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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
It still boggles the mind a bit that at age 34, Wilson decided to leave a solid Chicago team and throw in with a guaranteed expansion loser. But he had consulted with business friends about Silicon Valley and was eager to see what it might offer. He's just grateful that his family came aboard with the plan. Wilson and his wife, Kathy, came west with four children, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1.
On this celebration weekend for the Sharks, it's no time to discuss all of the ups and downs that followed. Jack Ferreira the Sharks first general manager, who's now a special assistant in the Los Angeles Kings front office, is familiar with the slings and arrows faced by every general manager. Maybe that's why Ferreira always thought in terms of the good rosters that Wilson kept assembling season after season rather than the playoff results.
"I think he's done a great job," said Ferreira, who noted that one of Wilson's underrated qualities is his retention and support of key personnel people such as scouting director Tim Burke and his staff.
Shark fans have not always agreed with that assessment. Particularly after the 2014 playoff collapse against the Los Angeles Kings -- when the Sharks lost four straight games after taking a 3-0 series lead -- there were calls for Wilson's head. There were even louder calls for franchise stalwarts Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to be traded. But team owner Hasso Plattner stuck with Wilson.
Those who deal with Wilson will always mention the same thing: Sometimes he is too loyal to his players and his deals, standing behind the personalities and decisions even as they don't always pan out.
from Nick Cotsonika of NHL.com,
San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture gave context Friday for the comments he made Wednesday about Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby cheating on faceoffs.
"Everyone cheats on faceoffs," Couture said practice. "I cheat. [Sharks center Joe Thornton] cheats. That's how you try and win draws. He's [Crosby] one of the best at it, and he wins a lot of faceoffs."...
After practice Friday, Couture said he was not trying to send a message to the officials.
"Not at all," Couture said. "No. These guys are the best in the world at what they do. I've got no complaints with the officials. Throughout these playoffs, they've been very, very good."
via the NHL PR department,
Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Conor Sheary’s overtime goal and the team’s jubilant reaction following a Game 2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night highlights episode 3 of the real-time, behind-the-scenes documentary series ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup, which continues TONIGHT, June 3, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
The video preview includes exclusive access to Sheary's game-winning goal that gave the Penguins a 2-1 overtime victory against the Sharks, and a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final. Following the clutch shot in front of the home crowd, Head Coach Mike Sullivan addresses the team in the dressing room and the 23-year-old undrafted winger is awarded the "Warrior Helmet" for his heroics.
The docu-series, narrated by acclaimed Broadway actor and 2016 Tony Award-nominated Bill Camp, is the first of its kind to nationally televise the championship of a major North American sport as it unfolds. The weekly episodes give an in-depth and personal look as the Penguins and Sharks battle for the most iconic trophy in all of sports: the Stanley Cup®.
Watch a preview below...
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
Donald Trump’s rally here tonight (Thursday) really ought to be held at the arena emblazoned with SAP, as a beacon to his devotees.
Instead, it’s at the convention centre, a 15-minute stroll away from SAP Center, home of the San Jose Sharks, who wouldn’t mind, while The Donald is making America great again, if he could sprinkle a little of his fairy dust in their direction.
The Sharks, down 0-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup final, badly need to be great again themselves — something more like the squad that dispatched the L.A. Kings in five games and the St. Louis Blues in six — but so far, even pretty good has been out of reach of Los Tiburones, as they are known hereabouts.
Their problem, alas, has a lot to do with Los Pinguinos, who are well on their way to dispelling the accepted wisdom about Eastern teams’ inferiority.
The scoreboard may not reflect it, 3-2 and 2-1 decisions looking less than convincing, but the Sharks are getting trampled by the Penguins’ happy feet.
When they lost to the L.A. Kings in 2013 and ’14 — especially the latter, when they led the first-round series 3-0 and lost the last four, outscored 12-2 in Games 5-7 — it was like being worn down finally by repeated blows from a blunt instrument.
This isn’t like that.
This is the Sharks suffering from a lethal combination of Pittsburgh speed and commitment.
Sean Reynolds and Chris Johnston of Sportsnet talk about the frustration from the San Jose Sharks.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,
It isn't as close as it looks.
The Pittsburgh Penguins' 2-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final came in overtime Wednesday, after the winning goal in their 3-2 victory in Game 1 Monday came with 2:33 left in the third period.
The teams have played two one-goal games fought to frantic, anxious endings. The Sharks hit a goal post or crossbar four times Wednesday; the Penguins struck iron three times. An inch or two here, a bounce there, and it could have been different. Instead of the Penguins leading the best-of-7 series 2-0, it could be tied 1-1. The Sharks could be leading 2-0.
