Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:43:36 UTKris Versteeg scored the lone goal of the shootout in the seventh round of the tiebreaker to give the visiting Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night for their second win this season. Versteeg, a former Blackhawk, faked goalie Corey Crawford and connected on a wrist shot. Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan scored in regulation for Calgary, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin left before practice Monday and had his right arm or wrist attended to by the training staff. The Bruins are already without goalie Tuukka Rask, who has been out since Oct. 20 because of an undisclosed injury. Malcolm Subban, the Bruins’ first-round pick (24th overall) in 2012, was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League. ... Sabres backup goalie Anders Nilsson will make his season debut at Philadelphia on Tuesday as Robin Lehner is out with an illness.
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 05:19:19 UTSharks wrap up road trip with loss in Detroit DETROIT — The Sharks wrapped up a five-game road trip Saturday night, and it showed in a 3-0 loss to Detroit in their final visit to Joe Louis Arena — the Red Wings will move into a new building next season. “We were late everywhere tonight, and when you are a step behind a team like that, they are going to take advantage,” San Jose coach Pete DeBoer said. Red Wings defenseman Mike Green then blocked Joe Thornton’s shot from the bottom of the left circle with an open Detroit net behind him 4:36 into the third.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:56:57 UTShorthanded goal lifts Islanders past Coyotes Johnny Boychuk picked a great time for the first shorthanded goal of his career. The defenseman scored early in the third period as the New York Islanders defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Friday. The Islanders won for the second time in three home games after opening with two road losses. Boychuk’s goal at 4:24 of the final period — with teammate Calvin de Haan in the penalty box — came after Brock Nelson won a face-off in the Coyotes’ zone and sent the puck back to Boychuk at the point. Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock played only five shifts in the first period before leaving with a lower-body injury. Zach Werenski and Nick Foligno each had a goal and an assist and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 32 shots to help host Columbus end its season-opening, two-game losing streak. Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray suffered what the team called an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return. Red Wings 5, Predators 3: Wayne Gretzky will make a rare return to the ice Saturday to play alongside other former Edmonton Oilers against Winnipeg Jets alumni as part of the Heritage Classic weekend in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Washington coach Barry Trotz said forward Daniel Winnik lost a part of his right ear when he was stuck in the head while blocking a shot in a 4-2 victory over Florida on Thursday.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:15:09 UTPITTSBURGH — The Stanley Cup Finals rematch didn’t go any better for the Sharks than the postseason series did. Though San Jose took a two-goal lead into the third period Thursday, the Sharks could not hold off Pittsburgh — which got goals from Evgeni Malkin, Scott Wilson and Patric Hornqvist in a 7-minute, 15-second span to prevail 3-2. “This league is really a race to three goals, that’s pretty much how it works, and we couldn’t get the third goal,” said head coach Peter DeBoer, whose Sharks lost the Finals to Pittsburgh in six games last season. Hertl gave San Jose a 1-0 lead 5:04 into the second, thanks to a strange sequence in which Fleury lost control of his stick when a shot from Sharks defenseman Brent Burns smacked off the handle. The puck was briefly cleared but as Fleury tried to chase down the stick, the Sharks rushed back into the zone and Hertl jammed a rebound off a shot by Joe Pavelski past the stickless goaltender. Hornqvist completed the comeback by slamming a rebound past Jones on the power play at 14:02.