Instant Replay: Sharks' playoff berth put on hold by Blues


Instant Replay: Sharks' playoff berth put on hold by Blues


SAN JOSE – The Sharks failed to clinch a playoff spot and squandered an opportunity to move up in the Pacific Division standings on Tuesday, dropping a 1-0 decision to the Blues at SAP Center.

It wasn’t until midway through the third period that the first – and deciding – goal was scored.

Troy Brouwer tossed the puck ahead off the glass, and Robby Fabbri tracked it down. On a two-on-one rush Sharks defenseman Justin Braun played the pass, allowing Fabbri time to slip his shot through Martin Jones’ short side at 9:55, off of Dylan DeMelo's stick, for his 17th score.

Brian Elliott, who also shut out the Canucks on Saturday in the Blues’ most recent game, made 37 saves.

San Jose was on an extended power play for the final few minutes of regulation. Carl Gunnarsson went off for a delay of game minor at 17:15, while David Backes was called for high-sticking Joe Pavelski at 18:37, giving the Sharks a 38-second two-man advantage. That turned into a six-on-three with Martin Jones pulled for an extra attacker.

Nothing came of it, as Elliott ate up a Pavelski backhander with 4.8 seconds to go.

The Sharks will have to wait at least two more days before they can officially clinch their place in the postseason. Arizona, in fourth place in the Pacific, beat the Oilers on Tuesday night. They remain in third place in the division, despite the Kings and Ducks both losing in regulation earlier on Sunday. The Sharks are still five points back of Los Angeles and one behind Anaheim.

The Sharks fell to 2-1 on a season-long six-game homestand, while surging St. Louis closed out its five-game roadie with a 3-2 mark.

There were momentum shifts throughout the first two scoreless periods.

St. Louis seemed to have the early energy, and its best scoring chance came about five minutes into the game when Vladimir Tarasenko didn’t get all of his shot on a partial breakaway.

The Sharks gained steam late in the period. Tomas Hertl rang his shot off the crossbar with about three minutes left, and on the first power play of the game, San Jose’s second unit had a lengthy shift in the offensive zone just before time expired.

It was all Sharks through the first part of the second period, but Elliott denied Hertl on a Dylan DeMelo rebound chance with 7:08 to go, and got some help from Backes on a Joel Ward partial breakaway later in the frame, when the Blues captain seemed to get away with a blatant trip.

Jones kept it scoreless in the last few minutes of the second, stoning Colton Parayko who cut to the net with 2:45 to go, and holding the line on Paul Stastny alone in front in the closing seconds.

The Sharks won the first two games of the season series, both at Scottrade Center, in February.

Special teams

The Sharks went 0-for-4 on the power play, including their late advantages that they couldn’t capitalize on.

The Blues were 0-for-2. Over their last eight games, the Sharks are 15-for-17 on the penalty kill.

In goal

Enjoying more rest lately with James Reimer getting frequent starts, including on Sunday, Jones allowed just one goal on 24 shots, falling to 35-20-4.

Elliott was playing his second straight game since returning from a knee injury that kept him out approximately four weeks. He improved to 19-7-6 on the year.


Marc-Edouard Vlasic (lower body) and Matt Nieto (hand) each missed their third straight game.

Hertl, Joe Thornton and St. Louis’ Jaden Schwartz all saw their five-game point streaks come to an end.

Up next

The Sharks host Todd McLellan’s Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, in what will be rookie sensation Connor McDavid’s first appearance in San Jose. The Sharks are 2-0-1 against Edmonton this season, including a 3-0 shutout by James Reimer at Rexall Place on March 8.

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


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? 

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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! How will the Sharks be impacted heading into the noon deadline? Don’t miss it!


6:55 a.m. PT: The Athletic's Josh Yohe reported the Pittsburgh Penguins are "making a big push" to acquire Patrick Marleau from the Sharks. 


9:40 p.m. PT: Mike Green was held out of the Detroit Red Wings' lineup for good reason Sunday. He's headed to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Kyle Brodziak and a conditional draft pick. 

Green is far removed from his point-per-game days with the Washington Capitals a decade ago, but he should give the Oilers solid depth on the blue line. At the very least, playing with Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid should be reinvigorating. 

9:22 p.m. PT: Could the Ottawa Senators' most valuable trade chip come off the board? TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Sunday night that pending free-agent forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau had "dialogue" with the Sens about a contract extension. 

"I think what you've got here is you've got a player who really would like to stay in Ottawa," McKenzie said Sunday of the Ottawa native, who has 40 points (24 goals, 16 assists) in 60 games this season. "He's a born-and-bred Ottawa Senator, and so the notion of staying in Ottawa long-term doesn't frighten him at all. But, free agency's also an opportunity to make hay, and he wants to make sure he's not taking too big a hometown discount to stay with the Senators."

McKenzie mentioned the Senators' rumored asking price -- a first-round pick and a prospect -- might be too much for other teams to pay at the moment. If they don't reach a deal, McKenzie said it's likely Pageau is traded Monday. 

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


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


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.

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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.