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Ten Reasons
Sharks missed playoffs for a reason
by Zach Bodenstein
For the first time in ten seasons, the San Jose Sharks will not be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 2014-2015 season. With a very controversial offseason, Doug Wilson has yet again set the Sharks up for failure, this time in various different forms. There are so many things to analyze, such as not filling the hole at D so that Brent Burns, the most dominant power forward in hockey, needs to play out of position. Not to mention his lack of knowledge on call-ups and send-downs that cost the team not being able to maximize their skill. However, I am not focusing on Wilson's mishaps today, as I would like to analyze 10 games that are responsible for the Sharks' lost season.
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McLellan and Sharks part ways
Sharks have yet another hole to fill
by Mike Lee
The dark cloud looming over Santa Clara Street got a little darker on Monday, when the Sharks announced that head coach Todd McLellan and the team have decided to mutually part ways. McLellan's 7-year tenure as bench boss of the Sharks ends after their spiraling crash in the 2014-15 season, which came on the heels of their playoff disaster last spring.
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Mercifully, it's over
Sharks end season with another loss to the Kings
by Mike Lee
It's not officially spring until the Sharks close out their season with a loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Like the two previous seasons, the Sharks ended their season with a loss to the Kings, albeit without the drama of the past two seasons. The Sharks stayed true to the season by imploding in the 3rd period, an all too frequent occurrence this season, en route to a 4-1 loss at the Staples Center in Southern California on Saturday.
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Lerg provides a small silver lining
Rookie bags game winner in NHL debut
by Mike Lee
After all the failure this season, a 29 year-old rookie who's wallowed in the minors for the past 7 years provided one of the few feel-good stories of the year for the Sharks on Thursday night. Making his NHL debut for the Sharks in Edmonton, Bryan Lerg slipped on a glass slipper then banged home the game winning goal in San Jose's 3-1 win over the Oilers at Rexall Place. Lerg upstaged the 49 save performance by goaltender Laurent Brossoit, who made his NHL debut for the Oilers.
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RIP 2014-15 Season
Sharks eliminated from playoffs before 5-1 loss
by Mike Lee
Entering Monday night's game with the Dallas Stars, The Sharks and Stars were both mathematically eligible for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. By the 10 minute mark of the 1st period, both teams had been eliminated. Only one team chose to continue to play. That team wasn't the Sharks. San Jose elected to pack it in on Fan Appreciation Night, rolling over to the Stars who took the opportunity to sour an already bitter evening en route to a 5-1 win over the Sharks at SAP Center.
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Arizona push Sharks to the brink
League's doormat essentially ends San Jose's season
by Mike Lee
It looked as if the Sharks were about to line up a valiant comeback in the Western Conference playoff race. With 4 games left in their regular season, the cards were actually aligning in their favor. The schedule pitted San Jose against the West's worst in the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night in Glendale. True to form this season, the Sharks let a doormat team take it to them and steal a game that San Jose should have won with their eyes closed.
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Coyotes heel to Sharks
San Jose keeps playoff hopes alive with 3-1 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks continued to do what they need to if they want any chance at sneaking back into the playoff race. Kicking off their home-and-home series with the Arizona Coyotes, the Sharks struck early, hitting the Coyotes with a couple of knockout punches in the 1st period, then suppressed the Coyotes for most of the evening en route to a 3-1 win at SAP Center.
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Sharks unveil the SJ Barracuda
New brand for San Jose's new AHL team
by Mike Lee
When I saw the leaked photos of the Sharks new AHL affiliate, I thought it was an April Fool's joke. The Sharks new west coast based franchise, branded as the San Jose Barracuda (notice no trailing "s") will begin play in the AHL next season. The Sharks officially announced the Barracuda, releasing branding and jersey mock ups on Thursday, but initial peeks of those logos were leaked a day earlier.
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Sharks keep slim playoff hopes alive
SJ rallies late to beat Colorado 5-1
by Mike Lee
Let the teasing begin. Not mathematically eliminated, the Sharks knocked off the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 on Wednesday night to creep back into the playoff picture. San Jose sits 5 points back of the 8th and final playoff spot with 5 games to play. The Sharks could have sealed their own fate with a loss to Colorado, but they were the more committed team on this night.
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Sharks sale out of this world
Plattner throws in the towel
by LGS Staff
So it appears that Sharks owner Hasso Plattner had a plan all along. has learned that the software tycoon has sold theteam for a reported $410 million to a group of investors, headed by David Miscavige, the Chairman of the Religious Technology Center based in Riverside, California. Terms of the deal are still pending, but it's believed that Plattner intends to motivate the NHL Board of Directors to approve the deal before the start of the 2015-16 season.
