
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Ottawa implosion
First SJ loss ever after holding 3-goal lead in 3rd
by Mike Lee
Playing on the back end of back-to-back games, the Sharks had a reason to be tired. That still doesn't excuse them from blowing a 3-goal lead in the 3rd period, then falling 7 seconds into overtime 6-5 to the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre in Ontario on Friday night. It was the first time in team history that they lost after leading by three goals or more in the 3rd period. It was a complete implosion by a team that had neither the mettle or the will to beat the dishrag Senators after grabbing a commanding lead.
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Leafs earn rare win over SJ in Toronto
Sharks fall 3-2 in the shootout
by Mike Lee
The Sharks continued their road-trip with a third leg stop in Toronto to square off against he Maple Leafs as the air Canada Centre. That stop would turn out to be an unfulfilling one, as the Maple Leafs outdid San Jose in the shootout to take a 3-2 decision. The Sharks played a solid road game, but they couldn't get the extra push to overcome a hungry Toronto lineup.
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Meier helps Sharks bounce back in La Belle Province
SJ easily handles Montreal with 401 decision
by Mike Lee
The Sharks kicked off the new year on a much higher note than how they ended 2017, by pounding the host Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night. Timo Meier led San Jose with a pair of goals and Aaron Dell made 30 saves to earn his 8th win of the season. San Jose looked nothing like the team that was pasted in Dallas 48 hours earlier.
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Sharks end perfect home stand
Donskoi bags shutout winner in 3-2 decision over Calgary
by Mike Lee
The NHL's Christmas Break came to an end on Thursday night as the Sharks returned to the ice in a division match-up with the Calgary Flames at SAP Center. San Jose treated the home fans to bonus hockey by overcoming a 3rd period deficit, then delivered a late Christmas gift with a win in the shootout to cap a 3-2 decision before a sellout crowd.
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Sharks can't exorcize playoffs demons
SJ drops 5-3 decision in Edmonton
by Mike Lee
The Sharks were exposed as a tired and slow team last spring during their abridged playoff run by the Edmonton Oilers. With a chance to avenge their playoff elimination, especially against a struggling Oilers team, the Sharks looked like that slow and old team on Monday night at Rogers Place in Edmonton. San Jose grabbed an early lead then let the Oilers take control. San Jose used some of that veteran savvy to keep it close, but in the end, the Sharks didn't have enough to keep pace in a 5-3 loss.
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Donskoi bags late winner
Sharks start swing through Western Canada with 3-2 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks embarked on a road trip through Alberta on Thursday night, which kicks-off a 6-game stretch against Pacific Division opponents. San Jose played a blue-collar game against the Calgary Flames en route to a 3-2 win against their division rival. Joonas Donskoi returned from an injury that cost him the last 6 games by scoring the game winning goal late in the 3rd period.
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Bad week to be a Senator
Ottawa concedes to Sharks 5 goals
by Mike Lee
If you think Al Franken had a tough week, just ask the Ottawa Senators how things are going. It's been a tough week to be a Senator. The Sharks welcomed their counterparts from Canada's capital to SAP Center on Saturday night, and applied an old fashioned tail whipping in a 5-0 route before a sellout crowd on Super Hero Night. It may have been more appropriate to call it a Hulk Smash, as five different Sharks scored on 50 shots.
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Improbable comeback
Sharks overcome 3-1 deficit to beat Carolina in OT
by Mike Lee
The Sharks gave each of the 16,947 in attendance plenty of reasons to walk out on their game with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night at SAP Center. After a miserable 1st period, the Sharks were dead on arrival. Then a Christmas miracle happened. Trailing 4-1 with a period and change to play, San Jose chipped away at the Hurricanes lead, and tied it on an improbable short handed goal. Brent Burns, a guy that looks like Jesus, literally walked on (frozen) water in the overtime period by scoring the game winner to cap the most improbable of wins.
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Lightning spank Sharks again
Tampa Bay puts another 5-spot on SJ
by Mike Lee
If you thought the Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-1 win over the Sharks in San Jose on November 8th was a fluke, the boys from South Florida left no doubt that they own the Sharks this season. Like that game a month ago, San Jose jumped out to a 1-0 lead, then sat back and let the Lightning run roughshod over them. San Jose held serve for two periods, then a poor decision by Joe Thornton turned the Sharks night upside down in a 5-2 spanking.
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Vegas Trip
Don't bet against the house
by Ken Smyth
As soon as the schedule was published, my wife and I started planning for a trip to Las Vegas to see the Sharks take on the Golden Knights. The holiday weekend Friday night looked like the perfect time, and this being Vegas, accommodations were available. Would've been nice if the Sharks had shown up, too, but that's getting ahead of the story.
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Trip starts strong in Philadelphia
Sharks avenge opening night loss to Flyers
by Mike Lee
Spending the next four games focusing on the road schedule, the Sharks opened a swing along the Eastern seaboard with a 3-1 win in Philadelphia on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. San Jose shook off an early goal by the Flyers and played one of the best road games of the season. They would score three straight goals, to take advantage of a Flyers team that played into overtime on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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One-quarter-of-the-way musings
It's been a mixed bag for the Sharks so far
by Paul Krill
As of this writing, the Sharks have played a bit more than 25 percent of their regular season games. It's been a mixed bag, with some impressive wins. But there are some troubling concerns. Following are some observations of how things have gone.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings - Quarter Season Mark Edition
Are they In or Out?
by Ryan Hall
Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen!

