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Last minute losers
SJ masters of surrendering last minute goals
by Mike Lee
Some things are difficult to explain in hockey. Losing 11 times in 13 tries on home ice is one of the mysteries of San Jose Sharks hockey this season. Allowing opponents to repeatedly score in the last minute of a period is another baffling unexplainable phenomenon that the Shark have mastered. San Jose allowed the visiting Vancouver Canucks to score goals within the final 60 seconds of a period three times on Wednesday night, including the game winning goal with 35 seconds left in overtime, as they fell 6-5 at SAP Center.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for games thru 12/4
by LGS Staff
The staff writers at LetsGoSharks.com submit their league rankings each week, and we average submissions for each team. The Bruins continue to command the top spot, and the Ducks hold a firm grip on the basement. Between them it's anybody's guess as to who will evolve by the time playoffs begin. Plenty of team's trending in the right direction, but teams like Colorado and Los Angeles need to establish more consistency. See how each team is ranked in this week's rankings.
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Inconsistent Sharks, lose consistently
Another 2nd period let down as Sharks wrap up road trip
by Mike Lee
The captains of inconsistency wrapped up their 4-game road trip with a deflating 6-3 loss to the worst team in the Eastern Conference in the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night at KeyBank Center in Western New York. Playing on the tail end of back-to-back games, the only thing the Sharks were consistent with was the way in which they lost both games. San Jose carried a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period on both nights, and a flurry of penalties and mistakes turned the tables on them. Buffalo scored 3 times in the middle period to grab the lead and twice more in the final period to kick the Sharks in the teeth.
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Penaltyfest costs Sharks
SJ uncharacteristically surrenders 3 power play goals in 5-2 loss
by Mike Lee
Consistency is one indicator of maturity in the NHL. The Sharks have a ways to go in the consistency department. After impressive games in Montreal and Toronto on their current 4-game road trip, the Sharks got sloppy in Ottawa dropping a 4-2 decision in Canada's capitol. San Jose uncharacteristically gave up 3 power play goals in the loss.
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Great performance wasted in Toronto
Late goal costs SJ in 3-1 loss to Leafs
by Mike Lee
For whatever reason, the Sharks are playing their best hockey on the road. They demonstrated that in Toronto on Wednesday night, where they battled the Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. In a brutal twist of fate, a late mistake would cost the Sharks after they played one of their best games of the year. The Maple Leafs forced a high speed level of play, but the Sharks responded even though they played in Montreal 24 hours earlier.
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La Belle Prestation
Kaapo Kahkonen makes 28 saves in 4-0 shutout of Habs
by Mike Lee
The Sharks opened their 4-game road trip in Montreal on Tuesday night with an impressive 4-0 victory at Bell Centre. San Jose opened the game with a quick goal, then played on egg-shells for the next 40 minutes, until they opened up the scoring with 3 goals in the final frame. Tomas Hertl had a pair goals, but goaltender Kaapo Khakonen was the man of the hour. The netminder stopped all 28 shots he faced, several of which were of the tough variety.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for games thru 11/27
by LGS Staff
The staff writers at LetsGoSharks.com submit their league rankings each week, and we average submissions for each team. The Seattle Kraken are now a Top 3 team. We repeat, the Seattle Kraken are no a Top 3 team. The Tampa Bay Lightning are the biggest movers of the week and the Sharks are still in the bottom 10 in the league. See all of the this week's rankings.
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Little mistakes add up in OT loss
Sharks outwork Vancouver but fall 4-3
by Mike Lee
The Sharks closed out their brief homestand with a frustrating overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks, which was their 12th loss on home ice in 14 chances this season. Their inability to win at home is bewildering, given that they've been a .500 team on the road. The familiar confines of SAP Center should be a safe haven for the fledgling Sharks, but it continues to be a house of horrors.
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Sharks imitate Seals by losing
Revers retro jerseys can't reverse bad goaltending
by Mike Lee
The Sharks paid tribute to the California Golden Seals, the first NHL team to call the Bay Area home, by donning their new reverse retro uniforms in a home contest with the Los Angeles Kings. San Jose played like the underachieving Golden Seals, losing to the Kings 5-2 in a game more of a gift to the Kings.
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Khakonen plays big in return to net
Sharks take a 5-1 win over Ottawa
by Mike Lee
The Sharks needed an opponent like the Ottawa Senators to come to town. After dropping their last two games on home ice, the Sharks squared off with the worst team in the Eastern Conference on Monday night at SAP Center. San Jose scored a trio of 2nd period goals to take a 5-1 win over the Senators. The win was only the 2nd on home ice for San Jose this season and 1st regulation win in their own barn.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for games thru 11/20
