Morning Skate: Hertl ruled out as Sharks look to even Final


Morning Skate: Hertl ruled out as Sharks look to even Final

Series schedule

Game 1: Penguins 3, Sharks 2
Game 2: Penguins 2, Sharks 1 (OT)
Game 3: Sharks 3, Penguins 2 (OT)
Game 4: Monday, June 6, Penguins @ Sharks, 5 p.m.
Game 5: Thursday, June 9, Sharks @ Penguins, 5 p.m.
*Game 6: Sunday, June 12, Penguins @ Sharks, 5 p.m.
*Game 7: Wednesday, June 15, Sharks @ Penguins, 5 p.m.

*if necessary

Last game

Joonas Donskoi’s overtime goal at 12:18 of overtime secured the Sharks win in their first-ever Stanley Cup Final home game on Saturday, 3-2. Justin Braun and Joel Ward also scored for San Jose, which erased a pair of one-goal deficits in the victory. Martin Jones stopped 40 shots in goal, allowing goals to Ben Lovejoy and Patric Hornqvist.

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Justin Braun. For the first time in his career the 29-year-old defenseman has goals in consecutive games, including his first period score in Game 3. Perhaps more importantly, though, is that Braun’s defense with partner Marc-Edouard Vlasic was a huge key to San Jose getting back into the series. In 23 minutes of ice time, Braun, who attended his father-in-law’s funeral in Atlanta last Thursday, had three shots on goal and a plus-1 rating along with a team-high five blocks.

Penguins: Evgeni Malkin. The Penguins center had some decent scoring chances in Game 3, including one in front of the net in overtime, but enters Monday with just one goal in his last 15 games. The 29-year-old has 15 points in 20 playoff games, but has yet to find the scoresheet in the series. He had 27 goals and 58 points in 57 regular season games.

Probable lines

Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Joonas Donskoi
Matt Nieto – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Dainius Zubrus – Nick Spaling – Tommy Wingels

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak

Martin Jones (starter)
James Reimer

Conor Sheary – Sidney Crosby – Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin – Nick Bonino – Phil Kessel
Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – Bryan Rust
Tom Kuhnhackl – Matt Cullen – Eric Fehr

Brian Dumoulin – Kris Letang
Olli Maatta – Ben Lovejoy
Ian Cole – Justin Schultz

Matt Murray (starter)
Marc-Andre Fleury

Playoff vitals

Goals per game: 3.29
Goals-against per game: 2.29
Power play: 26.1 percent
Penalty kill: 82.5 percent

Goals per game: 3.10
Goals-against per game: 2.33
Power play: 21.4 percent
Penalty kill: 83.6 percent


Sharks: Tomas Hertl (lower body) is out.

Penguins: Trevor Daley (broken ankle) is out.

Sharks playoff record when…

The Sharks are 3-9 all-time when trailing a series two-games-to-one. They are 5-9 when a series is tied at two games apiece, and 0-5 when trailing three-games-to-one.

They are 17-17 all-time Game 4s, including 1-2 this season.

Facts and figures

*Joonas Donskoi leads all players with three points in the Stanley Cup Final (1g, 2a).

*The Penguins have outshot their opponent for 12 straight games. No team has ever done that for 13 straight playoff games since shots were recorded beginning in 1967.

*The last time there were three straight overtime games in the Stanley Cup Final was 1993 (Los Angeles vs. Montreal).

*The Sharks have yet to play with the lead in the series. The games have been tied or within one goal for all but 9:14 of the nearly 195 total minutes.

*San Jose is 8-2 at home in the postseason. They and the Penguins are a combined 17-5 at home, while the rest of the NHL was 29-37 at home in the playoffs.


“It's probably going to be hard. They're going to respond. They're a very good hockey team. When you lose a game you want to come back with a response, and we expect that from them." – Logan Couture

Sharks' Erik Karlsson, Marc Edouard-Vlasic, Martin Jones excites Randy Hahn


Sharks' Erik Karlsson, Marc Edouard-Vlasic, Martin Jones excites Randy Hahn

It's a new era of Sharks hockey in San Jose with the departure of captain Joe Pavelski, but there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic about next season. 

For Randy Hahn, the voice of the Sharks, it all starts with the team's defense. Specifically, it's the trio of Erik Karlsson, Marc Edouard-Vlasic and Martin Jones that has Hahn itching for the season to begin. 

Re-signing Karlsson was the focal point to the Sharks' offseason and San Jose's front office sealed the deal with an eight-year, $92 million contract. With new weight to his wallet, expectations have rocketed for Karlsson in Year 2 wearing teal. 

“There is huge expectations for Erik Karlsson, as there should be and as I’m sure he expects,” Hahn recently said to Blades of Teal's Quentin Thorne. “He is one of the premier players in the league, and has been especially for the last five to six years.”

Karlsson struggled with injuries during his first season with the Sharks, but he still managed to post 45 points (three goals, 42 assists) in 53 regular-season games. He recorded 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 19 playoff games, which ranked second on San Jose.

When Karlsson did play, the Sharks went 30-23 in regular-season games and 10-9 in the playoffs.

While he's not a star like Karlsson, Hahn is intrigued to see the growth of Vlasic. 

“With a guy like Marc-Edouard Vlasic, I think the goal of the Sharks is to pair him with Karlsson next season,” Hahn said. “[Vlasic] being a tremendous defensive defender in the NHL and Karlsson being a tremendous offensive defender, and the second wave of offense coming from Brent Burns.”

Rounding out the trio is the Sharks' goaltender.

Jones had a down year where he posted a career-worst .896 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average. Clearly, Hahn still believes in him. 

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“Martin Jones is an excellent goalie, I don’t think he is elite yet, but next season I think he has a chance to be,” Hahn said. “The Sharks have a lot of confidence in Martin Jones and they know how good he can be.”

The Sharks open the 2019-20 regular season in Las Vegas, and all eyes will be on their defense taking away goals from the Golden Knights. 

Former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski officially sells San Jose mansion


Former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski officially sells San Jose mansion

It's official, Joe Pavelski no longer is a San Jose resident.

The former Sharks captain has sold his mansion in the affluent Willow Glen neighborhood for $3.6 million, according to The Mercury News.

The original purchase of the five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bathroom house was in 2013 for $2.7 million. 

This 4,400-square-foot mansion is surrounded by redwood trees, with a front yard full of flowers and a manicured lawn. And when it comes to the background, it's the perfect lounge area ... with plenty of splashes of teal.

Pavelski bids farewell to the Bay Area after he signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Dallas Stars. 

Now he can check off one more thing from his moving to-do list.