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:40:55 UTHenrik Sedin scored 1:40 into overtime Tuesday night after teammate Bo Horvat tied the score with 2:55 left in regulation, and the Canucks handed visiting St. Louis its first loss of the season, 2-1. The winner came after goalie Jacob Markstrom made a nice glove save and played the puck to keep the action moving. Christopher Tanev worked a give-and-go with Daniel Sedin, and then Tanev took a light shot that Henrik Sedin redirected for his first goal of the season. Horvat’s goal snapped a shutout streak of 177 minutes, 34 seconds by St. Louis against Vancouver dating to 2015-16. Marian Hossa scored his 500th career goal and Artem Anisimov snapped a third-period tie with his first score of the season for host Chicago. Hossa’s power-play goal chased Michal Neuvirth and gave Chicago a 4-0 lead, but Philadelphia responded with four goals in a 5½-minute span overlapping the second and third periods. Taylor Hall, acquired in an offseason trade, made his new fans in New Jersey happy with two power-play goals in a 4:11 span in the second period of the Devils’ home opener. The Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk scored his first NHL goal. Brayden Point scored host Tampa Bay’s game-winning goal in the sixth round of a shootout. Point’s goal came three rounds after it seemed Tampa Bay had won the shootout 1-0 when Florida’s Vincent Trocheck appeared to fan on his initial shot before sending the puck into the net.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 03:59:20 UTPavelski scored with 2:11 left to lift the Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Islanders on Tuesday night. On the winning goal, Thornton sent a pass into the slot and Pavelski deflected it in. Pavelski got his fifth point in two games after having a goal and three assists in the Sharks’ 7-4 loss to the Rangers on Monday. Aaron Dell stopped 21 shots to win his NHL debut, with the last stop coming on Brock Nelson’s slap shot in the final second. Dell, a 27-year-old who appeared in 157 games in the Central Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League and American Hockey League, said he didn’t change his approach for his first game in the NHL. Beauvillier, one of the Islanders’ two 19-year-old rookies, tied it with his first career goal at 9:39. Driving to the net, his first shot was stopped by Dell, but he reached out and backhanded the rebound in the air over Dell’s glove. The Sharks became the first Western Conference team to win at Barclays Center since the Islanders moved to Brooklyn last season. ...
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:29:32 UTMike Green’s hat trick helps Red Wings beat Senators Detroit defenseman Mike Green had his first career hat trick and Darren Helm added two goals as the host Red Wings beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Monday in the final home opener at Joe Louis Arena. “You could feel that energy right at the drop of the puck,” Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill said of the last home opener in the arena. Landeskog had tied the game with 6:32 left in regulation with a power-play goal. David Pastrnak scored his team-leading fourth goal and Tuukka Rask turned away 34 shots for visiting Boston. Islanders center Casey Cizikas, hit in the leg by a shot Sunday, had X-rays that revealed “good news,” head coach Jack Capuano told Newsday, but Cizikas’ availability for Tuesday’s game against the Sharks is unclear.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:15:44 UTNEW YORK — The Sharks put together their highest-scoring period of the young season Monday night against the Rangers. With New York scoring four times in the third to counter San Jose’s three-goal period, the Rangers skated away with a 7-4 victory as the Sharks fell for the first time in three games. “We had it early, then we didn’t,” said San Jose captain Joe Pavelski, who finished with a goal and three assists. Seven Rangers scored and 12 New York skaters had at least one point, paced by Mats Zuccarello (one goal, two assists). The game was tied 1-1 in the second period after the Rangers’ Marc Staal and Sharks’ Logan Couture scored in the first period. New York then took the lead for good on Rick Nash’s first goal of the season at 4:15 of the second, completing a sequence that began when Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh’s shot ricocheted off the end boards to Nash, who was in front of Sharks goalie Martin Jones. Kevin Hayes restored New York’s two-goal lead at 12:16 of the period, and Jimmy Vesey scored 21 seconds later to push the lead to 5-2. The Rangers signed the Hobey Baker Award winner from Harvard to a two-year, free agent contract Aug. 19. New York then got breathing room when Zuccarello and Michael Grabner struck for empty-net goals in the final 1:36 of the game.
