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Jones allows four more goals, Sharks crushed by Kings in San Jose

Jones allows four more goals, Sharks crushed by Kings in San Jose

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SAN JOSE -- Anze Kopitar and the Los Angeles Kings were mostly pleased with their first road game of the season.

Kopitar scored twice, Dustin Brown and Nick Shore also scored and the Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Saturday night.

"That's a good indication of what we want to accomplish and how we want to play," Kopitar said. "We didn't score on the power play but we moved the puck around and if we continue to move it like that, we'll create a lot of opportunities."

Jonathan Quick stopped 24 of 25 shots to earn the victory for the Kings, who won their road opener for first-year coach John Stevens.

"I thought we created a lot and didn't give up much," Stevens said. "That was a scenario for a good start. Johnny again, his leadership was solid. He got out and handled a lot of pucks. He steered pucks away, got whistles. He just was a calming force back there whenever they did get some momentum."

Mikkel Boedker scored for the Sharks, who have lost their first two home games. Martin Jones, a former Kings goalie, turned back 25 of 29 shots before he was replaced by Aaron Dell with 5:55 left in the second period.

"We really weren't in the game," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "There were some stretches where we kidded ourselves that we were in the game but we weren't in the game."

The teams traded goals in the first 6:14 of the contest. Brown took a pass from Kopitar and flipped a shot off Jones' left shoulder pads and into the net.

"We're just trying to get up the ice quicker," Brown said. "My goal was the result of just transitioning from a turnover deep in our zone and getting up the ice and just attacking the net."

Boedker redirected a shot by Brenden Dillon in front of the net to get it past Quick. The goal was set up by Jannik Hansen's steal near the net. Hansen got it out to Dylan DeMelo to start the scoring sequence.

"That was just horrible. You can't make excuses because that was a very poor effort," the Sharks' Logan Couture said. "From the first minute to the 60th minute, from the power play to the penalty kill, that was just garbage hockey from us tonight."

It was all Los Angeles afterward. Kopitar scored with eight seconds left in the first period after Drew Doughty knocked down a lazy clearing pass and got the puck to Jake Muzzin. Kopitar took the pass and sailed the puck low, beating Jones to the stick side.

"I knew there was not a lot of time left and I saw a little opening," Kopitar said. "I figured it I'd shoot it and see what happens."

Kopitar scored again midway through the second period, this time shooting over Jones' right shoulder and into the net.

The Kings added an own goal, credited to Shore. Jones came out to challenge a shot but was unable to control the puck. Shore got it and sent a slow shot toward the net.

Melker Karlsson tried the clear the puck but sent it into the net instead.

NOTES: Neither team has swept a season series in the rivalry. ... Sharks C Joe Thornton has 75 career points against the Kings. ... Shore is the only player to record a point in the Kings' first two games.

UP NEXT

Kings: Host the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.

Sharks: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

Boedker, Dillon among players left unprotected by Sharks

Boedker, Dillon among players left unprotected by Sharks

The NHL on Sunday morning released which players each of the 30 NHL teams are protecting and which they are making available to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.

The Sharks are protecting Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, Chris Tierney, Jannik Hansen, Melker Karlsson, Ryan Carpenter, Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Justin Braun and Martin Jones. San Jose chose the format of protecting seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie rather than eight skaters and one goalie.

Among the notable players available for Vegas are Mikkel Boedker, Joel Ward, Dylan DeMelo, Brenden Dillon, Paul Martin, David Schlemko, Aaron Dell and Troy Grosenick. Pending unrestricted free agents Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau were also left unprotected, as expected.

The Golden Knights must select one player from each of the 30 teams, including 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders. Their roster will be revealed on Wednesday, June 21, at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.

The Golden Knights are also now permitted to speak with pending free agents that were not protected by their respective clubs – including Thornton and Marleau – with a 72-hour window to sign those players. If the Golden Knights agree to terms with one of them, they are not permitted to take a second player from San Jose's list of available players.

In a statement, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said: "We are excited to welcome the Vegas Golden Knights to the National Hockey League and the Pacific Division. Per the guidelines that were set forth under the expansion draft rules, we have submitted our protected list to the National Hockey League. The reality is that we will be losing a player and quality person from our organization but whatever the outcome, we feel fortunate that we have a strong prospect pool with the San Jose Barracuda to help fill that loss."

Mailbag: Who will Sharks lose in the expansion draft?

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Mailbag: Who will Sharks lose in the expansion draft?

Our first Sharks offseason mailbag features the upcoming expansion draft, Micheal Haley, and Jannik Hansen...

Who's going to Vegas? (michael dalsky @rudy7799)

The NHL expansion draft, in case you’ve forgotten, will take place in late June with the Vegas Golden Knights roster set to be announced on June 21.

At this point, I believe it’s more likely the Sharks will lose a defenseman than a forward or a goalie.

It makes the most sense for San Jose to utilize the seven forwards/three defensemen/one goalie option in order to protect the maximum amount of players, rather than the eight skaters and one goalie. There are simply too many forwards on the team that need to be protected, especially if the team agrees to a contract extension with Joe Thornton and/or Patrick Marleau over the next few weeks. 

There are two obvious choices for the team to expose at forward in Mikkel Boedker and Joel Ward – the Sharks would likely welcome Vegas choosing Boedker, especially, who has three years and $12 million left on his deal, but I can't imagine Vegas would do that. Ward, who will turn 37 in December, had a significant drop in production this season and probably wouldn’t be an attractive target for the Golden Knights, either (although, it should be mentioned that general manager George McPhee knows the tremendously well-liked and respected Ward from their time together in Washington).

On defense, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic are the obvious guys to protect, with Justin Braun likely the third. That would leave Vegas the option of selecting Brenden Dillon or David Schlemko, both of which are under contract for the next three seasons. If I were running the Vegas team, I’d target one of those two (Paul Martin would also be availabe in that scenario, but at 36 years old, he probably wouldn't make sense).

The protected lists are expected to be made public on June 18.

Any news on re-signing [Micheal] Haley? (Nik @niknisj25)

It's my understanding there is mutual interest from both parties about a potential return for Haley, but nothing is imminent. If something does get done with Haley, it would likely be after the expansion draft and after the team determines what is happening with Thornton/Marleau, but it’s still notable that the two sides have at least had some preliminary discussions.

One option, though, might be for the Sharks to re-sign Haley soon and make him available for the expansion draft, if they decide they would rather protect someone like Ward. Every team needs to expose at least two forwards that played in at least 40 games last season, or 70 games in the past two seasons. Haley would qualify.

Knowing what we know now, was the trade for [Jannik] Hansen a good or bad move? (Scott Hansen @SheboyganScottH)

If Hansen were a pending UFA this summer I would say it was a bad move, but this is still a player that has a year left on his contract at a very reasonable $2 million salary. He might not have had the impact that the organization hoped for this season, with two goals and five assists in 15 games and one assist in six playoff games, but he’ll get a full training camp under his belt next season and I still like what he brings to the table. This is a team that needed some more scoring depth than it got this season, and Hansen can still bring that in 2017-18.

Also, it’s not like Nikolay Goldobin showed that he’s ready for the NHL yet in his limited time in Vancouver at the end of the year. It's looking more and more likely that he'll never break through in the best league in the world.