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Missed chances the storyline in Pittsburgh
Overtime failure costs Sharks
by Mike Lee
To say this season has been frustrating is about as big an understatement as there is. Inconsistencies and missed opportunities have been the order of the day for most of the season. That was the script on Sunday night as the Sharks wrapped up their long 7-game road trip with an aggravating 3-2 loss in the shootout to the Pittsburgh Penguins. San Jose squandered a lengthy power play in overtime, which was the crack the Penguins needed to 39th loss of the season.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings #8
Zen Reflections Edition
by Ryan Hall
Well, here we are approaching the end of the regular season, and for some teams that means the golf game should soon be getting a serious workout. However, while some clubs are counting down the last miserable days of the schedule, others are gearing up for what they hope will be a long run of Spring-time hockey. This holds true of the Pacific division, where it appears that less than half of the teams will qualify for the postseason. As the pressure ramps up, staying calm and fighting through distractions will be the key - especially if you happen to be the fan of a team that is crashing is burning out of the race.
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No Redemption
Unlike the Bruins, the Sharks' historic collapse will not have a happy follow-up
by Mike Lee
In 2010, the Boston Bruins became the first team since 1975 to lose a playoff series that they had been leading three games to none. But never fear - the Bruins redeemed themselves the following season by winning the Stanley Cup. All's well that ends well.
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Sharks roll hapless Leafs
Sharks get offense in gear in 4-1 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks continued with their 7-game road trip on Thursday with a stop in Toronto, against an opponent that has struggled this season. San Jose followed the script by beating up on the host Maple Leafs in a 4-1 win at the Air Canada Centre. Four different Sharks tallied goals on 42 shots on net in a game that San Jose put away in the first 40 minutes of the game.
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Ice Incites
The continuing saga
by Ken Smyth
Here we are on Day 5 of "Did You Know What HE Said About YOU?" with the San Jose Sharks on their road trip to the hockey media backwater called Canada. Team owner Hasso Plattner has asked Joe Thornton and Doug Wilson to keep things behind closed doors yet Wilson feels the need to further explain while at the GM meetings. Hmm.
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Jets dim Sharks playoff hopes
Winnipeg pummels Sharks 5-2
by Mike Lee
The Grim Reaper is sharpening his scythe in preparation for the end of the Sharks season. Kicking off a 7-game road trip in Winnipeg to close out the month of March, San Jose did everything they didn't want to do against the Jets in a 5-2 shellacking. Winnipeg stormed out to a 3-0 lead in the opening period and then cruised to their 35th win of the season.
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What isn't being said
Jumpstarting Thornton is a good thing
by Ryan Hall
Okay, by now just about everyone who follows hockey has heard about the comments made by Doug Wilson and Joe Thornton last week. To call this a war of words is to vastly overplay it, as it amounts to no more than 2 or 3 phrases in total.
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Why such drama
Several reasons for the Wilson Thornton spat
by Mike Lee
Something has finally hit the fan in San Jose. Mired in the worst season in over a decade, the Sharks now find themselves embroiled in an internal dispute that has garnered national attention. The dust up between Joe Thornton and General Manager Doug Wilson is one of those things you see when an organization is teetering on the brink of collapse, so grab your bucket of pop corn and sit back to see how this one plays out.
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Sharks crumble against Blackhawks
Chicago scores 4 goals in 3rd to blow out Sharks
by Mike Lee
On the heels of the now public cat fight between Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and Joe Thornton, the Sharks put up a valiant fight for 40 minutes against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, then rolled over after a defensive gaff by rookie defenseman Mirco Mueller. The Blackhawks broke a 2-2 tie in the 3rd period with 4 unanswered goals to blowout San Jose 6-2 at SAP Center.
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Niemi wins Fin duel
Sharks keep playoff hopes alive by shuting out Predators 2-0
by Mike Lee
As the Sharks continue to teeter over the missed playoff abyss, they scratched out another 2 points on Thursday night, knocking off the Nashville Predators 2-0 at SAP Center. Sitting atop the Western Conference standings in a virtual tie with the Anaheim Ducks and St Louis Blues, the Predators entered the game having lost 6 of their last 7 games. San Jose took advantage of the wounded opponent out of necessity, in order to keep their playoff aspirations alive.