by LGS Staff
The staff writers at LetsGoSharks.com submit their league rankings each week, and we average submissions for each team. the B's and Knights continue to hold the top two spots, but there are some movers and shakers who are starting to push on the front runners. Come see who made big moves up and down in this week's Power Rankings.
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No response in loss to Rangers
Sharks flat on home ice again
by Mike Lee
Winning on home ice continues to elude the San Jose Sharks. Skating in their 10th contest on SAP Center ice, the Sharks fizzled late to fall to the New York Rangers 2-1 in a game that didn't see any scoring for the first 54 minutes of the contest. James Reimer stood on his head, stopping 41 of 42 shots, but his teammates could not generate the necessary offense to compete.
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Sloppy loss snaps win streak
Red Wings score 4 goals in big 3rd period to win 7-4
by Mike Lee
The winning streak is no more. The Sharks returned home on Thursday night, and brought back their abysmal home ice play to drop a 7-4 decision to the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Sloppy play afforded the Red Wings too many easy goals, especially late in the 3rd period where Detroit scored 4 times to hand the Sharks their 9th loss on home ice in 10 games this season.
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Third straight W for Sharks
SJ ends trip with 5-2 win in Vegas
by Mike Lee
When the Sharks departed for their 4-game road trip last week, they were still licking their wounds from a tough opening 14 games that netted a paltry 3 wins. They concluded the trip on Tuesday night by winning their 3rd straight, beating the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 at T-Mobile Arena. San Jose had to overcome a pair of Vegas leads, then scored 4 unanswered goals in the 3rd period to stun the Knights.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for games thru 11/13
by LGS Staff
The staff writers at LetsGoSharks.com submit their league rankings each week, and we average submissions for each team. The teams on top are starting to solidify their position as the cream beings to rise. No movement in the top 2, but the Islanders make a big move. See who moved up and down in this week's rankings.
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Late push propels Sharks
SJ wins consecutive games for the first time this season
by Mike Lee
Consecutive wins have evaded the San Jose Sharks all season. That ended on Sunday night as the Sharks stole a victory from the host Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis. The third stop of their current 4-game road trip looked as if the Sharks were headed to their 13th loss in 17 games, but a pair of 3rd period goals helped San Jose get to overtime and ultimately the shootout where they beat the Wild 3-2.
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Losing streak snapped in Dallas
Sharks score 5 goals then hang on for 5-4 win
by Mike Lee
After dropping a 5-3 decision to a beatable team on Thursday night, the Sharks bounced back 24 hours later by beating one of the tougher opponents in the league on Friday. The Sharks scored 5 times en route to a big 5-4 victory over the host Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center.
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Sharks lose battle of the basement
Blues snap 8-game losing streak with 5-3 win over SJ
by Mike Lee
The Sharks hit the road on a 4-game, 6-day trip, starting in what should have been the easiest city to break their 4-game losing streak in St Louis. The Blues entered play having lost 8 consecutive games, but that streak would be snapped as they dispatched the Sharks 5-3 at Enterprise Center. The Sharks tied the game 3 times throughout the contest, but a pair of 3rd period goals would do in San Jose, who have fallen for the 12th time in 15 games this season.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for games thru 11/6
by LGS Staff
The staff writers at LetsGoSharks.com submit their league rankings each week, and we average submissions for each team. The teams on top are starting to solidify their position as the cream beings to rise. Some surprises in the middle as some early front runners are beggining to get sloppy and a couple of teams that were expected to struggle are finding success through the first month of the season.
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No Finish
Another 3rd period collapse results in 3rd consecutive SO loss
by Mike Lee
The Sharks started the season unable to establish any leads late in games. Now they can's hold them. For the second consecutive game, the Sharks blew a 3rd period lead. It would lead to a 3rd consecutive loss in the shootout, after San Jose was outplayed in the skills competition, falling to 5-4 to the Anaheim Ducks. San Jose ended their 6-game homestand with a single victory to show for it.
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Sharks fall in the Shootout again
Panthers extend game with a late goal, win it in the SO
by Mike Lee
Based on the last two games, the San Jose Sharks are terrible in the shootout. They demonstrated that once again on Thursday, falling to the Florida Panthers 4-3 in the shootout at SAP Center. San Jose overcame a 2-goal deficit in the 3rd period and actually claimed the lead, before allowing Florida to tie the game with 82 seconds left in regulation. The Sharks then missed all 4 chances in the shootout, falling when Sam Reinhart converted for the Panthers in the 4th round of the skills competition.
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Defenseless Sharks fall to Ducks
