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Winning Play: Hertl, Pavelski and WAR

Winning Play: Hertl, Pavelski and WAR

The San Jose Sharks truly left it all out on the ice in their final tilt before the All-Star break, a thrilling 7-6 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals. For just the fifth time in 940 regular season games, Joe Pavelski skated over 25 minutes (25:16). Tomas Hertl went over (25:02) for the first time in his burgeoning career. Just two other Sharks forwards played over 20 minutes (Evander Kane, 22:35; Logan Couture, 21:41). Pavelski and Hertl earned every second of their ice time, making plays big and small all over the ice. Hertl was a giant in the 1st, great battle against...
Jan 22, 2019
Sharks 7, Capitals 6 (OT): Defense optional in D.C.

Sharks 7, Capitals 6 (OT): Defense optional in D.C.

Hertl hat tricks are better than Ovechkin hat tricks The Sharks scored first and also last in a game where high-scoring is probably a bit of an understatement. Players from both teams contributed hat tricks to the final 7-6 overtime score with Tomas Hertl cashing in his third for the game winning goal. Hertl has now scored two hat tricks in the space of a week and has 41 points so far this season. He joins Evander Kane, Erik Karlsson, Timo Meier, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, and Brent Burns as the seventh Shark with 40 or more points. Joe Pavelski got the Sharks on the board in the first...
Jan 22, 2019
Sharks at Capitals: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

Sharks at Capitals: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

Last chance for a Sharks road win in this trip. The San Jose Sharks (28-16-7, 2nd Pacific) hope to take a bite out of the Washington Capitals (27-16-5, 3rd Metropolitan), who have been struggling lately. Insert reference about sharks being drawn to struggling prey here. The Sharks are trying to shake off last night’s 6-2 loss to the Florida Panthers and end this rough road trip on a good note before the All-Star break and unofficial second half of the season. Both Vlasic and Karlsson will sit out for the Sharks tonight, Isabelle Khurshudyan reports. Khurshudyan also noted that several...
Jan 22, 2019
Winning Play: Should Sharks add goalie?

Winning Play: Should Sharks add goalie?

Believe it or not, the San Jose Sharks played okay in a 6-2 loss to the Florida Panthers. Tied at two apiece after 40 minutes, San Jose appeared to be in some control: Looks like as long as #SJSharks avoid #FLAPanthers penalty kill, they'll be fine pic.twitter.com/4y9RCie1JG— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) January 22, 2019 Then, Evander Kane was whistled for a double-minor high stick on Nick Bjugstad. Then, Florida scored on both minors to put the game away. “You feel for Kaner. It’s not an undisciplined penalty. Chips the puck by the guy, catches him with a stick,” Pete DeBoer...
Jan 22, 2019
Cuda Corner: Condors 6, Barracuda 5 (OT)

Cuda Corner: Condors 6, Barracuda 5 (OT)

Even in a great season like this one, there’s plenty of work to be done. It wasn’t pretty, but just when it looked like the San Jose Barracuda were down and out, they managed to make something out of practically nothing. Despite erasing a two-goal deficit late in the third period, the Barracuda were unable to complete their comeback, dropping a 6-5 contest in overtime at the hands of the Bakersfield Condors. AHL All-Star Joe Gambardella netted the winner at 1:55 of the extra frame, on a snapshot over the left shoulder of Antoine Bibeau to give the Condors their fifth straight...
Jan 22, 2019
Sharks at Capitals Preview: Sharks still seeking road win

Sharks at Capitals Preview: Sharks still seeking road win

Both teams are coming off significant losses to lower-ranked opponents. The San Jose Sharks (28-16-7, 2nd Pacific) face the Washington Capitals (27-16-5, 3rd Metropolitan) this afternoon for one last try at a win before the All-Star break. The Capitals have lost five games in a row, most recently in an 8-5 decision against the 30th-place Chicago Blackhawks. Jonathan Toews scored a hat trick, and the most prominent Capital to score was John Carlson, who will be coming to San Jose for the All-Star Game this weekend. The Sharks have lost three in a row and allowed six goals in each loss....
Jan 22, 2019
Quick Bites: Panthers score against run of play to down Sharks

Quick Bites: Panthers score against run of play to down Sharks

San Jose deserved a better fate. Before last night’s game started, the San Jose Sharks were at a disadvantage. According to Corsica, no player on the Sharks was helping the team control a greater share of 5-on-5 shots or expected goals relative to his teammates than Erik Karlsson. The Sharks will be without Karlsson through the All-Star break, as coach Pete DeBoer and the rest of the coaching staff felt it prudent to shut the defenseman down to avoid further aggravation to his injury. Early in the game, Florida capitalized at the Sharks’ suddenly diminished ability to control the...
Jan 21, 2019
Sharks 2, Panthers 6: Florida claws San Jose in Sunrise

