Sharks fall to Canucks 3-2 in overtime


Sharks fall to Canucks 3-2 in overtime


SAN JOSE Browsing the stats before Wednesday nights Sharks-Canucks game at HP Pavilion, a couple in particular stood out. Vancouver entered with the leagues best overall power play, while the Sharks owned the worst penalty killing percentage at home.In what ended up as a 3-2 Sharks loss to the Canucks in overtime on an Andrew Ebbett deflection, San Jose ended up even in the special teams battle with one power play goal for and one against - a minor victory in itself. But it was a pair of late man advantages in the third period in which San Jose had a golden opportunity to beat its nemesis, that had the players and coach shaking their collective heads afterwards.You get two power plays down the stretch in the third period in a tie game, you need to win, Logan Couture said.With the game tied 2-2, Daniel Sedin was whistled for high-sticking Marc-Edouard Vlasic at 15:29 of the third period. Joe Thornton, standing in front of the net, nearly put in a pass from Joe Pavelski early in the advantage, but just missed a tip-in. Shortly after that, Roberto Luongo stopped Ryane Clowes rebound attempt.

Once Sedin's penalty expired expired, Kevin Bieksa was sent off for high-sticking Jamie McGinn after a strong move to the net by the Sharks winger at 18:23. San Jose was unable to get any prime scoring chances during that two-minute advantage, though, and Ebbett redirected a low wrist shot from the high slot by Bieksa at 3:23 of overtime to win it for Vancouver.You just have to find a way to get the puck on the net and I dont think we did that, Dan Boyle said of the late power plays. Pucks were just bouncing all over the place, and we spent half the time breaking it in or fighting it. I think late in the period like that, in that game, the ice is pretty bad. You have to shoot the puck and get an ugly goal, and we didnt get the shot we needed.Todd McLellan said: The power play probably got us a point tonight, and left one on the table, as well.Despite the loss, the Sharks have to be given credit for erasing a two-goal deficit and controlling play for much of the second half. San Jose ended its six-game homestand with points in five (4-1-1).The fans got their moneys worth, too. Not only was the game competitive and fast-paced, but emotions were evident in the third period when McGinn and Ryan Kesler tussled in the corner which led to a full on five-on-five scrum. Kesler and McGinn were given coincidental minors at 14:35.I thought it was a heck of a game. It had a lot of emotion in it, more emotion than any other of the games weve played lately, McLellan said. Between both teams, on our bench, officiating, the whole nine yards. Playoff style, playoff atmosphere, and you dont expect anything different from the two teams.Vancouver jumped out to a 2-0 lead before a pair of second period Sharks goals tied it at the intermission.Patrick Marleau played a big role in both. First, on a two-on-two rush with Couture, Marleau hesitated just long enough to draw Bieksa towards him before passing to Couture to his right. Couture unleashed a laser at 11:01 that cleanly beat Roberto Luongo for his team leading 16th goal of the season.Patty made a great play. It started in our d-zone, Couture said. Sedin fed one to me, and I beat him up ice. Patty made a great play to find me and I was able to beat Luongo high.Later in the period with the Sharks on a power play, Marleau pushed defender Alex Edler off of the puck after a defensive zone faceoff win by Henrik Sedin. That allowed Thornton to pick it up in the corner and circle around before beating Luongo high to the glove side at 16:12.The Sharks outshot the Canucks 16-4 in the third period, but couldnt find a way to take a lead. Overall, San Jose has lost five of the last six regular season meetings to Vancouver, including four in a row at home. That doesnt count the five-game defeat in last years Western Conference Final.Theyre a good team. They have a bunch of lines who can play, their d-men can move the puck, two great goalies, Couture said. We've just struggled against a good team. We need to get out of it, though.Theyll have another chance on Jan. 2 at Vancouver. The Canucks will play two games prior to that date, in Los Angeles and Anaheim, while the Sharks have the next four days off.Even though our record is real bad against them the last 10 games or so, I think for the most part we play them pretty tight, Boyle said. It could have gone either way tonight. I dont think either team stole it one way or another.Vancouver opened the scoring at 11:12 of the first period, when Daniel Sedins quick wraparound beat Antti Niemi.My pad should be on the post there, every time. I thought he might do a different play from there and maybe get it in front of the net, said Niemi, making his 15th start in the last 16 games.The Canucks power play made it 2-0 after a Brent Burns was called for an unnecessary hold behind the Sharks net. Kesler deposited the rebound of a shot by Edler less than three minutes into the second period.Douglas Murray returned to the Sharks lineup from a right wrist injury that kept him sidelined for 10 games. He was paired with Justin Braun, rather than his regular partner Boyle, who remained with Vlasic.Vancouver improved to 14-3-1 in its last 18 games. The Sharks have gained points in seven of their last eight (4-1-3).Odds and ends: Thomas Greiss was the backup goaltender while Antero Niittymaki has yet to dress. Patrick Marleau played in his 200th consecutive game, becoming the fifth Shark to do so. Colin White missed the game with a lower body injury. The Sharks won a whopping 66 percent of faceoffs (37-19). Joe Pavelski was 13-4 in the circle. Both teams were 1-for-4 on the power play.

