Night to forget for McGinn, Avs


Night to forget for McGinn, Avs

SAN JOSE Jamie McGinn has already had several memorable nights as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.

Last night in San Jose is one hed like to forget.

McGinn as well as his linemates, Paul Stastny and David Jones finished scoreless with a -4 rating in Colorados playoff bubble-busting 5-1 loss to the Sharks. McGinn had a team-high four shots on goal, tied with rookie Gabriel Landeskog, including one that Antti Niemi was forced to make a good glove save on in the first period when the game was scoreless. But it was all downhill from there.

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His disappointment was evident from his postgame comments.

They jumped on our mistakes. Niemi played good and we had some chances we didnt bury on, McGinn said. Just from our line, we were minus-four; it was a tough night for us. We need to rebound again in Vancouver and just forget about this one."

I was excited. Its a fun building to play in, a lot of energy. The fans are great. Its tough to comment now, after losing 5-1 to an old team. You never want that, you want to be on the winning side, so its pretty frustrating right now.

Avs head coach Joe Sacco didnt hide from criticizing his team.

I dont think we were the better team tonight. I think weve been playing very well lately, but I think tonight, they outplayed us in more periods of the game, Sacco said.

The Avalanche arent quite dead in the water just yet, as losses by Los Angeles and Dallas were just as welcomed by them as they were by the Sharks. Still, checking the latest math, Colorado has just a 12.1 percent chance of making it to the postseason while the Sharks improved to 79.1 percent, according to

More praise for the vets: Sharks coach Todd McLellan has said numerous times over his teams 6-2-1 stretch that hes pleased with the way his veteran leaders are handling the team. He mentioned it after the Phoenix game, when the Sharks surrendered a late first period goal and one early in the second to fall behind, and again after the win over Colorado last night.

I really liked the poise of our leaders on the bench tonight. They were saying the right things, there was a calmness, and thats a good sign for us, said the coach. Now, weve got to continue to play well and put points in the bank, and that leadership will be important in the next six games.

Keeping an even keel despite re-taking the Pacific Division lead will be paramount.

That doesnt matter right now. We arent going to fall into that trap, said Joe Pavelski, who had two goals against Colorado. The next game is really important for us, and you see how fast it happens. It goes both ways, and weve been on each side of things. Its going to be important guys stay focused and stay in the process of things.

The Sharks visit the Ducks on Wednesday and Coyotes on Thursday.

Boyle reaches 500: Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle recorded his 500th career NHL point with his assist on Joe Pavelskis goal early in the second period. It didnt take long for him to get his 501st, getting another secondary assist on Andrew Desjardins marker less than six minutes later.

The mark is noteworthy in that Boyle is only the fourth undrafted defenseman in league history to reach 500. The others are probably guys youve heard of: Borje Salming (787), Steve Duchesne (752), and Brian Rafalski (515).

Boyle is ninth in the NHL in scoring by a defenseman this season with 44 points (7g, 37a). His 37 assists are tied for fourth among blueliners.

Early empty-netter: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ryane Clowes empty net goal at 16:23 of the third period to go was the earliest such goal in Sharks franchise history. Sacco pulled Semyon Varlamov with about four minutes to go in regulation and his team down, 4-1.

The previous mark was at 17:38 of the third period by Patrick Marleau on Jan. 24, 2006 vs. the Los Angeles Kings.

Rewind: Shorthanded Penguins stun Sharks in late comeback

Rewind: Shorthanded Penguins stun Sharks in late comeback

PITTSBURGH – The primary reason the Sharks made the additions and subtractions they did in the offseason was to match up better against a swift-skating team like Pittsburgh, which won last June’s Stanley Cup Final by playing a game based on speed.

If the first rematch is any indication, even a dramatically shorthanded Penguins team can still get the job done against San Jose.

Despite no Sidney Crosby, no Kris Letang, no Matt Murray, no Conor Sheary, and no third defense pair of Olli Maatta and Derrick Poulliot for the third period, the Penguins stormed from behind to give the Sharks a 3-2 loss on Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena. All of the Penguins’ goals came in the third period after they trailed 2-0 to start the final frame.

For the second time in four games on their road trip, the Sharks controlled play through two periods. That was enough against lowly Columbus last Saturday, but not against the Penguins, who got goals from Evgeni Malkin, Scott Wilson and Patric Hornqvist in span of eight minutes and 15 seconds in the third.

“Let them hang around a little bit, which is something we’ve done lately,” Pete DeBoer said. “Had some opportunities to extend it, and didn’t. Probably deserved to be up by more, but we weren’t. That’s what happens.”

San Jose got goals from Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau in the second period, a period that saw them outshoot the Penguins, 17-4. Shots were 27-10 overall through 40 minutes.

They started well in the third, too, when Mikkel Boedker drew a trip on Malkin at 4:10. Just after the ensuing power play had expired, Boedker was staring at a wide open net after slick seam pass from Joonas Donskoi, but fired wide.

Malkin scored 30 seconds later, and the comeback was on.

