NHL Gameday: Sharks' regular season concludes against Flames

NHL Gameday: Sharks' regular season concludes against Flames

Programming note – Sharks-Flames coverage starts today at 6:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on NBC Sports California Plus (Channel Listings)


Sharks: 45-29-7, 97 points, 3rd Pacific Division
Flames: 45-32-4, 94 points, 4th Pacific Division


***Although the Sharks are still technically alive for home ice in the first round, they'll need to beat Calgary in their regular season finale tonight and hope that Edmonton loses both games in regulation this weekend to miserable Vancouver. The Oilers visit the Canucks, who have lost six in a row, tonight.

***Coach Pete DeBoer wouldn’t confirm it, but it looks like Justin Braun will not play in the finale and Dylan DeMelo will draw in. The Sharks recalled Timo Meier, Danny O’Regan and Tim Heed on Saturday morning, and Meier and O’Regan might also play.

Whoever ends up sitting out, DeBoer indicated it would be more about bumps and bruises than taking a breather before the playoffs.

“If we sit anybody it won’t be a rest,” DeBoer said. “Everyone is dealing with a little something, so we’ve just got some bodies here and we’ll make some decisions at game time.”

DeMelo will be playing for the first time since March 25 in Nashville, and said it’s “definitely” important to get in a game in case he’s needed in the playoffs.

“Just same as always, really, whenever I get a chance just try to make the most of it,” DeMelo said.

***Aaron Dell will be between the pipes after Martin Jones started the previous seven.

“Just get that last little feel of it before we go in [the playoffs],” Dell said.

DeBoer is confident that Jones, who was so vital to the team’s run to the Stanley Cup Final last season, has gotten into a good rhythm. 

“I think he’s been excellent here the last week. I feel real good about where his game is at. I think he does. I think he’s ready to go.”

In his last eight starts, Jones is 3-5-0 with a 3.54 goals-against average and .882 save percentage.

***The Sharks have two players sitting on 29 goals – Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns. They have not had a season without a single 30-goal scorer since 2007-08.

Burns is trying to become the first 30-goal scorer as a defenseman since Mike Green had 31 for Washington in 2008-09.

“It would be nice for him. I don’t think anybody right now is thinking about personal goals, including him,” DeBoer said. “It would be a nice accomplishment, but I think he’s had an exceptional year, regardless. Arguably been our best player all year.”


Sharks: Patrick Marleau. Since moving to center with Joe Thornton and Logan Couture still out, Marleau has looked out of place. Perhaps he moves back to the wing for the Flames game, while Danny O’Regan gets a closer look as fourth line center. When asked if that could happen on Friday, though, DeBoer said: “I think the answers lie in the group we’ve got here.” That was before O’Regan’s recall.

Flames: Mark Giordano. The Flames’ 33-year-old defenseman has four assists in his last three games entering tonight. Giordano has 39 points (12g, 27a) in 81 games this season, and along with partner Dougie Hamilton (49 points), is part of a strong top pair that can contribute on both ends of the ice.


Melker Karlsson – Joe Pavelski – Kevin Labanc
Jannik Hansen – Tomas Hertl – Mikkel Boedker
Joonas Donskoi – Patrick Marleau – Joel Ward
Micheal Haley – Chris Tierney – Marcus Sorensen

Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Dylan DeMelo
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

Aaron Dell (starter)
Martin Jones

Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Michael Ferland
Matt Tkachuk – Curtis Lazar – Michael Frolik
Freddie Hamilton – Sam Bennett – Alex Chiasson
Lance Bouma – Matt Stajan – Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano – Dougie Hamilton
T.J. Brodie – Dennis Wideman
Matt Bartkowski – Deryk Engelland

Brian Elliott
Jon Gillies


Sharks: Justin Braun (undisclosed) is doubtful. Logan Couture (face), Joe Thornton (left knee) are out.

Flames: Chad Johnson (lower body) is out.


“We’re still working at our game. We want our details of our game in the right place heading into the playoffs next week. For me, the meeting this morning was all about the details of the game that are going to be critical whenever we start next week.” – Pete DeBoer


Sharks overcome early deficit, injuries to finish road trip with third straight win


Sharks overcome early deficit, injuries to finish road trip with third straight win

VANCOUVER --Timo Meier's second goal of the game snapped a third-period tie and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc each had a goal and an assist, and Tomas Hertl scored into an empty net with 25 seconds remaining for the Sharks, who are 7-2-0 in their last nine games.

Nikolay Goldobin, Alex Edler and Bo Horvat scored power-play goals and Sam Gagner had two assists for the Canucks, who lost their sixth consecutive game - their longest losing streak of the season.

Goldobin's goal at 10:48 of the first period snapped a scoreless streak of 222 minutes, 57 minutes for the Canucks, who had been shut out in three consecutive losses.

The Sharks had allowed just two power-play goals in their previous 17 games, but gave up three against Vancouver. The only other time San Jose allowed three power-play goals in a game was in an opening-night loss to Philadelphia.

Aaron Dell, making his first start since Feb. 22, made 28 saves for the Sharks. Vancouver's Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots.

Meier put the Sharks ahead at 6:07 of the third with a shot from the faceoff circle that went under Markstrom's blocker. The Canucks came close with just over six minutes left, but Hertl scooped a loose puck off the goal line.

Vancouver scored twice with the man-advantage in the second period to tie the game at 3.

The Sharks took a 3-1 lead just 1:47 into the period when Meier tipped in Brenden Dillion's shot from the point.

Horvat started Vancouver's comeback, scoring just 6 seconds into a power play. Dell stopped Gagner's slap shot but Horvat jammed home the rebound. Edler tied it with a blast from the point at 11:48. It was his first power-play goal in 88 games dating to Feb. 17, 2017.

