Sharks to give fans free tattoos during NHL playoffs in San Jose shops


Sharks to give fans free tattoos during NHL playoffs in San Jose shops

If you've been waiting to permanently emblazon yourself with a Sharks logo, now's your chance. 

During road games of their Western Conference final series with the St. Louis Blues, the Sharks are offering free tattoos based on one of their alternate logos. A different tattoo shop in San Jose will offer the free ink during Games 3, 4 and 6 (if necessary), and each has 40 tattoos available, according to the Sharks' website. 

A tattoo no longer has to be a lifelong commitment, but it still has plenty of permanence. Thus, this doesn't seem like something intended for anyone who is on the fence about ink, let alone their own fandom. 

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But, if you are one of the brave souls considering this, chances are you are pretty committed to the Sharks. Well, unless you're a Vegas Golden Knights or Colorado Avalanche fan who lost a bet. 

Player's Ink, the San Jose tattoo shop offering the promotion for Wednesday, opened at 10 a.m. -- and it looks like Sharks fans have already taken advantage.

Puck drops for Game 3 between the Sharks and Blues on Wednesday night at 5 p.m.

NHL Awards: Sharks' Joe Thornton misses out on first Masterton Trophy


NHL Awards: Sharks' Joe Thornton misses out on first Masterton Trophy

Before Joe Thornton makes his return to the Sharks official by putting pen to paper, the veteran center missed out an adding another trophy to his collection. 

The 39-year-old did not pick up the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy at Wednesday's 2019 NHL Awards as "the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey," with the award going to New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner.

The 2018-19 season marked Thornton's second straight campaign recovering from a torn ACL and MCL. Thornton tore the ligaments in his right knee on Jan. 23, 2018, just over nine months doing the same in his left knee. 

Despite that, Thornton scored 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists) in 73 regular-season games during his 21st NHL season and became a fixture on the Sharks' third line. It was Thornton's 17th season with at least 50 points, tying him for 10th in NHL history with the most such seasons. 

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Lehner, 27, won 25 games with the Islanders and was second among NHL goalies (min. 10 games played) in save percentage (.930) and third in goals against average (2.13) in the best season of his career. Before the season, Lehner wrote an article for The Athletic and revealed he had suicidal thoughts while battling drug and alcohol addiction. He wrote that he "was diagnosed bipolar 1 with manic phases" while underoing treatment in Arizona, and revealed his struggles in order to "help make a difference and help others the way I have been helped." 

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Nick Foligno was the other finalist. Foligno, 31, scored 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in 73 games, missing time in November and March as two of his three children had separate health scares. He told's Dan Rosen in a story this week that his nomination was "humbling and I appreciate it, but it's something that feels weird to me because I get to play a game for a living, and I've got a pretty good life considering all this stuff."

NHL Awards: Sharks' Brent Burns finishes second in Norris Trophy voting


NHL Awards: Sharks' Brent Burns finishes second in Norris Trophy voting

Brent Burns made the medal stand, but did not pick up his second career Norris Trophy on Wednesday. 

Instead, Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano won his first at the 2019 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Burns, 34, scored 83 points (16 goals, 67 assists) in 82 games, setting a Sharks franchise record for points by a defenseman. He became the first blueliner to score at least 82 points in a season since Karlsson did so with the Ottawa Senators in 2015-16, and only the 48th in NHL history. This marked the third time in the last four seasons that Burns was a finalist for the award, and he dressed for the occasion.

Burns finished second in the Professional Hockey Writers Association's (PHWA) balloting.

Giordano, 35, scored a career-high 74 points (17 goals, 57 assists) and led the Western Conference-leading Flames in ice time en route to being a first-time Norris finalist. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman was the other nominee. Hedman, 28, scored 54 points (12 goals, 42 assists) in 70 games, leading the loaded Lightning to a runaway President's Trophy win in a record-setting regular season.