As the San Jose Sharks headed into their home game against the Vancouver Canucks, the story line lasered in on the obvious: Brent Burns returns to forward. An injury to Tomas Hertl led to Burns playing a few shifts at forward late in the game against the Arizona Coyotes. With the injuries still in play,
Following the 5-3 loss to their division rival, the Vegas Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer held a testy postgame press conference. Already (rightfully) upset over both the officiating and an injury to Joel Ward, he was asked about Brent Burns ‘two-way game’ and responded, “he’s our most dynamic guy, there’s no doubt.”
Joe Thornton’s injury was a setback for this San Jose Sharks team, and in the first few games in his absence, the Sharks seemed to forget who they were. In the last two games, they remembered. For San Jose, winning comes from three main areas: defense, goaltending and special teams. Their formula is simple. Play
It is not hard to explain the success of the San Jose Sharks this season. They are stingy on defense and solid in goal. But even so, they are below average at even strength. Where the Sharks are above average is on special teams. On special teams, the Sharks have been very special. For the
Starting last Thursday, the San Jose Sharks, combined with their alumni group, played four games on four consecutive evenings. While each provided something interesting, one game was especially important. Thursday: San Jose Sharks v Carolina Hurricanes The Sharks came to the rink at SAP Center to face Carolina, apparently not quite on time. Carolina jumped out
A quarter of the way through the season, the San Jose Sharks continue to do a lot right, despite a recent rough 0-2-1 run. Back-to-back regulation losses to the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins were followed by a shootout loss to the rival Anaheim Ducks. The brief skid was broken with a 3-1 win over
The San Jose Sharks have won eight of their last 11 games to move up in the standings. The early season problems lasted a mere two games. San Jose has looked like a good team since, posting an 8-3-0 record. They’ve been competitive in every game in this surge. What has been behind this strong
It is early in the NHL season and the San Jose Sharks sit with a modest 4-4-0 record. While the first two games of the season were not good, the Sharks have been strong since then. In most of these six games, the Sharks have either matched or outplayed their opponents. What has been working?