SJ wastes Karlsson's hat trick
by Mike Lee
Tuesday night featured a match up of the cellar-dwellers in the Western Conference as the Anaheim Ducks visited SAP Center to take on the Sharks. After watching the two teams square off for 65 minutes, it's safe to say that defense is not a major strength of either the Sharks or Ducks. The two teams combined for 10 goals, a fruitless overtime and a shootout that ended in Anaheim's favor.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for games thru 10/30
by LGS Staff
The staff writers at LetsGoSharks.com submit their league rankings each week, and we average submissions for each team. It was a WILD week in terms of fluctuations in the rankings. We had a team jump 14 spots and another drop 18. How is that even possible? It's early days in the NHL, but the rankings are all over the place.
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An Evening in the Minors
The 'Cuda's new arena didn't disappoint, but the team did
by Paul Krill
With three of my favorite Sharks - Ryan Merkley, William Eklund, and Thomas Bordeleau - actually now playing for the Sharks' AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda, and the 'Cuda now playing in a brand new arena, I thought I'd take in a 'Cuda game to check things out on Friday night.
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Karlsson atones for early gaffs
Sharks defenseman scores OT winner to beat Leafs
by Mike Lee
Erik Karlsson was having a tough night. The high-priced defenseman was missing wide open nets, taking bad penalties, and simply not in synch. Then he helped everyone forget all his misgivings by scoring in overtime to give the Sharks a 4-3 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs at SAP Center on Thursday night. The Swede used the wide open ice in the overtime period to use his skating ability to help the Sharks to 2 points for only the 3rd time this season.
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Glass half full
Five positives in a sea of turmoil
by Mike Lee
It's been easy to pile on the Sharks this season. Well, the past three seasons for that matter. After a 2-7 start to the 2022-23 campaign, this is clearly a team in need of fixing. First year General Manager Mike Grier and head coach David Quinn knew this was a reclamation project when they took their respective jobs, but it would be interesting to know if they thought the Sharks were 2-7 bad. The Sharks are easy targets for the jabs and criticisms right now, so let's turn the tables and focus on the positives through the team's first nine games.
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Rough 3rd period sinks Sharks
Home stand starts with a thud
by Mike Lee
The Sharks returned home after their recent 4-game road trip, starting with a date with the Vegas Golden Knights. San Jose held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes, but they fell apart in the 3rd period, allowing the Knights to score 3 unanswered goals in the final frame to take the 4-2 decision. The loss was the 7th in 9 games for the Sharks, who failed to follow up their 3-0 win over Philadelphia on Sunday.
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Sharks get gritty in Philly
SJ gets the road split with shutout of Flyers
by Mike Lee
Second periods have been cruel to the Sharks so far this season. Not so on Sunday night in Philadelphia, where San Jose earned a split on the 4-game road trip, beating the host Flyers 3-0 at Wells Fargo Center. They scored a pair of goals in the middle frame, but more importantly locking down the opposition. James Reimer made 31 saves, including 17 in the 3rd period to help the Sharks win for the second time.
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Sharks back in the L column
SJ drops 2-1 decision to Devils
by Mike Lee
The Sharks returned to the loss column on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 2-1 decision to the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. San Jose squandered a chance to extend their lone win streak of the season, dropping the matinee game. The broken record story of the season continued to be a bad 2nd period defensively followed by a fruitless 3rd period sent the Sharks to their 6th loss in 7 games this season.
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Sharks finally get the W
Franchise long 5 game losing streak to start the season over
by Mike Lee
The losing streak is no more. The Sharks dug deep late in a tie game and into overtime to beat the host New York Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. Erik Karlsson punched home a Timo Meier feed from behind the net 49 seconds into the extra period to help head coach David Quinn earn his 1st victory as the Sharks bench boss.
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Sharks set franchise mark in futility
5th straight loss for SJ, kicking off east coast swing
by Mike Lee
In their 30 years in the NHL, they never started a season 0-5. That can be said no more. San Jose established a new franchise record in futility by losing for the 5th consecutive game to open the season. Starting a 4-game road trip with a stop on Long Island, the host Islanders continued the trend of bum-rushing the Sharks in the 2nd period, taking a 5-2 decision at UBS Arena. Attention to detail continues to bite the Sharks, who made mistakes in key situations that always seemed to find the back of their net.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for games thru 10/16
by LGS Staff
The staff writers at LetsGoSharks.com submit their league rankings each week, and we average submissions for each team. New teams at the top of the rankings this week, after a handfull of surprise game outcomes. It's early, but here we are. Here are the LGS NHL Power Rankings for this week:
