49ers' Dante Pettis suggests Drake curse would help Sharks beat Vegas

49ers' Dante Pettis suggests Drake curse would help Sharks beat Vegas

Dante Pettis has an idea for the Sharks to get back in their first-round Stanley Cup playoffs series against the Vegas Golden Knights. 

On Wednesday night, he 49ers wide receiver suggested on Twitter that Drake should wear a Golden Knights sweater on the same night the Toronto Maple Leafs lost 6-4 to the Boston Bruins ... with the global megastar in attendance, wearing a Leafs jersey. 

The "curse" of Drake is the well-observed phenomenon that teams often lose after meeting with the rapper, or after he wears the teams' gear. It struck twice on Wednesday -- the aforementioned Leafs loss, and English soccer juggernaut Manchester City losing to Tottenham Hotspur on aggregate in the Champions League Quarterfinals. Guess which of those two teams had their star striker meet Drake last month? 

And guess which English club Pettis was rooting for Wednesday?  

In other words, he knows full well how powerful the curse can be. Desperate times call for desperate measures, as Pettis' Sharks will face elimination in Thursday's Game 5 thanks to their 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series.

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Pettis, a San Clemente native, adopted the Sharks as his favorite hockey team back in February. He also was in attendance for Game 1 a week ago, which just so happens to be the last game the Sharks won. 

Perhaps the Sharks just need Pettis' (in-person) blessing -- rather than Drake's curse -- to get back in this series. 

Mark Davis, Gavin Maloof had front-row seats for Sharks' Game 4 loss

Mark Davis, Gavin Maloof had front-row seats for Sharks' Game 4 loss

When a shot of Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis and former Sacramento Kings owner Gavin Maloof popped up during the final minutes of Game 4 between the Sharks and Golden Knights on Tuesday night, there were likely a lot of Northern California sports fan booing at the television.

Maloof and his family owned the Kings from 1996 through 2013, and tried to move the team to Anaheim in 2010. The family now owns a minority share of the Golden Knights.

Davis took over control of the Raiders in 2011 when his father Al died, and was successful in his bid to move the team to Las Vegas. The Raiders will play the 2019 season in Oakland, and then move into a new Las Vegas stadium prior to the 2020 season.

The two owners had front-row seats to watch the Golden Knights blank the Sharks 5-0 in Game 4, and they seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Sharks will start Martin Jones with season on line in Game 5 vs. Vegas

Sharks will start Martin Jones with season on line in Game 5 vs. Vegas

Facing elimination in Game 5 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, the Sharks will turn to goaltender Martin Jones on Thursday night against the Vegas Golden Knights, Jones and coach Peter DeBoer told reporters Wednesday. 

Jones was pulled in a 5-0 loss in Game 4 on Tuesday, after giving up two goals on seven shots. It was the second consecutive game in which Jones allowed a goal on the first shot he faced, and his struggles in the Stanley Cup playoffs continued. 

In four starts, Jones has posted an .838 save percentage and 5.33 goals-against average. He has faced a higher rate of high-danger shots (13.13 per hour, according to Natural Stat Trick) than any other goalie this postseason, but his playoff performance largely has been a continuation of his regular-season play. 

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The Sharks' starter ranked 61st out of 70 goalies who made at least 10 appearances in save percentage (.896), and dead-last in 5-on-5 save percentage out of 56 goalies who played at least 1,000 minutes at full strength. Backup goaltender Aaron Dell, who relieved Jones in Games 2 and 4, wasn't much better in the regular season or in relief for Jones in this series. 

Jones will need to quickly turn things around if the Sharks are going to fend off elimination in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series.