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Sharks takeaways: What we learned from 1,000th win in franchise history

Sharks takeaways: What we learned from 1,000th win in franchise history

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When the Golden Knights scored the first goal of the night 94 seconds into the game, there was instant concern that the Sharks would suffer another smackdown in Sin City. 

But Team Teal didn’t let Vegas run away with this one. It was an absolute battle, but the Sharks managed to get their first regular-season victory at T-Mobile Arena, 3-2.

Here are three takeaways from Thursday’s game:

You have to like the Sharks’ response

San Jose prevented Vegas from scoring a ton of goals like they did in their last meeting with the Golden Knights. They also held off Vegas’ power play, which was important, given San Jose’s penalty kill hadn’t been quite as sharp over its last stretch of games. But, most importantly, the Sharks settled down after giving up that first goal and began pushing back against the tough Golden Knights squad. 

It didn’t look at first like the pushback was working, since the Sharks only tallied one shot on goal through more than half of the second stanza. That is, until the Kane-Hertl-Donskoi contingent kept their hot streak alive and Hertl beat Marc-Andre Fleury to tie the score at 1. That line then kept rolling to give the Sharks their first lead of the game in the third period.

Birthday Boy made the big saves

Martin Jones deserve a lot of props for his outing, as he was tested way more than Fleury on the other end of the ice. Jones buckled down after letting that first goal get by him just a little over a minute into the contest, making some very important saves that kept Vegas from adding to their lead early in the game.

Jones also had some nice support from his teammates in front of him. Thursday’s game ended up being a very defense-heavy event, with neither team giving the other a ton of room to work. On the couple of instances the Sharks did get hemmed into their own zone, they gave Jones room to make key saves.

It certainly was unfortunate for San Jose when traffic in front of him prevented him from seeing Jon Merrill’s go-ahead goal at the start in the third period. But boy did Jones make up for it when the Golden Knights got that late-game power play.

So if these teams see each other in the playoffs …

… it probably will be a great series. But it also will be a blood bath. The Golden Knights play a heavy game and bring out that same kind of play out of the Sharks. In both games against Vegas, San Jose has registered a record number of hits.

Heading into Thursday’s contest, the idea of playing a playoff series against the Golden Knights sounded incredibly unappealing to the Sharks -- especially with how bad their last game was against the new Pacific Division foe. While San Jose still has things to work on if it's going to defeat Vegas in a long series, Thursday’s game definitely was encouraging.

How Kendall Coyne Schofield is staying fit during coronavirus hiatus

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How Kendall Coyne Schofield is staying fit during coronavirus hiatus

For world-class athletes, being stuck in the house is a strange feeling.

But that's the predicament NBC Sports California's Sharks analyst Kendall Coyne Schofield finds herself in.

Schofield and her husband Michael, an offensive lineman who last played with the Los Angeles Chargers, are holed up at their Orland Park, Illinois home.

In the latest episode of NBC Sports' Distance Training, the Schofields told host Jac Collinsworth that before the state issued a "Stay at home" order, they went to local sporting good stores and bought dumbbells, elastic bands, an exercise bike and anything else they might need in order to workout at home.

"Obviously, our biggest stress was as soon as it started going down and gyms started closing and everywhere we had a chance to work out started closing, we were like 'We need to find a way to workout,' " Michael said. "So I knew a couple days before, our governor of Illinois was going to do a shelter in place or stay in place announcement, we booked dumbbells, we got bands, we ran to Dick's Sporting Goods to get whatever we could and just throw it in our basement.

"But now it's been a hassle. 'OK, we got two dumbbells, a bunch of bands, a stationary bike, let's make the best of it and see what we can do to stay in shape, so it's definitely been hard every single day to come up with workouts and doing stuff, but we're making the most of it."

But working out at their home hasn't been the easiest transition for Kendall and Michael.

"I think what's really challenging, and I'm sure a lot of athletes have the same challenges, when you're in your basement, when you're in your home, you're in an environment that's usually comfortable to you," Kendall said. "That you usually come back to after working out, you're relaxing and you're doing anything but physical activity to be an elite athlete, so I think it's hard being in our home working out and trying to reach that peak performance level mentally and physically, and then at the same time, your phone rings and you say 'I'm just gonna grab that. It's fine,' and just trying to stay on track because there are so many distractions in this environment that you never really utilized as your gym, your lab, your place to be as professional as you can in your sport."

You can watch the full interview between the Schofields and Collinsworth here:

The NHL season, like all other North American sports leagues, is on an indefinite hiatus, and no timeline for resumption of play has been given.

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Until the league makes an announcement, Kendall Coyne Schofield will have to keep working out in her home in Illinois.

How Sharks' Timo Meier is handling coronavirus pandemic in Switzerland

How Sharks' Timo Meier is handling coronavirus pandemic in Switzerland

Timo Meier is back in Europe, and doing just fine.

But his country is not.

“It’s pretty bad here in Switzerland,” the Sharks forward said last week via FaceTime. “Obviously, the [coronavirus case] numbers increase daily. I try not to read too much into it, but you can’t really avoid it.”

Switzerland, with a population of less than 9 million, has one of the highest COVID-19 cases-per-capita numbers in the world. Greater than Italy, Spain or the United States as of last week.

“Here, we have the rule that you’re not allowed to be around more than five people outside,” Meier explained. “But I’m trying to stick to the rule of staying home. Only go outside when really needed.”

It became a quick decision for Meier to leave San Jose. He wanted to be near family, but that obviously necessitated a trans-Atlantic flight to reach Zurich. Boarding that plane during a pandemic was slightly terrifying.

“It was definitely weird flights,” Meier said. “I was trying to be really cautious — luckily, I had some hand sanitizer. After everything I’d touch, I’d sanitize my hands. A little too cautious at times, but you really can’t be. I was really trying to limit everything and don’t touch too much stuff. I made it here safe.”

Meier isn’t necessarily a germaphobe, but he knows this experience could have an effect.

“It’s definitely going to translate after this is over,” Meier said. “I’m going to be a little more careful than I was before, but I think that’s a good thing.”

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Days lately are simple and repetitive for the 23-year-old. They include sleeping in, a morning workout, an isolated afternoon walk in the hills, and usually a glass of wine with dinner.

Meier seems perfectly content under isolation, so long as things remain similar for he and family: “I’m not complaining too much.”