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Light at the end of the tunnel?
Looking like a long season for the Sharks
by Paul Krill
This is looking like the proverbial long, long season for the Sharks, as in a season that is going to be filled with lots and lots of losses. They're off to an 0-4 start, despite having leads in the last three games, including a 2-0 advantage that quickly evaporated Saturday, on Doug Wilson Night. Six Sharks goals in 12 periods of hockey so far this season is just not going to cut it. Neither will allowing back-to-back shorthanded goals, as they did Saturday.
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Sharks honor Wilson with loss to Hawks
2nd period implosion erases early lead
by Mike Lee
The Sharks honored their long time general manager, Doug Wilson, on Saturday night. They elected to hold the festivities while Wilson's former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, were in town. Ironically, the Sharks and Blackhawks entered play a combined 0-5 on the season, so one of the two teams would earn their first win of the season. IT wasn't San Jose. The Sharks paid homage to Wilson by showcasing the discombobulated roster that was partly his handy work.
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The curse of the Burnzbino strikes
Sharks drop 3rd straight to start season
by Mike Lee
The Sharks returned home to open their true home schedule with a game against the Carolina Hurricanes at SAP Center on Friday night, but the sad sack hosts played good hosts by gift-wrapping a 2-1 decision for the visitors from the east on a last second goal. San Jose also welcomed home former defenseman Brent Burns, how was traded to Carolina over the off-season. San Jose may be going through the curse of the Burnzbino as they are having issues scoring, and giving up key goal late.
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Welcome Home
0-2-0 Edition
by Ken Smyth
Here back home from Prague. How was it? My third time in that city and the trip was only messed up by some below expectation hockey. Not counting the British Airways experience. At one time Britain bossed and bullied around 1/4 of the planet, now their big chance at us is changing planes at Heathrow. They want to show they can still treat everyone like crap.
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Celebrating Almost
Sharks hanging another banner
by Mike Lee
The Sharks return home on Friday to begin their official home schedule with a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The game will also mark the homecoming of former defenseman Brent Burns, who was traded to Carolina last July. Being the second game of the season for Carolina, Burns hasn't been gone long enough to warrant much of a sentimental reunion. The Sharks actually did Burns a favor by shipping him to a contender, but their bigger favor was a gift by former General Manager Doug Wilson. Almost.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week of 10/10
by LGS Staff
The staff writers at LetsGoSharks.com submit their league rankings each week, and we average submissions for each team. We kick off the 2022-23 season with a fresh rankings, complete with player additions and subtractions by team. Here are the LGS NHL Power Rankings for this week:
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Sharks drop back end of Global Series
Absence of scoring continues to haunt San Jose
by Mike Lee
24 hours after dropping their season opener in Prague, the Sharks looked to redeem themselves in the back half of the NHL's Global Series with the Nashville Predators. The level of play improved for San Jose, but the results were the same as San Jose dropped a 3-2 decision at O2 Arena in the Czech Republic. San Jose grabbed an early lead, but another miserable middle frame doomed the Sharks, who dropped both games of the series and limp home for games in their own barn next Friday.
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Pojdme Žraloci!
Sharks drop season open in Prague
by Mike Lee
The Sharks hit the international stage to kickoff the 2022-23 NHL Season on Friday, playing in the NHL's Global Series against the Nashville Predators. San Jose played a solid 20 minutes to open the game, then stumbled through the next 40, dropping a 4-1 decision to Predators lineup that is superior on paper. The Predators capitalized on their chances and the Sharks inability to generate enough offense set the foundation of the season opening loss.
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New faces, same outlook
San Jose faces lots of uncertainty with midsized overhaul
by Mike Lee
The 2022-23 NHL Season kicks off on Friday morning with the Sharks squaring off with the Nashville Predators in Prague, Czech Republic, a mere five months after San Jose wrapped up arguably one of their worst seasons in franchise history. Lots of new faces from top to bottom for a franchise that finds itself with a new general manager, coaching staff and a spattering of players that weren't on the roster when the Sharks last played. For those of you who forgot, that last game was a 3-0 loss to the expansion Seattle Kraken.
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Sharks introduce David Quinn
Quinn becomes 11th head coach in franchise history
by Mike Lee
The Sharks formally introduced new head coach David Quinn to the media on Tuesday morning during a press conference at SAP Center. Quinn becomes the 11th head coach in franchise history, replacing Bob Boughner who was relieved of his duties earlier this summer.
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Brent Burns era over in San Jose
Sharks send defenseman to Carolina
by Mike Lee
