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Sharks Notes: Pavelski surging; Candid J.R.

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Sharks Notes: Pavelski surging; Candid J.R.

Joe Pavelski is hitting his stride. Unfortunately, it’s in the Kontinental Hockey League.

The Sharks forward, currently playing for Dinamo Minsk, has a seven-game point streak with four goals and five assists over that span. In his first eight games, Pavelski managed just one assist and was sidelined briefly with a minor leg injury.

Dinamo Minsk is currently in 10th place in the 14-team Western Conference.

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Former Sharks forward and NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick is again urging the players to ink a new collective bargaining agreement as quickly as possible, and openly questioned NHLPA head Donald Fehr’s tactics and intentions in an interview over the weekend.

Speaking with NextSportStar.com’s Josh Rimer on Saturday, Roenick was his usual candid self in regards to the ongoing lockout.

A few snippets…

On the deal that was offered by NHL last week: "I'm a player's guy, and I'll always be a player's guy, but I think the deal that's on the table is worth signing and playing."

"The players have given a lot, don't get me wrong. But now, it's time to sign a deal. Donald Fehr should be telling players right now to sign a deal."

More on Fehr: "From what I've seen in the last few days how talks have been going, Fehr better start representing the players more responsibly."

On the owners’ offer of a five-year cap on contracts: “Five-year contracts are more than good for sports. I think longer contracts are bad for the owners. I think it’s bad for the cap. That’s a nice lengthy contract, where guys can make good money and get good security. I have never been a fan of long contracts.”

On the state of the game: “Hockey is getting destroyed right now. It goes even further than the players and the owners, it goes to the fans, it goes to the people that work at the arenas. People are losing their jobs.”

The full interview can be found here.

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Joe Thornton’s good friend Rick Nash has deserted him in Davos.

Nash, a teammate of Thornton’s in Switzerland, recently returned to New York to get treatment on what appears to be a minor groin injury.

“It’s purely precautionary, but we’re taking the ‘Better safe than sorry’ approach,” Joe Resnick, Nash’s agent, told the New York Post. “There’s nothing for anyone to be alarmed about.”

The Columbus Blue Jackets dealt Nash, a good friend of Thornton and whose name was frequently mentioned as a potential trade target for San Jose at last year’s deadline and again this summer, to the Rangers in the offseason.

In 17 games with Davos, Nash, who could return if the NHL cancels its season, has 12 goals and six assists for 18 points.

Thornton, meanwhile, has a very Thornton-esque seven goals and 22 assists for 29 points in 27 games, tying him for the team lead in scoring (eighth in league scoring).

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Adam Burish seemed genuinely frustrated back on September 21, when he was in the Bay Area practicing with his new team at Sharks Ice.

“I haven’t gotten to see the team dynamic, see how guys are together, see how guys interact. That’s kind of tough for me,” he said nearly three months ago.

Burish also said he was exploring his options overseas at the time, so that he could “stay sharp” in the event of a lengthy lockout. Instead, he’s been a part of a couple of charity games, the latest coming over the weekend in Windsor, Ontario. Burish was a part of the losing “Black Team,” and scored two goals in an All-Star Game-type final score of 17-11.

The crowd at the WFCU Center, a short drive from Detroit, was estimated at 4,500 people. Other participants included 11 Red Wings as well as former Sharks Jamal Mayers and Kyle Wellwood.

Burish signed a four-year, $7.4 million contract with the Sharks on July 1.

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The Worcester Sharks moved into sole possession of first place following another come-from-behind victory on Sunday night.

Tim Kennedy and Brodie Reid scored third period goals in a 3-2 road win over the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ AHL affiliate. Worcester has a league-leading five wins when trailing after two periods.

Worcester, 12-8-1-2, has won seven of its last eight road games. The Sharks continue to be led by Kennedy, who has 26 points (12g, 14a) in 23 games. He’s tied for third in the league in scoring, behind Edmonton Oilers/Oklahoma City Barons Justin Schultz (32 points) and Jordan Eberle (30 points), and tied with Philadelphia Flyers/Adirondack Phantoms’ forward Brayden Schenn.

One more prospect note: Goaltender J.P. Anderson, signed as a free agent by the Sharks on Sep. 21, 2010, recorded his 115th Ontario Hockey League win on Sunday to set a new league record for victories.

Anderson, a 5-11, 190-pounder, currently plays for the Sarnia Sting, where he’s spent the past two seasons after four years with the Mississagua Majors.

"We are proud to congratulate J.P. on achieving this milestone," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said of the 20-year-old. "He has made great progress throughout his OHL career and we look forward to watching him continue to develop with Sarnia Head Coach and General Manager Jacques Beaulieu."

