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via David Pollak of the Mercury News,
The NHL is reviewing the final minute of the Sharks' 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks to determine whether Ryane Clowe left the bench or was in the middle of a line change when he went after forward Andrew Shaw.
Clowe apparently took exception to Shaw's decision to drive Joe Pavelski into the boards in the game's final seconds. Officials appeared to quickly intervene, then handed out a boarding penalty to Shaw as well as a minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct to Clowe.
If the league finds Clowe improperly left the bench to go after Shaw, it could mean a 10-game suspension. There could also be lesser supplementary discipline if the league determines it was part of a line change. The fact the NHL is reviewing what happened was first reported by Bob McKenzie of TSN (tweets).
I found a video of the incident, but you really can't see when Clowe left the bench, so you can watch it below if you wish and please excuse the language in the YouTube video title.
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
... Friday night, the team that started 7-0-0 ended up on the wrong side of history, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks, who set an NHL record by completing the first 17 games of a season without a regulation loss.
Still, it was how the Sharks lost -- on a short-handed goal at 2:24 of the third period by rookie Brandon Saad after San Jose defenseman Brent Burns backed away from the shooter -- that had coach Todd McLellan doing a slow burn.
"I thought we let a player in a situation that wasn't very dangerous skate into a primary scoring spot without even challenging him," McLellan said.
So Burns needed to be more aggressive?
"Absolutely. The average hockey fan can tell you that," McLellan said.
read on which includes Burns explaining why he played Saad the way he did...
Watch the Saad goal below...
from Kevn Kurz of CNSBayArea,
“Depending on who you talk to, there are teams that say some big names are potentially in play,” Dreger said of the Sharks. “Certainly the Sharks are willing to consider just about anything. San Jose is willing to part with a defenseman – Dan Boyle's name, believe it or not, has been thrown out there – but they would need to get a forward in return and preferably someone who could fit in their top nine.”
Dreger went on to say that even captain Joe Thornton’s name was even mentioned as a trade chip, although he thought that didn’t make much sense (and neither do I). As long as the Sharks are in a playoff position and the bottom doesn’t drop out on the season, the Sharks will almost certainly keep their core players together. Not to mention Thornton, Boyle, Patrick Marleau, Marty Havlat, Michal Handzus, Brent Burns and Brad Stuart all have some form of no-movement clause, either full or limited.
Trading Boyle for a forward, even though he's the elder statesman at 36, would be playing with fire. He's still arguably the Sharks' best and most valuable defenseman, and if this team has any legitmate shot at a championship, Boyle is going to be a part of it. He leads the team in ice time again, with more than 23 minutes per game, and the Sharks simply have no one on their roster to replace those minutes.
The Sharks do need another forward that can put the puck in the net, though.
“I think everybody needs to be concerned about the performance of the team – players, coaches, trainers, managers. We’re all in it together. When you start pointing fingers at one individual, there’s three pointing back at you.”
”Let’s all clean up what we do, whether we’re a coach or a player, and perform to our abilities.”
-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks after a 4-1 loss to Chicago last night. More on the Sharks from David Pollack of Working the Corners.
I think Toews feels Thornton embellished the call a bit.
Both received 5 for fighting, Toews received 2 for boarding and 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct, probably starting a fight with a visor on.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
Todd McLellan doesn’t want his team to forget about what happened in that 6-2 embarrassment in Columbus on Monday night when they face the Nashville Predators tonight.
“I want them to be pissed off. I want them to be mad. I want them to be upset,” McLellan said after a team meeting that lasted 20-25 minutes at Bridgestone Arena.
Players were shown video of what went wrong against the Blue Jackets, but McLellan didn’t go beyond a “message delivered” explanation as far as any specifics.
“We’re looking for the response now,” he said.
The hit was delivered to Jamal Mayers and the penalties were as follows...
08:48 San Jose Andrew Desjardins: 5 minutes, fighting
08:48 Chicago Duncan Keith: 2 minutes, instigator - face shield
08:48 San Jose Andrew Desjardins: 10 minutes, match penalty
08:48 Chicago Duncan Keith: 2 minutes, instigator
08:48 Chicago Duncan Keith: 5 minutes, fighting
08:48 Chicago Duncan Keith: 10 minutes, misconduct
via Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,
One did get away from Jonas Hiller with 2:45 left in regulation when a wrist shot from Logan Couturethat he often gobbles right up somehow managed to skip off his glove and then between his pads for the tying goal....
“I had no idea where it went,” Hiller said. “I thought it went over me or whatever. I just got a piece with my glove but, yeah, I was kind of surprised [the puck] went down. I don’t even know if it was touched or not. I’d have to see the replay.”
Asked if the shot handcuffed him or if he didn’t see it until hit his glove, Hiller said, “I saw it when it left his stick and then there were like two, three guys driving in front of me and then I kind of knew where it was going.
“I felt that it hit me and then I was looking for the rebound,” he continued. “I was surprised that it was in. First, I thought it would hit my glove and [go] over me because it hit the top of my glove. When I looked at it, it just looked weird. I guess those things happen.”
Here's the goal...
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
After playing 1,200 games for the Habs, making the Hall of Fame, and having his No. 19 hoisted to the rafters, Robinson considered coming full circle. He was very interested in the head coaching job last summer, but the 61-year-old couldn’t get together with general manager Marc Bergevin, who eventually hired Michel Therien.
After being Devils coach Peter DeBoer’s assistant last season as New Jersey reached the Stanley Cup final, Robinson took a job in San Jose so he and his wife could be closer to his daughter and their twin, seven-year-old grandsons who live in Los Angeles. But the idea of taking a crack at the Habs job was percolating in his head.
“I kind of thought of working there (in Montreal) this year, but I guess the writing was on the wall … it wasn’t going to happen. I was supposed to meet with Bergevin (to interview) but we had a big storm and a flood in Florida and I wanted to make sure everything was fine at the farm. I wanted to make sure the horses and my machinery weren’t going to float away,” said Robinson.
“Then he got word I was taking other offers (Sharks general manager Doug Wilson had called out of the blue to see about Robinson moving to San Jose). He did what he had to do and I did what I had to do.
Patrick Marleau has accomplished something no player has since the inaugural season of the NHL.
Marleau scored twice in the first period Saturday for the San Jose Sharks against the Colorado Avalanche, and he has now registered multiple goals in each of the team's first four games this season. He is the first player to start with back-to-back-to-back-to-back multigoal games since Cy Denneny of the Ottawa Senators in 1917-18, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Marleau's eight goals in four games are more than six teams (Florida Panthers, Edmonton Oilers,Columbus Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings) have to this point. The previous fastest player in Sharks history to eight goals was Owen Nolan, who needed eight games to get there in 1999-2000.
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