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Apr 21, 2018
Cuda Corner: Back and forth action leads to a Tucson win

Cuda Corner: Back and forth action leads to a Tucson win

Tucson’s first playoff win comes at the ‘Cuda’s expense. Six days removed from making the Calder Cup Playoffs by the skin of their teeth, the San Jose Barracuda faced off against the team that was responsible for them clinching: the Tucson Roadrunners. Let’s recap last Saturday’s crazy events: With the San Diego Gulls losing and the ‘Cuda winning, it came down to a scenario in which both teams, with the addition of the Stockton Heat, had to win and scoreboard watch. The Barracuda pulled out a tight victory over the Heat, 2-1, eliminating them from the playoffs- then after lots...
Apr 21, 2018
Fear the Fin is looking for contributors

Fear the Fin is looking for contributors

Love to talk Sharks hockey? Join the Fear the Fin team! UPDATE: While we will be taking applications through out the season, contributor inquiries may take longer to respond to once the season is in full swing. Descriptions of various contributor positions are listed below. Many things are changing here at Fear the Fin, but one thing is always the same: we want to bring you the best possible coverage of the San Jose Sharks. To do that, we need a little more depth to our roster. We’re looking for writers, photographers, and more to add to our team. If you love Sharks hockey, there might...
Apr 21, 2018
Playoffs Round Up: Grab your brooms

Playoffs Round Up: Grab your brooms

The Kings and the Ducks won a total of zero playoff games. Good god, Sharks fans. What a week we’ve had. The Sharks may have swept the dreaded Anaheim Ducks, but they weren’t the only ones. Here’s a recap of what went on in each playoff series this week. There was a whole lot of action. In the East: Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins After a troubling 7-0 game one loss, it looked like the defending Stanley Cup champs, the Pittsburgh Penguins, were going to have an easy go at the series. Don’t be fooled, folks. The Flyers have come back to keep the series alive. Game 3...
Apr 20, 2018
Cuda Corner: Catching up with the Barracuda

Cuda Corner: Catching up with the Barracuda

The Gang Gets NHL Contracts: Russian Teens Edition On April 14, just after the final game of their regular season, the San Jose Barracuda clinched the final berth for the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs, with a victory over the Stockton Heat (and a loss in another game by the San Diego Gulls). With both the ‘Cuda and the Sharks in the playoffs, some roster movements were necessary. The first transaction is more related to the looming 2018 World Championships. Swiss forward Noah Rod was reassigned to the Swiss National Team on April 16. Rod was drafted by the Sharks in the second round of the...
Apr 19, 2018
Quick Bites: Series sweep sends Ducks to golf course

Quick Bites: Series sweep sends Ducks to golf course

Hockey is basically golf anyway, right? Tonight on the Golf Channel, the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks convened at the SAP Center to finish off their playoff series. The Sharks even brought along San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan as their celebrity door opener for their second home game this round. That Bay Area unification must’ve had some strong energy to quell their southern California rival. The Sharks started the game off strong and dominated in the offensive zone through the early stages of the first period. Indeed, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture both got good...
Apr 18, 2018
Fear the Five: Five things to watch for Game 4

Fear the Five: Five things to watch for Game 4

A win would help the Sharks keep pace with Vegas. After an 8-1 shellacking of the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3, it’s tough to look ahead to Game 4, but here we go. Here’s five things to look out for. Can the Sharks continue to punish the Ducks? I’m not talking about hits; that’s the Ducks territory and I think it’s safe say that the current game plan is working perfectly. What I’m talking about is where it counts — on the scoreboard. The Ducks dished out hit after dirty hit in Game 3 and the Sharks dished out goal after power play goal. It was a humiliating loss for the Ducks and...
Apr 18, 2018
Further Review: Breaking down all eight Sharks goals from Game 3

Further Review: Breaking down all eight Sharks goals from Game 3

San Jose eight up the Ducks on Monday. San Jose has opened up a commanding 3-0 series lead, looking every bit the dominant force they did late in the season when they rung up an eight-game win streak. Monday night, the Sharks put an exclamation point on this dominance with an explosion of eight goals to the Ducks lonely one. Racking up eight goals is a franchise playoff record, and currently is the highest goals scored in a playoff game this postseason. Scoring that many goals can cause everyone to lose track of exactly what happened and how it went down. There were a lot of good plays and...
Apr 17, 2018
Quick Bites: Sharks dominate on home ice, beat Ducks in Game 3

