1:46 AM EST, Thu November 15, 2018
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Winning Play: Thornton’s genius, Sorensen’s support

Winning Play: Thornton’s genius, Sorensen’s support

On the night that Joe Thornton beat the Nashville Predators 5-4 with his 400th career NHL goal, his most extraordinary play might have been an uncredited assist. The San Jose Sharks were seven minutes away from losing a 4-3 game that they had once led 3-0. But then, another Joe, Pavelski (8), anticipated a Roman Josi (59) pass, forcing its receiver, Filip Forsberg (9), into a turnover. Every Sharks skater touched the puck in this game-tying sequence: Justin Braun (61) sent it to Thornton (19), Thornton served Brent Burns (88), Burns backhanded it to Marcus Sorensen (20), then...
16 hours ago
Quick Bites: Sharks win rollercoaster game against Predators

Quick Bites: Sharks win rollercoaster game against Predators

What started well quickly turned bad, but the Sharks found their footing once more on the road to victory. Everyone tuning in to watch the San Jose Sharks take on the Nashville Predators last night was in for a wild ride. Through a series of ups and downs, the Sharks eventually won the 5-4 thriller against the top team in the league The Sharks took advantage of the Predators being on the end of a back-to-back in the first period, controlling the puck with a 72 percent corsi for (CF%) in all situations through the first. With the puck on their sticks for the majority of the period, the...
Nov 14, 2018
Predators 4, Sharks 5: Jumbo scores No. 400 as Predators become prey

Predators 4, Sharks 5: Jumbo scores No. 400 as Predators become prey

The Giant Dipper has nothing on this roller coaster. The Sharks and Predators went into Tuesday night’s game knowing it wouldn’t be easy for either team. After all, they do have two of the best defensive corps in hockey. The Sharks got out to an incredibly early start, going up 3-0 against a seemingly lost Predators team, but this Nashville team doesn’t break easily. They stormed back in the second with three unanswered goals of their own, two off of blunders by Justin Braun, then took the lead in the third with a Rocco Grimaldi goal. But the Sharks staged a comeback of their own,...
Nov 13, 2018
Predators at Sharks: Preds roll into town with depleted lineup

Predators at Sharks: Preds roll into town with depleted lineup

Healthy Sharks look to take advantage of injured Predators Pregame Tonight at SAP Center, it’s a battle of two of the best defenses in hockey...at least on paper. The Sharks (9-6-3, 3rd in the Pacific Division) versus the Nashville Predators (13-3-1, 1st in the Central Division). For the Sharks, one win does not a turnaround make, but it’s a sign things could be heading in the right direction. The Sharks allowed the Calgary Flames to score just one goal on Sunday night and goalie Martin Jones was looking like he was in playoff mode. There were still defensive breakdowns (like the Erik...
Nov 13, 2018
Storm Watch: Merkley trying to keep it simple against top competition

Storm Watch: Merkley trying to keep it simple against top competition

Welcome to our weekly check in on San Jose Sharks first-round draft pick Ryan Merkley and his Ontario Hockey League club, the Guelph Storm. This week, we had the added bonus of seeing Merkley suit up with a host of OHL All-Stars as part of the annual Canadian Hockey League series against the Russian junior squad. Merkley: Playing with OHL All-Stars “unreal” Merkley recorded an assist in the first game against Russia, a 3-1 win for the OHL side. Most of the credit belong to Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward and Arizona Coyotes prospect Barrett Hayton for the incredible...
Nov 13, 2018
Predators at Sharks Preview: Best in the West

Predators at Sharks Preview: Best in the West

The Predators will arrive on the second day of a back-to-back set for their second of three meetings against the Sharks. The Sharks (9-6-3, 3rd Pacific) are back in action tonight against the league’s current top team, the Nashville Predators (13-3-1, 1st Central). The Predators are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, including a five-game winning streak going into their shootout loss against the Anaheim Ducks last night. More ominously, last night was their only road loss so far this season. The Sharks overcame the Predators back in October, but it was close and high-scoring. The final score...
Nov 12, 2018
Pacific Division Round Up: Has Vegas’ luck run out?

Pacific Division Round Up: Has Vegas’ luck run out?

They sit at the bottom of the standings while the Vancouver Canucks are scoring eight goals against the Boston Bruins. Last week, I got to talk about how terrible the Los Angeles Kings are. This week, I get to bring you the glorious news that the Vegas Golden Knights are in second-to-last place above the Kings in the standings. Is it unprofessional to say I love watching our enemies go down in flames? Maybe so, but regardless, I think we should celebrate. Here’s how this week shaped up in the Pacific: Anaheim Ducks (7-8-3) The Anaheim Ducks had another rough week. They played three...
Nov 12, 2018
Blood, Sweat, & Teal: To Be a Driver in That Uber

