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Sharks reveal defenseman Erik Karlsson had surgery for groin injury

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Sharks reveal defenseman Erik Karlsson had surgery for groin injury

SAN JOSE -- It never was completely clear during the 2018-19 season just how severe defenseman Erik Karlsson's injuries were. On Wednesday, the Sharks shined some light on the subject.

The team revealed via press release that the two-time Norris Trophy winner underwent successful surgery on Friday, May 31, "to address a groin injury he suffered" during the regular season. He already has started rehabilitation, according to the team, and is expected to be fully recovered for the start of the 2019-20 season.

Karlsson didn't reveal whether or not he needed surgery when he spoke to the press during exit interviews on May 23. He did say, however, that he's hopeful his ailments from the season wouldn't carry into the upcoming campaign.

"All I know is it’s not going to be anything that will be a problem moving forward," Karlsson said that day. "I’m going to be able to have a normal summer with training and everything and getting ready."

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Karlsson missed 29 games during the regular season because of the injury. Although he was able to bounce back at the start of the playoffs, he aggravated the injury and missed all of Game 6 of the Western Conference final against the St. Louis Blues. The Sharks' season ended in defeat in that game.

Karlsson, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, has been in the news a fair amount recently, as speculation over where he will play next season continues to swirl. A recent report stated the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators -- Karlsson's former team -- are potential destinations for the highly sought-after defenseman, who evidently might want to return to Canada after one season in San Jose.

NHL rumors: Sharks fire Peter DeBoer in fifth season as head coach

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NHL rumors: Sharks fire Peter DeBoer in fifth season as head coach

In the midst of a five-game losing streak, the Sharks reportedly have decided to make a coaching change.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Wednesday afternoon that San Jose has parted ways with head coach Peter DeBoer.

This story will be updated.

Sharks continue to suffer from lack of scoring, abundance of penalties

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Sharks continue to suffer from lack of scoring, abundance of penalties

Evander Kane called it "interesting." Head coach Peter DeBoer called it "messy." No matter what word you choose, everyone can agree that the Sharks' 3-1 loss to the Predators on Tuesday got downright ugly.

San Jose had what was probably its best defensive game of the month in Nashville, being stingy and not giving the opposing Preds a lot of room to work. But with a scoreless tie after two periods, tempers began to fly, and what followed was a tsunami of penalties that ultimately determined the Sharks' fate.

The Sharks felt like they were in this one. But a plethora of penalties late in the second period and early in the third changed that. A whopping 39 penalty minutes later, San Jose had dropped the fourth and final game of its road trip. 

"We're still taking too many penalties," DeBoer told reporters after the loss. "I thought we pressed really hard in the second, didn't give them anything. I thought we deserved to be up going into the third and we didn't get rewarded for the work in the second. And they're at home, I thought they pushed hard. Pushed us back early in the third, got us on our heels a little bit. Really, when you get into a game like that, whoever scores first is probably going to win."

San Jose actually went on the penalty kill just 47 seconds into the game when Barclay Goodrow went to the box for slashing. But the real wave of penalties came late in the second period after Goodrow and Calle Jarnkrok received matching minors. Tempers were unhinged from that point on -- heck even the officials were fired up, as the microphone caught one using explicit language while reprimanding Nashville's Roman Josi. 

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The biggest tussle, however, took place in the final seconds of the second period when Dan Hamhuis cross-checked Kane and then Auston Watson jumped in as the third man in. Though Kane was defending himself, the officials tagged him with 19 penalty minutes, essentially taking him out of the remainder of the contest. 

"I don't understand the 19 minutes and how that was made up," Kane remarked when asked about the scuffle. "There was a lot of that all night going back and forth."

"Tough for him to sit for that long," DeBoer said in Kane's defense. "Hamhuis started the whole thing and then Watson comes in and grabs him and we end up with the short end of it. But it's a messy situation, I'm not going to second guess the call."

Regardless of how many penalties the Sharks racked up, they still needed to find a way to score more goals. They only found the back of the net once Tuesday, and only scored once in each of their previous two games. Despite doing some good work in the offensive zone, San Jose isn't going to reap the rewards without scoring goals to make up for its mistakes.

"You've got to find a way to win and we've got to find a way to score," DeBoer summarized. "I think that's the story of the trip."