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When Fighting Is Roughing

from Jean Lefebvre of the Calgary Herald,

Oh, how Andre Roy tried his darnedest to collect a fighting major Tuesday….

After emerging from the sin bin 120 seconds later, the antagonists quickly found each other again, once more rid themselves of the mittens and gave it another go. In Round 2, punches were thrown and punches were landed, with the last two shots being Roy lefts that stung Semenov.

“They’ll get five minutes for this one,” said Sportsnet analyst John Garrett with confidence.

Ah, but no, roughing minors were again assessed.

“When I saw the two minutes,” said Roy. “I started laughing. Is he kidding me? I don’t know, man. If that’s a roughing, I’ll take a lot more of that. I’ve seen some way (less violent) fights than that were called for five minutes.”

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Sharks Lose - More Practice Needed

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Now that was a stinker.

And since I still have caffeine coursing through my system, that 5-2 loss to the Flames gets a rare post-game posting.

The news of the moment is that Todd McLellan was upset enough with tonight’s poor performance that he added a 9:15 a.m. practice to tomorrow’s schedule.

Instead of relaxing around the hotel until the 11 a.m. bus to the airport, his players now have to be on an 8 a.m. bus back to the Saddledome. And I wouldn’t be surprised if an old-fashioned bag skate is in order.

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Next Step For Lemieux

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Wilson said Sunday night that Lemieux — a right wing once regarded as the league’s top agitator and most hated player — will be given a two-way contract Monday that would enable the Sharks to bring him to San Jose from the franchise’s Worcester development team where he has been playing for the past month.

The G.M. emphasized, however, that the evaluation process is far from complete and continued to play down the likelihood of Lemieux winding up in San Jose….

Offering Lemieux a two-way contract also gives every other NHL team a chance to claim him by noon Tuesday under waiver rules. But if none does, the Sharks would be free to bring him up just as they have several rookies this season.

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Sharks May Have The Edge Over Detroit

from Mark Emmons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The quickest explanation for why the Sharks (27-4-3) will face the Blues on Saturday night in the Scottrade Center with the NHL’s best record is this: They have become the mirror image of Detroit.

The Sharks hired Red Wings assistant Todd McLellan in the offseason, and the first-year coach has installed much of the same system that has helped make Detroit, well, Hockeytown.

But that’s not all. The Sharks might very well be bigger, stronger and faster than the vaunted Red Wings.

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All Todd McLellan

from Jim Carlton of the Wall Street Journal,

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr. McLellan looked at what he has accomplished and where he hopes to lead the Sharks, who have yet to win a Stanley Cup or even conference championship in their 17-year history in San Jose. Excerpts:

The Wall Street Journal: How much credit do you take in this winning record?

Mr. McLellan: I am a small piece. There are a number of other important people on the staff, and the most important people are the players. They are the ones who lay themselves on the line every night.

WSJ: How much different are you from your predecessor, Ron Wilson?

Mr. McLellan: When I got the job, I had a real good idea how I wanted the team to play. There were some changes in the way some of the players were utilized in the past. For example, we wanted the defensemen to be much more active, shooting the puck more.

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Blue Jackets Look-Up To Sharks

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Hitchcock doesn’t see the Sharks as simply a collection of All-Stars with unfathomable statistics. He sees them as an example of where the Blue Jackets need to get.

“We want to move from the middle of the pack to the next level, and the next level isn’t technical,” Hitchcock said. “It’s having more people engaged for longer periods of time.

“That isn’t something you talk about, or wave a magic wand and it happens. It’s something that takes a lot of work, a lot of adversity. We’re moving that forward. It’s not just being willing to pay the price to win. It’s understanding what the price to pay is.”

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What Could Have Been For Ron Wilson

from Damien Cox at The Spin,

Although he’s been getting solid reviews for his coaching work this season with the severely undertalented Maple Leafs, Wilson has to be feeling the extraordinary success of the San Jose Sharks.

On one hand, many of the players that have powered the Sharks to the best record ever in the NHL history after 30 games were not only coached by Wilson and his assistants, Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler, but taught their first NHL lessons by that crew.

Wilson still has ties to that organization, still talks to Sharks players, still discusses hockey matters from time-to-time with GM Doug Wilson. On the other hand, of course, the way in which rookie coach Todd MacLellan has guided the Sharks to such a powerhouse, 52-point showing so far is, to some degree, an indictment of that which Wilson couldn’t do.

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Roenick Having Shoulder Surgey

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Two injury updates from the morning skate:

Joe Pavelski could be in the lineup against L.A. on Monday night, but just in case he isn’t, the Sharks plan to call up another forward from Worcester. Nothing official yet, but Jamie McGinn would be a pretty good guess.

And Jeremy Roenick will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder tomorrow. That decision means he’s definitely going to be out of action longer than the three-week forecast given yesterday, but just how much longer won’t be known until the procedure is completed and the training staff knows what it’s up against.

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I wonder if the Sharks would attempt to bring up Claude Lemieux who would have to clear waivers first?

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Dmen Experience A Great Asset For Sharks

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com .

Never overlook the value of experience when it comes to winning the Stanley Cup.

History has proven that point time and again, so it’s an important element in the construction of the San Jose Sharks, who have been nearly unbeatable this season.

General Manager Doug Wilson acquired three players who have won the Stanley Cup, adding that tried-and-tested experience to a talent-laden roster.

And the fact all three are defensemen doesn’t hurt either. Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich were members of the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning, and Rob Blake won the 2001 Cup in Colorado. That’s an awful lot of experience on the Sharks’ blue line.

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The Life Of A Backup Goalie

from Jim Adams of The Union,

Brian Boucher is a back-up goaltender. He is designed to play the odd game to rest the starter. In all reality, he has become an icon of what has made the San Jose Sharks the best team in the National Hockey League season.

He exemplifies the type of attitude, grit, perseverance, and skill that has made this Northern California’s most successful team.

And although Boucher may be perfectly suited for warm-ups, he is exceptional when it comes time for the real thing.

It is tough to endure a career as a goaltender without a fair share of ups-and-downs, hits-and-misses, victories and defeats.

As the last line of defense, performance is magnified beyond any other player. Errors become more pronounced. Big saves become larger than life. Rarely is it a straight career path for the NHL goaltender. He may last a little longer, but there is no way to describe it other than tough and demanding.

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