The Brent Burns era in San Jose is done. After spending the last 11 seasons in the South Bay, the eccentric defenseman was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes, along with Lane Pederson in exchange for centerman Steven Lorentz, goaltender Eetu Makiniemi and a conditional 3rd round draft pick on Wednesday. The Sharks made the move largely to rid themselves of Burns contract, although they will retain 33% of the remaining $24 million due to the defenseman.
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Mike Grier hired as Sharks General Manager
Long list of to do's for new GM
by Mike Lee
The rehabilitation of the San Jose Sharks took its first step on Tuesday when the club announced the hiring of Mike Grier who will serve as the Sharks new General Manager. Grier, a former Sharks player, will serve as the fifth GM in the team's history. The 47 year-old was introduced to the media in a press conference at SAP Center, just two days before the NHL Entry Draft.
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Mr Shark
Forward helped define a franchise
by Ken Smyth
Last Tuesday, Patrick Marleau announced his retirement from the NHL in a ceremony at the Shark Tank. All of us who follow the Sharks expected this day to happen, but were rather hoping it would be on a June evening following a skate around carrying the Stanley Cup after a deciding game in the Finals. Instead it was a morning in May and the live attendance was press, family, Sharks' staff and alumni, and several hundred season ticket holders.
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Writing a Legacy
The sun sets on #12
by Ryan Hall
Patrick Marleau is calling it a career. You would be forgiven for thinking he'd already retired as Marleau didn't play an NHL game this season. Despite that, it only became official today when the 23-year veteran decided to make the announcement. While he certainly earned the right to take as much time as he needed to find his peace with retirement, the gap does mean that we all have a harder time putting his career into perspective. There was no farewell tour. No last trip around the SAP center in front of the hometown fans. No outpouring of respect and admiration from the hockey world.
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Mr. Shark Calls It a Day
Patrick Marleau officially retires
by Paul Krill
For most of the past quarter century, Patrick Marleau has held the unofficial title of Mr. Shark - the player most easily identified with the San Jose Sharks franchise. We knew some day his long career would finally come to an end, and that officially happened today.
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Close but no cigar
Sharks drop OT decision in Edmonton
by Mike Lee
The 2021-22 NHL campaign is all but wrapped up for the Sharks, but they used the second to last game of the season to make a game of their stop in Edmonton on Thursday night. The Sharks held leads on three occasions, but fell to the Oilers on an overtime goal to Zach Hyman. It would have been easy for San Jose to roll over as they prepare for the off-season, but they showed enough fight to push the Oilers to extra hockey. Edmonton was playing to lock up the 2nd spot in the Pacific Division, so they were motivated to win.
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30 seasons will do
Bittersweet end to my tenure as a season ticket holder
by Mike Lee
Thirty years ago, I had just graduated from college and found myself staring at my first paycheck from my first "real job" as an adult. It was 1991 and the Sharks had just setup shop in the South Bay. Having grown up in San Jose, it was the novelty of all novelties to have a professional sports team call my hometown their hometown. So I took that paycheck, and I did what any twenty-something sports nut with new found riches would do. I signed up for season tickets.
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Blues out last Sharks
No offensive pressure dooms SJ
by Mike Lee
The St Louis Blues came to San Jose on Thursday night with an objective. Continuing their play as a sudden juggernaut, the Blues won for the 10th time in their last 11 games. The Sharks held them in check for waves, but a series of penalties cost them in the end. San Jose trailed by a goal for the final 40 minutes until St Louis tacked on an empty-net goal in the closing seconds to take a 3-1 decision at SAP Center.
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Doug Wilson stepping down as Sharks GM
19 year tenure ends due to health issues
by Mike Lee
Doug Wilson announced on Thursday that he is stepping down as Sharks General Manger after serving in the role for 19 years. Wilson took a leave of absence from the team earlier this season for health reasons. Joe Will continues to serve as interim-GM until the Sharks can find a replacement.
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Sharks outclassed late in Denver
Late tie ends in 4-2 loss
by Mike Lee
The Sharks continued the "playing out the season" parade with a stop in Denver to take on the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. The Sharks went toe-to-toe with the league's best team, but in the end, the Avalanche simply outclassed the Sharks. The teams were tied 2-2 with 8 minutes to play, before Colorado's deadly power play took advantage of the Sharks.
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Desert Dog Doo Doo
Sharks roll over to Coyotes in 5-2 loss
by Mike Lee