“Just missed it. It’s a tough shot when it comes from the other way, but [Donskoi] made a good pass,” Boedker said. “It’s one of those you want to put in, and when things are going the right way, they come in bunches. … Obviously it sucks, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

After Malkin’s goal, and another by Wilson tied it, the Sharks took a pair of minor penalties. Paul Martin was called for a delay of game that was killed off, but Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s slash on Bryan Rust resulted in Hornqvist’s winner with less than six minutes to go in regulation.

Joe Pavelski didn’t seem to like either call, indicating that Martin’s errant clearing attempt hit a Penguins stick on its way out, and the Vlasic slash late a tie game is a call “that you don’t always see.”

Hornqvist got a couple fortunate bounces on his goal, too. He took control of the puck in front of the net after it hit Joel Ward’s foot, and his shot attempt deflected in off of Martin’s skate.

“They got a bounce or two more, but the position we were in, it shouldn’t matter how many bounces they get,” Pavelski said. “We’ve got to seal that game.”

The captain expressed disappointment over the fact that the Sharks squandered a chance to move to 4-1-0 on the season, which would be an accomplishment considering their early peripatetic schedule in which they played just one home game before traveling east.

That outweighed any sort of revenge factor that might have been on the minds of the players that were defeated by Pittsburgh in the Final last spring.

“The biggest thing is we were playing for a 4-1 record going into that third [period]. Not because it was the Penguins,” Pavelski said. “It’s early in the year and it’s not easy to start coming on the road with all these games. Now we’re staring at 3-2, and we move on. It would have been nice to beat them, for sure, but the best thing would have been for that record.”

The Sharks can still conclude their five-game trip with a winning mark by beating Detroit on Saturday.

DeBoer said: “We’re not going to overreact. We played very good hockey for large amounts of this game. Learn from it, and move forward.”

Instant Replay: Sharks blow lead in Cup rematch with Penguins

Instant Replay: Sharks blow lead in Cup rematch with Penguins


PITTSBURGH – It wasn’t the Stanley Cup Final, but it was a disappointing defeat for the Sharks against the Penguins nonetheless, as Pittsburgh stormed back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to stun San Jose, 3-2.

The game-winner came from Patric Hornqvist. On a Pittsburgh power play, he found a loose puck and swiped it in off of Paul Martin's skate with 5:58 left in regulation.

The Penguins trailed 2-0 to start the third, but Evgeni Malkin got them on the board. After the Sharks were caught scrambling in front of their own net, Malkin took control of the disc in the high slot. He spun around and flicked it through Martin Jones at 6:47.

A little more than two minutes later, Hornqvist drilled Brenden Dillon on the corner, jarring the puck loose from the wall. Scott Wilson grabbed it, swooped towards the crease and slipped it though at 9:01 to knot the game at 2-2.

The Sharks (3-2-0) fell to 2-2 on their five-game road trip, which concludes with their final visit to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Saturday.

San Jose scored twice in a dominant second period in which it outshot Pittsburgh, 17-4.

Tomas Hertl’s second goal in as many games opened the scoring. He got to the front of the net and poked in a Joe Pavelski rebound at 5:04 after goalie Marc-Andre Fleury lost control of his stick while making a save on Brent Burns moments earlier.

Patrick Marleau created the second goal at 16:15, stripping Chris Kunitz of the puck at the blue line and finishing off a give-and-go with Logan Couture for his second of the year.

Prior to Marleau’s marker, the Penguins had a power play goal waved off. On a power play, Phil Kessel directed a rebound towards the net, and it rattled around off of the post and Jones’ left pad. Hornqvist directed it in, but a video review showed it illegally went in off of his glove and not his stick with 6:41 left in the period.

San Jose was 28-0-2 last season when leading after two periods, and 9-0 in the playoffs.

Special teams

The Sharks allowed one power play goal in five Penguins advantages, and were 0-for-3 on the power play.

Mikkel Boedker had a chance to essentially seal the win on a third period advantage for the Sharks, but couldn’t bury a Joonas Donskoi pass into an empty net. Malkin brought the Penguins back to within a goal moments later.

San Jose killed off a Martin delay of game penalty at 10:17 of the third to keep it 2-2, but Marc-Edouard Vlasic's slash led to Hornqvists's goal.

In goal

Jones fell to 2-2 on the season with three goals allowed on 20 shots.

Marc-Andre Fleury got the win with 32 saves. Starter Matt Murray remains out with a hand injury.


Pittsburgh was down to four defensemen by the end of the game, as Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot were forced from action in the second period.

The Penguins were without several key pieces to start the game, including Murray, best defenseman Kris Letang, and the best player in the world, Sidney Crosby.

Matt Nieto returned to the lineup in place of Micheal Haley on the fourth line. Nieto was a healthy scratch on Tuesday against the Islanders.

Up next

After Saturday’s game in Detroit, the Sharks finally play their second game at SAP Center on Tuesday, Oct. 25 against Anaheim in the first of a three-game homestand. Columbus and Nashville also visit.