Moore reacts to trade, will play vs. 'Canes


Moore reacts to trade, will play vs. 'Canes

RALEIGH No professional athlete ever wants to get traded, but to listen to Dominic Moore, who was acquired by San Jose from Tampa Bay on Thursday, it could have been much, much worse.

If I could have picked one team to go to in the entire league, this would have been it, Moore said from the RBC Center, two hours before he was to make his debut with the Sharks, centering the third line between Torrey Mitchell and Jamie McGinn.

Im really excited to be a part of this group. Ive watched from afar for a few years now and this team has been one thats really impressed me for the last few years. Its very exciting to be a part of. Weve got our work cut out for us, but hopefully we can do some good things.

Moore, who found out about the trade moments before warmups for the Sharks-Lightning game on Thursday night, knows Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns a bit - Pavelski from being a fellow NHLPA player representative, and Burns from their time together in Minnesota. Moore played 40 games with the Wild over parts of two seasons from 2006-08.

Moore mentioned that everyone has been very welcoming so far, and that joining the team in the midst of a long road trip could be beneficial. The Sharks are playing their fourth of a season-long nine-gamer on Friday night in Raleigh.

Its probably a good thing. To be on the road with the guys and get to now them thats probably a good opportunity for that, Moore said.

There are two facets to Moores game that jump out right away. First, his penalty killing. Moore averages an even two minutes shorthanded this season, and his presence could cut down on the PK minutes for top scorers like Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau.

That wont happen right away, though.

Hell need a practice or two for him to feel comfortable about what we want to do in certain situations, Todd McLellan said. A lot of times its a read-and-react, and everybody has a specific job or role. If he misses an assignment, we could be in trouble.

The second is Moores performance in recent playoff runs. He has helped teams reach the conference finals in each of his last two seasons, with Montreal in 2010 and Tampa Bay last year.

Two years in a row in the conference finals makes you all that hungry and motivated for more, he said. The playoffs are what you play for and what I enjoy the most. To have an opportunity to play in the playoffs is another big, exciting thing for me.

McLellan wouldnt mention who will come out of the lineup for Moore, although it wont be regular third line center Michal Handzus.

Thomas Greiss will start in net against the Hurricanes.

Sharks winger Joonas Donskoi has officially arrived


Sharks winger Joonas Donskoi has officially arrived

It turns out the top-six winger the Sharks needed to replace Patrick Marleau was on the roster all along.

Joonas Donskoi skated on Logan Couture’s line in Monday night’s shootout loss to the Ducks, and was San Jose’s best player. He scored the Sharks’ only two goals, and tied for the team-lead among forwards with four shots on net.

Donskoi added another goal in the ninth-round shootout, but his two goals in regulation were his sixth and seventh on the season. With those goals, he surpassed his total from an injury-riddled campaign a year ago, and stands three tallies clear as San Jose’s second-leading goal-scorer this season.

Due to Melker Karlsson’s injury, Donskoi skated with the Sharks’ leading goal-scorer, Logan Couture, and rekindled the strong chemistry the pair has shown since the Finnish winger arrived in San Jose in 2015.

Of the nine lines Couture has skated on for at least 50 minutes dating back to the beginning of the 2015-16 season, the three best in terms of puck possession have had Donskoi on his wing. Those three combinations have controlled at least 54 percent of the five-on-five shot attempts, according to Corsica Hockey.

Adding Tomas Hertl, who’s already a strong possession player, to that line bodes well for an even stronger second line moving forward. With Karlsson on the wing, the line controlled only 47.7 percent of the shot attempts, per Corsica, meaning the Sharks have been routinely out-possessed with them on the ice.

That was not the case with Donskoi in Karlsson’s place, as Donskoi posted positive possession numbers alongside Couture and Hertl on Monday, according to Natural Stat Trick. The results were there, as evidenced by the game’s opening goal, but it’s a good sign that the process was, too.

The same, frankly, can be said of Donskoi’s entire season up to this point. He likely won’t convert on over 18 percent of his shots all season, of course, but the Sharks have the puck more often than their opponents when he’s on the ice, and should continue to generate pressure, chances, and ultimately goals, even if Donskoi’s personal scoring comes down.

When Karlsson comes back, Donskoi should remain on Couture and Hertl’s line. That would allow the former to slide into a role better-suited to his game, and the latter to bolster San Jose’s top-six forward group.

Donskoi’s earned an extended look in that spot thanks to his resurgence, and subsequent emergence, this season. Thanks to him, replacing Marleau’s production suddenly seems much less daunting.

Two Donskoi goals not enough as Sharks fall to Ducks in shootout

Two Donskoi goals not enough as Sharks fall to Ducks in shootout


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Antoine Vermette beat goalie Martin Jones in the ninth round of a shootout to give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.

Corey Perry, Cam Fowler and Brandon Montour also scored during the tiebreaker for Anaheim.

Joonas Donskoi, Tim Heed and Brent Burns had shootout goals for the Sharks. Tomas Hertl missed his attempt in the ninth round, leaving Vermette a chance to win it.

Perry and Rickard Rakell scored in regulation for the Ducks. Reto Berra made 40 saves in his first start of the season.

Donskoi had two goals for the Sharks, including the tying score in the third period. Jones stopped 28 shots.

Donskoi helped create his own goal by knocking the puck away from a Ducks defender and getting it to Logan Couture for a give-and-go as the Sharks took a 1-0 lead 3:31 into the game.

The Ducks came back in the second period to even the score 45 seconds in. After winning a faceoff in the San Jose zone, Brandon Montour sent a sharp pass to Perry's stick. Perry settled it and fired into the net for the equalizer.

Rakell gave the Ducks a 2-1 advantage midway through the second, just as a power play ended. Perry took a shot that bounced off Jones' pads, and Rakell knocked it into the net before Jones could cover up.

The Sharks snapped an 0-for-17 streak on the power play with a goal midway through the third to tie it. Donskoi tracked down a rebound and flipped it off Berra's right pad and into the net for his second career multi-goal game.

NOTES: Ducks D Cam Fowler returned to action after missing 12 games with a knee injury. ... Sharks C Melker Karlsson missed the game with an upper-body injury. ... Sharks forward Kevin Labanc, who hasn't played much recently, started on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. Donskoi was moved to the second line. ... Ducks G Ryan Miller missed the game with a lower-body injury. Berra made his fourth appearance this season. ... Perry has seven points in his last five games. ... Rakell has a point in seven of his past eight games, with a total of 11 during that span. ... The Sharks scored their second power-play goal in eight November games.


Ducks: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.

Sharks: Play at the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday.