Sharks open New Year with terrible hangover after loss in Dallas


Sharks open New Year with terrible hangover after loss in Dallas

If you woke up and thought your New Year’s hangover was bad, you’ve got nothing on the San Jose Sharks.

They wrapped up 2017 as poorly as possible, losing by a touchdown and a missed extra point to the Dallas Stars in the first stop on a six-game road trip. The good news, at least, is that there’s nowhere to go but up, both in the new year and on the remainder of their trip.

Yes, the loss was that bad.

They not only never led, but the game was so lopsided the Sharks took their first penalty two minutes before they attempted their first shot. Only three players (Mikkel Boedker, a now-healthy Logan Couture, and Tomas Hertl) ended the game with a zero in the plus/minus column.

It was also, literally, one of the worst losses in franchise history,

New Year’s Eve marked the 11th time San Jose was shut out and allowed six or more goals, and the first in nine years. Five of those happened in the franchise’s first two seasons, when the Sharks lost 129 games, 36 more than the next closest team.

In other words, not exactly elite company.

That’s not to say this Sharks team is doomed to repeat the sins of their expansion-era forefathers. They’re not without flaws (their New Year’s resolutions should be centered on scoring more at even strength), of course. But San Jose is, at worst, a Wild Card team, and could be much more, even though they’ll probably need good fortune along the way.

Like many of the people ringing in the New Year with a ringing headache and fuzzy memories, the Sharks just had “one of those nights.”

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer essentially said as much after the game, when he was asked if he was concerned about the team’s record on the road (8-6-2) as opposed to SAP Center.

“I don’t look at this like we’ve been a poor road team,” DeBoer told reporters on Sunday. “This was a poor game tonight.”

“I don’t think it’s a symptom of something bigger, it was just a bad night.”

One bad night won’t automatically doom San Jose on this road trip. The Sharks will need a better start, and better discipline, when they play the Canadiens in Montreal on Tuesday. It’s fair to expect just that, as they’ve lost consecutive road games just once this season.

The hangover doesn’t have to last longer than New Year’s Day, after all.

Martin Jones' new goalie mask will have Sharks fans seeing double


Martin Jones' new goalie mask will have Sharks fans seeing double

Sharks goaltender Martin Jones won't just enter the season with a different paycheck, the result of entering the first year of a five-year, $34.5 million contract extension that he signed last July. He'll also have a new mask.

Toronto-based artist Steve Nash unveiled a look at Jones' mask design for the upcoming season Monday morning on Twitter. The design again features San Jose's secondary logo but with some subtle differences.

Eagle-eyed mask afficionados will notice a couple of tweaks. First, there now are two sharks on the side, compared to only one last season. Those sharks boast orange eyes seen on the back of his mask last season

For comparison, here's a look at Jones' mask from last year.

The 28-year-old netminder is entering his fourth season in San Jose's crease. Jones posted a .915 save percentage in 60 regular-season starts and followed that with a .928 in 10 postseason starts as the Sharks advanced to the second round. 

We'll get our best look at Jones' new mask in action when training camp opens in mid-September, and, assuming he plays, in a game as soon as the Sept. 18 preseason opener against the Ducks. 

Pavelski finishes third at American Century Championship golf tournament

Pavelski finishes third at American Century Championship golf tournament

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski wrapped up his weekend at the American Century Championship, and finished in a tie for third at the Lake Tahoe golf tournament. 

Pavelski ended with a total score of 68 in the event, which utilized the Modified Stableford scoring system. The former high school golfer entered the final day atop the leaderboard, and playing in a trio with the three-time defending champion, former Oakland A's pitcher Mark Mulder, plus the man who would end his streak, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Pavelski bogeyed four times on Sunday, but parred or birdied the other 14 holes. He finished the day five points back of Romo. 

The San Jose sniper tied with another noteworthy sharpshooter: 18-year NBA veteran Ray Allen, who surged up the board after scoring a Sunday-high 28.