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Sharks Jump Out to 4 Goal Lead, Hang On to Win

(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

SAN JOSE– Before Saturday’s 6-4 win over Anaheim, the Sharks were not sure whether or not Logan Couture would be able to play. “This morning I woke up and my eye was swollen, I could barely see out of it, so I knew something was up,” he said after the game. Considering how Couture played on Saturday, maybe he should consider wearing an eye patch before all of his games, to mimic a pregame eye problem. (more…)

Sharks Lose to Coyotes in Shootout

(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

SAN JOSE–Saturday night, the Arizona Coyotes beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3. The game went to a shootout giving the Sharks one badly needed point but little else to celebrate. The game’s first and last goals were both scored by Antoine Vermette. The Coyotes’ Devan Dubnyk made 40 saves for the win. For the Sharks, Tommy Wingels, Andrew Desjardins and Joe Pavelski all scored to get the team to overtime.

The Sharks’ first goal of the game snapped a five game pointless streak and a ten game goalless streak for Tommy Wingels. It was an impressive short-handed goal to boot. After the game, Wingels said:

Our penalty kill gave one up early in the game so to get one back was important for us.

You’re not happy when you get scored on the penalty kill, and whether that makes you anticipate better or try harder, psychologically, I don’t know but Goody made a really good play. Both getting it out and on the rush so I just had a the easy job of putting it in.

Andrew Desjardins’ goal was his first of the season. (more…)

Troy Grosenick Steals One for the Sharks

(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

Sunday’s 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes was one of the more compelling games the Sharks have played this season. It was not high-scoring and the Sharks did not outplay their opponent, except in goal. It was Troy Grosenick who made the 2-0 win exciting. He finished his NHL debut with a 45 save shut out. He even had to make one of those saves with Tyler Kennedy’s stick. He was a man on a mission. (more…)

Sharks Lose to Blue Jackets, Again

(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

For the second time this season, the San Jose Sharks fell to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Last time, the Sharks lost 5-4, this time it was 2-1. This was the Blue Jackets’ second win in a row, after a nine-game losing streak, mostly attributable to an unprecedented rash of injuries. The last game they won before that losing streak? October 25, in San Jose. It was the first game back for Sergei Bobrovsky after being out with a broken finger. This second win completes the Blue Jackets’ sweep of the season series between the teams.

After the game, Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said, of his team’s inability to string wins together: “That’s what it’s about, is winning, it’s always frustrating. This little seesaw here, win one, lose one, it’s… it gets old. (more…)

San Jose Sharks: Acceptable Losses

(Originally published at Inside Hockey)

Thursday, the San Jose Sharks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1. Based on the Sharks’ recent performance, that should not have surprised anyone. The Sharks were sure to bring their A game against the top team in the East, after embarrassing themselves in a loss to the Florida Panthers. The 2014-15 Sharks don’t always lose to weaker teams and beat strong ones, but lately that is their pattern.

Being beaten by the current Chicago Blackhawks, even badly, is nothing to panic about. Even if the Blackhawks struggled early this season, they have a roster of skilled, seasoned players with a nose for the win. So even when the Sharks lost there, through a poor first period, that game could be written off as an acceptable loss. (more…)

Sharks Fall 5-2 in Chicago

(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

By Mary Walsh

Three quick first period goals from Blackhawks’ defensemen were too much for the San Jose Sharks to overcome in a 5-2 loss Sunday. Two goals from Joe Pavelski gave the Sharks life in later periods but they could not catch the skilled Chicago team. (more…)

Sharks Defeat Stars 5-3, Score 4 Goals in 3rd

(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

In a 5-3 victory over the Dallas Stars, the San Jose Sharks turned some early season habits upside down. So far this season, the Sharks played many strong first periods, only to struggle in third periods. Saturday, despite a hat trick from Tyler Seguin in the first two periods, the Sharks came back with four goals in the third period. (more…)