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Niemi keeps Pens at bay
Sharks win 2-1 in the shootout
by Mike Lee
If the Sharks have any plans on salvaging their season, they're going to need their goaltenders to steal a few games. That's exactly what Antti Niemi did on Monday night, as the Sharks withstood a barrage from the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins at SAP Center. Niemi stopped 39 shots in regulation and overtime, then denied 7 shooters in the shootout to help the Sharks for only the 2nd time at home in their last 11 games.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings #7
Looney Tunes Cartoon Characters Edition
by Ryan Hall
Finally, the Trade Deadline has past, and now everyone knows what they're rosters are going to look like. For some, this meant additions to help get them over the hump, while other squads were busy shuffling players out the door. However, whether they were 'buyers' or 'sellers', none of the teams in the Pacific Division came close to matching the over-hyped media coverage that surrounded Monday, which prompted the folks at TSN to candidly admit that they, and the Trade Deadline day have become caricatures. Since I'm no artist, I figured what's the closest that we could get to caricature's is cartoon characters! So here we go, with a comparison that could be brought to you through the miracle of Technicolor!
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A Little Thin - but We Go
Bargaining? Depression? Acceptance? (well, it's called a "deadline")
by Ken Smyth
The San Jose Sharks' players, according to "insider" Kevin Kurz, spent this Sunday doing some team building. Great idea, I was hoping General Manager Doug Wilson might do something similar: grab a flight down to Scottsdale for some golf with Jeremy Roenick. On the way to the course drop off his phone and roster sheet with Oakland A's GM Billy Beane and leave him charge of the team over the trade deadline.
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Sharks keep rolling in BC
San Jose unloads on Canucks with 6-2 win
by Mike Lee
The Sharks goal scoring machine that annihilated the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night kept the momentum rolling in Vancouver 24 hours later with a 6-2 on Tuesday night. San Jose pounced on Vancouver early, scoring 3 goals in the first 7 minutes of the contest, then fought off a Canucks comeback in the 2nd period to even the season series at 2 games apiece.
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Mr Smith comes to San Jose
Newest Shark leaves good impression in SJ debut
by Mike Lee
They were all supposed to be this fun. When the Sharks embarked on the 2014-15 season, they had visions of dismantling teams with ease, much like Monday night's goal-fest against visiting Montreal Canadiens. They haven't all been that easy. In fact, the majority of games have been quite the opposite. Fresh off the trade deadline events earlier in the day, the Sharks let their hair down and man-handled the Canadiens 4-0 at SAP Center.
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Sharks purge pending UFAs on Deadline Day
Sheppard, Desjardins and Kennedy traded
by Mike Lee
The Sharks and General Manager Doug Wilson completed a flurry of low end trades on Monday as clock on the NHL's trade deadline struck zero. Wilson shipped a number of players destined for unrestricted free agency this summer. James Sheppard, Andrew Desjardins and Tyler Kennedy all now call themselves former Sharks after they received their walking papers. In return, San Jose acquired a bevy of draft picks, a 4th line forward and a prospect.
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NHL Trade Deadline Coverage
Join in on the discussion
by Mike Lee
We're tracking the NHL Trade Deadline day events on the forums today. Cme join us for up to the moment updates on trades from around the league.
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Sharks Acquire From For
D Karl Stollery Colorado Avalanche F Freddie Hamilton
Conditional 7th Round Draft Pick (2016) New York Islanders F Tyler Kennedy
F Ben Smith and a Conditional 7th Round Draft Pick (2017) Chicago Blackhawks F Andrew Desjardins
4th Round Draft Pick (2015) New York Rangers F James Sheppard
  Arizona Coyotes F Tye McGinn (waiver claim)

Season begins to spiral
Ottawa the latest to knock off Sharks
by Mike Lee
When the Los Angeles Kings knocked the Sharks out of the playoffs last season, the world saw a defeated team. Given that the roster hasn't changed much, that defeated team has manifested into something more hopeless after the Sharks coughed up their second straight 3rd period lead to lose a game they should have won. The Ottawa Senators rallied from a 2-1 deficit with 3 goals in the 3rd period on Saturday night to confirm that the Sharks are a broken team.
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Sit this one out Doug
Doing nothing is the Sharks best betd
by Ryan Hall
Here we go again. The Trade Deadline is just around the corner, and the league is whipping itself into a flurry of activity. Teams are busy overpaying for rental players that they are convinced will help them win the Stanley Cup; or at least ensure they book a spot in the post-season dance. As the transactions pile up, some teams will inevitably come out the winners while others are marked as losers; but the truth is that 99% of all the moves made will have zero impact on who wins hockey's greatest championship.
