Sharks coach Peter DeBoer disagrees with idea team has been 'lucky'


Sharks coach Peter DeBoer disagrees with idea team has been 'lucky'

There's been a lot of chatter about calls going in the Sharks' favor through the current Stanley Cup Playoffs -- and their coach has had just about enough of that. 

During media availability the morning after San Jose's 5-4 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues, bench boss Peter DeBoer was asked if his team was "lucky" in getting calls that go in his team's favor. DeBoer let out a sigh.

“It irks me when you use words like that," he responded, "because this team has played four or five elimination games. Not moments. Games. Twelve to 15 periods of elimination hockey against Vegas, against Colorado in Game 7. So, I think it’s a ridiculous statement."

A non-call on what appeared to be a hand pass by Timo Meier to set up the Sharks' overtime game-winning goal isn't the first instance through these playoffs where fingers have been wagged at the Sharks for calls going their way.

There was the penalty on Gabriel Landeskog in Game 7 against the Avalanche that overturned what could've been a game-tying goal for Colorado. There was also, of course, the five-minute major called on Golden Knights' forward Cody Eakin in the Game 7 between San Jose and Vegas that led to the Sharks scoring four power-play goals in just as many minutes. 

For DeBoer, that's part of the game -- not a couple of strokes of luck.

"I heard (Hurricanes coach) Rod Brind’amour speak out about it, and I thought he said it best," he said. "Those things happen so quickly on the ice, and there are so many bodies flying around and there are split-second decisions and it’s easy when we sit there on the bench or you guys look at a TV monitor and criticize and hold people accountable for errors that happen in milliseconds."

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The Sharks now have a two-games-to-one series lead over the Blues heading into Game 4, and DeBoer likely would prefer to put the topic of how his team won Game 3 to rest.

“You know what? We’ve found a way," DeBoer continued. "And we’ve faced a lot of adversity. We’ve had calls go against us and we’ve had calls go for us, and we’re still standing. For anybody to minimize that, I think is disrespectful to our group and what we’ve done.”

Sharks' Evander Kane announces daughter's birth after 'tough journey'


Sharks' Evander Kane announces daughter's birth after 'tough journey'

Just over a year after losing their daughter during pregnancy, Sharks forward Evander Kane and his wife, Anna, welcomed another daughter into the world.

The Kanes announced the birth of their daughter, Kensington Ava, on Thursday on social media. Evander Kane said his daughter was born on July 3. 

"My wife Anna is a rockstar, the strength and love she has displayed over the last 18 months," Kane wrote on Twitter. "We want to thank everyone who has reached out during this period in support of our family and (we) appreciate the kind words throughout this journey. I'm so proud of my daughter, it's tough to put into words how much she means to me."

Kane thanked the Sharks, their fans, his friends and family "for their overwhelming love" during a difficult time. Last March, Kane announced that their daughter, Eva, passed away 26 weeks into Anna's pregnancy.

"You gave us all, especially your mom and I, something to be excited about," Kane wrote of Eva on Twitter on March 14, 2019. "And though we are devastated that you couldn't stay with us longer, your mom and I will always cherish the time we had with your beautiful soul. Your spirit will give us strength, your love will give us comfort. We will love you forever."

The Sharks, San Jose teammate Mario Ferraro and Hockey Diversity Alliance co-founder Akim Aliu all commented on Kane's Instagram post on Thursday.

Sharks' Tomas Hertl explains funny, simple reason why he wears No. 48

Sharks' Tomas Hertl explains funny, simple reason why he wears No. 48

Tomas Hertl has a huge year ahead of him. As he returns from ACL and MCL surgery, he and his wife Aneta are expecting the birth of their first child in November.

Sharks fans everywhere can't wait for No. 48 to get back on the ice. But how did he pick that number? It’s quite simple.

“They give it to me,” he wrote in a recent NHLPA questionnaire.

Enough said.

But before Hertl was the Sharks’ All-Star center, he had other aspirations.

Believe it or not, he wrote in the questionnaire that he wanted to be an architect if he wasn’t going to be a hockey player. But he was born to play hockey.

His dad, Jaroslav, during the winter in his native in Prague, would create nets (measuring the perfect size) on the frozen ponds near where he lived. Hertl’s dad would even kick off skaters if they were recreationally using the area where he wanted to play hockey.

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As much as Hertl could have thrived as an architect, his career as a hockey star was destined.