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Sharks show teeth in rivalry win
Goals and grit lead to 4-2 win over LA
by Mike Lee
There's no doubt that the Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings have a doozy of a rivalry going. Wednesday night's nationally televised game between the two teams from SAP Center in San Jose was a great showcase of that rivalry as the two teams battled down to the final horn in the 3rd installment of the season series. San Jose came out on top of the 4-2 affair, but not after the Kings cut the game to a single goal deficit with under 30 seconds to play.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings
All-Star Edition
by Ryan Hall
This past weekend the NHL revealed the participants for their annual All-Star Classic, with the usual suspects once again finding themselves on the invite list. For those lucky enough to be playing in this February spectacle, the break provides a nice opportunity to celebrate the game; while giving fans exactly what they want: access to the players when they are just having fun.
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Defensive lip service fails to deliver
Devils romp in lone visit to SJ with 5-2 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks talked about making more commitment to defense after their overtime loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. More accountability. More emphasis on the little things. Talk is cheap. After all the hot air that was spewing in that locker room, the Sharks went out and did exactly the opposite on Monday night, dropping a 5-2 stinker to the cellar dwelling New Jersey Devils before a sellout crowd at SAP Center.
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Sharks slip at home again
Poor defense bookends good offense in loss to Flames
by Mike Lee
The Sharks looked like world beaters in the 2nd period of their game with the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. Scoring three straight goals, they raced back from a 2-0 deficit by playing hard-nosed hockey. Unfortunately, they book-ended that period with defense that was worthy of a flogging, allowing goals seconds into the game and the overtime period that nullified their strong 2nd period. All of that coming on home ice was yet another maddening outcome that further validates that fact that this is a team that doesn't have much of an identity.
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Kennedy and Marleau lead Sharks in win over Leafs
San Jose snaps 3-game home losing streak
by Ryan Hall
It's been no secret that Patrick Marleau and Tyler Kennedy have struggled this season. Providing little in terms of offense, both players have been trying to snap out of a season long funk that has made this a forgettable season. Kennedy's woes were exacerbated by an injury that sidelined him for 14 games. So when both contributed to the Sharks 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs by scoring goals, it was a nice change for once.
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Sunrise, Sunset
Things could be worse, we could be one of them
by Ryan Hall
As the NHL approaches the halfway mark of the season, certain things begin to come into focus. Teams that were supposed to contend begin to fall back, and other surprise squads start to be taken seriously. This season is no exception, as the long campaign has begun to reveal some truths that were buried under the hype and hope of October. It's this process that makes the NHL season so much fun, as, to quote the Roddy Pipper "Just when you think you know the answers, they change the questions!"
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Dads inspire Sharks win
SJ snaps 2-game skid with win in the desert
by Mike Lee
The Sharks may want to consider flying the players fathers into town this spring if the team happens to make the playoffs. With the dads sitting in the rafters, San Jose turned in a solid 60 minutes and skated out of Gila River Arena in Arizona with a 3-2 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday night. Brenden Dillion scored the go-ahead goal in the 3rd period to help San Jose snap a 2-game losing streak.
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Tough to Stay Optimistic about this Bunch
by Paul Krill
Usually, when writing about the Sharks, I take a negative tone. That's understandable, given the team's two-decades-long inability to get over the hump and deliver a championship, either of the Stanley Cup variety or even a conference title, to San Jose. But last month, I departed from my usual dreary tone and wrote a feel-good piece about the Sharks' catchy Christmas video and how the team had moved on from last season's early playoff exit.
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8 Things to Take Away From This Season
The San Jose Sharks Through 41 Games
by Zack Bodenstein
As the halfway point of the season has approached, the Sharks stand third in the Pacific Division with a moderate record of 22-16-5. Considering the team dealt with tons of adversity to begin the season, playing 16 of the club's first 21 games on the road, the season has not gone all that poorly. Yet, the Sharks should be disappointed with the way it has gone, and play with more urgency to get to the top of the division come playoff time.
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Sharks fall short in Boyle's return
Thornton returns but Sharks lack offensive punch
by Mike Lee
Dan Boyle made his return to San Jose as a member of the New York Rangers on Saturday night, helping his new team knock off his former employer in a lopsided affair. Boyle didn't account for any scoring, but as a defenseman, he and the Rangers did plenty to suppress any semblance of an offense by the Sharks.
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Blues hammer Sharks again
SJ gives up 14 goals in 2 games to St Louis
by Mike Lee
There are beat downs, and then there's the Sharks taking their lumps against the St Louis Blues. Facing the Blues five days after a 7-2 thumping at SAP Center last Saturday night, the Sharks squared off against the Blues in St Louis. The outcome was not good. In fact, it was painfully clear that the Blues have the Sharks number. St Louis annihilated the Sharks by the same 7-2 score on a night that exposed man yof the same holes that have been nagging San Jose most of the season.
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It was a good year
Things looked good from Jan to Dec
by Ryan Hall
Well, here we are at the start of another year. With 2014 in the rear view mirror, it's time to stop and look back at what that year meant to the San Jose Shark's. While there still is no championship ring on the fingers of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Joe Pavelski, it still was another dominant season for the boys in teal.
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Vlasic's magic strikes again
Defenseman wins 2nd straight game for SJ
by Mike Lee
Marc-Edouard Vlasic said he asked to be on the ice during the last minute of overtime on Tuesday night as the Sharks squared off against the host Minnesota Wild in Minneapolis. 24 hours after scoring a dramatic last second goal to beat Winnipeg on Monday night, Vlasic wanted a chance to deliver once again. He did exactly that. The Sharks top defenseman got offensive for a second game in a row, scoring the game winning goal with 2 minutes left in overtime to help San Jose take the first two games of their current 3-game road trip.
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Vlasic stuns Jets with last second winner
Sharks overcome 1-for-7 night on the PP to win
by Mike Lee
The win one, lose one Sharks season cycled in their favor on Monday night in Winnipeg, as San Jose knocked off the Jets on a stunning last second goal by Marc Edouard Vlasic. The Sharks blew a 3rd period lead, but grabbed 2 points in the standings on Vlasic's game winner with 4.5 seconds left in regulation. The regulation win allowed the Sharks to match the Jets' 47 points in the standings, and gives them the tie breaker with 1 more ROW (regulation or overtime win) than Winnipeg.
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St Louis leaves Sharks black and blue
T.J. Oshie's hat trick leads Blues to 7-2 win
by Mike Lee
The St Louis Blues are wrapping up a lengthy road stretch that mimicked the horrific start of the Sharks season. Having lost 5 straight on the road, including a 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks less than 24 hours earlier, the Blues should have been easy picking for the Sharks on Saturday night at SAP Center. The Sharks played like they simply needed to mail in the win, and got spanked for it, dropping a 7-2 shellacking on home ice.
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Kings win special teams battle and game
Sharks stumble after Christmas break
by Mike Lee
If the overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks right before the Christmas break was supposed to light a fire, Todd McLellen may want to gather some more kindling. Returning from their 5-day break, the Sharks looked more like a team enjoying Christmas dinner than a team eager to get back to winning. Perhaps Southern California has a numbing effect on the Sharks, who stumbled through a lifeless 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.
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Little things cost Sharks
SJ heads to Christmas break on a sour note
by Mike Lee
Monday night was the game that got away. Out playing the Anaheim Ducks for most of the night, the Sharks did the little things that amounted to an overtime loss that could have ended more favorably. Failing to score early and then hold on to a lead late amounted to a Sharks 3-2 loss against their in-state rival. Aided by a penalty late in the game, the Ducks cashed in to steal two points and extend their lead at the top of the Western Conference standings. The loss also snapped San Jose's 5-game winning streak.
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Vlasic and Burns get offensive in comeback
Sharks score last second goals in regulation and overtime to knock off St Louis
by Mike Lee
Things looked bleak for the Sharks on Saturday night. Wrapping up their 5-game home trip against the St Louis Blues, San Jose skated for most of the evening as if they had hit the egg-nog a little too hard before the opening faceoff. Battling the puck all night, the Sharks were chasing their A-game without much success, until Marc-Edouard Vlasic bailed them out with a goal in the final minute of regulation.
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Sharks avoid trap and extend home winning
Oilers push but can't crack Sharks at SAP
by Mike Lee
It wasn't pretty, but it was a win. That's the best perspective following the sharks 4-3 win over the lowly Edmonton Oilers at SAP Center on Thursday night. The Sharks fell behind, grabbed a lead, then fell behind again before rallying for a pair of 3rd period goals to beat the league's 2nd worst team in a see-saw battle. The win was the 8th in the last 9 games for San Jose and their 7th in a row on home ice. Barclay Goodrow had a goal and an assist to lead the Sharks.
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Pacific Division Power Ranking #4
Holiday Tunes Edition
by Ryan Hall
Here we are in the middle of December, with Christmas only a few short days away. As shoppers fill the malls, presents pile up under the tree, and kids hit their Christmas holiday, the NHL also prepares to shut down for a couple days. It's a time of peace and quiet reflection, and of course a deluge of holiday music; though for some teams in the Pacific Division those tune aren't going to be very merry. In fact, whether they are naughty or nice, each of the 7 squads that grace the far west has their own holiday theme that best describes their season so far. So, let's drop into their locker rooms and see what festive tunes are blasting.
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Holiday Sweater
Sharks' annual Christmas video is one to remember
by Paul Krill
OK. I admit it. I can't get that silly tune from the Sharks' annual Christmas video, this one focused around garish "holiday" sweaters, out of my head. (I'd have preferred they be called Christmas sweaters, but that's an issue for another day.)
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Sharks ride Hertl's goal over Nashville
Antti Niemi earns 29th career shutout
by Mike Lee
The home cooking has started to take effect for the San Jose Sharks. After stalling out of the gate early in the season, the Sharks have ripped off six straight home wins, including a 2-0 win over the Nashville Predators at SAP Center on Saturday night. The Sharks rode an early goal by Tomas Hertl, then defended against a flurry of Nashville shots in the 3rd period to jump past the Calgary Flames for the 6th spot in the Western Conference.
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Sharks weather a Wild storm
Pavelski's 15th saves Sharks
by Mike Lee
With the skies above San Jose opening up all day Thursday, it was fitting that they would have to weather a constant stream of pressure from a team that's fighting to get its season on track. Sitting just 3 points behind the Sharks in the Western Conference standings, the Minnesota Wild tried to match the 4-3 win they enjoyed over San Jose back on October 30th in Minneapolis. The Sharks had other ideas, as they skated to their 5th straight win on home ice by dispatching Minnesota 2-1.
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A Quick Fix in San Jose
Speed things up already
by Ryan Hall
The San Jose Sharks are not a good team right now. The dramatic win versus Philadelphia, while good for a frustrated fan base, can't hide that fact that for most of that 60 minute contest these two teams were locked into a colossal stare down. Now, tight checking games between two quality opponents is one thing, but the Flyers aren't exactly tearing up the Metropolitan Division these days. It's exactly that reality that made last night so hard to watch as the Sharks should be able to handle teams like that with more ease then they showed.
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Pavelski leads retribution
SJ beats Edmonton 5-2
by Mike Lee
Doing what they should have done 48 hours earlier, the Sharks knocked off the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 at SAP Center. After stumbling to the Oilers in Alberta on Sunday night, the Sharks got their act in gear and whipped up a bushel of goals to bum rush the cellar dwellers from the Great White North. Joe Pavelski scored a pair of goals in the pummeling.
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Sharks lay down to league's worst
Edmonton Oilers stymie Sharks in Alberta
by Mike Lee
The 4-game winning streak went down in flames on Sunday night. The Sharks strutted into Edmonton to play the worst team in the NHL, and limped out a 2-1 loser. The Oilers had not won a single game against a Western Conference team this season (0-12-4) and had lost their 11 games before the NHL's version of life support rolled into town. All the good vibes San Jose had built over the course of the last week were obliterated with the flick of David Perron's twig.
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Sharks extend win streak to 4
SJ grits out 3-2 win in Calgary
by Mike Lee
San Jose kicked off a brief 2-game trip through Alberta with a gritty 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night. The Sharks overcame a sluggish opening period by scoring a pair of 2nd period goals, then broke a 2-2 tie with a Patrick Marleau goal in the 3rd period to give the Sharks their 4th win in a row.
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Nothing wrong here
Move along
by Ken Smyth
With a quarter plus of the season gone, the San Jose Sharks' are 6-6 (or 6-5-1 if we break out shootouts) against 2014 playoff teams but 6-8 against non-playoff teams. Being bipolar means that you are really up part of the time, (uhh, so I'm told) but there's not a lot of happy here. The break in the announced sellout streak is easy to spot with rows of seats empty over the last few home games.
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Nieto beats the clock and Flyers
Last second goal nets SJ back to back wins
by Mike Lee
There is no skirting the fact that the Sharks are struggling right now. The offense has been thin and the defense porous, but even with those issues, San Jose was able to celebrate a win on Tuesday night. The Sharks put their issues on the shelf for an evening and scratched out a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
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Plattner asks for patience
Sharks owner asks fans to relax
by Mike Lee
It's not often we hear from Sharks majority owner Hasso Plattner. So when he does elect to speak, it's typically for a good reason. At least, that's been Plattner's track record. Six months after his last public statement, Plattner responded to inquiries by the San Jose Mercury News in response to questions about the Sharks struggles.
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Sharks not so fowl
San Jose breaks 4-game losing streak with wild win over Ducks
by Mike Lee
From the "you have to walk before you run" approach to hockey, the Sharks took a step in the right direction on Saturday night by beating the Anaheim Ducks 6-4 at SAP Center. The Sharks stormed out to a 5-1 lead then had to hold as the Ducks fought back to within a goal of San Jose's lead. The regulation win came against a division foe that also happens to be at the top of the table in the Western Conference.
