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Report: Sharks interested in pair of Atlantic Division centers

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Report: Sharks interested in pair of Atlantic Division centers

Although Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Joe Thornton's right MCL injury would "probably not" change their approach at the trade deadline, they were reportedly circling the trade waters during All-Star weekend.

They may be doing something to address Thornton's absence, if a recent report is to be believed. 

The Sharks are interested in trading for Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec, Nick Kypreos reported Saturday night on Sportsnet's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. 

"A lot of people are questioning whether Joe Thornton will be back in time from his MCL surgery to play meaningful games down the stretch," Kypreos said. "Plekanec is the type of guy that can at least keep [the Sharks] in the race."

Plekanec scored 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 54 games entering Saturday. With Plekanec on the ice in five-on-five situations, Montreal has attempted 50.94 percent of the shots, according to Natural Stat Trick. 

Montreal sent scouts to the Sharks' Thursday night loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, and to Saturday's contest against the Edmonton Oilers, the Bay Area News Group's Curtis Pashelka noted this week. Last month, The Athletic's Kevin Kurz reported that Montreal was "regularly" sending scouts to SAP Center. 

The 35-year-old Czech native is in the second year of a two-year deal that carries a $6,000,000 salary cap hit. Elliotte Friedman, Kypreos' Hockey Night in Canada colleague, added that it's possible opts to re-sign Plekanec rather than trading him. 

Plekanec is not the only center from the Atlantic Division that the Penguins and Sharks may pursue: Friedman said he "wouldn't be surprised" if either team was interested in Ottawa Senators center Derrick Brassard.

Brassard, 30, is signed through 2019 at a $5,000,000 salary cap hit. He's scored 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) in 51 games this season, and the Senators have attempted 49.76 percent of the shots with him on the ice in five-on-five situations, per Natural Stat Trick. With Brassard off of the ice, they only attempted 45.32 percent of the five-on-five shots. 

Sharks hang on to beat Blues and open road trip with win

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Sharks hang on to beat Blues and open road trip with win

BOX SCORE

ST. LOUIS -- Logan Couture and Mikkel Boedker each had a goal and an assist, sending the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the slumping St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

Joonas Donskoi also scored and Martin Jones made 30 saves for San Jose, which has won five of its last six games.

Ivan Barbashev and Vladimir Tarasenko had the goals for the Blues, who have lost a season-high four straight.

After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for five goals in the second.

San Jose took a 1-0 lead when Couture knocked in a loose puck at 6:35. Boedker fired in a shot from the point that goalie Carter Hutton blocked but couldn't corral. Couture was on the spot and scored his 24th of the season.

St. Louis answered at 8:23 when Barbashev scored on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that sailed over Jones' arm.

Donskoi beat Hutton on a wrist shot from the left circle at 12:05. Couture assisted on Donskoi's first goal in 17 games.

Boedker gave San Jose a 3-1 lead at 15:54 when he scored from the left side of the net. Boedker has five goals in his last four games.

Tarasenko cut the margin to 3-2 on a power play when he fired in the rebound of a shot by Vince Dunn at 19:36 for his 24th of the season. Tarasenko has 10 points in his last nine games (four goals, six assists) against the Sharks.

San Jose's Brent Burns prevented a goal with less than five minutes left. During a scramble in front of the net, the puck hit the post and was sliding along the goal line when Burns knocked it out.

This was the first meeting between St. Louis and San Jose this season. The Blues swept the three-game season series last year, outscoring the Sharks 11-3 overall, and had won four straight against the Sharks.

Hutton made his second start in the last five games and stopped 20 shots. Previously against the Sharks, he was 4-0-1 with a 0.98 goals-against average, a .968 save percentage and two shutouts in five career starts.

NOTES: The Sharks acquired C Eric Fehr from Toronto for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft. ... Blues C Vladimir Sobotka was out of the lineup with an illness. It was the first game he has missed this season. ... The Blues have recalled forward Sammy Blais from the AHL for the fourth time this season. Blais, who leads the San Antonio Rampage with 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists), last played for St. Louis on Dec. 16, when he got hurt against Winnipeg. ... San Jose forward Tomas Hertl missed another game with an upper-body injury.

UP NEXT

Sharks: At the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Blues: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.

Sharks pick up first win of homestand as Burns moves back to blueline

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Sharks pick up first win of homestand as Burns moves back to blueline

BOX SCORE

SAN JOSE --Brent Burns and Chris Tierney each had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Thursday for their third win in four games.

Mikkel Boedker and Marcus Sorensen also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 3-0-1 against the Canucks this season. Martin Jones stopped 29 shots.

Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks, who lost their sixth in seven games. Anders Nilsson made 40 stops.

Boedker scored at 8:41 of the first period, picking up a soft rebound from Tierney's shot.

Burns scored his 10th goal, tops among NHL defensemen, taking a pass from Joakim Ryan and sending a laser shot into the net just under five minutes into the second.

Sorensen scored his first goal since Dec. 23, punching it in with an assist from Justin Braun at 3:06 into the third. Marc-Edouard Vlasic had an assist in his third straight game, getting the second assist on Sorensen's goal.

Sedin scored at 6:43, taking a nice pass from Thomas Vanek that gave him clear shot into the net. It was Sedin's 14th goal, one shy of his total last season.

Tierney made it 4-1 after taking a nice pass from Burns with 7 1/2 minutes remaining.

NOTES:Tim Heed was recalled from the AHL and joined a makeshift Sharks lineup, allowing Burns to play up front at times. ... Sharks C Logan Couture has points in four of his last five games. ... Boedker recorded games in consecutive games for the second time this season, and the first since Jan. 15-16. ... Sedin has five points against the Sharks this season and 45 in 69 games. He's recorded points in three straight.

UP NEXT

Canucks: Host Boston on Saturday.

Sharks: Host Dallas on Sunday.