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Sharks notes: Brown not taking anything for granted

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Sharks notes: Brown not taking anything for granted

SAN JOSE -– It wasn’t a very enjoyable year for anyone in the Sharks organization last season, but that’s especially true for Mike Brown. The agitating winger was able to suit up for just 12 games, hurting his left hand in the home opener and then breaking a bone in his leg soon after his return in December.

He worked hard to get back in late in the year, playing in four of the final five games, but by then it was evident that there would be no postseason in San Jose.

“This was a long summer and it’s something we didn’t want, but it gave me time to recuperate and get healthy and kind of think about the new year and cross out last year for me and the team,” Brown said.

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It’s difficult to determine where Brown fits in with the Sharks now (on Thursday, he was skating with Ben Smith and Frazer McLaren in practice). Although he brings an aggressive energy that was missing in spades last season, he’s not exactly a guy that’s going to light up the scoreboard, and Pete DeBoer has already revealed that he would prefer to ice a fourth line that can contribute offensively. Brown has 31 points in 349 career NHL games.

Still, the new Sharks coach was complimentary of Brown on Thursday.

“Mike is one of those guys that for me, can combine the toughness of being able to take on heavyweights if he has to, but you can also play him,” DeBoer said. “I think that’s the new tough guy in the NHL, because it’s a four-line league now. … The teams that have the toughness, that you can actually play eight or 10 minutes a night, are the ones that have success. I think he’s one of those types of guys.”

There are a number of young players pushing for roster spots, though, so it’s fair to wonder if Brown is a guy that will remain for the whole season. At 30 years old, he’s in the final year of a one-way contract that will earn him $1.2 million.

He’s not taking anything for granted, especially now that there’s a new coaching regime in town.

“You have to establish yourself as a player. No one’s guaranteed anything with ice time or any of that,” Brown said.

“Every camp I’ve been to in my years in the NHL, you have guys competing for spots. There’s nothing different for me, regardless of if you’ve got that one-way contract or not. I’m going to come in and be competitive, play the same way, and I’ve been told don’t change anything. That’s what’s gotten me to this point.”

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Melker Karlsson has yet to participate in a full practice due to an undisclosed injury, but he joined some of his teammates on Thursday as the skate was winding down. Karlsson is unlikely to play in either of the upcoming home preseason games on Friday or Saturday, per DeBoer.

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Here is how the Sharks forwards lined up for practice on Thursday. The team is still split up into two groups.

Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Joel Ward
Matt Nieto – Chris Tierney – Tommy Wingels
Frazer McLaren/Nikolay Goldobin – Ben Smith – Mike Brown
Barclay Goodrow – Bryan Lerg – Joonas Donskoi
Timo Meier – John McCarthy – Ryan Carpenter
Extras: Raffi Torres, Micheal Haley

On defense, the top four remains Marc-Edouard Vlasic with Justin Braun, and Paul Martin with Brent Burns.

Sharks lose in Vancouver for first time since 2012

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Sharks lose in Vancouver for first time since 2012

BOX SCORE

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Sam Gagner scored at 4:34 of overtime and the Vancouver Canucks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.

Gagner beat Martin Jones with a nice backhand move on a breakaway for his fourth of the season after a feed from Alexander Edler. It was Gagner's first goal in nine games.

Markus Granlund scored twice and Brock Boeser also had a goal in regulation for Vancouver (15-14-4). Henrik Sedin and brother Daniel Sedin each added three assists. Jacob Markstrom made 34 saves.

Brent Burns scored two goals and Marcus Sorenson had one for San Jose (17-10-4). Martin Jones stopped 36 shots for the Sharks, who were playing their second game in two nights after Thursday's 3-2 road victory over the Calgary Flames.

San Jose had won 11 straight at Rogers Arena dating back to the Canucks' last victory on home ice over their Pacific Division rivals all the way back on Jan. 21, 2012. Vancouver was 0-9-2 over that stretch while getting outscored 41-14.

Leading 3-2 through 40 minutes, the Canucks nearly restored their two-goal lead four minutes into the third, but Jones stretched to make a great pad save on Thomas Vanek.

The Sharks mustered only one shot through the first 13 minutes of the final period, but got the equalizer with 5:49 left in regulation when Burns' point shot went off the skate of Canucks defenseman Alex Biega in front and beat Markstrom for his second of the night, sixth of the season and fifth in five games.

Coming off Wednesday's embarrassing 7-1 loss at home to Nashville, the Canucks stormed out of the gate against the Sharks and led 2-1 after the first period before Boeser stretched the lead to two.

The NHL's rookie scoring leader ripped a shot over Jones' shoulder on the power play at 11:56 of the second for his 17th, moments after slicing through the Sharks' defense and ringing a shot off the post.

San Jose got that one back with 1:44 left in the period when former Canucks forward Jannik Hansen started a sequence that ended with Sorenson netting his first past Markstrom.

Already minus five regulars, including two-thirds of their top line with Bo Horvat (broken foot) and Sven Baertschi (broken jaw) out long-term, the Canucks announced Friday morning that shutdown defenseman Christopher Tanev will miss two to three weeks with a groin strain.

Granlund, who came in with one goal in his last 12 games, opened the scoring 44 seconds in on the power play. Daniel Sedin redirected a slap pass in the slot from Henrik Sedin right to Granlund at the side of the net, and he beat Jones between the legs for his fifth.

Vancouver could have easily been up by two or three moments later as the Canucks led 10-0 in shots after just five minutes.

San Jose, which came in 7 for 21 on the power play over its last four games to climb from tied for 24th overall to tied for 11th, tested Markstrom five times on its first man-advantage opportunity before finally breaking through after Vancouver took another penalty.

The Sharks won an offensive-zone faceoff back to Burns, who snapped his fifth past Markstrom at 10:45.

Markstrom stopped San Jose's Chris Tierney on a short-handed breakaway later in the period before Granlund scored his second of the night seconds after the penalty expired. Daniel Sedin's initial shot fell at the top of the crease to Henrik Sedin, who tapped it over for Granlund to put into a wide-open net at 14:27.

NOTES: Canucks center Brandon Sutter and defenseman Erik Gudbranson remain sidelined with upper-body injuries. Vancouver is also without wing Derek Dorsett, who ended his playing career late last month due to spinal problems. ... San Jose forward Joel Ward got an assist on Burns' second goal of the night for his 300th career point in his 700th NHL game.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Monday night at Edmonton.

Canucks: Sunday at home against Calgary.

Check out this hilarious Sharks Christmas music video

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Check out this hilarious Sharks Christmas music video

Everyone knows the classic Christmas songs. Your family probably plays the same tunes year in and year out. 

It's time for the something fresh. 

The San Jose Sharks are here to bring some new flavor to Christmas spirit. On Friday, the team re-released the music video you all need to see, with their song "Holiday Sweater." Turn the volume up for this one.

Merry Christmas and good luck getting that jingle out of your head.