The Sharks appear to have recognized their fate this season, and are playing accordingly. Nobody seems to be concerned with preserving their job or auditioning for next season. They are a team ready for the golf course. Case in point was Wednesday night's game in Glendale, Arizona. The Sharks were in the Valley of the Sun to take on a Coyotes team that had lost 6 straight games and had been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs earlier this week. The Sharks didn't even bother to take advantage of a wounded opponent, dropping a 5-2 decision to Arizona.
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Big comeback in Calgary stuns Flames
Sharks beat Calgary for 3rd time this season
by Mike Lee
Don't attempt to understand the psychology of professional hockey. A day after losing a couple of roster regulars at the NHL trade deadline, and facing the 2nd best team in the West in the Calgary Flames, the Sharks overcame a 3-1 deficit, scoring a pair of 3rd period goals to win 4-3 at Scotiabank Saddledome. It would have been easy to throw in the towel after Sharks management suggested that was the approach after being sellers at the deadline, but the Sharks overcame a little diversity for a night to win a game they should have lost on paper.
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Lifeless Sharks miss out on Kings sweep
San Jose drops 3-0 decision in LA
by Mike Lee
The Sharks dominance over the Los Angeles Kings took a night off on Thursday. After beating the Kings in their first three meetings, San Jose could do nothing in their 4th affair, falling to Los Angeles 3-0 at Crypto.com Arena. Cal Petersen made 29 saves to shutout the Sharks, whose listless offense never really challenged the Kings goaltender. With the loss, San Jose fell 9 points out of the last playoff spot.
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Sharks gift Panthers a win in Jumbo's return
3rd period and OT all Florida
by Mike Lee
The grand Joe Thornton reunion finally happened on Tuesday night at SAP Center. The Panthers seemed destined on winning it for Jumbo. The Sharks seemed destined to lose it as a gift to their former heart and soul. The Panthers overcame a 2-1 deficit in the 3rd period, tying it on a Frank Vatrano goal, then winning it when the Panthers centerman blasted his second tally of the game in overtime.
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Sawchenko earns first NHL win
Sharks overcome early gaffs to beat Kings 4-3 in OT
by Mike Lee
With 25 games to play, the Sharks don't have the luxury of making any mistakes if they're going to pull of a miracle and make the playoffs. Games against Western Conference opponents are doubly important. San Jose kicked off an odd 4-game stretch which pits them against the Los Angeles Kings 3 times. They started with a gritty 4-3 overtime victory at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
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Ducks use trick play to beat Sharks
Missed call ends impressive debut for Sawchenko
by Mike Lee
To err is human. To err and not try to fix the error is today's NHL. The whole notion of replay being used to ensure the right calls are being applied is simply a way for the league to deflect the fact that their officiating ranks make lots of mistakes. They made a grand one on Sunday night, but replay was not an option, because certain calls are not reviewable. In the case of the Sharks and Ducks, a missed to many men call cost San Jose a win.
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Sharks drop 12th straight to Knights
More of the same in Vegas
by Mike Lee
The Sharks ship is taking on water and they're only equipped with had drills. The roster has too many holes and the youngsters that are being asked to fill those holes just don't have the NHL maturity required to be competitive. That formula is resulting in lopsided losses like the one in Vegas on Tuesday night. Even against a struggling Vegas Golden Knights club, the Sharks were out-gunned, losing 3-1 at T-Mobile Arena.
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A night of firsts in San Jose
Reimer and youngsters lead Sharks
by Mike Lee
It was a night of firsts in San Jose on Sunday. The Sharks finally eat the Seattle Kraken for the first time. They were also powered by two young players who each scored their first NHL goals, en route to a 3-1 victory at SAP Center. Scott Reedy and Jonah Gadjovich propelled the Sharks to their 2nd win in the last three games, closing out a tough month of February on a high note.
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Reimer's 44 saves helps Sharks snap streak
SJ wins for the first time in February
by Mike Lee
The Sharks entered play on Thursday night having lost 7 straight games. They played the New York Islanders like a team that had lost 7 straight, but James Reimer wouldn't allow it. The Sharks goaltender made 44 saves, then stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout to help San Jose scratch out a 4-3 victory at SAP Center.
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Missed opportunities mounting for Sharks
Another backup goaltender beats San Jose
by Mike Lee
The losing streak extended to 7 games for San Jose on Tuesday night, as they fell 4-3 in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in Southern California. San Jose squandered two leads, a power play in overtime and a chance in the shootout to fall even further in the Western Conference and Pacific Division standings. San Jose last beat an opponent on January 26 in Washington D.C..
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Knights continue ownage of Sharks
Too many absences in 4-1 loss
by Mike Lee
The Sharks short 3-game home stand concluded with a thud, as San Jose dropped the finale 3-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night. San Jose lost all three games on the home stand falling even further out of a playoff spot in the Western conference. The Sharks never challenged Vegas, who started a rookie goaltender, who had one NHL start prior to Sunday's game.
