Instant Replay: Sharks swat away Flyers on Dell's first NHL shutout

Instant Replay: Sharks swat away Flyers on Dell's first NHL shutout


SAN JOSE – It took him until his 19th season, but Patrick Marleau finally has a game-winning goal against every team in the National Hockey League other than the one he’s always played for.
Marleau and Justin Braun scored goals, and Aaron Dell recorded his first NHL shutout in a 2-0 Sharks win at SAP Center on Friday night over Philadelphia.
Marleau’s power play goal was the only score through two periods. He pounced on the rebound of a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot that hit goalie Steve Mason in the chest, depositing his 10th of the season.
That was all the Sharks would need, as Dell made 21 saves in beating his former college coach at the University of North Dakota, Dave Hakstol.
The Pacific Division-leading Sharks won their fourth straight game, and eighth in their last nine overall. Philadelphia dropped to 1-4-1 in its last six following a 10-game winning streak.
Ironically, it was Marleau who was demoted to the second power play unit in place of Joel Ward, as the Sharks looked to reverse their recent struggles on a man advantage.
After two days off to practice the Sharks came out flying at the start, recording nine of the first 10 shots on goal. Mason made a remarkable save on Melker Karlsson two-and-a-half minutes into the game, though, and later got his pad on a Timo Meier attempt from the slot a little more than five minutes in.
Dell’s best save may have been his first one, when he denied Dale Wiese’s shot from the circle on a two-on-one about four minutes into the game.
The Flyers made a push in the third period and nearly tied it with 5:42 to go, but Claude Giroux’s slap shot struck iron.
Anthony Stolarz, who entered the game to start the second period, kept the Flyers within striking distance. The rookie got in front of a Joonas Donskoi shot on a two-on-one rush in the second period, sealed off the post on Marleau’s wraparound try early in the third, and turned aside Kevin Labanc’s redirection with 15:30 to go in the third.
He couldn’t stop Justin Braun, though, who hissed in a wrist shot on a rush with 4:37 to go, after Joe Pavelski’s backhand pass beautifully set up the defenseman.
Vlasic had to be helped to the dressing room with 30 seconds left in the game, when a Shayne Gostisbehere shot deflected into the defenseman’s face.
The Sharks improved to 17-1-2 against Philadelphia in the last 20 meetings, including six straight wins. They meet for the second and final time on Feb. 11 at Wells Fargo Center.
Special teams 
The Sharks finished 1-for-3 on the power play with their two new units, generating six shots on goal. They are 5-for-38 over the last 10 games (13.1 percent).
Philadelphia was 0-for-2, and is just 1-for-21 in its last eight games. The Sharks are 15-for-15 on the penalty kill over their last six games.
In goal
Dell’s start was just his second in the last 15 games, presumably allowing Martin Jones an extra day of rest for Saturday’s division game in Los Angeles. 
All five of Dell’s starts have come against Metropolitan Division teams, including two each against Carolina and the Islanders.
Mason was forced to leave the game after the first period. With 3:46 to go in the opening frame, a Brent Burns shot somehow went inside his blocker, and the goalie was seen flexing his hand while being attended to by the team trainer. He stayed in the game at the time, but did not return to the crease after the intermission.
David Schlemko drew back into the lineup after three games as a healthy scratch. He replaced Dylan DeMelo on the third pair with partner Brenden Dillon.
Up next
The Sharks will visit Staples Center for a New Year’s Eve matchup with the Kings on Saturday night. Los Angeles comes to San Jose for the back end of the home-and-home on Jan. 3.
The Sharks have won the first two meetings against their chief rival, one in each building.

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

San Jose Sharks

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.”