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Roast turkey comes early
Sharks serve up Flames win on a platter
by Mike Lee
With the Sharks falling on their faces on Thanksgiving eve, it would be too easy to make comparisons to the birds that will be adorning many of your dining room tables on Thursday. So let's step things up and be a little more graphic. The Sharks played more like turkey droppings on Wednesday night, falling 2-0 to the Calgary Flames at SAP Center.
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Hitting the Fan
Two players gone, losses mount, goals hard to come by
by Paul Krill
It looks like panic is starting to set in. Or at least it should be. We're seeing players shipped out. Jason Demers is gone, Adam Burish as well. Who will be next? Meanwhile, losses keep piling up, the Sharks rarely score goals and the team has won just two of seven home games this season. Maybe they should go back out on the road?
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Sharks acquire Dillon from Stars
San Jose ships Jason Demers to Dallas along with draft pick
by Mike Lee
The change took five months to get started, but GM Doug Wilson is finally taking action to solve some of his team's ills. Wilson shipped defenseman Jason Demers to the Dallas Stars along with a 3rd round draft pick in 2016, in exchange for defenseman Brenden Dillon. The move provided the Stars with a right-handed shot, and the Sharks get the left-handed defenseman that they desperately need.
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Home no haven for San Jose
Sharks drop another season series
by Mike Lee
If you took the 3000-to-1 odds on the Sharks losing the season series to the Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue jackets and Buffalo Sabres, you just hit the jackpot. San Jose completed the parlay of shame on Thursday night, dropping a 3-2 shootout loss to the Panthers at SAP Center. The no-name Panthers overcame a last second goal by the Sharks at the end of regulation by one-upping San Jose in the skills contest.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings #3
Okay! So I was wrong Edition
by Ryan Hall
While only in its second season, the Pacific Division has often been called the toughest in hockey; a fact that I have trumpeted many times in this very column. However, is that really true? Is it possible that the lovable Western teams really aren't the juggernauts that they appear? As the calendar begins to draw towards the latter half of November, it's time for us all to face the harsh reality: maybe parity isn't the same thing are skill level?!
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Buffalo forecast calls for a flurry of goals
Defense softer than a NY snow
by Mike Lee
If anything was going to save the Sharks on Tuesday night is was the weather. Limping into Buffalo for the finale of a painful 7-game road trip, the Sharks needed the blizzard that blanketed Western New York to prevent anyone from reaching the First Niagra Center. No such luck. The snow wasn't deep enough, nor was the Sharks lineup, as San Jose coasted through a 4-1 loss to the hapless Sabres.
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Another winnable loss
Sharks fall to another cup cake
by Mike Lee
How do you explain the on-again, off-again season the Sharks are having? San Jose will beat the best one night, then lose to the worst the next. They did it again on Saturday night, losing to a depleted Columbus Blue Jackets team that has gone 1-8-1 in their last 10 games. Columbus had lost 9 in a row before winning on Friday night, but even after that the Sharks had no business losing to their hosts.
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Befuddling Sharks win
SJ knocks off East's best
by Mike Lee
The Sharks are a bewildering team. After laying an egg against one of the league's worst teams in Florida on Tuesday night, San Jose rebounded with a solid win against the best team in the Eastern Conference on Thursday night. Joe Thornton and Tyler Kennedy each scored in the Sharks 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena.
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Sharks shelled on Veteran's Day
San Jose endures second straight thumping
by Mike Lee
South Florida is where old people, devoid of energy and life, go to retire. The Sharks got in on that act on Tuesday night, checking their dentures at the door and turning in early in a lethargic 4-1 loss to the host Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. The only thing missing from this game was craft hour and pudding for dessert. The Sharks coasted for 60 minutes and ended up getting beat by a bad hockey team in a mausoleum that held a tick over 8,000 paying customers.
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Western Conf W L OTL Pts
(1) Anaheim 31 10 6 68
(2) Nashville 30 10 5 65
(3) St Louis 29 13 4 62
(4) Chicago 30 15 2 62
(5) Winnipeg 26 14 8 60
(6) San Jose 25 17 6 56
(7) Vancouver 26 16 3 55
(8) Calgary 25 19 3 53
SJ Home 12 8 3 27
SJ Road 13 9 3 29

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Scoring Gm G A Pts PIM
Pavelski 48 24 18 42 19
Couture 48 18 24 42 6
Thornton 44 10 27 37 10
Burns 48 11 24 35 44
Marleau 48 9 24 33 4

Goaltending W L OTL Sv% GAA
Niemi 19 11 5 .912 2.57
Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
Grosenick 1 1 0 .948 1.53

Special Teams # Eff% Rnk
Power Play 33/154 21.4% 8th
Penalty Kill 25/135 81.5% 15th

12/1 Assigned D Matt Tennyson to Worcester (AHL)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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