Hello, loyal reader, and Happy Thanksgiving! While those of us north of the border don't have today off, we do appreciate your festivities, and thank you for large amount of football we can watch as we try to pass time until the Black Friday deals begin! For the 31 NHL clubs, Thanksgiving is more than just a time to remember all the good things in their lives; it's also the unofficial measuring stick of whether they are going to make the post-season. While there have been some outliers in the previous seasons, generally those in a playoff spot now, are the clubs we'll see come April. So, what does that mean for the Pacific Division, home to hockey's newest, hottest, and pluckiest squad? Join me as we see who's IN, and who's OUT!
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Sharks buzz Jets in 4-0 win
Couture scores two goals and Jones makes 38 saves
by Mike Lee
After letting a win slip through their fingers 24 hours earlier, the Sharks played one of their best all around games of the season on Saturday night at SAP Center. San Jose scored four ways against the red hot Winnipeg Jets and Martin Jones made 38 stops to lead the Sharks to a 4-0 win. Winnipeg entered the game with the second best record in the Western Conference, but it was the Sharks who looked like dominant team.
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Sharks roll craps in loss to Vegas
SJ drops first game in Vegas 5-4
by Mike Lee
Twenty-six years ago the Sharks were a struggling expansion team that lost much more than they lost. They played like an expansion team in the first 30 minutes of their first visit to Vegas to take on the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Center. That dismal play put them in a 4-1 hole against the expansion knights. They would battle back to time the game, and appeared to take the lead with a 3rd period goal, but a suspect ruling stole that goal away. the Knights would take advantage of a series of lucky events in overtime to beat the Sharks 5-4.
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Cold Sharks find a way to tame hot Coyotes
San Jose wins for the first time in five games
by Mike Lee
It wasn't a dominant performance, but it was a win. That's all the Sharks could ask for after dropping their last three games. San Jose started a brief 2-game road trip in Glendale Arizona with a 3-1 win over the Coyotes at Gila River Arena. The Coyotes entered the game having won three straight on the road in Canada, led by the hot hand of goaltender Antti Raanta. The Coyotes fortunes turned when Raanta was forced to leave the game with an undisclosed upper body injury before the completion of the 1st period.
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Donskoi's offense not enough
Sharks goes 0-for-3 on homestand in SO loss to Ducks
by Mike Lee
The absence of any offensive punch continues to cost the Sharks. They wrapped up a winless 3-game home stand on Monday night by dropping a 3-2 shootout decision to the Anaheim Ducks at SAP Center. Home is supposed to be were teams are supposed to be comfortable, enough so to actually win games. That's not the case for San Jose, who dropped to 6-6-1. There losing record on home ice, is the reason they've fallen out of the top 8 in the Western Conference.
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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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Western Conf W L OTL Pts
(1) Vegas (P) 36 15 4 76
(2) Nashville (C) 33 12 9 75
(3) Winnipeg (C) 32 15 9 73
(4) St Louis (C) 34 21 3 71
(5) Dallas (C) 33 20 4 70
(6) San Jose (P) 30 18 8 68
(7) Minesota (C) 30 19 6 66
(8) Calgary (P) 29 19 8 66
(9) Los Angeles (P) 30 20 5 65
SJ Home 15 8 3 33
SJ Road 15 10 5 35

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LEADERS
Scoring Gm G A Pts PIM
Burns 56 9 39 48 34
Couture 52 23 20 43 10
Pavelski 56 14 28 42 35
Thornton 47 13 23 36 38
Hertl 56 15 18 33 35

Goaltending W L OTL Sv% GAA
Jones 16 14 5 .912 2.62
Dell 14 4 3 .917 2.51

Special Teams # Eff% Rnk
Power Play 44/185 23.8% 3rd
Penalty Kill 26/171 84.8% 1st

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/17 Dylan DeMelo - 1st NHL Game (@ NYI)

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

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

10/16 Nikolay Goldobin - 1st NHL Game (@ NJ)

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