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Barracuda power play comes to life in crucial Game 2 win over San Diego

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Barracuda power play comes to life in crucial Game 2 win over San Diego

SAN JOSE – During their impressive regular season in which they claimed the top seed in the Western Conference, the Barracuda relied heavily on their power play. More often than not, it got the job done.

That part of their game hit a snag in the playoffs, though, going just 2-for-26 through the first six games after posting a 23.8 percent success rate in the regular season – second in the AHL.

It’s coming back to life. 

San Jose struck for two power play goals in three chances on Saturday night against San Diego, tying its second round series with the Gulls at one game apiece in a 5-1 win. Five different players scored for San Jose, including power play markers by Ryan Carpenter and Adam Helewka.

“We’re just getting good chances, and I feel like the pucks are going in for us,” Carpenter said.

San Jose jumped out to a 3-0 lead and was never really in danger after dropping the series opener at home on Friday in overtime.

Timo Meier’s end-to-end rush helped generate the first score, when the former first round pick took the puck from behind his own net and weaved into the offensive zone. His backhand attempt was blocked, but DeSimone gathered it in before unleashing a slap shot that beat Jhonas Enroth to the far side at 4:31 of the first period.

DeSimone, a free agent signed out of Union College by the Sharks on March 30, has five points (1g, 4a) in seven playoff games. He looked comfortable – and especially mobile – in Game 2.

“He really gets around the ice nice,” coach Roy Sommer said. “He can really skate.”

The 22-year-old, who posted 19 points in 38 games with Union this season, seems to be adjusting well to the pro game.

“It’s definitely, I wouldn’t say easy, but it’s been a nice transition so far,” DeSimone said.

Carpenter increased the Barracuda to 2-0 at 7:13 on the power play, when his wrister got through Enroth on a shot that should have been stopped by the veteran goalie.

Carpenter, who added a third period assist, continues to lead the Barracuda in playoff scoring with 10 points (6g, 4a) in seven games.

Buddy Robinson’s second period goal at 1:10 bumped the lead to three, when he battled for a loose puck in the slot and managed to put it through. San Diego got on the board at 3:53 on a Sam Carrick goal, but Helewka answered that on the power play at 16:15 to give the Barracuda a 4-1 cushion at the second intermission.

Barclay Goodrow’s marker on a two-on-one with Carpenter just 40 seconds into the third period essentially put the game out of reach.

The series now shifts to San Diego for games three-through-five. The Gulls have won seven straight home games against the Barracuda, including all five meetings this season.

“They got home ice from us,” Sommer said. “We’ve got to go down there and win a couple games. It’s a tough building to play in. They play different down there than they play here. … Guys are ready. We’ll meet the challenge down there.”

Carpenter said: “Wherever we play, we’ve just got to stick to our game plan.”

Games six and seven, if necessary, would be back at SAP Center.

 

NHL trade tracker: Rumors, updates, predictions, analysis of deadline

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NHL trade tracker: Rumors, updates, predictions, analysis of deadline

It's the most wonderful time of the NHL season. Unless it's not. 

Yes, the trade deadline finally is upon us Monday at noon PT, and that could bring a flurry of activity. Or, it might not, stressing us out as we try to fill out this here live blog. 

The Sharks traded their most attractive piece about a week before the deadline, shipping defenseman Brenden Dillon to the Washington Capitals for a pair of draft picks. Dillon already is winning over his new teammates, but San Jose still has a few pending unrestricted free agents who could have new homes Monday afternoon.

What will happen to bottom-six forward Melker Karlsson, who didn't play in either of the Sharks' last two games before the deadline after leaving with an injury against the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 20? What of franchise legend Joe Thornton, who said "it is" tempting to think of being traded to a contender? How about big names under contract for the foreseeable future? 

[RELATED: How to watch 2020 NHL Trade Deadline Show live online]

The rest of the NHL could look much different, too. Follow along here for the latest rumors, updates and more ahead of the trade deadline. 

Programming note: The "2020 NHL Trade Deadline Show" is coming your way Monday at 11:30 a.m. PT on the MyTeams app and on NBCSportsBayArea.com! How will the Sharks be impacted heading into the noon deadline? Don’t miss it!