"It could have gone either way in both games," Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said.
The Sharks have to lean on that and the fact they're going home, where they are 7-2 at SAP Center in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and their fans will be fired up for the first Cup Final games in San Jose in the franchise's 25-year history. Game 3 is Saturday.
from Frank Seravalli if TSN,
Sidney Crosby setup Conor Sheary’s Game 2 overtime winner with a designed faceoff play, but far more interesting were the charges two San Jose Sharks lobbed at the Penguins’ captain postgame.
Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic questioned Crosby’s on-ice integrity during faceoffs and accused him of receiving preferential treatment from officials.
“He cheats,” Couture said. “He gets away with it. He’s Sidney Crosby. He times them and they don’t kick him out for some reason, probably because of who he is.”
Crosby dominated in the dot in Game 2, winning 17-of-24 draws (71 per cent). He is now 26-for-40 (65 per cent) in the Stanley Cup final. His faceoff win accounted for his second point in two games in the series, but he has been a force every time the puck is on his stick.
“Maybe he should’ve been kicked out. It took him a while to get into the faceoff,” Vlasic contended. “But what do I know?”
Watch the faceoff and goal below...
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
The Tank had better be full of fuel for the Sharks.
Because the situation is now very basic. After losing the first two games here of their first Stanley Cup Final, the Sharks will return home to SAP Center and need all the octane they can muster. Otherwise, their next two games might be their last two games of the Final.
That's just the blunt fact. After losing a 2-1 overtime game on Wednesday night in that sudden-crusher way only playoff hockey can produce, the Sharks effectively face a must-win game on Saturday to keep their hopes alive of winning a Cup.
Time for defiant words? Time for defiant words.
"We can't be frustrated," said Shark defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. "We know we're so close. We're going to go home. You're only out when you lose four games, not two."
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 1, 2016 – NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final continues tonight with Game 2 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Sidney Crosbyand the Pittsburgh Penguins host Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0.
Four-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call tonight’s Game 2. This marks the 10th consecutive year that Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire have combined to call the Stanley Cup Final for NBC Sports.
Pre-game coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, hosted by Kathryn Tappen and Dave Briggs alongside analysts and former players Jeremy Roenick,Anson Carter and Brian Boucher on-set outside of CONSOL Energy Center. Coverage shifts inside at 7:30 p.m. ET with host Liam McHugh who will anchor pre-game and intermission coverage alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.
Game 2 can also be viewed on CBC and TVAS.
Feel free to discuss tonight's game in the comment section of this post.
Game 3 will be at 8:00pm ET on Saturday in San Jose.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
At about 9:30 on the night of Sept. 15, 1885, in the small southwestern Ontario city of St. Thomas, Jumbo the Elephant was being led through the rail yards to his boxcar after a performance with the Barnum, Bailey & Hutchinson Circus when an unscheduled westbound freight train hurtled down the tracks and slammed Jumbo from behind, dragging him 100 yards. One hundred men were needed to free the body of the nearly 12-foot tall, 6-1/2-ton African elephant. Ashes to ashes. Tusk to dust. The tragic demise of the world’s first four-legged superstar is marked by a plaque that abuts the tracks, some 200 yards northeast of the old Northside Arena, where Joe Thornton, the NHL’s Jumbo, played youth hockey.
St. Thomas is where Thornton grew up. And up. The Sharks center stands 6' 4" and 220 pounds, his imposing stature accentuated this spring by a luxurious expanse of beard that looks as if it were modeled on a daguerreotype of a Civil War general. (The Confederacy’s John Bell Hood, to be precise. You can look it up.) Thornton is not the biggest player, physically or metaphorically, in the Stanley Cup Final; Penguins star Sidney Crosby has a chance to win the Cup for a second time. Still Thornton wears the nickname honestly even though Glen Murray, Thornton’s old right wing in Boston, who with Bruins teammate Travis Green popularized Jumbo Joe, says he had no idea of the link between Thornton’s hometown and the world-renowned pachyderm. Unlike the fate of the original Jumbo, who would be re-imagined into big-eared Dumbo to the delight of 20th Century America’s youth, “Jumbo Joe” was a happy accident.
“You know how in sports you’re always looking for the right fit?” asks Murray, now a Kings player development coach. “How a guy fits on a team, on a line, in a dressing room? Well, here’s a nickname that just fit. His name was Joe. And he was really big.”
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