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Instant Replay: Early cushion helps Sharks secure win in Tampa

Instant Replay: Early cushion helps Sharks secure win in Tampa

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The Sharks are rolling on the road.

Patrick Marleau, Tommy Wingels and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored goals and Martin Jones made 25 saves as San Jose downed the Lightning at Amalie Arena on Saturday, 3-1.

San Jose is now a perfect 3-0 on its season-long six-game road trip, including earlier wins this week over Washington and Florida.

Marleau’s goal at 7:18 of the first period was allowed to stand after a lengthy review. After a burst of speed towards the net, Marleau squeezed the puck and went over the line nearly the same time as the net came off its moorings, as Marleau and a pair of Lightning players plowed into the crease. 

The original call was that the goal would not count due to incidental contact between Marleau and goalie Ben Bishop, but a coaches challenge revealed that it was Brayden Point that ran into his goalie.

The Sharks’ fourth line got its second goal in as many nights in increase the lead to 2-0. Melker Karlsson pushed the puck ahead to Chris Tierney, and Tierney found Wingels streaking towards the crease. Wingels, who also scored the game-winner against the Panthers on Thursday, chipped the puck through Bishop at 10:04.

The only goal of the second period came on the power play. Vlasic settled the puck down high in the zone, and found the top corner on Bishop, who may have been screened by Brian Boyle at 8:52.

Tampa’s lone score came at 5:43 of the third, when Anton Stralman’s shot after a scramble in front deflected in off of Paul Martin’s stick. Jones made a number of saves later in the third to preserve the cushion.

San Jose has won four straight games in Tampa Bay, and is 11-4-1 in its last 15 meetings with the Lightning overall.

Special teams

Vlasic’s goal ended an 0-for-14 on the power play on the road for the Sharks, who came into the game just 1-for-16 overall in their last five games. It was San Jose’s only power play of the night.

Tampa Bay, which brought the third-ranked power play into the game, went 0-for-2.

The Sharks’ impressive penalty killing streak remains intact, going 24-for-24 over the past 10 games.

In goal

Jones made his 10th straight start, and 14th out of 15 overall. He’s now a career 2-0 against the Lightning, and has stopped 71 of 74 shots on the road trip so far (.959 SP).

Bishop fell to 2-4-1 all time against San Jose, allowing three goals on 20 shots. He denied Joonas Donskoi on a penalty shot at 4:05 of the first period while the game was still scoreless.

Lineup

The Sharks lost Karlsson after the first period. The forward may have been suffering from blocking a Victor Hedman blast early in the game, although he briefly returned after that and assisted on Wingels’ goal.

Rookie Kevin Labanc also left the bench for a stretch in the first period, but returned for the second.

Up next

The Sharks make their one and only visit to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. The trip continues in St. Louis on Thursday, and concludes in Arizona next Saturday, Nov. 19.

Joe Pavelski proves hard work pays off with hot start to Sharks season

Joe Pavelski proves hard work pays off with hot start to Sharks season

SAN JOSE – Sharks fans were undoubtedly happy when they woke up on Monday morning and saw that Joe Pavelski was named one of the NHL’s Stars of the Week.

He deserved it, too. The captain has lit up the scoresheet all throughout San Jose's season-long six-game homestand, tallying a multi-point effort in four consecutive games dating back to a three-point effort against the Calgary Flames last Sunday. He registered nine points over those four games after tallying just seven points up to that point on the early season.

This isn’t to say Pavelski wasn’t getting good looks in the earlier part of the 2019 campaign – quite the opposite, actually. The difference through this homestand is that those looks are finding the back of the net. 

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer told the media after Monday’s practice that Pavelski’s point streak is no surprise given how he “stuck with it” despite not depositing as many goals right at the start of the season.

“I think like all scorers, just reminding himself that he was getting looks, he was getting chances, that they were going to eventually go in,” the coach explained.

And go in they have. While continuing to grind and get good chances – leading all Sharks skaters with a 21.3 shooting percentage, mind you -- Pavelski now has a team-leading 13 goals with four markers coming on the power play. 

His second period goal against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday evening was indicative of the work he’s put into getting that goal streak going. With just a little over six minutes gone in the frame, Pavelski set up linemate Timo Meier for a shot right in front of the net. Meier’s shot bounced off netminder Chad Johnson’s skate and ended up on Pavelski’s stick. No. 8 was falling over, but stayed committed to the play as he flipped the puck into the back of the net. 

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It was like many of the goals that have become staples in Pavelski’s repertoire. It perfectly encompassed how hard work leads to production.

“That’s the big thing with scoring,” DeBoer said. “As long as the foundation is there, you can’t overreact to the fact that maybe the puck isn’t going in for you that week or that month. Keep reminding yourself to stick with it, that you will come out the other end of it.”

The Sharks would certainly love it if their captain’s hot streak continues as the homestand wraps up. San Jose hosts two division rivals in the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks this week – two teams giving up more goals than almost everyone else in the league. Pavelski keeping that hot streak alive could help the Sharks not just win games, but create some space between them and their opponents in the Pacific Division. 

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“We know that a lot of these teams are going to get their footing and be hanging around in the second half,” DeBoer said. “You want to give yourself as much cushion as possible.”

Sharks hopeful Tomas Hertl can return to lineup Tuesday vs. Oilers

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Sharks hopeful Tomas Hertl can return to lineup Tuesday vs. Oilers

SAN JOSE – After missing the last two games with a lower-body injury, Tomas Hertl may be ready to return to the San Jose Sharks lineup.

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer told the media after Monday’s practice he hopes the 25-year-old winger will be ready to see game action when San Jose hosts the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

“We’ll see how he feels after his first full practice,” DeBoer told the media. 

Hertl had participated in team practice since being injured in Team Teal’s game a week ago against the Predators but hadn’t taken line rushes until Monday. DeBoer reunited Hertl on a line with Logan Couture and Timo Meier, with whom he has found a lot of success through the start of the season.

Prior to being injured, Hertl registered 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists) through 16 games.

Hertl’s return means the Sharks' other forward lines could look a little different from how they lined up in Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues. Joe Pavelski skated with Evander Kane and Joonas Donskoi, while the Joe Thornton-led line with Marcus Sorensen and Kevin Labanc. Barclay Goodrow, Antti Suomela, Melker Karlsson, and Dylan Gambrell comprised the fourth line.

If Hertl is ready to play in Tuesday’s game, it’s likely Gambrell, who was recalled from the San Jose Barracuda over the weekend, will be scratched from the lineup.