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The San Jose Sharks Failed To Take Advantage Of Their Power Play Opportunities

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

“We got what we probably deserved,” said captain Joe Pavelski. “And I was leading the way.”

Actually, the parade was pretty thick and didn’t need much leading.

But there was no “probably” about what the Sharks deserved.

And yes, Pavelski is correct in one respect. He did make the most visible mistake of his team’s Game 2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. On an evening when the Sharks had a man advantage on six occasions, they wound up being outshot by the Oilers 6-5 during those power plays and scored zero goals–while the Oilers scored two. Which is how the beloved Los Tiburones wound up losing one of the weirder disappointing playoff games in franchise history, 2-0.

Kassian appeared to throw his shoulder and chest area into Couture’s head and he went down in a heap. Couture popped up quickly, though, and kept going without seeming effect and even did an interview between the second and third periods for the Canadian network broadcasting the game.  Burns said it’s all part of the postseason package.

“It’s big-boy hockey,” Burns said. “Butr our guys are hanging in, sacrificing. That’s what playoff hockey is about.”

Kassian did not receive a penalty for his Couture hit. But the Oilers had plenty of other trips to the penalty box, which led to more and more frustration when the Sharks could not capitalize.

“We have to make them pay for taking liberties,” said Sharks coach Pete DeBoer. “We didn’t tonight.”

The problem is only compounded when a team doesn’t. If you don’t score on power play after power play–after your opponent is whistled for penalty after penalty–then the opponent in question will keep taking risks with physical hits because of the feeling that there will be no consequences for yet another whistle.


Below, watch the Zack Kassian hit on Logan Couture and the game highlights...

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The Edmonton Oilers Express Their Feelings On The Eve Of Playoffs

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Going into the Oilers first home playoff game in 3,929 days, it was an enjoyable exercise Tuesday to take a tour of the room taking the temperature of the team that goes into Game 1 against the San Jose Sharks with a nine-game winning streak at home.

“What one word, one adjective, would you use to describe your feeling going into this series?” was the question your correspondent chose.

“Excitement,” said Cam Talbot.

“Nerves come into it a bit but I think for me it is more excitement than anything else. Everyone has been part of big games before and we’ve been playing playoff hockey for the past two week jockeying for position. I think if we just approach it as Game 83 of the regular season we’re going to be O.K. We don’t want to change anything going into it. We’ve been playing some good hockey of late. There’s no reason to change it just because it’s the playoffs now.”

“Excited” said coach Todd McLellan.

“It’s been a long time for our group, our organization and the city. We want guys to be relaxed and enjoy it. I know it’s going to be really noisy and a really exciting environment for the players to play.”

“Confident,” said Pat Maroon.


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Joe Thornton And Logan Couture Close To A Return

San Jose Sharks tweets,

Joe Thornton: "Maybe I'll play tomorrow, maybe Saturday... No doubt about Game 1 of the playoffs.

Couture: "I'm going to take part in pregame skate tomorrow and go from there. It's literally day-to-day." 

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As The Playoffs Approach, Health of Logan Couture And Joe Thornton In Question

from Kevin Kurz of CSN BayArea,

Couture spoke about his ordeal immediately following his injury, when a deflected puck knocked several teeth from his mouth in Nashville on March 25.

“Right when it happened I went to the Nashville room and their doctors and dentists did a great job trying to basically save my teeth,” he said. “They had to move a lot of them around obviously from the impact of the puck. They were all shifted in my mouth. They did a great job at that time to try and save them.

“I went to Vanderbilt hospital, and they brought a guy in there to put what is called an arch-bar on my teeth to try and save them. …It wasn’t really a surgery, it was just kind of a procedure that they did.”...

“They’re all damaged,” he said. “A lot of these teeth are going to be taken out at some point once the season is over. They’ll have to remove a lot of them from my mouth.”

“It’s basically temporary to have some teeth in my mouth. That’s pretty much it. If they took them all out now then I would be almost toothless.”

Couture’s timeframe to return wasn’t anymore specific than the one offered by DeBoer, as he hasn't skated yet. The good news is he said he hasn’t lost any weight, and he is again able to eat some solid foods, although he has to chew his back teeth only.

