Sharks on wrong side of offside review in OT loss to Rangers

Sharks on wrong side of offside review in OT loss to Rangers

There was some controversy at the start of the Sharks’ 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday. After New York tied the game up in the first frame on a mind-boggling between-the-legs goal by Brett Howden, San Jose head coach Peter DeBoer challenged the goal, claiming Chris Kreider was offside. Kreider had the secondary assist on Howden's tally.

After a long – and I mean long – review process, the officials finally determined that the call on the ice stood, and Kreider was not offside. DeBoer was noticeably upset with the ruling, and the NHL’s situation room didn’t offer much of an explanation for the call.

It’s yet another example of how tricky and subjective offside calls can be.

“They said they couldn’t see [Kreider’s] foot in the air from their vantage point,” DeBoer told the media in New York after the game. “I don’t know. We don’t challenge that unless we’re sure. It’s a difference of opinion, I guess.”

With how long the officials took to examine the play, they should be getting it right most of the time. 

Players and coaches alike have shown their disdain for the way the offsides ruling stemming from the coaches challenge. Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid went so far as to say the league should do away with review altogether after an offside calll kept his team from tying up a game against the Nashville Predators last season. The Oilers ended up losing the game, 2-1. 

The offside call has already played a part in a couple NHL games just a week into the season, too. On Wednesday, Vegas Golden Knights winger Max Pacioretty's goal was disallowed with just over six minutes remaining in the third period. Vegas would have trailed the Washington Capitals 4-3, but instead ended up losing 5-2.

Sure, the Sharks had the potential to score more goals in Thursday’s tilt so that Howden's tally didn't carry so much importance. But given how close these calls can be, it’s a little difficult to say that for sure. Joe Pavelski was asked after the 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers if the call changed the momentum of the game.

“Well, if we get the call, it probably does,” the San Jose captain said, stifling a chuckle.

Sharks vs. Stars watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs


Sharks vs. Stars watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs

SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks host the Dallas Stars for the third and final time this season and the message is clear: They need to play a complete game if they want to get the win.

“Just a complete 60 minutes,” coach Peter DeBoer said Thursday morning. “When I look at the two (previous) games, I thought we played really well for large portions of both games but didn’t do it for long enough.” He added: “They’re a quick-strike team. They’ve got some real high-end guys there who can make you pay quickly if you make some mistakes or take your foot off the gas. I think that was the story of those two games.”

Dallas won the first two contests of the series, each time by one goal. Team Teal jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in their most recent match on Dec. 7, but the Stars tied things up in the second stanza and added two quick goals in the third to give themselves the edge.

Another big key for Thursday’s game will be to put Dallas on their heels instead. “If we play our detailed game and frustrate them a little bit they’ll take a couple penalties,” Tomas Hertl said. “(We need to) just play all 60 minutes. And be ready for them, because they have a lot of skill on offense.”

On the practice front, Joe Thornton missed a second-morning skate in a row for undisclosed reasons. DeBoer said No. 19 was feeling better on Thursday but that he would be a game-time decision.

Sharks projected lines and pairs:

Evander Kane – Joe Pavelski – Joonas Donskoi
Tomas Hertl – Logan Couture – Timo Meier
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
Melker Karlsson – Barclay Goodrow – Lukas Radil

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Erik Karlsson

Martin Jones – projected starter
Aaron Dell

Stars projected lines and pairs:

Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Alexander Radulov
Valeri Nichushkin – Radek Faksa – Tyler Pitlick
Devin Shore – Jason Spezza – Brett Ritchie
Mattias Janmark – Jason Dickinson – Blake Comeau

Miro Heiskanen - Roman Polak
Esa Lindell – Julius Honka
Joel Hanley – Taylor Fedun

Anton Khudobin – projected starter
Ben Bishop

Sharks recall rookie center Rourke Chartier after extended AHL stint


Sharks recall rookie center Rourke Chartier after extended AHL stint

SAN JOSE – There was more shuffling between the Sharks and their AHL affiliate on Wednesday, as the big club recalled rookie center Rourke Chartier from the Barracuda.

The 22-year-old center played 13 games for the Sharks, scoring one goal through that span before being reassigned to the Barracuda on Nov. 17. At the time, Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said the reassignment was to help build up Chartier’s confidence – especially because the fourth line, where he’d been playing, was struggling mightily at the time.

“When you’re a young guy and you’re in that situation,” DeBoer said after practice that day, “sometimes it’s better to get into an environment where, instead of it snowballing on you, you can nip it in the bud and get back to playing some big minutes and get your confidence back.”

Clearly, the move paid off. Chartier has since registered eight points (two goals, six assists) in eight AHL games.

How the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native will fill into the lineup still remains to be seen. San Jose continues its search for the perfect combination on its fourth line, where Chartier played center at the start of the season. That position has recently been occupied by Lukas Radil, who tallied a goal and an assist in his last two NHL games while playing with Barclay Goodrow and Melker Karlsson.

Chartier’s playing role could also be dependent on Joe Thornton’s health. The 39-year-old center took a maintenance day on Wednesday, making it twice this week he’s been absent from morning skate. Should the future Hall-of-Famer have to miss Thursday night’s game against the Stars, the Sharks’ forward lines may get rearranged as they look to close out their season series against Dallas with a win.