Sharks 2, Panthers 6: Florida claws San Jose in Sunrise

The Sharks will be happy to be done with the state of Florida until June. A four-minute high sticking penalty proved pivotal in the Sharks’ third loss in a row. The Sharks entered the third period with a 2-2 tie, a situation they could work with. Then Evander Kane clipped Nick Bjugstad hard enough to draw blood. The Panthers doubled up on the Sharks quickly, scoring twice in nine seconds. Kane would get himself in more trouble in the final minute of the game, giving Florida one last power play with the score already 5-2. Bjugstad avenged himself with the final goal of the game. The...
Jan 21, 2019
Sharks at Panthers: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

Sharks at Panthers: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

The Sharks continue their road trip with the first part of a back-to-back this afternoon. The San Jose Sharks (28-15-7, 2nd Pacific Division) meet the Florida Panthers (19-20-8, 6th Atlantic) in the second-to-last game of the pre-All Star East Coast trip. Despite being 3-5-2 in their last 10 games, the Panthers have a two-game win streak coming off a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators. The Panthers’ biggest threat will be 25-year-old Vincent Trocheck, who just came back from a nasty ankle injury. In his two games back, Trocheck has two goals and one assist. The Sharks had a seven-game...
Jan 21, 2019
Erik Karlsson “shut down” until February; contract talks begin

Erik Karlsson “shut down” until February; contract talks begin

Karlsson is questionable for the All-Star Game. Sharks defender Erik Karlsson will not play this afternoon against the Florida Panthers nor tomorrow at the Washington Capitals, head coach Peter DeBoer said, as reported by Paul Gackle of the San Jose Mercury News. Karlsson’s lower-body injury made him a last-minute scratch in the Sharks’ Saturday loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning. DeBoer hopes that keeping Karlsson out for these two games will allow him to be healthy enough to play in the All-Star Game on Saturday. It would be his sixth All-Star appearance and first as a member of the...
Jan 21, 2019
Pacific Division Round Up: The not-so-mighty Ducks

Pacific Division Round Up: The not-so-mighty Ducks

Making a trade and winning two games this week wasn’t enough to move the Ducks up in the standings this week. It’s been a rough season for our Southern California rivals. We’ve watched two teams we’ve grown so used to seeing in the playoffs slip further and further from their spot in the post season this year. The Anaheim Ducks weren’t supposed to be this mediocre and their fans are not too pleased. The front office made some changes to the lineup and the team won two games, but they are no longer the Mighty Ducks. Anaheim Ducks (21-20-9) The Anaheim Ducks started their week off...
Jan 21, 2019
Player Power Rankings Week 16: Hertl-ing toward disaster

Player Power Rankings Week 16: Hertl-ing toward disaster

Digging deep for positivity this week! Welcome to Fear the Fin’s weekly(ish) player power rankings. Who had the biggest impact, the best goals or the prettiest smile in the week that was and who you should totally grab off of waivers in your fantasy league to stick it to Derek in accounts receivable. All rankings subject to the whims of fate and whatever we’re feeling in the moment. While the Sharks’ 1-2-0 week will do little to spark joy in the hearts of the faithful, it seems to pale in comparison to concerns about the health of two of their most stalwart blueliners. In placing...
Jan 21, 2019
Off the Charts: 5 deadline rentals the Sharks should pursue

Off the Charts: 5 deadline rentals the Sharks should pursue

Gustav Nyquist would look great in teal. It’s officially silly season in the NHL. Fake twitter accounts with bogus trades swirl amid Friedman bombs and “insider” scoops. Everyone starts overestimating their favorite team’s depth, until Victor Rask is traded for Nino Niederreiter and you think, maybe it’s okay to float those garbage trades around on Twitter after all. No matter the noise of the encircling chaos, we can usually count on Doug Wilson to at least try something. This something has, lately, manifested itself in the way of first-round picks and prospects sent away for...
Jan 20, 2019
Sharks recall Jacob Middleton, place Vlasic on injured reserve

Sharks recall Jacob Middleton, place Vlasic on injured reserve

Vlasic has not played since early January. The Sharks have recalled 23-year-old defenseman Jacob Middleton from their AHL affiliate the San Jose Barracuda. Middleton has played 29 games for the Barracuda this season, recording two goals and ten assists for 12 total points, which is tied for third in assists and points on the team at the time of his recall. Middleton is also slated to make his first AHL All-Star appearance as one of four representatives of the Barracuda in Springfield. In a corresponding move to Middleton’s recall, 31-year-old defender Marc-Edouard Vlasic has been placed...
Jan 20, 2019
Winning Play: Growing pains for Labanc

Winning Play: Growing pains for Labanc

Logan Couture, in his own way, has been through what Kevin Labanc is going through. Both players made remarkably similar mistakes in last night’s 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Labanc was beat by Yanni Gourde to a loose puck, giving Gourde a goal. Labanc also took an unnecessary cross-checking penalty in front of Tampa Bay’s net in the second period. “I thought he was okay,” Coach Pete DeBoer acknowledged. “Missed an assignment defensively, got scored on. Then took a penalty.” Meanwhile, Couture was beat by Mathieu Joseph to a loose puck, giving Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead....