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Instant Replay: Sharks score early, hold on to beat Blue Jackets

Instant Replay: Sharks score early, hold on to beat Blue Jackets

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COLUMBUS – The NHL’s best road team from a season ago is off to a good start this year now, too.
 
Mikkel Boedker and Joel Ward scored first period goals, and the Sharks never trailed in a 3-2 win over Columbus at Nationwide Arena on Saturday night. San Jose is 2-0-0 on the young season.
 
The Sharks outshot the Blue Jackets 11-2 in the first period on their way to claiming the early advantage.
 
Boedker’s first score with the Sharks put San Jose ahead, 1-0. Logan Couture threw the puck towards the net from the wall, and it ended up on Boedker’s stick in the circle. He squeezed it under the arm of Sergei Bobrovsky at 9:22.
 
Ward’s first goal of the season increased the Sharks’ lead to 2-0, when he redirected a scorching pass from Burns in the corner at 14:54.
 
The Blue Jackets made a push in the third period, finally solving Jones with a power play goal at 3:44. Rookie Zach Werenski’s low wrist shot from the point nicked Justin Braun’s stick and fluttered through for his first career goal. 
 
Patrick Marleau scored a late power play, empty-net goal to incrase the Sharks’ lead to 3-1. Josh Anderson tallied on a scramble with 22 seconds to go to cap the scoring, and Columbus never got close to tying it up after that.

According to Elias, the Sharks entered the game as the NHL’s oldest team, while Columbus is the youngest.
 
San Jose has four games remaining on its road trip, and doesn’t play at home again until Oct. 25 against Anaheim.
 
Columbus, which lost its first eight games in regulation last season, dropped to 0-2-0.
 
Special teams 
 
The Sharks could have blown the game open in the first or second periods, but the power play couldn’t convert on five total chances. That includes a double-minor to Oliver Bjorkstrand for high-sticking Burns at 4:19 of the first period that Columbus killed off to keep it scoreless. San Jose finished 1-for-5 on Marleau's power play goal after Bobrovsky had been pulled.
 
Columbus finished 1-for-2. San Jose has been shorthanded just three times through the first two games.
 
In goal
 
Jones has started and won each of the Sharks’ first two games. He made 26 saves.
 
Bobrovsky took the loss, his second, with two goals allowed on 37 shots.
 
Lineup
 
San Jose iced its same lineup as Wednesday. Ryan Carpenter was recalled from the Barracuda on Friday as an extra body in case he’s needed at some point on the trip.
 
Also on Friday, Timo Meier was assigned to the Barracuda as he continues to recover from mono.
 
Up next
 
The Sharks will have Sunday off before resuming their road trip at Madison Square Garden on Monday against the Rangers, and Tuesday at Barclays Center against the Islanders in their first of 16 back-to-back games of the season.

Erik Karlsson unveils Sharks' black third jersey with an on-ice skate

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Erik Karlsson unveils Sharks' black third jersey with an on-ice skate

Erik Karlsson did not play for the Sharks in Saturday's preseason game against the Vegas Golden Knights, but he still managed to suit up. 

Karlsson took the ice in front of the fans at SAP Center as a Shark for the first time, all while wearing San Jose's newest uniform. He officially unveiled a black alternate jersey that the Sharks will wear in 13 home games this season. 

Teal is the only prominent accent color aside from some orange in the shark's eye. It looks like Martin Jones' new mask design offered a bit of a thematic preview of the Sharks' new look.  

The "Stealth" jersey also features a black-and-teal version of San Jose's original secondary logo, a cool nod to the franchise's history. Sharks co-president John Tortora told NBC Sports California's Brodie Brazil in February that the logo would "start showing back up again."

In all, it's the third black jersey in the club's history, and the team's first alternate uniform since Adidas took over as the NHL's jersey manufacturer last season. 

