12:16 PM EDT, Thu May 05, 2016
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Purdy: Sharks' Patrick Marleau adjusts to third-line role

San Jose Sharks veteran Patrick Marleau is in a familiar place -- the playoffs -- but in an unfamiliar position -- third-line center.

Sharks lose 4-1; series lead trimmed to 2-1

The NHL’s best road team started off well with an early goal, but the Sharks fell 4-1 to Nashville after the Predators scored four straight goals to win Game 3 of a Western Conference semifinal on Tuesday night. The loss ended the Sharks’ four-game playoff win streak and narrowed their lead in the series to 2-1. Patrick Marleau’s first-period goal gave San Jose a 1-0 lead, but Nashville answered with goals by James Neal, Shea Weber, Colin Wilson and Filip Forsberg. After a turnover inside Nashville’s blue line, Patrick Marleau stickhandled around Pekka Rinne before putting the puck...
Fear The Fin May 3, 2016

Sharks vs. Predators Game 3: It's a series again

An early goal by Patrick Marleau wasn't enough to get San Jose a win in Nashville. We have a series in Nashville. The Sharks dropped Game 3 on the road by a 4–1 score as the Predators cut their series lead to 2–1. So far the Sharks' second round matchup is playing out the same way their first round series with the Kings did—they'll hope that continues when the series resumes Thursday night. You didn't expect a sweep, did you? Shea Weber scored the game winner for Nashville late in the second period, blasting a puck over Martin Jones' glove with the Sharks and Predators skating 4-on-4....
San Jose Mercury News May 3, 2016

Sharks' Patrick Marleau gets involved early in Game 3

Marleau scores in first period for his first point of the Western Conference semifinals with Nashville.

Sharks captain Pavelski leads by both words and deeds

Sharks captain Pavelski leads by both words and deeds Fair or not, past Sharks’ captains have been lightning rods for criticism in the Stanley Cup playoffs. San Jose’s leader from 2004-09, Patrick Marleau, lost the captaincy after the top-seeded Sharks lost in the first round against No. 8 Anaheim. Joe Thornton assumed the captaincy one year after the retired Rob Blake replaced Marleau. With six goals in seven games, he is tied with John Tavares of the Islanders for the NHL goals lead in the playoffs. Pavelski carries a four-game point streak into Tuesday’s Game 3 at Nashville as...
Fear The Fin Apr 24, 2016

NHL Playoffs 2016: Joe Thornton the key for the Sharks again

Jumbo set the tone for San Jose against the Kings. Joe Thornton didn't lead the Sharks in points in the first round. Hell, Thornton's three points put him in a tie with Joonas Donskoi for sixth amongst San Jose skaters. Still, Thornton's incredible possession play proved key, again, as the Sharks thoroughly handled their biggest rivals in the first round of the playoffs. After San Jose lost game three, much was said about the Sharks' need for contributions from players not named Joe. Getting scoring from all four lines is on every team's wishlist, but the reality for San Jose is that...
Fear The Fin Apr 21, 2016

Sharks vs. Kings Game 4: Brent Burns plays a complete game

The defender dominated on both ends of the ice in the Sharks' victory. Brent Burns' most impressive attributes helped him become one of the best offensive defenders in the NHL. In Wednesday's 3-2 victory, Burns showed improvement in his defensive game while also showcasing his offensive talents. Burns' goal gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead and set the tone for the damage to come later on San Jose's power play. He also added a secondary assist on Patrick Marleau's vital insurance goal early in the third period. The two points stand out, but a quick glance through his possession numbers likely...

Sharks top Kings behind successful power play

The power play found redemption as the Sharks held off the Kings 3-2 at a sold-out SAP Center on Wednesday night. The Sharks, who went 3-for-4 on the power play one game after going 0-for-5, lead the best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series 3-1. San Jose’s third-period lead looked safe when Patrick Marleau scored the team’s third power-play goal of the game 1:40 into the session, and only five seconds into L.A. defenseman Jamie McBain’s high stick of rookie Joonas Donskoi. San Jose struck twice in the second period on its power play. Defenseman Brent Burns scored his...

Kings-Sharks series: Power play is the focus

Power play is the focus The Sharks can’t dwell on Monday’s missed opportunity to take a 3-0 series lead on the Kings. “It’s been a big part of the series, quite honest,” Los Angeles head coach Darryl Sutter said following his team’s 2-1 overtime win in Game 3. Tuesday’s optional skate didn’t provide any clues to potential personnel changes or tweaks because the only power-play fixture on the ice for the Sharks was defenseman Brent Burns. San Jose’s top unit — forwards Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture, who join Burns — figure to get...

NHL playoffs: Sharks hope to continue to clamp down on Kings' top players

The Sharks got the kind of production they were hoping for from a few of their big name offensive players through the first two games of their Western Conference first round series with the Los Angeles Kings. Perhaps just as… Continue Reading → The post NHL playoffs: Sharks hope to...
Fear The Fin Apr 16, 2016

Sharks vs. Kings Game 2 Lines: Alec Martinez out for Los Angeles

Marian Gaborik may draw into the lineup. Peter DeBoer made no changes to the lineup that won game one, while Marian Gaborik may go for the Kings. Alec Martinez is still out with an undisclosed injury. Patrick Marleau remains on the third line with Matt Nieto and Melker Karlsson, despite playing a strong game on Thursday. While a promotion for Marleau was possible entering tonight's game, I figure the win on Thursday is why DeBoer refrained from making any changes to the lineup. Projected Sharks Lines Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski Joonas Donskoi – Logan Couture – Joel...
Fear The Fin Apr 14, 2016

Sharks vs. Kings Game 1: Joe Pavelski ties the game at one

The Sharks power play cashes in. San Jose trailed early but a shot on the power play proved to be the antidote the Sharks were looking for. Joe Pavelski fired home a shot form distance to even things up at one goal apiece. After a rough start to the power play, Brent Burns delayed in the Sharks zone leading to jeers from the Los Angeles crowd. It paid off, as San Jose eventually found zone time through an entry pass to Patrick Marleau. The puck wound up on Pavelski's stick and, well, see for yourself. The game has been pretty open so far, with possession numbers relatively even. We know...
Fear The Fin Apr 9, 2016

Sharks vs. Coyotes Lines: No rest for the veterans

San Jose closes out its regular season with its regular lineup. San Jose hosts the Coyotes for the regular season finale and despite already locking up the third spot in the Pacific Division, the Sharks aren't resting up the veterans in this one. After a disappointing performance against Winnipeg on Thursday, Martin Jones will look to bounce back before getting (I assume) the first start of his playoff career. Projected Sharks Lineup Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski Joonas Donskoi – Logan Couture – Joel Ward Nick Spaling – Patrick Marleau – Melker Karlsson Dainius...

Jets score with 9.9 second left to beat Sharks

Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien’s shot deflected off the stick of Brent Burns and into the net with just 9.9 seconds left to give the Jets a 5-4 win over the Sharks at SAP Center on Thursday. Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a 4-3 lead at 7:03 of the third period when his shot first struck Byfuglien‘s stick, then caromed off the backside of Jets center Mark Scheifele and over the shoulder of goalie Ondrej Pavelec. The Jets scored on consecutive shots in 62 seconds late second period to rebound from a 3-1 deficit and send the game into the third period tied. San Jose built its...

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