Saturday, 25 February 2017

NHL - Sharks Round Up - February 11-18, 2017

Sharks @ Philadelphia Flyers 1-2 OT - Saturday, February 11, 2017
Wayne Simmonds scored in overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 win against the Sharks at Wells Fargo Center. Simmonds stole the puck from Sharks defenseman Brent Burns at center ice, raced in alone and beat Sharks goalie Aaron Dell at 1:04. In the first period, Simmonds deked around Burns to create a scoring chance but Dell made a glove save. Ivan Provorov scored for Philadelphia (27-22-7) and Michal Neuvirth made 23 saves. The Flyers had lost three straight (0-2-1). Patrick Marleau scored a power-play goal for San Jose (33-18-5) and Dell made 33 saves. San Jose has lost four straight games (0-1-3). The Sharks played without center Logan Couture who is day to day because of an upper-body injury. Provorov scored at 6:22 of the third period when he pinched in to get to the rebound of a shot by Andrew MacDonald that went off the goal post. Provorov dragged the puck around a sliding block attempt by Sharks forward Melker Karlsson and scored. It was the Flyers' first 5-on-5 goal in 232:29, dating to the third period against the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 2. They had been shut out in two of the past three games. The Flyers have stressed being better in the defensive zone but haven't used the resulting turnovers or transition opportunities to score. They have 15 goals in 11 games.
Marleau tied the game 3:01 after Provorov's goal on a power play. Joe Thornton got the puck down low to Kevin Labanc. Labanc's pass in front bounced off the skate of Sean Couturier and onto Marleau's stick in the slot. His shot went off MacDonald's stick and fluttered over Neuvirth for his 20th of the season to make it 1-1.

* Simmonds converted on his breakaway, stuffing the puck inside the right goal post. The goal was upheld after a review showed Simmonds did not interfere with Dell.
* At 9:02 of the first period, Simmonds made a great fake to get around Burns and get a 1-on-1 chance with Dell, but the Sharks goaltender made a glove save.
* The Flyers successfully used a coach's challenge to overturn a Sharks goal at 3:44 of the first period. After review, it was ruled that Labanc had interfered with Neuvirth. … Marleau's goal was his 501st in the NHL, moving him past Lanny MacDonald into 44th place on the all-time list. … Thornton is five assists from becoming the 13th NHL player with 1,000.
Sharks Bites
"We've lost three (of the past four) games in overtime or shootouts. Those are coin flips. I don't feel we're in a rut, no."
"Something that just kind of came out of left field for the most part. We didn't anticipate [Couture] wouldn't be able to play but those things happen, especially this time of the year. We had the guys here so the guys that went in did the job." Peter DeBoer said.

Sharks @ New Jersey 4-1 - Sunday, February 12, 2017

Defenseman Brent Burns scored two goals to help the Sharks end a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.
Burns, who leads the NHL with 228 shots on goal, is two points behind Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid for the NHL scoring lead. Burns has 24 goals and 59 points in 57 games; McDavid has 18 goals and 61 points in 56 games. Thornton and Tomas Hertl scored, and Martin Jones made 21 saves for the Sharks (34-18-5), who concluded their four-game Eastern Conference road trip 1-1-2. PA Parenteau scored and Cory Schneider made 34 saves for the Devils (23-22-10), who had won two in a row prior to a five-day break. The Sharks scored three goals on seven shots in the second period after having no goals on 19 shots in the first. The Devils took four minor penalties in the first. Burns scored on two straight shots from the point to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead, marking his first multigoal game since scoring twice in a 7-4 loss at the New York Rangers on Oct. 17, 2016. His first came off a wrist shot 2:27 into the second, and the second came off another wrist shot at 7:46. Thornton made it 3-1 on a shot from the slot that beat Schneider inside the left post at 11:22.
Parenteau gave the Devils a 1-0 lead on their first shot of the game off a rebound at 11:42 of the first period. New Jersey denied the Sharks on a 5-on-3 power play for 1:43 with Joseph Blandisi (holding) and Ben Lovejoy (high-sticking) in the penalty box. Schneider made four saves during the Sharks 2-man advantage. Hertl scored into an empty net with 1:24 left in the third period.

* Burns scored his first goal of the game after controlling the puck along the Devils blue line and beating Schneider just under the crossbar.
"Schneider was spectacular early; he made some great stops. But we kept throwing pucks at him and screening him, and eventually they went in."
Brent Burns was asked after the game if he hopes to catch McDavid for the scoring lead.
"No, not really. I think you look at everything; how other guys on the team you're playing are doing. But we hear enough about stats from [media] guys. You're aware of it."
"I thought we managed the puck well, we didn't turn it over or give up the odd-man rushes especially in the third period." Jones said.

Florida Panthers @ Sharks 6-5 OT - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Jaromir Jagr got his 1,900th NHL point, and Jonathan Huberdeau scored at 1:38 of overtime to give the Florida Panthers a 6-5 win against the Sharks at SAP Center. Nick Bjugstad and Aleksander Barkov each scored two goals for the Panthers (25-20-10, 60 points), who are 5-1-1 in their past seven games and three points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Huberdeau won it when he beat goalie Martin Jones for his third goal in four games since returning from an Achilles tendon injury. The Sharks (34-18-6) trailed 5-3 with less than four minutes remaining, but got two goals from Joe Pavelski to tie it. Bjugstad took a pass from defenseman Alex Petrovic and beat Jones with a wrist shot from the slot at 2:15 of the third period to put Florida ahead 4-3.

Jagr, who turned 45 Wednesday, became the second player in NHL history with 1,900 points (Wayne Gretzky, 2,857) when he sent a pass from the slot to Barkov, who scored from close range at 12:41 to make it 5-3. Pavelski cut Florida's lead to 5-4 with 3:21 remaining, and then tied it 5-5 with 37.4 seconds left when he scored his 20th goal on the rebound of a Tomas Hertl shot. Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo left the game after Pavelski's second goal and was replaced by James Reimer, who played for the Sharks last season. The teams combined for five goals in the first period, including four in 2:52. Jussi Jokinen put Florida ahead 1-0 at 4:20 of the first period. After Brent Burns tied it with his 25th goal at 4:51, Bjugstad (5:35) and Barkov (7:12) scored to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead. Joel Ward got the Sharks within 3-2 when he scored at 15:25. Marc-Edouard Vlasic tied it 3-3 at 6:27 of the second period. The Sharks (74 points), who are 1-1-4 in their past six games, lead the Anaheim Ducks by four points for first place in the Pacific Division.
* Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad sent a long stretch pass between Sharks defensemen Brenden Dillon and David Schlemko to Bjugstad, who beat Jones with a wrist shot on a breakaway for his first goal.
"They made some good plays. Obviously we want to be tighter, but sometimes you need a big save from your goalie. I just couldn't make the big one tonight." Martin Jones
"We don't want to sacrifice defense for scoring. We have enough guys in here who can score when they get the chances. We can win games 3-2, 2-1. And that's what gets it done at the end of the season. We're coming up to that point, and it's going to be a big commitment to do it the right way and limit their chances." Joe Pavelski
Sharks @ Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 - Saturday, February 18, 2017

Brent Burns scored two goals, and Melker Karlsson and Micheal Haley combined for five points for the Sharks in a 4-1 win against the Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Burns tied his Sharks record for goals by a defenseman in a single season when he scored his 27th with 3:25 remaining to make it 4-1. He scored through traffic to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead 9:01 into the game. Since Feb. 29, 2016, Burns has 41 goals and 111 points in 104 games, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Backup goalie Aaron Dell made an NHL career-high 36 saves for the Sharks (35-18-6), who defeated the Coyotes for the second time in five games this season. Playing on the fourth line with center Chris Tierney, Karlsson had a goal and two assists, and Haley had a goal and an assist to help San Jose build a 3-0 lead. Martin Hanzal scored his 15th goal for the Coyotes (20-30-7), who were 3-0-1 the first four games against the Sharks. Phoenix had scored two or more goals in 13 straight games and was 7-3-1 in its past 11. Mike Smith made 29 saves, but his career .944 save percentage against the Sharks took a hit when he allowed three goals in the first 22:34. Karlsson put the Sharks up 2-0 when he elected to keep the puck on a 2-on-1 with Tierney, and his shot deflected in off Coyotes defenseman Luke Schenn's leg at 14:26 of the first. The Sharks pushed the lead to 3-0 2:34 into the second period. Martin set up Haley for a shot that beat Smith to the stick side for his first goal in 44 games.
Hanzal scored his fifth goal in the past five games 33 seconds into the third period, jamming in the rebound of an Alex Goligoski shot to get the Coyotes within 3-1.

* Haley beat Smith with a one-timer for his first goal since March 5 against the Vancouver Canucks.
* Tierney didn't get on the score sheet but was plus-3 in 14:42 and was in the middle of two San Jose goals.
* Dell robbed Brendan Perlini 1-on-1 from close range at 12:36 of the second period to keep the Sharks up 3-0.
* The Sharks were not called for a penalty. ... Burns is three goals from becoming the ninth defenseman in NHL history to score 30 or more goals in a season.
* Burns has scored five times in the past three games.
"A lot of things have to go right to have goals go in. Playing with Paul Martin has been unbelievable for me, and to play with [Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski] and a lot of great players working to get me the puck. Everything leads into getting the confidence to feel good and play." said Burns
"He's having an MVP season. He's been that good for us, and it's every night. I don't know what else to say. In my mind, he's the best player in the League, and we're happy to have him on our team."
"It was critical for us to get some goals on Smith because he's had our number. Especially some early goals gave Aaron a comfort zone." San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said.
"We were really good. We played a simple game, we got the pucks deep and do what we do best. It doesn't happen that often, to be part of three goals, and it's fun to contribute that way. We lost some points against this team this year, and it was nice to get two points." Karlsson said.
"We know what [Mike Pizza Boy Smith] done to us over the past few games. He's stopped a lot of pucks. But when you get one or two on him early on, it kind of breaks him down a little bit and it makes them play from behind." Joe Pavelski

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