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Suspect calls cost Sharks in OT loss
Tampa Bay wins on Hedman goal
by Mike Lee
The Sharks knew their south east swing was going to be a tough road trip, if not the toughest trip of the season. Little mistakes prevented them from scoring big points against big time opponents. Tuesday night's finale against the Tampa Bay Lightning should have been a turning point for a team that has struggled. Shoddy officiating played a pivotal role in a 3-2 overtime loss at Amelie Arena, which ended the 1-1-2 trip.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 1/30
by LGS Staff
The Avalanche turn a monster 10 games into a trip to the top spot in this week's NHL Power Rankings. The Panthers and Hurricanes have been king of the hill all season, but the West is starting to wake up. See who paid the price this week. Some of the team positions may surprise you.
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Sharks miss chance to upset Panthers
Ugly 3rd perod dooms San Jose
by Mike Lee
After beating the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, the Sharks had two full days to prepare for the Florida Panthers. For a moment, it looked as if that preparation would pay off, but in the end, the Sharks would drop a 5-4 overtime decision to one of the East's top teams. San Jose allowed Florida to score 3 goals in the 3rd period to erase a big Sharks lead, then handing the Panthers the win in the extra period.
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Sharks capitalize on their chances in D.C.
SJ bounces back from Tampa loss with hard work that pays off
by Mike Lee
The Sharks kicked off their last trip east this season in a tough 4-game romp with a stop in the nation's capital to take on the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. San Jose played a nice road game, scoring in all three periods to knock off the Capitals 4-1 at Capital One Arena.
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Karlsson undergoes surgery
Defenseman to be re-evaluated in mid-March
by Mike Lee
The Sharks provided clarity on the state of defenseman Erik Karlsson, who underwent surgery at Kaiser Permanente in San Jose to repair a muscle tear in his left forearm. The defensemen missed last Saturday's game against Tampa Bay after suffering or aggravating the injury in the Sharks loss at Seattle on January 20th.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 1/23
by LGS Staff
The Colorado Avalanche are suddenly the NHL's hottest team, but are they good enough to sit atop our Power Rankings. The NHL standings are starting to take shape as the contenders and pretenders are solidifying their spots in the NHL's heirarchy. Find out who moves up and who moves down in this week's NHL Power Rankings.
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The Timo Meier Illusion
Great game by Great Player Masked Sharks' Shortcomings
by Paul Krill
Once, about two or three years ago, I recognized Timo Meier in the lobby of the downtown Hilton Hotel and approached him for a few seconds. He was a very friendly, humble guy; the game of hockey couldn't ask for a better ambassador than somebody like Timo. For me, this made Timo's five-goal game on MLK Day on January 17 even more special - pretty much every shot he threw at the net went in, and his game that day may never be matched by a Shark again.
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San Jose gets zapped by Lightning
Tampa Bay puts a 7 spot on overmatched Sharks
by Mike Lee
The Sharks kicked off a 5-game span against Eastern Conference power house opponents on Saturday, with a date against the Tampa Bay Lightning at SAP Center. It was the only game on home ice, but it if was a preview of what their next four games are going to look like, the Sharks may want to call in sick. Tampa ran roughshod on the overmatched Sharks, pummeling them 7-1 in a laugher.
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Sharks expand woes against Seattle
SJ drops second straight to expansion Kraken
by Mike Lee
Entering play on Thursday night, the Seattle Kraken had only 11 victories in 38 games. One of those was a 3-1 win over San Jose on December 14th. They doubled up their win total on the Sharks with a 3-2 victory at Climate Pledge Arena. San Jose squandered a flurry of power play chances in the 3rd period to drop a crucial 2 points in a game they should have easily won.
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Ten Game Report Card
Games 31-40 (12/28 thru 1/17)
by Mike Lee
We take a look at the Sharks in ten game increments and provide grades over that span. This report covers games 31 thru 40, which were played from December 28th thru January 17th. In that span the Sharks went 6-3-1, which included wins over a slew of mid-pack and basement dwellers, including a pair of wins over the Philadelphia Flyers and a historic win over the Los Angeles Kings.
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NHL reschedules 4 Sharks games
February dates replace Olympic break
by Mike Lee
The NHL announced schedule changes for four Sharks games on Tuesday. Three of the games were originally scheduled for last December, but were postponed as a result of the COVID restrictions that were implemented by the Canadian Government in response to the Omnicron variant.
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 SHARK SNAPSHOT
Western Conference W L OTL Pts
(1) Vegas 19 8 1 39
(2) Winnipeg 16 7 1 33
(3) Seattle 15 7 3 33
(4) Dallas 14 7 5 33
(5) Los Angeles 14 10 4 32
(6) Edmonton 15 12 0 30
(7) Calgary 13 10 3 29
(8) Minnesota 13 10 2 28
(13) San Jose 8 16 5 21
SJ Home 2 8 5 9
SJ Road 6 8 0 12

