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Marc-Edouard Vlasic's goal with 4.5 seconds remaining in regulation gave the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
An injured Joe Thornton will miss his first game in more than four years when the Sharks face the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
Thornton did not take part in the morning skate and coach Todd McLellan confirmed the 35-year-old center will be sidelined because of the hit to his shoulder that knocked him out of Wednesday night's 3-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
"When you lose a player of his stature and caliber and skill level, everybody has to pick it up a little bit," McLellan said. "And if that happens, we give ourselves a chance. If it doesn't, then we'll be chasing it from behind."
The coach said Thornton is "day to day."
Below, watch the hit on Thornton...
“The moment I thought the referees were off the ice, I was taking out my own frustration. I’m an adult. It shouldn’t be at that point. We shouldn’t be sitting here talking about the referees after two great teams played hockey. But we are.
“I felt like the game just – it got out of hand. … I accept full responsibility for my stupidity and my role in that. That was my fault. That won’t happen again from my teammates and me.”
-Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks talking post-game about his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. More on the Ducks 3-0 loss to the San Jose Shark by Eric Stephens of the OC Register.
Watch the game recap below....
Here is the suspension video...
The Duck went on to beat the Sharks in OT.
Watch the goal and 'half barrel roll' below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
A month ago -- after a Nov. 26 loss to Calgary dropped them to 10-10-4 -- it felt like this might be a cross-roads season for the Sharks after a decade of being among the elite contenders in this league.
The sense was that last spring’s first-round meltdown to Los Angeles, the ensuing off-ice turmoil/drama, and the beginning of a rebuild-on-the-fly would see the Sharks take a step back this season.
Well, that’s how it felt around U.S. Thanksgiving, anyway.
But since that Nov. 26 loss to Calgary, the Sharks have reeled off nine wins in 10 games heading into Monday night’s big tilt at their rival Anaheim Ducks. And the rest of us are left to ponder what the heck we have here with this San Jose squad sitting at 19-11-4 and very much looking playoff-bound.
"It's been nice to be under the radar a little bit, but yeah, we have been playing well," Sharks star center Logan Couture told ESPN.com Monday morning from Anaheim.
“You know players in the league who dive a lot and embellish a little bit. It’s good to single them out. Maybe they’ll be a little embarrassed.
“We don’t need that in the game. We don’t need it to turn into soccer, where it’s embarrassing and where you get rewarded for it.
“Nobody wants to be known as a diver. I hope it stops, it’s a garbage part of the game and it should be out.”
-John Scott of the San Jose Sharks. More diving reaction and some Edmonton Oilers notes from Robert Tychkowski if the Edmonton Sun.
By Mike Shackil,
The 2013-14 NHL regular season will be remembered fondly as the first full season following the acrimonious lockout the year before. The Los Angeles Kings were able to win the Stanley Cup, winning three seven-game series in the Western Conference portion of the playoffs before beating the New York Rangers in five games.
One of the other greatest moments of the 2013-14 regular season was the introduction of the Stadium Series. Several regular season games last season took place at outdoor venues, an event that historically only took place on January 1st for the Winter Classic. And, thankfully, this year that tradition will return with Los Angeles facing off against the first team they disposed of in last year’s playoffs: the San Jose Sharks.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Logan Couture’s status for the Sharks’ game against Boston on Thursday remains unclear, after the center suffered an apparent head injury against the Flyers on Tuesday night.
Todd McLellan offered a brief update on the center after an optional practice on Wednesday in which Couture did not participate.
“Felt better today,” McLellan said. “There’s still protocol that we need to adhere to. He’ll get through the day. We’ll see how he is in the morning. I can’t even venture to guess which way it will go. We obviously want him in and we know he wants to play, but we have to make sure that he is in a good state and feels good.”
Below, watch how the injury happened...
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
Their 11-10-4 record puts them on pace to end up with 85 points after reaching 111 last season. If the playoffs began right now, San Jose would be on the outside looking in for the first time since 2003.
The fan base has responded by failing to fill the SAP Center for five of nine home games after a streak of 205 sellouts. Yes, the building has been close to capacity, but when a Saturday night rivalry matchup with the Anaheim Ducks doesn't draw a full house, it's more serious....
So what are the problems?
- Depth, both up front and on the blue line. This isn't a new issue, but the concern is heightened because of the results. In their 10 regulation losses, the Sharks have scored 15 goals -- 13 of them by four guys: Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns....
- While the Sharks' top players have carried the bulk of the offense, only Thornton and Pavelski have been consistent. Patrick Marleau and Couture have hit extended dry spells along the way, though both are starting to pick up their scoring of late.
- Despite what players have said publicly, there is evidence that Thornton and Marleau did not take kindly to last summer's comments by Wilson that were seen as hints for them to waive their no-trade clauses and move on just six months after signing three-year contract extensions....
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