Blood, Sweat, & Teal: To Be a Driver in That Uber

You know the one. In this week’s episode, we realized we forgot about an entire game last week, muse about where Joel Quenneville might land and get down to the real reason the Sharks drafted Josh Norris (thank you, Doctor Strange). We finally get to do the Senators Check we’ve been waiting all week for and really, everything spirals from there. As always, we look at last week’s games and preview the upcoming week with point predictions, an Aaron Dell watch and bold predictions that are both too bold and too real. Blood, Sweat, & Teal has found a new home on Anchor! You can listen to...
Nov 12, 2018
Player Power Rankings, Week 6: Burns Notice

Player Power Rankings, Week 6: Burns Notice

I was saying Boo-urns. The Sharks took us for quite a ride this week. A wacky and exciting win over the Minnesota Wild at home faded quickly into tragedy, as the Sharks dropped both games of a road back to back in Dallas and St. Louis, including getting shut out by Chad Johnson and his Blues. After allowing three goals in every one of their last nine games, the Sharks finally played some defense last night holding the Calgary Flames to one measly tally, and they salvaged a .500 record from the week that was. Last night’s victory was the start of a long home stand for our Sharkos, but they...
Nov 12, 2018
Winning Play: Braun limits Gaudreau

Winning Play: Braun limits Gaudreau

The San Jose Sharks, to a man, knew they needed to tighten up defensively after clocking an ugly -10 outnumbered attack differential on their recent road swing. They responded with one of their more assertive defensive efforts of the season, stamping out the Calgary Flames 3-1 back home at SAP Center last night. In particular,the reunited Justin Braun and Marc-Edouard Vlasic stepped up. Hard-matched against Calgary’s top line — Vlasic-Braun played over 16 minutes at 5-on-5 against Johnny Gaudreau-Sean Monahan-Elias Lindholm — they excelled, especially at limiting scoring...
Nov 12, 2018
Quick Bites: Top line on fire against Flames

Quick Bites: Top line on fire against Flames

No pun intended; Evander Kane, Joe Pavelski,and Joonas Donskoi were the Sharks’ best line last night. After coming off being swept on the road, the Sharks needed a bounce-back game against the Calgary Flames. The line of Joe Pavelski, Evander Kane and Joonas Donskoi came out to set the tone early with Kane’s sixth goal of the season. Nice shot, @evanderkane_9 pic.twitter.com/hjavZpQ7XH— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) November 12, 2018 From a backhand pass from Pavelski, Kane beat Mike Smith glove side to start the scoring less than a minute into the game. This was a much...
Nov 12, 2018
Flames 1, Sharks 3: Sharks douse Flames to open homestand

Flames 1, Sharks 3: Sharks douse Flames to open homestand

Back on home ice, the Sharks earned a much-needed win. After a rough two-game road trip, the San Jose Sharks were able to start their homestand off on the right foot with a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames. It didn’t take the Sharks too long to find the back of the net as Evander Kane beat Mike Smith less than a minute into the first period. Although the Flames didn’t score in the opening period, it was a fairly even match, with both sharing a 50 percent Corsi for and generating a similar amount of scoring chances. During the second period, the Sharks were able to extend their lead to...
Nov 11, 2018
Flames at Sharks: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

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

After a rough two-game road trip, the Sharks look to rebound at home against the Flames. The two-game road trip through Dallas and St. Louis didn’t go as planned for the San Jose Sharks. Now it’s back to the Shark Tank, where they’ll welcome the Calgary Flames, who are currently in second place and two points ahead of the Sharks in the Pacific Division. After losing a close one to the Dallas Stars, the Sharks had arguably their worst game of the season against the St. Louis Blues. Despite controlling the puck and having a significant amount of scoring chances, the Sharks were unable...
Nov 11, 2018
Flames at Sharks Preview: Be careful playing with fire

Flames at Sharks Preview: Be careful playing with fire

Sharks need to turn things around in tough homestand. The Sharks (8-6-3) are back in San Jose, hoping that home ice advantage really will be an advantage against the Calgary Flames (10-6-1). For the Sharks, it was a troubling two-game road trip. Martin Jones walked out of Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars with 4 goals against and an .818 save percentage, while Aaron Dell finished Friday’s 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues with 4 goals against and a .871 save percentage. Both goalies were better than their numbers, but not phenomenal enough to win, as we’ve seen goalies on lesser...
Nov 10, 2018
Barracuda at Roadrunners preview: To Helewka and Back

Barracuda at Roadrunners preview: To Helewka and Back

It’s time to test the resolve of the Junior Teal. Luck is one of life’s strangest phenomenons. One day, everything is going right for you; the next day, you can’t even catch a single break. For the San Jose Barracuda, the bad luck finally hit last night, in the form of a 5-0 drubbing in Tucson at the hands (or...wings?) of the Roadrunners. Former Barracuda legend Adam Helewka led the way for his new club with a pair of goals while Tucson netminder Merrick Madsen made 19 stops en route to his first American Hockey League shutout. But today, San Jose will have the rare opportunity to...