Sharks achieve rare feat with PP goals

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Sharks achieve rare feat with PP goals

Interesting footnote from the pair of power play goals scored by the Sharks in their 3-2 overtime win over the Islanders on Saturday night.

Joe Pavelski gave the Sharks a quick 1-0 lead with a power play goal at the 17-second mark of the first period, and Brent Burns' overtime winner also came with the man advantage.

Since the NHL introduced the five-minute overtime format in 1983, the only other team to score power play goals in the opening minute of the first period and in overtime in the same game was the Minnesota North Stars in their 6-5 win against the Blues on March 17, 1986. In that game, Dino Ciccarelli scored them both.

Another quick footnote on Burns goal Todd McLellan called time out just before the four-on-three advantage was about to begin. He wanted to set up a play during a situation that the team doesnt really ever practice.

It wasnt exactly what they drew up on the white board, but McLellan had no complains afterward.

What we talked about we didnt do, but we scored the goal, so well take it," he said.

"Thats what happens when you have creative players. They can react to situations, and I thought that Dan Boyle started a little motion and Burnsie took a real good shot.

Sharks recall trio as bye week concludes

Sharks recall trio as bye week concludes

VANCOUVER – Kevin Labanc, Barclay Goodrow and Tim Heed have accompanied the Sharks to Vancouver, and will presumably be available to play against the Canucks on Saturday in the first game after the bye week.

Forwards Timo Meier, Nikolay Goldobin and Marcus Sorensen, all of whom have played games with the NHL club this season, remain with the AHL Barracuda for the time being.

Labanc, 21, has 18 points (7g, 11a) in 45 games this season. Lately he has been skating as the left wing on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, and is looking to snap a 21-game goal drought.

Goodrow, 23, has played one game with the Sharks this season, going scoreless on Jan. 24 at Winnipeg. Unless the Sharks recall someone else before their game with the Canucks, Goodrow will likely play his second game as the team is carrying just 12 healthy forwards as of Friday afternoon. Joonas Donskoi did not accompany the Sharks to Vancouver, and remains day-to-day with what the club is offically calling an upper body injury but appears to be a right shoulder.

Heed, likely the seventh defenseman in case of emergency, has also played one scoreless game on Jan. 11 at Calgary.

Dylan DeMelo made the trip, but is still not ready. The defenseman told CSN last week that he’s on schedule with an eight-week recovery from a broken right wrist that would put his return around early March.

Canucks battling mumps ahead of meeting with Sharks

Canucks battling mumps ahead of meeting with Sharks

Several Vancouver Canucks are battling an outbreak of the mumps ahead of a game on Saturday with the Sharks at Rogers Arena.

At least five players are expected to miss the game. Troy Stecher is the only player with a confirmed test result, general manager Jim Benning said in a statement, but Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund “have each presented symptoms.”

Players with symptoms are “immediately being tested and quarantined in isolation for a five-day period from the onset of symptoms or until test results prove negative.”

Vancouver Coastal Health authorities were on hand at Rogers Arena on Friday to screen players and staff, and issue immunizations if necessary.

The Sharks and Canucks will both be coming off of their bye week when they play for the second of five times this season.