Sunday

7:04 p.m. PT: There is a "strong possibility" the Sharks will trade veteran forward Patrick Marleau before Monday's deadline, TVA Sports' Louis Jean reported Sunday. 

Marleau re-joined the Sharks earlier this season, after an offseason trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Carolina Hurricanes and a subsequent buyout. The 40-year-old has 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 57 games this season, and TSN's Frank Seravalli wrote Saturday that Marleau is more likely to be traded than veteran teammate Joe Thornton. 

5:36 p.m. PT: The Minnesota Wild didn't make a trade, but they did reveal who they'll play in the 2021 Winter Classic. 

The Blues now join the likes of Chicago, the Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers as teams who have played multiple times in the NHL's signature outdoor event. 

5:17 p.m. PT: Alex Ovechkin got his man. The Washington Capitals acquired Russian star Ilya Kovalchuk in exchange for a third-round pick.

That's not a bad bit of business by the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs signed Kovalchuk after the Los Angeles Kings waived him and terminated his contract. Getting a third-round pick in return speaks to Kovalchuk's mini-resurgence in Montreal, and now he'll try to win his first ring alongside his countryman. 

4:43 p.m. PT: TSN's Frank Seravalli firmly lists the Sharks among the NHL's five biggest sellers, while the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche and Carolina Hurricanes are set to be some of the biggest buyers.

Seravalli's colleague Darren Dreger, meanwhile, reported that Zach Bogosian has agreed to a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Buffalo to Tampa is a massive weather upgrade, but it might not be as big as leaving the cellar-dwelling Sabres and joining the Lightning. 

4:11 p.m. PT: It officially Hold Trade Candidates Out Of The Lineup SZN. Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou and defenseman Mike Green didn't warm up Sunday. 

The former is a restricted free agent, while the latter goes unrestricted this summer. The Red Wings are armed with nearly as many draft picks (eight) than players currently on their roster under contract next season (nine, per Cap Friendly). Additional moves could give Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman even more flexibility this summer. 

Yzerman's old team, meanwhile, reportedly are favorites to sign defenseman Zach Bogosian.

The Buffalo Sabres terminated Bogosian's contract after he was waived and didn't report to the AHL's Rochester Americans.

 

Sharks takeaways: What we learned from 4-1 road loss vs. Islanders

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Sharks takeaways: What we learned from 4-1 road loss vs. Islanders

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A Sunday afternoon spent in New York is pleasant for most people.

The Sharks had a different experience Sunday, as they fell 4-1 to the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum in their fourth straight loss.

San Jose fell behind early but tied the game at one heading into the first intermission. But the Islanders scored quickly in the second period, and the Sharks never were able to recover.

Here are three takeaways as the Sharks' East Coast road trip dredges on.

Stay hot

After being silent in road losses to the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, Dylan Gambrell bounced back with a first-period goal Sunday afternoon.

With the Sharks trailing 1-0, Radim Simek got the puck near the blue line and wristed a laser at Isles goaltender Semyon Varlamov. Gambrell re-directed the puck to tie the game.

The tally was Gambrell's third goal in the last five games. He had scored just two goals in his first 37 games. Four of his five goals have come on the road.

Not Jones' day

With Aaron Dell having cooled off of late, some wondered if it was time for Bob Boughner to go back to Martin Jones. 

But Jones' dreadful season continued Sunday on Long Island. After a turnover in the neutral zone, Mario Ferraro got caught chasing, giving the Isles a 2-on-1 rush.

Anders Lee received the puck from Matthew Barzal and stuffed it short side past Jones. 

With the game tied, Lee got his second marker of the game by ripping a blast past Jones on the short side. It's a save you'd like your goalie to make.

The Islanders' third goal came when Devon Toews put it top shelf.

All in all, it was a very bad day for Jones who gave up three goals on 25 shots.

[RELATED: Everything Sharks fans need to know before deadline]

So long?

With the NHL trade deadline happening Monday, many are left to wonder if this will be the final game for either Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau in a Sharks sweater.

The Sharks already dealt Brenden Dillon to the Washington Capitals and have seen their Stanley Cup playoff hopes evaporate.

Thornton has said he wouldn't mind going to a contender. After 15 years in San Jose, the Sharks should give Jumbo the chance to win a Cup should one arise.