Instant Replay: Two short-handed goals are downfall of Sharks, Oilers tie series-

Instant Replay: Two short-handed goals are downfall of Sharks, Oilers tie series-


EDMONTON – It’s one thing when you’re a team struggling on the power play. It’s another when you’re actually getting outscored on your power play.

Zack Kassian and Connor McDavid recorded shorthanded goals, and Cam Talbot needed to make just 16 saves in a 2-0 Oilers win in Game 2 of their first round series with the Sharks at Rogers Place on Friday night.

The series is tied at one game apiece headed back to SAP Center.

Kassian’s shorthanded breakaway goal was the only scoring through two periods. On a Sharks power play, Joe Pavelski mishandled the puck just inside the blue line, and Mark Letestu’s lead pass sprung Kassian who whipped it through Martin Jones at the 42-second mark.

McDavid’s first career playoff goal upped the Edmonton lead to 2-0, when his wrist shot cleanly beat Jones at 10:31 of the third period while Milan Lucic was serving a high-sticking minor.

The Sharks power play was abysmal throughout the night, finishing 0-for-6 with just five shots on goal and surrendering the pair of shorties.

Edmonton played a much more physical game than the Sharks, led by Kassian. He threw a borderline high hit on Brenden Dillon in the first period, and ran over Logan Couture in the second period with a heavy check while the Sharks were trying to set up another fruitless power play.

The Oilers were credited with 40 hits to just 21 for San Jose, a stat that’s even more telling considering Edmonton had the edge in shots, too.

The Sharks at 9-5 all-time when splitting the first two games of a playoff series.

Special teams

After going 1-for-6 in Game 1, the Sharks are now 1-for-12 on the power play in the series.

Edmonton was 0-for-3 on the power play, and is 1-for-6 in the series.

In goal

Jones dropped to 15-11 all-time in the playoffs, allowing two goals on 34 shots.

Talbot secured his first career playoff win, after Wednesday’s Game 1 was his first career playoff start.


Joe Thornton missed his fifth straight game, although he appears to be getting closer to a return after he skated for more than an hour on Friday morning. The Sharks made no changes to their lineup from Game 1.

Edmonton’s Matt Benning and Anton Slepyshev drew in, while Eric Gryba and Iiro Pakarinen were scratched.

Defenseman Oscar Klefbom left the game in the third period after blocking a Brent Burns shot.

Up next

The series shifts to San Jose for games three and four on Sunday and Tuesday, with both games beginning at 7 p.m. The NHL announced the start time for Game 5 back in Edmonton at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.

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.