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via Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
With about seven minutes remaining and the Predators leading by three goals, Jarnkrok received a minor penalty for boarding Haley, which incited a 10-man scrum. Haley sought out Jarnkrok and landed a left-handed jab to his face.
Officials handed Haley a match penalty for attempting to injure Jarnkrok and immediately ejected him. Jarnkrok didn't return.
"He kind of hit me in the helmet and got cut by the visor," Jarnkrok said. "I feel OK."
"It's an ugly play," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "This isn't the wild, wild west. I mean, Calle hit him. We took a penalty. If we start doing that, we're in trouble, so hopefully it gets looked at."
"When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer told reporters.
Watch the incident below...
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
What have you noticed lately from your veteran guys? Scoring is down [two goals in the past three games], but otherwise have you seen a jump in them, something different in the last little while, or are they kind of by the book, day by day, grinding through?
"No, I think there is a definite rise in play and in production and, really, everything. These guys are big-game players. They always have been. Until you go through a season after a Stanley Cup Final loss, knowing what it's like to go that deep and lose, and then compound it with the World Cup, you don't realize the extent of the fatigue, mental and physical. What I've seen here in the last month or two has been all our big guys seeing the finish line and playoffs coming and really raising their level."
Have you see a season like Brent Burns is having before, considering the position he plays and the fact that he leads the League in shots and he's right up there in points too? But on top of that, is he showing any frustration that he hasn't scored a goal in [13 games]?
"He's playing through it. He'd be lying if he said he wasn't frustrated. He expects to score and he wants to score, and there is always frustration when you do that and it's not going in. But I think he's smart enough to recognize he's doing all the same things he was before and it's just not going in. It is exceptional what he's doing when you consider the age of shot-blocking and the attention paid to getting in lanes. For a guy that is shooting a lot of nights from the blue line, not from 10 or 15 feet out, it's an incredible stat [to lead the League in shots on goal]. The other thing you have to realize too is I would say at least half his shots he's shooting for a stick or a tip, he's not even aiming for the net. I think his shot totals could be even higher on net if he wasn't so unselfish.
"I can remember [Alex] Ovechkin coming into Florida when I was coaching there still, my second or third year, and one night he had 11 or 12 shots on net, five or six hits. It was just fantastic stuff, like this guy is better than anybody we've seen this year. It's that type of reaction other coaches have had in their coaches room after we've played them because he's been that dominant.
#500 for Patrick Marleau.
Below, watch Marleau talk about reaching the milestone and the last video is Randy Hahn's call of the goal.
A Q & A with Doug Wilson
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,
“We look at it from our point of view. We take a look at every team in the league and there’s teams that are trying to decide if they’re a today team or a tomorrow team. … The cap system, we’re going to need (our prospects).
Having said that, do you explore everything? Yeah, we always have and we always will. But the next month or so will be another opportunity — knock on wood, we get a couple guys back healthy
it would be nice to have all our puzzle pieces together so you get to view your team. I think we have a pretty good read on our group and right now, we like the depth, we like the competition that’s there. It’s a battle just to stay in. I see more competition coming from the Barracuda if you ask (coach) Roy (Sommer).”
more questions and answers...
SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired right wings Buddy Robinson and Zack Stortini, and a 2017 seventh-round draft selection from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Tommy Wingels (@tommywingels57).
"Tommy has been a valuable member of our franchise for many years, a phenomenal teammate and a true role model on and off the ice for our organization and the NHL," said Wilson. "As a team evolves and younger players push for roster spots, unfortunately tough decisions have to be made. We wish Tommy and his wife, Molly, nothing but success in the future.
"We also want to welcome Buddy and Zach to our organization. They add size and depth to our reserve list and we look forward to having them in San Jose."
Wingels, 28, recorded 122 points (51 goals, 71 assists) and 197 penalty minutes in 337 career NHL games, all with San Jose. The Evanston, IL, native was originally drafted by San Jose in the sixth round (177th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,
Patrick Marleau is the owner of just about every career record for goal scoring in Sharks franchise history. But he’s never had a game like Monday’s against the Colorado Avalanche.
With his team needing a spark, Marleau came through with one of the most memorable games of his 19-year NHL career, scoring four third period goals in the Sharks’ 5-2 win over the Avalanche.
Marleau scored at 2:53, 5:57 and the 10:35 marks of the third period, then finished his electrifying night with a breakaway goal with 3:37 to go as the Sharks picked up their season-high fifth straight win.
“Tonight was a lot of fun,” said Marleau, who is now at 497 goals for his NHL career.
Watch the four goals below...
from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
Perhaps the most interesting thing that came out of Paul Maurice’s post-game press conference Monday was something he didn’t say.
He didn’t say “No.”
He was asked if the reeling Jets team — which had just lost it’s fourth straight game 5-2 to the San Jose Sharks — would consider calling up veteran goalie Ondrej Pavelec to solve their crippling goaltending woes.
“Oh, we talk about all aspects of our game,” was Maurice’s only response.
So you’re saying there’s a chance?
By no means is goaltending the only problem the Jets are dealing with. They are loose in the defensive zone and have only been able to stick to their gameplan for a period here or a period there for the last week.
It has all added up to humbling losses to the Montreal Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes and Sharks and an overtime heartbreaker against the Los Angeles Kings.
Watch the game highlights below...
added 8:09am, The Jets just announced Pavelec has been recalled.
Five for spearing and a game misconduct.
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Just what we all expected from the two best defensive teams in the West – a six-goal third period, four from the Wild, during a 5-4 come-from-behind Minnesota victory.
What a way to avoid the Wild’s second regulation losing streak of the season. The Wild scored at least four goals in the third period for the 10th time in franchise history and the first time since opening night in Colorado in 2015.
The Wild also overcame multiple deficits of 2+ goals to win for just the second time in franchise history (also Dec. 4, 2009 vs ANA: 5-4 SO W).
Instead, the Wild rallied for a seventh straight road win. It’s now 15-2-3 in its past 20 and 8-1-3 in its past 12 on the road....
Down 2-1 in the third period thanks to Eric Staal’s power-play goal with 61 seconds left in the second to give Minnesota life in a game it was being outshot 23-10 in, Zach Parise, who looked like the Parise of old, tied the score 2:08 into the third.
But, starting at the 3:49 mark, Joel Ward and Patrick Marleau scored 32 seconds apart to put the Wild in a 4-2 hole.
Below are the game highlights...
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