Rewind: Sharks disagree with ruling in 3-2 loss to Ducks

Rewind: Sharks disagree with ruling in 3-2 loss to Ducks

SAN JOSE – The Sharks and Ducks were each playing their fourth game in a week sandwiched around the holiday, including the second of a back-to-back, and there was distinct lack of energy and animosity that’s typically evident when these two Pacific Division rivals face off against one another.

One play stood out among the rest, though, in Anaheim’s 3-2 win. In the first period, with San Jose ahead thanks to Logan Couture’s power play goal, Ryan Garbutt stormed towards the crease and plowed over Martin Jones. The puck crossed the line during the violent collision, and a video replay confirmed that it did so before the net came off of its moorings.

Pete DeBoer promptly challenged the play, but the goal was upheld, as the Toronto war room determined that Brent Burns pushed Garbutt into Jones. The Sharks, with visions of Joe Pavelski’s overturned goal in a Nashville playoff game last spring under similar circumstances still in their heads, didn’t agree with the call.

“That’s the rule that I guess we’ll never understand, because last year we were told in the Nashville series that Pav was pushed in and he should have made the effort to stop,” Couture said. “Tonight they just said he was pushed in even though he didn’t make an effort to stop. I don’t understand what the league is doing with the rule, so maybe some more clarification is needed.”

DeBoer said: “I still think you have to make some intent to try to stop and avoid the collision. I didn't see that, but they obviously saw something I didn't."

The goal was hardly a backbreaker, as it came in the first period with plenty of time left. Anaheim struck again later in the first, but the Sharks responded with a brilliant shift in the second period by their fourth line. Ryan Carpenter, making his season debut and playing in just his second career NHL game, screened Jonathan Bernier on a Dylan DeMelo shot, tying it at 2-2. 

DeMelo was playing in just his second game of the season, filling in for a sick Brenden Dillon.

“Great pass by [Kevin Labanc] and even better screen by Carpy, so [Bernier] didn’t see a thing,” DeMelo said.

Pavelski said: “It was awesome to see [DeMelo] get that one. He made a great shot. Couple nice plays on that shift. … They definitely did their job.”

Ryan Getzlaf scored a power play goal in the second period, though, and the Sharks were never able to get another. They managed just five shots on goal in the third period, as the energy tanks were perhaps just a little too drained in their fourth game in six nights.

Further complicating matters was DeBoer’s decision to shorten his bench. Carpenter, Micheal Haley and Mikkel Boedker all remained planted on the pine, with Boedker’s omission from the game the most noteworthy. 

The forward, who signed a four-year, $16 million deal in the offseason, has been nothing short of invisible most nights. With just two points (two goals) in 22 games, Boedker may be giving some Sharks fans (and maybe even some in the front office) fears that they may be witnessing the second coming of Marty Havlat.

DeBoer didn’t call Boedker out by name after the game, but when asked about his decision to sit certain guys late, said: “We were behind going into the third. Some guys it was just circumstance. Some guys didn't deserve to play."

The coach wasn’t necessarily pleased with the forwards that were playing, either, other than the top line of Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.

“The best legs on the ice were our veterans, Jumbo and Marleau and Pavelski, which is a little inexcusable if you're a younger guy and you don't have legs when those guys are going,” DeBoer said.

The defense was also shorthanded, but that wasn’t a coach’s decision. Marc-Edouard Vlasic left after the second period due to injury and did not return, and there was no update on his status after the game.

“As a unit we did pretty well being down a guy,” Justin Braun said.

Of the Sharks’ 23 shots, only 12 came from forwards. That’s where this game was lost – a lack of second chances, especially from close range.

“We didn’t really sustain much pressure until the very end there,” Couture said. “We had some shifts in their end. Would have liked to generate a couple more shots.”

NHL awards: Sharks' Brent Burns named 2019 Norris Trophy finalist

NHL awards: Sharks' Brent Burns named 2019 Norris Trophy finalist

The NHL confirmed Sunday what we've known pretty much all season: Brent Burns is a Norris Trophy finalist.

The award is given annually to the defenseman voted to have demonstrated the greatest all-around ability at the position throughout the season.

The finalist designation comes as no surprise, after Burns -- who previously won the Norris for the first time in 2017 -- led all NHL defensemen in assists (67), points (83), game-winning goals (six) and shots on goal (300) during the regular season. He's the first defenseman in Sharks history with at least 60 assists in a season, and he ranked second among NHL defensemen in short-handed points (five) and was seventh in average ice time (25:06).

Joining Burns as Norris finalists are Calgary's Mark Giordano and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman. Giordano finished second among NHL defensemen in regular-season scoring with 74 points (17 goals, 57 assists), and led all NHL players with a plus-39 rating. Hedman, the reigning Norris winner, tallied 54 points (12 goals, 42 assists) for the Lightning, who led the NHL with a plus-98 goal differential. Both Calgary and Tampa Bay finished with the best records in their respective conferences, but both were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round.

The winner will be announced at the 2019 NHL Awards, presented by Bridgestone, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center sports and entertainment complex June 19 in Las Vegas.

Burns already is the only Norris Trophy winner in Sharks franchise history. A second award would be well-deserved but surely isn't at the forefront of his mind with San Jose's must-win Game 6 against the Vegas Golden Knights taking place later Sunday.

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Joining Burns in Vegas for the 2019 NHL Awards will be fellow Sharks Joe Thornton and Brenden Dillon.

Thornton is nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player who, "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." Dillon, meanwhile, has been nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, given to the player who "best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community."

Sharks vs. Golden Knights watch guide: Do-or-die Game 6 for San Jose

Sharks vs. Golden Knights watch guide: Do-or-die Game 6 for San Jose

The San Jose Sharks staved off elimination Thursday night. Now they have another opportunity to keep their second season going Sunday, but it will be no easy feat as their Stanley Cup playoff first-round series with the Golden Knights returns to Las Vegas for Game 6.

Team Teal put on a magnificent performance in Game 5, holding off the rival Knights and pulling out a 5-2 victory. Tomas Hertl found the back of the net twice, Barclay Goodrow scored his first playoff goal, and Martin Jones turned away 30 of 32 shots as San Jose forced the series to go to a sixth game.

San Jose has lost the previous two games of the series in Las Vegas, getting outscored by the Golden Knights 11-3. According to StatsPass, the Sharks are 12-23-0 all time in playoff games played Sunday.

Here are the teams' projected lines and defensive pairings for Game 6:

Sharks projected lines and pairs

Timo Meier – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Evander Kane – Tomas Hertl – Gustav Nyquist
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
Joonas Donskoi – Barclay Goodrow – Melker Karlsson

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Erik Karlsson
Joakim Ryan – Justin Braun

Martin Jones – projected starter
Aaron Dell

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Golden Knights projected lines and pairs

Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Reilly Smith
Max Pacioretty – Paul Stastny – Mark Stone
Tomas Nosek – Cody Eakin – Alex Tuch
Will Carrier – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – Ryan Reaves

Nate Schmidt – Deryk Engelland
Brayden McNabb – Shea Theodore
Jon Merrill – Colin Miller

Marc-Andre Fleury – projected starter
Malcom Subban