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Red Wings add to Sharks misery
San Jose blows another 3rd period lead
by Mike Lee
After a four day hiatus, the Sharks were rested and primed to start their run back into the playoff picture. The visiting Detroit Red Wings were playing in their third game in four nights and were prime for the picking. The Sharks came out firing, looking like world beaters in the opening 20 minutes, then their season began to slip through their fingers. Like too many other implosions this season, the Sharks went into a shell and blew a 3rd period lead, succumbing to the Red Wings on a deflating on a Luke Glendening goal with 75 seconds left in regulation.
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Just Give me the Game
Or (Why I'm Sick of the NHL)
by Ryan Hall
I'm sick of the NHL. There you go, I said it. I'm sick of the Winter Classic and the Stadium Series, of Wednesday Night Rivalries, Hockey Day in Canada/America, All-Star Games, Skills Competitions, and all the other gimmicks and shticks that the league puts out. I'm tired of crazy shoot-out controversies, and expansions questions, and I'm certainly tired of watching teams tank to try and secure the best player in the upcoming draft.
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The Day After
Notes and ponderings from the Stadium Series
by Mike Lee
Some day after the Stadium Series game notes to wrap up the greatest spectacle in Santa Clara sports history. It was a long day, an eventful day, a disappointing day in the end, but a day full of observations and ponderings.
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Stadium Series: Golden Opportunity Squandered
All that was needed was a Sharks win to end what would have been a perfect evening
by Paul Krill
What an event it was at Jed York Coliseum, better known as Levi's Stadium, in Santa Clara on Saturday night. More than 70,000 people attending a Sharks game, Sharks alumni introduced to the crowd, fireworks, John Fogerty (!), Melissa Etheridge. The NHL put on quite a show and the weather certainly cooperated. (Years ago, I wrote a column about what a bad idea an outdoor Sharks game could be, if the weather became a problem. It was not).
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Sharks falter on the big stage
Kings take Stadium Series match up on Gaborik goal
by Mike Lee
After several days of build up, the players finally hit the ice and played what amounts to the biggest regular season game in Sharks history on Saturday night. The much anticipated Stadium Series Game with the Los Angeles Kings was a hotly contested affair, but in the end it turned out to be a microcosm of the direction each team is headed. The Kings Marion Gaborik scored the go ahead goal early in the 3rd period to lead Los Angeles to a hard fought 2-1 decision over San Jose in front of 70,205 fans at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
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Stadium Series not just another game
Sharks and Kings ready for grand affair
by Mike Lee
This isn't going to be your run of the mill hockey game on Saturday night. The Sharks and Los Angeles Kings got their first taste of Levi Stadium ice on Friday and from the looks of it, this is going to be quite the spectacle. The NHL has pulled out all the stops for the Stadium Series game scheduled for their showcase event in Santa Clara. From the locale to the trimming, this is shaping up to be something folks are going to remember for a long time.
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Stadium Series Video Coverage
A collection of video clips from sll the festivities
There's no shortage of video coverage of the Stadium Series Game today between the Sharks and Kings. We've packaged a few for our convenience here at LGS.
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Stadium Series Pre-Game Festival
Lots to do before the game
by Mike Lee
The NHL is staging a pre-game celebration of hockey with live musical performances; interactive, family friendly games and attractions; prizes and giveaways; food and beverages; retail tents with an extensive selection of officially licensed 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series merchandise and collectibles; and more outside of Levi's Stadium on Saturday. A 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game ticket is required for entry.
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Offense gets it done in Big D
Desjardins leads Sharks with a pair of goals
by Mike Lee
With the Stadium Series game with the Los Angeles Kings looming, the Sharks put together enough offense to get back in the win column in Dallas on Thursday night. San Jose jumped out to a 3-0 lead, then tacked on a pair of empty net goals late in the game after the Stars pulled to within a single goal. Andrew Desjardins scored a pair of goals and goaltender Antti Niemi made 37 saves to help pace the Sharks.
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Step back
What will it take to move forward?
by Ken Smyth
We're now seeing another meaning to the "take a step back to take a step forward" talk coming out of the Sharks' management last summer. Nothing to do with the junior high cheer squad drama with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, nothing to do with how certain defensemen can't seem to guess right when handling the other team's break-out from their zone. The step back is that the one-time contending Sharks are now one of the mediocre teams in the NHL: neither very bad nor very good.
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Predators feast on Sharks
Still no answers for struggling Sharks
by Mike Lee
There's not much to cheer about in Sharkville these days. With the NHL trade deadline and playoffs on the horizon, the Sharks have been less than inspiring the last two weeks. The opportunities are slipping away as playoff caliber teams begin to jockey for position. Though not much of an opportunity, the Sharks fell to the Western Conference leading Nashville Predators on Tuesday night with a depressing 5-1 decision.