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LEADERS
Scoring Gm G A Pts PIM
Karlsson 29 11 24 35 8
Hertl 29 9 18 27 8
Couture 29 14 12 26 9
Meier 29 13 12 25 8
Barabanov 25 3 14 17 4

Goaltending W L OTL Sv% GAA
Reimer 5 7 2 .903 3.00
Kahkonen 3 6 2 .877 3.71
Dell 0 2 0 .897 3.59
Makiniemi 0 0 1 .750 4.91

Special Teams # Eff% Rnk
Power Play 16/74 21.6% 20th
Penalty Kill 13/83 84.3% 2nd

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
12/6 Recalled LW CJ Suess from San Jose (AHL)

12/6 Waived LW Evgeny Svechnikov

12/6 Recalled G Eetu Makiniemi from San Jose (AHL)

12/6 Assigned G Aaron Dell to San Jose (AHL)

12/1 Assigned LW Jeffrey Viel from San Jose (AHL)

11/28 Recalled LW Jeffrey Viel from San Jose (AHL)

11/27 Recalled D Scott Harrington from San Jose (AHL)

11/26 Recalled G Aaron Dell from San Jose (AHL)

11/25 Assigned G Aaron Dell to San Jose (AHL)

11/22 Recalled G Aaron Dell from San Jose (AHL)

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RECENT MILESTONES
12/7/22 Eetu Makiniemi - 1st NHL Game (vs VAN)

11/17/22 Nick Cicek - 1st NHL Assist (vs DET)

11/17/22 Nick Cicek - 1st NHL Point (vs DET)

11/15/22 Luke Kunin - 100th NHL Popint (@ VGK)

11/15/22 Nick Cicek - 1st NHL Game (@ VGK)

11/10/22 Jaycob Megna - 100th NHL Game (@ STL)

11/10/22 Tomas Hertl - 600th NHL Game (@ STL)

11/1/22 Alexander Barabanov - 100th NHL Game (vs ANA)
10/27/22 Logan Couture - 300th NHL Goal (vs TOR)

10/22/22 Oskar Lindblom- 100th NHL Point (@ NJ)

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