Brazil: 20 thoughts from the Sharks' playoff run


Brazil: 20 thoughts from the Sharks' playoff run


1) As Ive learned, it is indeed possible to spend 10,000 of the companys money chasing the Sharks all across North America for six weeks.2) Each opponent, and its subsequent fanbase, thought they were better than San Jose from the outset of each series. Los Angeles, in true SoCal fashion was out to shock the world. Detroit and its self-described mystique was destined to advance. And then of course Vancouver was owed a trip to the finals, because well after all, Canadians invented hockey.3) Canucks fans support their team very well on the road. Sharks fans shouldnt be mad or frustrated at this, but instead take a chapter out of their book. Nothing like making the enemys advantage your own advantage.

4) Tim Hortons is the best breakfast spot in the world. Whoever franchises a location in San Francisco will make a lot of my money.5) No Show Joe sure showed a lot of people his true colors. Not only as the points leader through three rounds of the postseason, but also as the leader inside the Sharks' dressing room. All of this while playing through pain. Hard to believe he will still have doubters, but then again, I wont be surprised.6) Paying the extra 10 to sit in the exit row, always worth it on the long flights.7) Its the easy way out as a journalist, blogger, or fan to pick an underperforming star player and ask Where has ___ been this series?. When was the last time you saw a championship team have all of its players going 100 at the same time? Never. Exactly.8) HP Pavilion is louder than Staples Center, Joe Louis Arena and Rogers Arena. This is not bias, this is truth.9) Logan Couture might be the biggest bright spot in the organizations future. The kid has already exceeded expectations, and shows no signs of slowing down.10) Angry Birds still manages to make ME angry at times, but is the best time killer for airplane, bus, taxi and train rides.11) The people and media outlets who covered San Jose the least this regular season seem to be most critical of their performance in the postseason.12) It is completely normal to ask someone, or yourself What day is today? anytime youre past the first round.13) Todd McLellan is an incredibly composed man. Through the controversy and the celebration of emotional hockey games, he always delivers eloquent words to the media, and you can only imagine he is the exact same to his players when the doors are closed.14) Your big free agents this year are: White, Wallin, Huskins, Eager, Nichol, Wellwood, Mayers and Setoguchi. At least half of them will be back, Id guess. Which ones, well have to see.15) In retrospect, werent two goaltenders better than one?16) Funny how any series won always seems easier in hindsight. For example, at the time I remember thinking how many battles there were in the Kings series but now looking back, it seemed like a relatively painless series.17) In 2011, the Sharks played their latest game in the calendar year (May 24th), and played the most postseason hockey of any season (18 games).18) They also were the only team to appear in the Conference Finals each of the last two years, which seems to be a lost fact on a lot of people.19) I honestly dont know how any regular man puts up with a full-time beard. It beats shaving every day, and is fun for the playoffs but thats about where the benefits end. 20) With a postseason this long, next year will be here before you know it.

Sharks exorcise MSG demons, take down Rangers


Sharks exorcise MSG demons, take down Rangers


NEW YORK — Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, Martin Jones stopped xx shots and the San Jose Sharks beat the struggling New York Rangers 4-1 on Monday night.

Tim Heed, Joonas Donskoi and Melker Karlsson also scored to help the Sharks win for the third time in four games. Jones got his fourth straight win after losing his first two starts.

Mika Zibanejad scored and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 20 saves for the Rangers, who fell to 2-6-2 on the season. New York finished 0 for 6 on the power play and is 3 for 25 over the last six games.

With the Sharks leading 3-0 after two periods, Couture took the puck away from Lundqvist behind the goal and sent it to Karlsson, who put it in for his second of the season at 2:51 of the third. Couture got his 200th career assist on the play.

San Jose turned the puck over in its defensive zone and Zibanejad snapped a shot into the top right corner to spoil Jones' shutout bid at 4:23 of the final period.

Donskoi increased the Sharks' lead to 3-0 with 38 seconds left in the second as he skated into the right circle and beat Lundqvist glove-side inside the right post.

The Rangers controlled the play for most of the first period while outshooting the Sharks 16-8, but trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes.

Couture, who had his second career hat trick in a loss at the New York Islanders on Saturday night, got San Jose on the scoreboard 1:56 into the game. With Jones pulled for an extra skater on a delayed penalty, Brent Burns sent pass from the right circle up top to Couture, who fired a slap shot from straightaway past Lundqvist.

Jones had two nice saves on back-to-back attempts in close by Pavel Buchnevich with a little more than nine minutes left in the first.

Heed doubled the Sharks' lead with 7:15 left as he brought the puck up the right side and sent a bad-angle shot from near the goal line along the boards. The puck trickled through Lundqvist's pads for the 26-year-old's first career goal in his seventh NHL game.

The Rangers had a two-man advantage for 25 seconds late in the opening period, but Jones stoppedZibanejad's shot from top of the left circle, and Rick Nash missed with an attempt in close.

NOTES: Couture has six goals and three assists in his last four games. ... The Sharks are 30 for 31 on the penalty kill in seven games since giving up three power-play goals in the season- opener against Philadelphia. ... The teams conclude the season series Jan. 25 at San Jose. ... Rangers D Kevin Shattenkirk played in his 500th career regular season game. ... New York F Rick Nash played in his 999th game. ... D Marc Staal played in his 699th game — all with the Rangers — and passed Mark Messier and Steve Vickers for sole possession of 12th place on the franchise list. ... New York has given up 15 goals in the first period this season.


Sharks: At Boston on Thursday night in the fifth of a six-game trip that concludes at Buffalo on Saturday.

Rangers: Host Arizona on Thursday night in the finale of a season-high six-game homestand.

Raiders expect Lynch ruling soon; 'it would be the fairest thing'


Raiders expect Lynch ruling soon; 'it would be the fairest thing'

Running back Marshawn Lynch formally appealed his one-game suspension on Monday afternoon.

The Raiders hope to hear a ruling by Tuesday.

“I think we expect to hear something early in the week, hopefully by tomorrow,” head coach Jack Del Rio said in a Monday press conference. “(It) would be the fairest thing so that the team can prepare.”

That’s the expectation, according to an ESPN report. The Raiders should know by Tuesday whether Lynch’s suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct will stand.

The suspension stems from a Thursday night incident where he left the sidelines to join an on-field fracas involving Raiders offensive linemen and Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters. The third-year pro was penalized for a late hit on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr his linemen didn’t take kindly.

Peters and Lynch are extremely close friends and Oakland natives, and Lynch instinctively went out to protect someone he views as family. He inadvertently grabbed an official by the jersey and let go shortly after. He was flagged and ejected by rule.

He missed most of Thursday’s 31-30 victory over the Chiefs, and the NFL suspended him one game without pay on Friday. That could cost Lynch a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

ESPN reports that Peters by phone spoke at Lynch’s appeal hearing, where the running back’s team also cited precedent of others contacting an official without getting suspended. Leaving the sideline, however, may not help his appeal.

Del Rio said he hadn’t spoken with Lynch since the ejection.

“I said the other night I was disappointed that we had a player leave the bench,” Del Rio said. “It’s something we talk about – don’t leave the bench area.”

The Raiders ran with Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington after Lynch’s ejection, and combined for 67 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. The pair with shoulder a rushing load Sunday at Buffalo if Lynch is unavailable.

“They don’t have the size and the power but they have a little more quickness, they catch the ball a little easier, better route-runners, things like so,” Del Rio said. “So, if you’re playing a little more wide open, in some respects they give you a little more juice. Marshawn give you the power back when you want to finish people and in tough situations. Those guys give you more than a change of pace.”