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Pacific Division Power Rankings #6
Mid-Season Blues Edition
by Ryan Hall
Well, here we are in February, and the NHL season continues to drag on. The trade deadline is still a month away, and with the All-Star game in the rearview mirror there isn't much happening to get the blood pumping. Sure, there might be a small outdoor game taking place soon, but that's about the only blip on a very quiet radar. These are the dog days of the campaign, where the league takes a collective breath before plunging headlong into the playoff push and the post-season itself. For the denizens of the Pacific Division how well you struggle through this phase sets the table for future success, or failure. So, let's take a look at what keeps each team ticking, as they count down the days until March.
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Pavelski's hat trick paces Sharks
San Jose overcomes sluggish start to snap losing streak
by Mike Lee
If the Sharks are going to make a serious run at a playoff spot this season, they need to take points from inferior teams that are ripe for the picking. They did just that on Friday night, shaking off a sluggish start to knock off the host Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in Glendale. Joe Pavelski powered a comeback from a 2-0 deficit with his 4th career hat trick.
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It's a mature market now
Sharks no longer have to just show up to fill the seats
by Paul Krill
At long last, and through the Sharks' own doing, San Jose has become a normal hockey market. Normal as in the team is going to have to win consistently if it wants to fill the seats every night. A sold-out arena is becoming the exception for the Sharks now rather than the rule.
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Officials ruin Nabokov's night
Sharks fall in overtime to Capitals and Zebras
by Mike Lee
When things begin to spiral out of control in the NHL, you find new ways to lose. The Sharks lost in the most painful fashion on Wednesday night, falling 5-4 in overtime to the Washington Capitals. The Capitals literally used the on-ice officials to their advantage, scoring a game-tying goal in the 3rd period, and then again in overtime to steal 2 points from a Sharks team that has dropped 5-of-6.
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Bounce back in Vancouver
Sharks route Canucks after stinker in Calgary
by Mike Lee
The Vancouver Canucks have played the Sharks tough this season, so it was refreshing to see San Jose dismantle them on Thursday night, especially after sleep walking through their game in Calgary 24 hours prior. San Jose jumped the Canucks with goals in each period to take a 5-1 decision at Rogers Arena in British Columbia.
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Too many lows offset highs in loss
Sharks drop 5-4 decision to Edmonton in shootout
by Mike Lee
All the glow of beating LA, Anaheim and Chicago in consecutive games is gone. The Sharks gagged up all those accomplishments by losing to the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 in a shootout that can only be described as bewildering. 12 of 13 Shark shooters failed to get the puck past Oilers goaltender Viktor Fasth in an embarrassing display of puck control and shooting.
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31 makes 31 saves in 2-0 shutout
Niemi blanks Blackhawks for 3rd straight win
by Mike Lee
After opening the season with a hellacious schedule, the Sharks are finally getting some chances to square off against tired teams. That's all meaningless if you don't put those teams away though. The Sharks put the Chicago Blackhawks away on Saturday night in a nail-biting 2-0 decision, powered by a monster game from goaltender Antti Niemi. The win snapped a 7-game winless streak against Chicago.
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Sharks continue Duck dominance
SJ scores 6 straight goals in route
by Mike Lee
The San Jose Sharks have owned the Anaheim Ducks this season. It's one of those oddities given that the Sharks have struggled to be consistent, and the Ducks are hands down the best team in the NHL this season. In the 4 prior meetings between the two teams this season, the Sharks have won 3 of those games. Thursday night's 5th matchup of the season wasn't much different as the Sharks cruised to a 6-3 win at SAP Center.
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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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Western Conf W L OTL Pts
(1) St Louis 51 24 7 109
(2) Anaheim 50 24 7 107
(3) Nashville 47 24 10 104
(4) Chicago 48 27 6 102
(5) Minnesota 46 28 8 100
(6) Vancouver 47 29 5 99
(7) Winnipeg 43 26 13 99
(8) Calgary 45 30 7 97
(11) San Jose 40 33 9 89
SJ Home 19 17 5 43
SJ Road 21 16 4 46

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Scoring Gm G A Pts PIM
Pavelski 82 37 33 70 29
Couture 82 27 40 67 12
Thornton 78 16 49 65 30
Burns 82 17 43 60 65
Marleau 82 19 38 57 12

Goaltending W L OTL Sv% GAA
Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
Grosenick 1 1 0 .948 1.53

Special Teams # Eff% Rnk
Power Play 55/254 21.6% 5th
Penalty Kill 48/223 78.5% 25th

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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