Scratched against Sharks, Canucks want Goldobin to be 'more engaged'

Scratched against Sharks, Canucks want Goldobin to be 'more engaged'

The Nikolay Goldobin era in Vancouver got off to a flying start, when the former first round draft pick of the Sharks scored in his Canucks debut on a breakaway on March 4 against the Kings.

Nothing much has happened for the 21-year-old since then, though. Goldobin is scoreless in his last nine games with Vancouver, missing some time due to illness, and was a healthy scratch against his former organization on Sunday at Rogers Arena. That’s despite the Canucks dealing with a number of injuries and icing a weak lineup that the Sharks took advantage of in a 3-1 win.

Just like in his few games with the Sharks, Goldobin’s ice time has been limited with Vancouver. He’s averaging just over 10 minutes per game with the Canucks.

His compete level, an issue with the Sharks and AHL Barracuda, was seemingly questioned by his newest head coach, too.

“I think he needs to prove he’s going to go hard at this level. He’s got to go hard. It’s a two-way street,” Willie Desjardins told the Vancouver Province.

Desjardins was asked if he was sending a message to Goldobin.

“I’m not sending a huge message,” Willie said. “He’s a skilled player. You have to get your skill working hard and I don’t think he worked hard quite enough last game.”

Friend of the show Jason Brough, of NBC’s ProHockeyTalk, recently suggested that Goldobin is better off playing with Utica, the Canucks’ AHL affiliate. Would he be better suited there?

“He’s played time in the AHL. It would be different if he hadn’t played there. He knows the AHL,” Desjardins said.

“We just have to get him more engaged.”

The Canucks visit the Sharks on Tuesday in the second of a back-to-back. There's no word on whether Goldobin will return to the Vancouver lineup.

Goldobin, the 27th overall pick in the 2014 draft, was traded to Vancouver on Feb. 28 along with a conditional fourth round pick in 2017 for forward Jannik Hansen. The fourth round pick becomes a first round pick if the Sharks win the Stanley Cup.

49ers' Dante Pettis suggests Drake curse would help Sharks beat Vegas

49ers' Dante Pettis suggests Drake curse would help Sharks beat Vegas

Dante Pettis has an idea for the Sharks to get back in their first-round Stanley Cup playoffs series against the Vegas Golden Knights. 

On Wednesday night, he 49ers wide receiver suggested on Twitter that Drake should wear a Golden Knights sweater on the same night the Toronto Maple Leafs lost 6-4 to the Boston Bruins ... with the global megastar in attendance, wearing a Leafs jersey. 

The "curse" of Drake is the well-observed phenomenon that teams often lose after meeting with the rapper, or after he wears the teams' gear. It struck twice on Wednesday -- the aforementioned Leafs loss, and English soccer juggernaut Manchester City losing to Tottenham Hotspur on aggregate in the Champions League Quarterfinals. Guess which of those two teams had their star striker meet Drake last month? 

And guess which English club Pettis was rooting for Wednesday?  

In other words, he knows full well how powerful the curse can be. Desperate times call for desperate measures, as Pettis' Sharks will face elimination in Thursday's Game 5 thanks to their 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series.

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Pettis, a San Clemente native, adopted the Sharks as his favorite hockey team back in February. He also was in attendance for Game 1 a week ago, which just so happens to be the last game the Sharks won. 

Perhaps the Sharks just need Pettis' (in-person) blessing -- rather than Drake's curse -- to get back in this series. 

Ryan Reaves trolls Sharks' Evander Kane with 'Muffin Man' profile pic

Ryan Reaves trolls Sharks' Evander Kane with 'Muffin Man' profile pic

We need the Sharks to extend their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with Vegas just so the Evander Kane-Ryan Reaves feud doesn't end.

Two days after Kane labeled Reaves "Muffin Man," the Golden Knights winger is embracing the nickname.

Check out Reaves' new Twitter profile pic:

As NBC Sports California's Chelena Goldman wrote, the beef between Kane and Reaves goes way back. But it came to a head in Game 3 on Sunday. Things got testy late in the game, and the two players engaged in an epic fight.

The next day, Kane ripped into Reaves.

"For the so-called toughest guy in the league, I don't think he landed a punch," Kane said between Games 3 and 4. "At times, I thought I was fighting the Muffin Man. Didn't expect that, I expected a lot more of a battle. I was able to handle him. I think he lost a bit of his allure in terms of toughness."

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See, this is why we need the Sharks, who trail three to one in the beat-of-seven series, to win Game 5 on Thursday night in San Jose.