The Sharks will wear the jersey in every Thursday night and Friday night home game -- as well as one Saturday. The full schedule for the uniform is as follows:

  • Thursday, Oct. 18 vs. Buffalo
  • Thursday, Nov. 1 vs. Columbus
  • Saturday, Nov. 3 vs. Philadelphia
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 vs. Toronto
  • Friday, Nov. 23 vs. Vancouver
  • Thursday, Dec. 13 vs. Dallas
  • Thursday, Dec. 20 vs. Winnipeg
  • Thursday, Dec. 27 vs. Anaheim
  • Thursday, Feb. 14 vs. Washington
  • Friday, March 1 vs. Colorado
  • Thursday, March 7 vs. Montreal
  • Thursday, March 14 vs. Florida
  • Thursday, March 28 vs. Chicago

After Erik Karlsson trade, Sharks in line for new defenseman pairings

After Erik Karlsson trade, Sharks in line for new defenseman pairings

SAN JOSE -- Since Peter DeBoer took over as Sharks coach ahead of the 2015-16 season, defenseman Brenden Dillon has played with plenty of partners. Seven defensive pairings have played 500 minutes of five-on-five hockey together in the regular season and playoffs during that stretch, according to Corsica Hockey, and Dillon has played for four. 

He’ll likely join a fifth this season. Dillon’s most regular partner over the last three seasons, Dylan DeMelo, now is in Ottawa after being traded to the Senators in the massive deal that brought two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson to San Jose last week. 

Dillon, like the rest of the Sharks' defensive corps, doesn’t know who he’ll skate with to start the season. But, he said, his experience regularly playing alongside many different players will prove beneficial when he does.

“I think it’ll be to my advantage for sure,” Dillon said Friday at the Sharks' practice facility. “I’m definitely excited. We don’t really know what the lineups are going to kind of shake out as exactly. I think even during the regular season in past years, too, you might start out with a certain guy and finish the game having played with all five guys. … There’s so many different variables.”

Dillon skated with defensive prospect Jeremy Roy on Friday. Marc-Edouard Vlasic paired with Karlsson for the third consecutive practice. Justin Braun, Vlasic’s regular partner to the tune of nearly 3800 regular-season and playoff minutes over the last three years, skated with Burns. 

At least in the Braun and Burns’ case, that was due to availability. Burns’ most common defensive partner last season, Joakim Ryan, played in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Anaheim Ducks, and thus skated in the second session. 

Still, it’s possible Braun will regularly play with someone other than Vlasic for the first time in years. The eight-year veteran last played with someone else for more than 500 five-on-five minutes during the 2013-14 season, when he logged just under 505 such minutes with now-retired defenseman Brad Stuart. 

Braun said there won’t be a big learning curve if he plays with someone other than Vlasic, since he’s played spot minutes with just about everyone else (other than Karlsson). Braun said he’d hope to play a couple preseason games with a new partner, but that practice might be an ideal time to learn their tendencies and develop chemistry. 

“You can learn anywhere,” Braun said. “There’s drills set up where there’s a lot of forechecking. You might chip [the puck], and he’s not there, and you kind of talk about it after. That might be the best place since they’re not scoring goals on you where it counts.”

It might be awhile before DeBoer provides a glimpse into his potential pairings. Karlsson will not play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Vegas Golden Knights at SAP Center, and the Sharks will not cut camp down to one group of up to 26 players (five forward lines, four defensive pairs, and three goaltenders) until Tuesday or Wednesday. 

After Saturday, San Jose will play three more preseason games before hosting Anaheim in the regular-season opener Oct. 3. Who Karlsson, and the rest of the defense, play with then is still to be determined, according to DeBoer. 

“We’ll see,” DeBoer said when asked if he envisioned Karlsson and Vlasic as a long-term possibility. “We’ve had a couple practices, but honestly I’ve got a bunch of different things rolling around in my head. The nice thing about getting [Karlsson] now is that it’s not a trade deadline where you’ve basically got six weeks to figure it out.”

DeBoer added that he hopes his pairings that open the season will stick together stick throughout the season, but he knows the nature of a long schedule will require changes. As Braun and Dillon both noted, that can happen during the ebb and flow of an individual game, too.

No matter who plays with whom, Dillon said he’s confident any new-look pairings will be able to become comfortable. 

“I think that’s just going to come with time,” Dillon said. “But, for us as a group, I think we can all cover for each other if we’re struggling a bit. At the same time, I think when we’re all going well, it’s going to be a tough group to beat.”