Melker Karlsson played hero Wednesday in Game 1 of the first round to give the Sharks a 3-2 overtime win with his goal in Edmonton.
For one Oilers fan though, Karlsson is Enemy No. 1. Right after the game winner, an Oilers fan let Karlsson know how she really felt.
The Sharks trailed the Oilers 2-0 after the first period in Game 1 before roaring back for a huge comeback win. San Jose leads the series 1-0 and gets back on the ice for Game 2 Friday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports California.
The San Jose Sharks have a prime opportunity to get back in the win column on Thursday as they kick off a back-to-back in Southern California against the LA Kings.
The Sharks will be without captain Joe Pavelski for a second straight game as he recovers from a lower-body injury. The 34-year-old forward has practiced the last two days, but the team wants to take a cautious approach with his return so he will be healthy when playoffs start.
San Jose clinched a playoff berth earlier this week and remains in second place in the Western Conference standings, three points behind the Calgary Flames.
The Kings, on the other hand, are 20 points out of a wild card spot and occupy the Western Conference basement. They have also dropped their last three contests.
Thursday marks the fourth time this season the Sharks and Kings will play each other, with the Sharks leading the season series 2-0-1 so far. In 153 total contests against Los Angeles, San Jose holds an 80-56-7-10 record.
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In other injury news, Erik Karlsson reportedly accompanied the Sharks on their two-game road trip to SoCal as he continues to rebound from his most recent injury. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer told the media on Wednesday, however, that Karlsson won’t pencil into the lineup during the roadie.
Sharks projected lines and pairs
Timo Meier – Logan Couture – Gustav Nyquist
Evander Kane – Tomas Hertl – Joonas Donskoi
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
Micheal Haley – Barclay Goodrow – Melker Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Tim Heed
Joakim Ryan – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Justin Braun
Martin Jones – projected starter
Kings projected lines and pairs
Alex Iafallo – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Carl Grundstrom – Adrian Kempe – Tyler Toffoli
Brendan Leipsic – Jeff Carter – Trevor Lewis
Austin Wagner – Kyle Clifford – Kurtis MacDermid
Derek Forbort – Drew Doughty
Alec Martinez – Matt Roy
Sean Walker – Paul LaDue
Jonathan Quick – projected starter
The Sharks announced Thursday the team has partnered with Tico Sports to include a Spanish language audio broadcast for the remaining home regular season and any potential playoff games.
These additional broadcasts will begin on March 25 as the Sharks host the Detroit Red Wings.
The audio call will be heard on the Sharks + SAP Center App and the SAP setting on NBC Sports California's television broadcast, according to a release on the team's website.
"Calling the action will be Bay Area resident Ambrosio Rico, who has extensive experience calling professional sports, including six seasons (2001-05) as color analyst for the Oakland Raiders Spanish broadcast."
The release also highlights a very successful night hosted by the Sharks for the past three seasons: "Los Tiburones night," which is a night celebrating the proud Hispanic heritage and the local community of San Jose.
"We're extremely excited to build off the growing success of our Spanish broadcasts from our annual Los Tiburones Nights," said Vice President of Media Relations & Broadcasting Scott Emmert. "Our partnership with TICO will assist us in expanding the excitement of Sharks hockey to new audiences via the Sharks + SAP Center App and our television broadcast."
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You can also follow the broadcasts on social media and the web: sjsharks.com/lostiburones which is in addition to pre and post-game content. They will also be posting to the @LosTiburones social accounts across multiple platforms including Instagram and Facebook.