Sharks' power play beaten on both ends of ice in Game 2 loss vs. Vegas

Sharks' power play beaten on both ends of ice in Game 2 loss vs. Vegas

SAN JOSE -- The Sharks once again spent a lot of time on the power play in Friday's series-tying 5-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of the first round.

But once again, San Jose could only match Vegas' output on the man advantage, as each team finished the night with a power-play goal. This time around, the Golden Knights scored outside of 5-on-5 situations and the power play, tallying short-handed goals in the first and third periods. Each marker gave the second-year franchise a two-goal advantage, and the second short-handed tally all but clinched Game 2.

In all, the Sharks are just 2-for-13 on the power play through two games. They've given up a total of two high-danger chances on those opportunities, according to Natural Stat Trick, and both ended up in the back of their net Friday.

"It's hard to win this time of year if you don't win the special teams," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said after the loss. "And when you go down, you give up the first three goals of the game and you lose that battle, you're playing with fire. That was disappointing."

The Sharks' eight power-play opportunities Friday included a minute of 5-on-3 time in the first period. San Jose trailed 1-0, but only managed one shot on goal.

But when Colin Miller's penalty expired, he stepped out of the box to intercept Erik Karlsson's pass intended for fellow defenseman Brent Burns, and scored on the ensuing odd-man rush the other way.

The Golden Knights capitalized again in the third period. Vegas forward Reilly Smith grabbed a loose puck after Joe Thornton's shot went wide, and threaded a pass to streaking linemate William Karlsson who only had Sharks backup goaltender Aaron Dell to beat.

Dating back to the end of the regular season, the Sharks have now allowed four short-handed goals in their last five games and six in the last 11. At least on Friday, San Jose winger Evander Kane thought the Sharks' power-play problems could be boiled down pretty easily.

"We just got out-worked," Kane said. "Plain and simple. You can't give up two short-handed goals, and expect to win in the postseason."

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Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped all but one of the 12 shots he faced on the penalty kill, credited his teammates for quickly getting to loose pucks and blocking shots in front of him. The Sharks attempted 27 total shots on their eight power-play opportunities, but 15 were blocked or missed the net entirely.

But San Jose was not able to consistently establish zone time in the offensive zone. Logan Couture noted that the Sharks' zone entries were "decent," but that they looked to pass one too many times, and the Golden Knights were able to clear the danger. Joe Pavelski agreed, and said the Sharks needed to get more shots through to Fleury.

"I think at times it probably wasn't direct enough," the Sharks' captain said. " ... We would get turned back and try to make the play up top, and then they would take that away and they'd be out of the zone. So, it can be a little cleaner. A little quicker. A little more direct, and go from there."

Pavelski noted Friday morning that the Sharks "can't bank on getting power plays," especially as the postseason drags on. The Sharks averaged two fewer power plays (4.5) in last year's second-round series against the Golden Knights, and over three fewer (3.25) in four regular-season matchups.

San Jose's 5-on-5 play was strong once again on Friday, but converting on the man advantage will become even more important if the opportunities aren't as abundant. The Sharks couldn't with ample chances in Game 2, and it cost them.

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.