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from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Dan Boyle picked a good time to return to San Jose, considering he’d like to stick it to some of his former teammates.
The 38-year-old defenseman will be playing as a visitor at SAP Center for the first time since Jan. 16, 2006, and not only is he playing his best hockey of the season after a pair of health issues, but the Rangers are the NHL’s hottest team, with 12 wins in their last 13 games.
“There’s a lot of guys that talk smack for six years, and it will be fun to be on the other side of it,” Boyle said with a smile on Saturday morning. “You want to make sure you get the win, because there are a lot of guys that have big mouths and they are going to rub it in your face for a little while. We won’t get that chance to settle the score again for another year.”
Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea answered a few tweets/emails...
Is Marleau's fall off in goals attributed to his new role to make room for the younger skaters?
Not at all, and Marleau’s role on the team, at least on the ice, has remained the same. He’s still primarily on the second line wing with center Logan Couture when everyone is healthy, and he’s a mainstay on the top power play unit.
Marleau’s goal production, of course, has fallen off a cliff. The team’s highest paid player in terms of actual salary at $7 million, Marleau is on pace for 14 goals, which would be his lowest total since scoring 13 in 74 games in his rookie season of 1997-98.
The even-keeled veteran doesn’t seem overly concerned, saying over and over that the chances are there. And, while he’s had some open looks in recent weeks during his one-goal-in-20-games slump, I went back and looked at the seven goals he scored this season, and compared them with the Sharks’ hottest scorer of late – Melker Karlsson.
Of Marleau’s seven goals, three have come on the power play, while one was with the goalie pulled for an extra attacker. Obviously, there’s more room to operate in the offensive zone in such situations.
continue for more on Marleau and other Sharks related topics...
"There's some high-end players on our team that really have to pick it up, and there's also some role players that have to pick it up. We all have to grow as a group, and we have to get better in a lot of areas if we expect to compete against teams like St. Louis."
-Todd McLellan, head coach of the San Jose Sharks, after a 7-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. More on the game from David Pollak of the Mercury News.
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.
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