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via Kevin Kurz of CSN BayArea,
Despite leading 2-0 in the final minute, the Sharks went all out to preserve the shutout for their teammate in net. The Flyers pulled goalie Anthony Stolarz and got set up in the offensive zone, when a Shayne Gostisbehere slap shot deflected up into the face of Vlasic, who was protecting the crease.
The defenseman took several moments to get to his skates, and was eventually helped to the dressing room. DeBoer, who said that Vlasic was unlikely to play in Los Angeles on Saturday, offered the following update after the game:
“As bad as it looked and as bad as it probably is, I’ve got my fingers crossed. The initial reports are that I don’t believe it’s that serious, so that’s good,” he said.
Braun revealed that the shot hit Vlasic underneath the visor. He saw him after the game, and said, “He looks alright. A little swollen. It's hard to see your teammate take one of those, as bad as it looked.”
And Braun’s message to his D partner?
“I told him, ‘good block.’"
And being surprised by Brent Burns.
By Tim Dolan,
The 2017 NHL Winter Classic is rapidly approaching, set to be played on Monday, January 2, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. This year, the game will feature two Western Conference rivals, with the St. Louis Blues taking on the Chicago Blackhawks at the home of Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals.
It will be the first ever hockey game played at Busch Stadium and this matchup marks the 50th anniversary of the Great Expansion of 1967, in which the Blues -- and a host of other clubs -- joined the NHL, doubling the league’s size. St. Louis will be playing in their first ever outdoor game, while the Blackhawks will be appearing in their third Winter Classic. Additionally, this will be Chicago’s fourth straight season playing an outdoor game, as they regularly garner participation in some of hockey’s special regular season contests. As a result, the Blackhawks might have the advantage here despite playing on the road, with the Blues never playing in an outdoor game before.
Cody Eakin gets four games for his hit on Henrik Lundqvist...
Mike Hoffman gets two game for a cross-check on Logan Couture...
Not the best view but so far the best we have....
Below, watch Erik Karlsson on the incident along with another video of the play and added Mike Hoffman cross-check on Logan Couture.
from Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet,
Brent Burns has been talking for nearly an hour about bears climbing trees and RVing and winter toques with bells on them and timber wolves and his NHL Draft experience and surfing and Joe Thornton and cycling and the merits of the travel-size Vitamix blender, but the time comes when, even though you don’t want to, you feel you have to let him go. This interview was supposed to run only 15 minutes. That’s impossible, since the San Jose Sharks defenceman spent nearly that much time discussing what animal he’d like to see next in person.
“I could watch a gorilla all day,” Burns says. “Giraffes. Elephants. I love bison. Just looking at a bison, I love that. Any primate-—just to see their movement. It’s insane. Cats. I love watching cats.”
That leads Burns to a story about navigating his 45-foot RV through a drive-through zoo in Williams, Ariz. “Bearizona,” he says. “It was unbelievable.”
Fewer than 10 minutes into this interview, it becomes clear that the intended premise is a disservice to Burns. And to hockey fans. And to good, fun conversation, really.
from Travis Yost of TSN,
It’s not often that we talk about a player changing the way we think about how a position should be played.
But, it’s not often that players like Brent Burns or Erik Karlsson come along.
Burns’ emergence might be the result of a perfect storm in San Jose: A talented player finding the right guys to play with, a perfectly timed transition from winger to blueliner and an offence that plays an exceptional brand of inside/out hockey in the offensive zone. Whatever it is, Burns and the Sharks are a match made in heaven.
He’s become as much a staple of their attack as Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. For as much as we have talked (rightfully) about Karlsson revolutionizing the position, it’s worth pointing out that Burns has had a similar career arc.
added 4:23pm, San Jose press release is below...
“I started laughing, that’s not negotiating. It’s not.”
“As an athlete, it’s your right to go to the Olympics. I don’t know if [the report] is true. I hope it’s not. That’s not the way you negotiate things. But, if that is true, all of a sudden they don’t mind having a two-week break in the NHL for a three-year collective bargaining agreement.”
-Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jose Sharks on the talked about offer of a CBA extension for the right to play in the Olympics. Kevin Kurz of CSN BayArea has more.
from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,
“You play on so many teams over the years,” Thornton said, “you realize what kind of group you have here and you definitely don’t want to spoil a year like this.”
The Sharks have two of the best defensemen in the NHL in Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns leading a corps of blueliners that might be the deepest in the league. They feature two of the better centers still in their prime in Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski.
The franchise goalie is in place with Martin Jones. Free agent additions have been made in Mikkel Boedker and David Schlemko. Young players like Joonas Donskoi and Chris Tierney have been integrated alongside veterans like Paul Martin and Joel Ward, who, like Thornton and Marleau, have more yesterdays than tomorrows in the NHL in their search for an elusive first ring.
“We have hall of famers, five guys who were playing in the World Cup (final),” Tierney said. “You never know how many guys you’ll have like that again on the team at the same time, so you definitely want to take advantage of it.”
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