“Gonna try to [come back this season]. That’s the goal, is to play hockey,” he said. “We’re taking at this point just today was a good day for me. Did some exercise. Feel good. We’ll go on to tomorrow, and when we get there we’ll see what I can do.”

Thornton, who had an MRI on his knee on Monday, is scheduled to speak with the media on Wednesday. Reached via text message, Thornton simply said: "Hope to be back soon."

more on the Sharks and if you need a refresher on the Couture and Thornton injuries, watch below...

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Video- Looks Like A Knee Injury For Joe Thornton

That certainly doesn't look good.



added 820pm, Vancouver broadcast view is below...

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Video- Michael Haley Suspended One Game For Roughing

The NHL explanation.


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Video- Michael Haley’s Match Penalty For Attempting To Injure

via Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,

With about seven minutes remaining and the Predators leading by three goals, Jarnkrok received a minor penalty for boarding Haley, which incited a 10-man scrum. Haley sought out Jarnkrok and landed a left-handed jab to his face.

Officials handed Haley a match penalty for attempting to injure Jarnkrok and immediately ejected him. Jarnkrok didn't return.

"He kind of hit me in the helmet and got cut by the visor," Jarnkrok said. "I feel OK."

"It's an ugly play," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "This isn't the wild, wild west. I mean, Calle hit him. We took a penalty. If we start doing that, we're in trouble, so hopefully it gets looked at."

"When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer told reporters.

Watch the incident below...

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All Peter DeBoer

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

What have you noticed lately from your veteran guys? Scoring is down [two goals in the past three games], but otherwise have you seen a jump in them, something different in the last little while, or are they kind of by the book, day by day, grinding through?

"No, I think there is a definite rise in play and in production and, really, everything. These guys are big-game players. They always have been. Until you go through a season after a Stanley Cup Final loss, knowing what it's like to go that deep and lose, and then compound it with the World Cup, you don't realize the extent of the fatigue, mental and physical. What I've seen here in the last month or two has been all our big guys seeing the finish line and playoffs coming and really raising their level."

Have you see a season like Brent Burns is having before, considering the position he plays and the fact that he leads the League in shots and he's right up there in points too? But on top of that, is he showing any frustration that he hasn't scored a goal in [13 games]?

"He's playing through it. He'd be lying if he said he wasn't frustrated. He expects to score and he wants to score, and there is always frustration when you do that and it's not going in. But I think he's smart enough to recognize he's doing all the same things he was before and it's just not going in. It is exceptional what he's doing when you consider the age of shot-blocking and the attention paid to getting in lanes. For a guy that is shooting a lot of nights from the blue line, not from 10 or 15 feet out, it's an incredible stat [to lead the League in shots on goal]. The other thing you have to realize too is I would say at least half his shots he's shooting for a stick or a tip, he's not even aiming for the net. I think his shot totals could be even higher on net if he wasn't so unselfish.

"I can remember [Alex] Ovechkin coming into Florida when I was coaching there still, my second or third year, and one night he had 11 or 12 shots on net, five or six hits. It was just fantastic stuff, like this guy is better than anybody we've seen this year. It's that type of reaction other coaches have had in their coaches room after we've played them because he's been that dominant.



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Videos- Patrick Marleau Now With 500 NHL Goals

#500 for Patrick Marleau.



Below, watch Marleau talk about reaching the milestone and the last video is Randy Hahn's call of the goal.

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How Will The San Jose Sharks Approach The Trade Deadline?

A Q & A with Doug Wilson

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

“We look at it from our point of view. We take a look at every team in the league and there’s teams that are trying to decide if they’re a today team or a tomorrow team. … The cap system, we’re going to need (our prospects).

Having said that, do you explore everything? Yeah, we always have and we always will. But the next month or so will be another opportunity — knock on wood, we get a couple guys back healthy

it would be nice to have all our puzzle pieces together so you get to view your team. I think we have a pretty good read on our group and right now, we like the depth, we like the competition that’s there. It’s a battle just to stay in. I see more competition coming from the Barracuda if you ask (coach) Roy (Sommer).”

more questions and answers...

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