Sharks dominate Ducks for two wins in two nights

Sharks dominate Ducks for two wins in two nights

BOX SCORE

ANAHEIM -- Mikkel Boedker had two goals and an assist, Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 on Sunday night.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kevin Labanc and Melker Karlsson also scored for the Sharks, who have won five of six. Aaron Dell stopped 33 shots.

Rickard Rakell and Ryan Getzlaf scored for Anaheim. John Gibson stopped only 17 of 22 shots and was replaced after giving up his fifth goal. Anaheim had a four-game home winning streak snapped.

Four goals came in the third period. First, Anaheim pulled within one when Ondrej Kase stole the puck from behind the net and quickly fed Getzlaf, who fired it past Dell.

One minute later, the Sharks answered when Thornton's slap shot went in.

Boedker's second goal gave San Joe a 5-2 lead, and Karlsson's goal on goalie Ryan Miller made it a runaway.

The Ducks first found the net in the final minute of the second period, but that took a two-man advantage and a bit of luck.

Rakell was camped a few feet below the crease when he snapped a shot. San Jose's Justin Braun stuck out a stick, but it deflected the puck off the back of Dell's arm and into the net.

It was Rakell's team-high 17th goal this season.

San Jose appeared to take a commanding 3-0 lead on a power play in the second period. Boedker fired a shot from the top of the right circle that whistled past Gibson.

The Sharks took a 2-0 lead early in the second period when Anaheim's No.1 line turned the puck over. Thornton snapped it out to Labanc, who popped free for a breakaway. He beat Gibson on his short side for his fifth goal.

The Sharks took a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a nifty give-and-go when Tomas Hertl skated down the far side and sent a pass through the legs of Anaheim's Brandon Montour and right to Vlasic in front of the net.

Vlasic snapped it past Gibson for his seventh goal of the season.

UP NEXT

Sharks: Return to San Jose on Tuesday night to play the Jets.

Ducks: Remain at home to play the Rangers on Tuesday night.

Sharks take risk as Dell draws Ducks on second night of a back-to-back

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Sharks take risk as Dell draws Ducks on second night of a back-to-back

Aaron Dell last started two games in two days on April 29, 2016. Dell, then the starter with the AHL's San Jose Barracuda, manned the net in Game 4 of the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. 

The Barracuda suffered a season-ending loss to the Ontario Reign that day, and Dell gave up three goals on 34 shots. That was the 20th time in three seasons in the AHL and ECHL that Dell started the first and second half of a back-to-back. 

Dell will end up starting both nights of a back-to-back for the 21st time since 2013 on Sunday. A night after stopping 31 of 32 shots against the reigning champion Penguins, Dell is set to start a pivotal Pacific Division matchup against the Ducks, who are only three points behind the Sharks for the second divisional playoff spot. 

His coach with the Sharks, Peter DeBoer, is no stranger to starting the same goalie on consecutive nights. He's done so seven times in his three seasons behind San Jose's bench, starting Martin Jones in all seven of those games.

Part of that is because of the team's confidence in Jones, who they view as a franchise goaltender. But on some level, these decisions have been driven by an initial hesitancy towards Jones' backups. 

Whatever the reason, DeBoer's been rewarded for rolling the dice and relying on Jones. On the second half of a back-to-back after starting the previous night, Jones has gone 5-2-0 with a .919 save percentage. 

With Jones out due to a lower-body injury, the Sharks once again appear hesitant about Dell's current backup, and rightfully so. Troy Grosenick has made two NHL starts and won the Baz Bastien Award as the AHL's best goaltender last season, but only has a .908 save percentage on 4336 shots in his AHL career, which is enough of a sample to say Grosenick's unlikely to establish himself as a regular NHL goaltender. 

DeBoer's decision to start Dell is thus understandable, but not without its downsides. Eric Tulsky, now the manager of analytics for the Carolina Hurricanes, and Broad Street Hockey associate editor Kurt R. found in 2013 that goalies perform worse on the second half of a back-to-back. That hasn't yet happened when DeBoer's rolled the dice, but it has happened to Dell. 

In his 20 previous starts on the second night of a back-to-back after starting the first half, Dell went 8-9-3, with a .915 save percentage, down from his .921 career save percentage in the AHL and ECHL. That may not seem like a lot, but such a drop in San Jose's save percentage this season would translate to about eight more goals against, which would leave the Sharks in the red in terms of goal differential. 

With only one established NHL goalie on his roster, DeBoer is then left with two bad options. Start Dell, knowing the risks of starting a goalie two nights in a row, or start Grosenick, a minor leaguer without a track record that warrants much confidence.

He opted for the former, and has caught lightning in a bottle before doing the same with Jones. That doesn't mean you can expect it again on Sunday against the Ducks.