Instant Replay: Sharks' offense erupts, blank Devils to snap losing skid

Instant Replay: Sharks' offense erupts, blank Devils to snap losing skid


SAN JOSE – Headed into Monday night, no NHL team had been on the road this season more than the dozen games played by San Jose. That peripatetic schedule has likely played a role in the Sharks’ middling start to the season.

Now, though, they’ll get a chance at home to make up some points that they’ve left on the table. They got two on Monday in the first of a five-game homestand, as the Sharks comfortably defeated the Devils at SAP Center, 4-0.

Chris Tierney, Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture and Brent Burns were the goal scorers, while Martin Jones made 26 saves to record his second shutout.

The Sharks snapped a three-game losing streak (0-2-1), improving to 5-2 at home. New Jersey lost its third in a row in regulation, getting swept by the three California clubs.

A shorthanded goal got the Sharks on the board. An errant point shot by Jacob Josefson ricocheted all the way out to Tierney, who charged ahead on a two-on-one. Tierney took the shot himself, cleanly beating Keith Kincaid just 1:59 into the game for his long awaited first goal of the season.

Marleau, looking rejuvenated on the top line, increased it to 2-0. Joe Pavelski pushed the puck towards the crease, defenseman Damon Severson fell down leaving Marleau alone in front, and the Sharks forward nailed the post before slapping in the airborne rebound at 6:43.

The Sharks increased their lead with the only goal of the second period. On a power play, Joe Thornton’s attempted pass deflected off of Andy Greene’s skate to the stick of Couture, who had all kinds of room to fire home his fifth of the season at 10:33.

Burns got credit for the Sharks’ fourth goal in the final frame. The defenseman’s wrist shot from the circle was too hot for Kincaid to handle, and Kyle Quincey inadvertently played the puck off of his skates before swiping it over the line at 7:38.

Center Danny O’Regan made his NHL debut, centering the fourth line. The 22-year-old is tied for the AHL Barracuda team lead with 11 points (5g, 6a).

The Sharks are 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Devils. They visit New Jersey on Feb. 12.

Special teams

The Sharks finished 1-for-5 on the power play, scoring just their second power play goal in the last eight games. Tierney’s goal was the Sharks’ first shorthanded this season.

New Jersey was 0-for-3, and is now a miserable 0-for-29 in its last nine games.

In goal

Jones has now started 17 of the Sharks’ first 19 games. His most significant stop came in the first period, when he denied Beau Bennett after Burns was caught cheating ahead in the neutral zone.

Kincaid got the start over Cory Schneider, after shutting out the Sharks at SAP Center last season with 30 saves. He had no such luck this time, allowing four goals on 41 shots and taking his first regulation loss of the season in four starts (2-1-1).


Earlier in the day, the Sharks announced that Tomas Hertl would be out indefinitely with a right knee injury. The 23-year-old was scheduled to undergo a “minor procedure” on Tuesday.

Thornton recorded his 900th point with the Sharks with the assist on Couture’s goal. He is now tied with Brendan Shanahan for 25th all-time in the NHL with 1,354 points.

Kevin Labanc was scratched for the first time, after playing in the previous six games.

Up next

The Sharks have a busy week ahead, hosting the Blackhawks on Wednesday, Islanders on Friday and Ducks on Saturday. The homestand concludes with the Coyotes next Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Kane leads Sharks to critical win on four-goal night

Kane leads Sharks to critical win on four-goal night


CALGARY, Alberta -- Evander Kane scored four goals to lead the San Jose Sharks past the Calgary Flames 7-4 on Friday night.

Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who have won three straight and four of five. Kevin Lebanc and Eric Fehr also scored, and Martin Jones made 30 saves.

It was the first NHL hat trick for Kane, acquired from Buffalo just before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

Micheal Ferland had a goal and an assist for the Flames, who are four points out of a playoff spot. Troy BrouwerMark Jankowski and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for Calgary.

Three nights after stopping all 28 shots he faced against the Oilers, Calgary goalie Mike Smith had a rough outing as he made just 14 saves before being replaced by David Rittich early in the third period. Rittich went on to stop all seven shots he faced in a relief appearance.

The Sharks opened the scoring six minutes into the first period when Kane's wrist shot beat Smith to the glove side.

The Flames pulled even at 16:42 when Brouwer chipped a pass from Curtis Lazar into the top corner behind Jones. Matt Stajan stole the puck from Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon behind the San Jose net to get the play started.

Jankowski took a pass from linemate Garnet Hathaway and wired a shot to the top corner, glove side behind Jones to put Calgary up 2-1 at 2:10 of the second period.

Kane then redirected Dillon's point shot past Smith at 6:29 before Gaudreau cut into the slot and snapped a shot past Jones at 10:16 to put Calgary back up by a goal.

That lead lasted just 1:26 as Lebanc fired a shot from a sharp angle into the top corner past Smith to pull the Sharks into a 3-all tie.

Kane completed his hat trick at 16:32 when he swatted in his own rebound before Hertl poked the puck through Smith's legs with 1:58 remaining before the second intermission.

The Sharks added an insurance goal 62 seconds into the third when Kane redirected a pass from Joe Pavelski past Smith.

Ferland backhanded a shot past Jones to pull Calgary within two goals with 5:35 left in regulation and Rittich on the bench for an extra attacker. Fehr rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal 1:37 later.

NOTES: Jankowski suited up for the Flames after sitting out Tuesday's 1-0 win over Edmonton. Fellow forward Kris Versteeg returned to Calgary's lineup after missing the past 49 games with a hip injury. ... Gaudreau extended his point streak to six games (three goals, five assists).


Sharks: At the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Flames: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.

Jones set for big workload down the stretch


Jones set for big workload down the stretch

Sharks goaltender Martin Jones is on pace for the lightest overall workload of his career as a starter. After starting 65 games in his first two seasons in San Jose, Jones can only play a maximum of 62 if he appears in each of the team's 12 remaining games. 

Yet simultaneously, he is also on pace for the largest stretch-run workload of his career. Jones will make his 10th straight start, and 51st overall, Friday night in Calgary. 

Friday will also mark his eighth consecutive start since the trade deadline. Over the last two seasons, Jones made 13 and 14 starts, respectively, from the deadline onwards. 

It's easy to envision Jones far surpassing that workload. Entering Mar. 16 each of the last two years, the Sharks held, respectively, 10-point and 18-point leads over the West's ninth-place team, the closest among the squads on the outside looking in at the postseason. As a result, James Reimer and Aaron Dell spelled Jones for eight and seven starts, respectively, to keep him rested ahead of the postseason. 

This year, San Jose's only three points clear of the ninth-place Anaheim Ducks. There's also only one back-to-back remaining on the post-deadline schedule, compared to five in 2016-17 and two in 2015-16, and 10 of the next 12 games are against teams within four points of a playoff spot. 

Taking all of that into consideration, Jones should pretty easily exceed the mark of 14 post-trade deadline starts he set last season and ultimately start more than 60 games for the third consecutive season, barring injury. 

Should the Sharks clinch a playoff spot, it will be fair to wonder what kind of effect Jones' stretch-run starts will have on his postseason performance. Jones posted a .923 save percentage in San Jose's run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2016, and a .935 save percentage in the first round last year after receiving a good amount of time off. 

But the Sharks have to get there first, and it's understandable they will rely on Jones in order to do so. The recently-extended Aaron Dell remains one of the league's better backups, but has come a bit back down to earth this season (.914 save percentage) after earning the role last year (.931). 

Jones, for his part, has handled the increased workload well so far, winning five of nine games and posting a .922 save percentage. How well handles his 10th consecutive start, and any that follow, will have a profound impact on the Sharks' hopes of making the playoffs.