Quick Bites: Sharks dominate on home ice, beat Ducks in Game 3

There’s no place like home to dominate your rivals. A four-goal second period helped the San Jose Sharks to a 8-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks, in their first game on home ice. The victory gives them a 3-0 series lead in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. These two California rivals battled it out in the first two games, but as the series shifted to San Jose on Monday night, the Ducks were in desperation mode. Unfortunately, the Sharks set the tone from puck drop and put pressure on the Ducks. The home team struck first as Mikkel Boedker outskated defenseman Hampus Lindholm to...
Apr 16, 2018
Fear the Five: Five things to watch for in Game 3

Fear the Five: Five things to watch for in Game 3

San Jose is hoping to take a commanding 3-0 series lead with a win on home ice tonight. The San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks are set to play their third game of this first-round series tonight and it’s the first game of the series to be held in SAP Center. The Sharks are in the best position possible after winning the first two away games and enter tonight leading the series. Here is what to watch for in tonight’s contest: Can San Jose keep this strong defensive game up? The Sharks only let up 229 goals in the regular season, ninth overall, but they were assisted by early defensive...
Apr 15, 2018
Celebrate the Sharks’ playoff lead with a T-shirt!

Celebrate the Sharks’ playoff lead with a T-shirt!

The Duck Hunt is on! Every year, the Sharks find a new hashtag to rally behind each series. Last night’s grisly win put the Sharks up 2-0 in the series heading back to San Jose for Game 3 and it’s never felt more like the #DuckHunt hashtag — except this time, the Ducks are hunting back. Our friends at BreakingT have released a Duck Hunt shirt that is straight fire. Borrowing the 8-bit style of the original Nintendo game, you can show Anaheim exactly what you think of them during this heated match up. Check out the shirt design below and snag your own at BreakingT! ...
Apr 15, 2018
The San Jose Barracuda have clinched a Calder Cup playoff spot

The San Jose Barracuda have clinched a Calder Cup playoff spot

And to think they were 10 points out on April 4... A few weeks ago, the San Jose Barracuda were in dead last in the Pacific Division. After a disastrous February in which they had only won a single game during the absence of Captain John McCarthy, the Barracuda had found themselves in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the first time in their existence in San Jose. But did you really think they were going to go down without a fight? ROY’S BOYS DON’T QUIT. Bolstered by the additions of Sasha Chmelevski and Ivan Chekovich from the Ottawa 67s and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, respectively,...
Apr 15, 2018
Quick Bites: Sharks head home up 2-0

Quick Bites: Sharks head home up 2-0

Ducks continue parade to the penalty box. The Sharks are heading back to San Jose up 2-0 in their best of seven series with the Anaheim Ducks. Game 2 was much tighter than Game 1, finishing up with a 3-2 score. Honda Center was absolutely jumping to start Game 2. The crowd was amped up and the Ducks took that energy and ran with it. From puck drop, Anaheim pushed into the Sharks’ zone, and put the pressure on and it paid off. Just 40 seconds in, Jakob Silfverberg scored on what looked like something Martin Jones could have stopped. Ducks up 1-0. The ensuing play saw the Ducks push back...
Apr 14, 2018
Playoff Round Up: Round one, lots of fun

Playoff Round Up: Round one, lots of fun

Week one and we already have a game with multiple overtime periods. Thank you. Playoff hockey is the most beautiful thing in the world. There is a lot going on through the week during the ‘yoffs, so if you’re struggling to keep up with what’s going on outside of the Sharks playoff push, I’ve got you covered. I’ll be wrapping up each series every week, catching you up on what you may have missed in both the Eastern and Western divisions. This will be a great place to keep tabs on your bracket. In the East: Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins The defending Stanley Cup...
Apr 14, 2018
Game 2 Preview: Five things to watch in Game 2

Game 2 Preview: Five things to watch in Game 2

Now the series really starts. One of the reasons I love this Sharks-Ducks series is because it’s two veteran teams going head-to-head in a best-of-seven series. Both sides have been there, they’ve done that and they understand that this is a playoff series, not a one and done. Which means that now the fun really starts. Can the Sharks weather the push back? When vets go up against each other in a series, the serious stuff doesn’t start until Game 2. The Sharks tossed out the opening volley with a Game 1 win, which is awesome, but count on the Ducks to respond. You can bet there’s...
Apr 13, 2018
Quick Bites: Postseason opens with a shutout victory

Quick Bites: Postseason opens with a shutout victory

Let’s get this show on the road! After ceding home ice in the final game of the regular season, the San Jose Sharks descended upon the Honda Center to face off against their longtime rival Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite playing on the road, the Sharks put on a strong showing to start off this postseason run. The early part of the first period was relatively uneventful. Four minutes into the game, Timo Meier drew a holding call for the Sharks and they went on their first power play of the postseason. The Sharks did not score on this...