The Sharks scored 1:10 apart in the first period to erase a 1-0 deficit.

Goldobin opened the scoring when he took a pass from defenseman Derrick Pouilot and snapped a shot from the face-off circle that sailed over Dell's shoulder. The San Jose goalie was screened by Jake Virtanen.

Labanc tied it on a power play at 14:48. Joe Pavelski's shot was stopped by Markstrom, but he managed to get his own rebound and passed it to Labanc at the side of the net.

The Sharks went ahead on Couture's 29th of the season at 16:08. He took a feed from Hertl, fought off a check by Virtanen and chipped the puck past Markstrom.

NOTES: Defenseman Chris Tanev returned to Vancouver lineup for his first game since breaking his leg Feb. 8 against Tampa Bay ... San Jose center Melker Karlsson went to the dressing favoring his right leg early in the first period after blocking a shot. ... San Jose's Marc-Edouard Vlasic left in the second period after being hit in the chest by a puck. ... The Canucks' franchise record for a scoring drought is 234 minutes, 52 seconds, set March 16-24, 2016. ... The longest goal drought by a team in the expansion era is 262 minutes, 3 seconds, set by the Minnesota North Stars from Jan. 28-Feb. 6, 1988.


Sharks: vs. New Jersey on Tuesday night.

Canucks: at Vegas on Tuesday night.

Where does Evander Kane's four-goal game rank in Sharks history?

Where does Evander Kane's four-goal game rank in Sharks history?

Sharks winger Evander Kane returns to his hometown of Vancouver on Saturday, fresh off of doing something a Vancouver-born player had not done in nearly 30 years. 

On Friday, Kane became the first such player to score four goals in an NHL game since Hockey Hall of Famer Glenn Anderson, who scored four goals with the Edmonton Oilers against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 19, 1988. It was also the first hat-trick of Kane's career, and just the fourth four-goal game in Sharks history. 

The latter point got us thinking, where does Kane's four-goal effort rank among those games? Using a rigorous, highly scientific process (read: the thoughts of this writer), we've come up with the definitive ranking. 

Without further adieu, we start with another power forward acquired in a midseason trade. 

4. Owen Nolan (Dec. 19, 1995 at Anaheim)

The Final Line: Four goals (Three power play goals), One assist, Six shots on goal

You never forget your first, so we begin with Owen Nolan, the first player to accomplish the feat in franchise history. If not for Kane and another entrant on this list (no spoilers), Nolan would still be the fastest to do it, scoring four goals in just his 27th game and just under two months after the Sharks acquired him from the Colorado Avalanche.

Nolan struck quickly throughout. He opened the scoring just 1:22 into the game against the then-Mighty Ducks, then scored his second only 57 seconds into the second period. His third and fourth, both on the power play, came 34 seconds apart in that same period. 

Just as Kane did on Friday, Nolan scored as many goals as the opposing team in a 7-4 win. It didn't quite have the same impact on the playoff race, however, as San Jose picked up its seventh win....of the entire season (in its 34th game) thanks to Nolan.

3. Patrick Marleau (Jan. 23, 2017 at Colorado)

The Final Line: Four goals (including the game-winner), Six shots on goal

The 1,459th time was the charm for the longest-tenured player in Sharks history, and the then-37-year-old Marleau became the second-oldest since 1987 to score four in a game. The oldest, Martin St. Louis, actually reached the feat against the Sharks as a 38-year-old in 2014. 

Marleau scored all four goals in a span of 13-and-a-half minutes in the third period, which began with the game tied at one. Three of those goals constituted a natural hat trick, in just a 7:42 stretch.

This game also jumpstarted Marleau's pursuit of a major milestone, as the goals were No. 494, 495, 496, and 497 of his career. He scored No. 500 a week-and-a-half later, but the four-goal game gave Marleau yet another signature moment in teal. 

2. Evander Kane (Mar. 16, 2018 at Calgary)

The Final Line: Four goals, Seven shots on goal 

Of all the players to score four goals in Sharks history, Kane certainly had the best timing. With San Jose in the thick of a playoff race and in need of a win, the newly-acquired forward delivered. 

He only needed eight games to score four goals for the first time in teal, but needed 565 for the first hat-trick of his career. The exuberance (and relief) was palpable after Kane scored his third, and that goal put the Sharks up by two. 

The desperate Flames, now four points out of the playoffs, would never get closer than that again, and Kane essentially put the game out of reach with his fourth goal 62 seconds into the third period. No Sharks player has scored four goals in a playoff game, but this one comes the closest. 

1. Tomas Hertl (Oct. 9, 2013 vs New York Rangers)

The Final Line: Four goals (One power play goal), Seven shots on goal

In just his third NHL game, and in front of his griflriend and mother visiting from the native Czech Republic, Tomas Hertl became then the fourth-youngest player in NHL history (now the sixth-youngest) to score a hat-trick-plus-one. If not for Auston Matthews scoring four in his debutHertl has arguably the most memorable four-goal game by a young player to his name. 

Of all the Sharks to score four in a game, Hertl did it the most efficiently. He only played 11:12 in that game against the Rangers, and still scored four goals on seven shots. 

Yes, it was in an October blowout, but no other four-goal game has had the same impact on the rest of the hockey world. From a fourth goal tailor-made to go viral, to the ensuing Hot Takes ("Hertl's disrespecting the game!") and subsequent jokes (Joe Thornton's still looking for four goals) it spawned, Hertl captivated the hockey world in a way no other Shark that's scored four has, and all by living his "dream, no reality."