Sun, 16 Oct 2016 04:40:37 UTMikkel Boedker and Joel Ward scored for an early lead and Patrick Marleau had an empty-net power-play goal, leading the Sharks over the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Saturday night. Rookie Zach Werenski and Josh Anderson each got his first goal for Columbus, which has lost its first two games this season. Boedker scored 9:22 into the first period when a dump-in play by Logan Couture led to a tricky rebound off goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Just more than five minutes later, a pass from the corner by Brent Burns found Ward in front of the net, and he sneaked the puck under Bobrovsky’s right pad. Columbus’ Ryan Murray, injured while blocking a shot in the season-opening loss to the Bruins, missed his first game after playing 85 straight. Brandon Dubinsky went off for tripping at 2:08, and the Jackets pulled Bobrovsky at 1:20, but Marleau slammed the door with his empty-netter with 33 seconds left.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:24:00 UTDefenseman Brent Burns scored a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and goalie Martin Jones slammed the door on his former team as the Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 at SAP Center. The victory marked San Jose’s seventh straight on opening night, the longest active streak in the NHL. Second-line right wing Joonas Donskoi’s attempted cross-ice feed from the left circle was blocked by diving defenseman Drew Doughty in the direction of a pinching Burns. San Jose’s Norris Trophy finalist swiped a shot past goalie Jeff Zatkoff, who had replaced injured Los Angeles starter Jonathan Quick at the outset of the second period. The Sharks and Kings traded power-play goals and were tied 1-1 after 20 minutes, an opening period that featured San Jose getting the better territorial advance and taking more shots (15-7). Toffoli also beat Jones on the game’s first shot on opening night last year, but not only did the Sharks rally for a 5-1 win, Jones also didn’t surrender another goal for a franchise-record 234:33. The shot from the edge of the left circle came 52 seconds into winger Kyle Clifford’s penalty for interference with San Jose defenseman David Schlemko. Quick took exception to Sharks captain Joe Pavelski poking around his crease after the score. The injury that ended Quick’s night occurred during the final minute of the first when he moved quickly from post to post to thwart Pavelski‘s wrap-around attempt. The Kings poured it on late and had several quality scoring chances inside the final two minutes.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 01:30:44 UTSharks open NHL season hoping to take that last big step Even just walking down the street in the middle of summer, Joel Ward couldn’t escape the memory of the Sharks’ heartbreaking end to an otherwise great season. San Jose’s right wing ducked into a popular establishment in downtown Toronto only to spy Penguins defenseman and fellow Toronto native Trevor Daley hosting a Stanley Cup party. The Sharks’ pursuit of hockey’s ultimate — and still elusive — prize starts Wednesday when the Western Conference champions begin the season by hosting the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center. San Jose is obviously eager to avenge that six-game loss to Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Finals, but there’s a lot that has to go right over the next nine months to even get that opportunity. The tough part is you don’t get to start where you ended, you have to start at the bottom of the mountain again and start climbing. The first steps of that climb came during the preseason, which the Sharks spent sorting out who is ready and who needs more seasoning while also dodging the potential for early-season injury as seven of the team’s better players returned from the World Cup of Hockey unscathed. Instead of potentially starting alongside Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski on the team’s top line, the 6-foot-1, 212-pound No. 9 draft pick in 2015 will begin his pro career with the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. Meier was trying to crack a forward group that has never before displayed as much speed, versatility and balance in terms of age and experience as it does now with Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, Joonas Donskoi, newcomer Mikkel Boedker, Patrick Marleau, Chris Tierney, Thornton, Pavelski and Ward. Offseason European signee Marcus Sorensen was assigned halfway through camp to the Barracuda, who will offer a number of intriguing call-up options when opportunity knocks. General manager Doug Wilson addressed the team’s depth by signing the speedy Boedker and mobile defenseman David Schlemko, who gives San Jose a three-pair blue line whose depth and reliability may be unmatched. All eyes will be on goalie Martin Jones, who followed a solid first season as a starter with an outstanding showing in the postseason. Even though the 26-year-old native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, exudes a quiet, unflappable demeanor that translates into confidence for his teammates, Jones still has to fend off the trap of NHL’s sophomore jinx. “The heartbeat of our team — Marleau, Thornton, Pavelski, Couture, Vlasic, Burns — I don’t see a drop-off because of how well they take care of themselves, how they have a passion for the game, the way they condition themselves,” DeBoer said. Last season: 46-30-6 in the regular season (3rd in the Pacific Division); lost Stanley Cup Finals in six games to Pittsburgh If the team’s best offensive players — starting with 37-year-old Joe Thornton and San Jose’s potent power play — dip in production, the Sharks could be vulnerable in the competitive West. Nothing ever goes exactly as planned, but it’s hard to imagine this Sharks team not being a slam dunk for a postseason berth.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:03:03 UTPittsburgh center Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with another concussion just days before an NHL season in which the Penguins are expected to make a run at repeating as Stanley Cup champions. Head coach Mike Sullivan told reporters that Crosby was concussed at practice Friday and said there is no timeline for the return of the two-time Stanley Cup champion and the reigning playoff MVP. “Our medical staff will take the appropriate measures moving forward,” Sullivan said, declining to reveal the specifics of how the concussion happened. Crosby sat out a preseason game Saturday against Columbus because he wasn’t feeling well and missed practice Monday to undergo concussion testing. Crosby has 338 goals and 600 assists in 707 NHL games.
Wed, 5 Oct 2016 19:59:13 UT
Dan Boyle, a San Jose fan favorite who played six of his 17 seasons with the Sharks, formally announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday. In addition to his six seasons with the Sharks, Boyle played six with Tampa Bay, four with Florida and two — his final two in the league — with the Rangers. Boyle played 431 games with the Sharks from 2008-14 (his most with any team), was a two-time All-Star with San Jose and won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004. “Dan’s statistics and his accomplishments speak for themselves and we congratulate him on a remarkable career,” said Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson in the team statement.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 05:33:30 UTIf a young Sharks’ hopeful wants to make a strong first impression — even a lasting one — Friday at Sharks’ Ice was a good time to start. With seven opening-night regulars winding up their time with their World Cup of Hockey teams, 49 of the best players in San Jose’s system are arriving at training camp hoping to open eyes. The best-on-best tourney being waged in Toronto could keep a number of high-profile Sharks away for at least another week, especially if Canada beats Russia during Saturday’s semifinal. Forwards Joe Thornton and Logan Couture are joined by defensemen Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic on the favored hosts, who would advance to a best-of-three finale starting Tuesday and ending as late as next Saturday if there’s a split of the first two games. Offseason acquisition and Danish native Mikkel Boedker skates up front for Team Europe, which will oppose Sweden in Sunday’s semifinal. USA team captain Joe Pavelski and Finland’s Joonas Donskoi were headed back to the Bay Area on Friday after their respective teams were eliminated in pool play. [...] while no one is going to take the job of anyone on the aforementioned list, their absence allows more ice time for non-regulars, whether it’s in camp or during the six-game exhibition season that starts Tuesday when the Sharks host Vancouver. The Sharks are pushing within merely $300,000 of the salary cap ceiling, so if a young guy wins a spot he’s pushing a contract off the roster, too. The 6-foot-1, 212-pound wing, who turns 20 four days before the Oct. 12 regular-season opener, is primed to challenge for a roster spot. While noting he isn’t trying to think about how few spots might be available, Meier said he’s focused on being on the Sharks’ roster when camp breaks as opposed to starting with the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 02:13:56 UTSharks’ camp features few open roster spots Just 103 days since the Sharks watched the Penguins skate with the Stanley Cup at SAP Center, San Jose opens training camp Friday to prep for the 2016-17 NHL season. Sixty-four players are expected, although seven of the more recognizable Sharks had a head start while participating in the ongoing World Cup of Hockey, which further shortened their already truncated offseason. [...] competition for few jobs will be waged mostly at Sharks’ Ice in San Jose for a team hoping to take one more step than it did last season. “There’s a lot of heavy lifting between September and April in order to give ourselves that opportunity,” Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said. Schlemko, 29, will be an upgrade for departed free-agent Roman Polak, who — despite his strong physical play — was exposed by Pittsburgh for his lack of speed. Eyes will be on Swiss-born winger Timo Meier, the ninth overall pick in 2015, who doesn’t turn 20 until four days before the season opener. [...] after another year of seasoning, it’s logical to assume the 6-foot-1, 212-pound scorer might be a nice fit alongside Thornton and Pavelski if the Sharks want to revisit Hertl’s eventual move to center ice. Free-agent winger Marcus Sorensen, 24, would like to follow Karlsson and Donskoi by jumping from a European pro league into the NHL. Gifted Russian scorer Nikolay Goldobin is joined by Kevin Labanc and Rourke Chartier as skilled youngsters looking to make a lasting impression. “The exciting part for me is the stability of the core coming back, the fact we’ve added a couple of really good pieces, and the young guys who have the potential to step in and play with us,” DeBoer said.