Sharks focused on capitalizing on opportunities after loss to Sabres

Sharks focused on capitalizing on opportunities after loss to Sabres

The Sharks were, of course, not pleased they weren’t able to snap the Sabres' winning streak during their visit to Buffalo. The team acknowledged afterwards that the game had some positives. Heck, rallying to tie it up late in the third period certainly made things interesting -- especially since San Jose hadn’t scored a goal on the road in 183:43 minutes.

Now, after falling to the Sabres 3-2 in overtime, the Sharks identify they need to not just create good scoring chances, but follow through and capitalize on them.

“I thought there were some chances we didn’t capitalize on early,” Evander Kane told the media after the loss, then added: “But it was a great effort to come back and tie the game and give ourselves a shot.”

Brent Burns agreed. “I think we had some chances,” the defenseman said. “[Buffalo] just ended up with one more.”

It literally was just one more chance that made the difference in Tuesday’s contest. San Jose and Buffalo played a tight back-and-forth game for the better part of 60 minutes, with the Sabres making more of a push in the second period and the Sharks responding in the latter part of the third. Buffalo kept up with San Jose on the shot clock, only being outdone 38-31 by the end of the game. The Sharks blocked seven shots to the Sabres' five and won 55 percent of the faceoffs on the evening. With both goaltenders making big saves at their respective ends of the ice, neither team was able to run away with the game. 

“It felt like there was not a lot out there for both sides,” Burns observed.

It was that one opportunity though, created by Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner in overtime, that gave the Sabres the victory.

Not that San Jose is going to completely dismiss their late-game push, or neglect applauding finding the back of the net after previously having trouble scoring on the road. Joe Pavelski notching both of San Jose’s third period markers certainly helped give the Sharks a boost.

“There are obviously going to be times where goals are tough to come by,” San Jose netminder Martin Jones said. “So, to get a couple late in the game tonight and grab a point tonight was big.”

So, how do the Sharks improve on Tuesday’s effort? 

“We need to do a little better job of getting a little more traffic in front of the net,” Kane said. “We had some good looks that we didn’t finish and that was unfortunate.”

The Sharks will get an immediate opportunity to capitalize on more chances, as they play again on Wednesday. While the competition will be steep – they’re playing the Maple Leafs in Toronto on the tail end of a back-to-back – the Sharks already know what they want to do better to improve on their game against the Sabres.

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.


Logan Couture has good feeling Joe Thornton will return to Sharks

Logan Couture has good feeling Joe Thornton will return to Sharks

In June, Joe Thornton hinted that he would be returning for his 22nd NHL season, and that he believes he could play five more years.

Almost two months later, Thornton still is an unrestricted free agent. He was seen working out with former Shark Patrick Marleau recently, and Sharks center Logan Couture, who has played with Thornton for 10 years, would be shocked if Jumbo isn't back. 

"I talked to Joe a month ago and asked him what was going on and he said, 'Oh don't worry about it,' so I took that as he'll be back," Couture told "I just kind of figure it's going to happen, he's still got time, I'm sure he'll be back with the Sharks."

For Couture, playing without Thornton alongside him in teal is a tough one to envision.

"He has the invaluable assets that you need in any dressing room. When he walks in, he demands respect, he creates a fun atmosphere and fun environment, I couldn't imagine playing on a team without Jumbo," Couture told "My mind just can't work that out, not having Joe around, because it's been 10 years with him and it's been so much fun."

At 40, some might expect Thornton to be nearing his NHL expiration date, but Couture knows that isn't the case based on what he's seen from his longtime teammate. 

"He can't give it up, he works so hard, so the day he stops I'll be shocked," Couture said. "When we lost to [the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference final], I ran into him in the gym like nine days later and Jumbo had already been in there working out, and that was not his first day back. He loves the game, loves it, more than anyone."

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With Joe Pavelski leaving for the Dallas Stars, the Sharks can ill afford to lose the 51 points Thornton contributed last year.

It sounds like Jumbo's return is a matter of when, not if.