Sharks, Robinson parting ways after five seasons

Sharks, Robinson parting ways after five seasons

After five seasons with the Sharks, Larry Robinson is leaving the organization.

Robinson, 65, spent the last three seasons as the club's director of player development. He served as an associate coach from 2012-14.

TSN in Montreal and the Montreal Gazette originally reported the news.

The Sharks confirmed that Robinson's contract would be expiring, and general manager Doug Wilson told NBC Sports California that the divorce was amicable, and "because of geography." Robinson lives in Florida.

According to the Montreal Gazette

Robinson’s contract with the Sharks expires on July 1, but agent Donnie Cape said Thursday that San Jose general manager Doug Wilson has given him permission to speak with other teams. Robinson lives in Bradenton, Fla., and the long travel distance to San Jose is one of big the reasons he’s looking for a new team to work for.

Robinson seemed to ponder retirement in 2014, but signed a three-year extension to remain in the Sharks' front office. He worked mostly from his home in Florida the past two seasons, making occasional trips to San Jose, including during training camp.

In the summer of 2015, Robinson underwent surgery for skin cancer.

Recognized as one of the best defensemen in NHL history, Robinson won six Stanley Cup championships with the Montreal Canadiens as a player, and holds the NHL record for playing 20 straight seasons in the playoffs. A 10-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy winner, Robinson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.

Robinson was the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 1995-99, and the New Jersey Devils from 1999-2002 and again in 2005-06. He led the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2000. Robinson has nine Stanley Cup rings as a player and coach.

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The Sharks did not renew the contract of pro scout Jason Rowe, who had been with the organization for the past nine seasons. Rowe focused on eastern NHL and AHL teams.

Sharks ink pair of European prospects

Sharks ink pair of European prospects

The Sharks officially announced the signing of defenseman Radim Simek to a one-year contract on Tuesday, as well as Swedish forward Filip Sandberg to a two-year contract.

Simek’s deal was reported on Monday and confirmed by NBC Sports California. The contract is valued at $925,000 for the 2017-18 season, a source confirmed. The 24-year-old defenseman spent the past five seasons in the Czech league, posting 24 points (11g, 13a) and 30 penalty minutes with a plus-18 rating last season. A left-handed shot, he is listed at five-foot-11 and 196 pounds on the IIHL website.

In 211 career games in the Czech league, he posted 91 points (37g, 54a) and a plus-51 rating.

"Radim is a quick transition defenseman who drives the play offensively and plays with a physical edge," general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "We like his offensive instincts especially on special teams and think his game will translate well in North America."

Sandberg, 22, has 71 points (25g, 46a) in 204 career games in the Swedish league. Last season, he posted 25 points (8g, 17a) and a plus-17 rating in 52 games.

Sandberg is set to make $742,500 in 2017-18 and $792,500 in 2018-19, a source confirmed.

The five-foot-nine, 180-pound Stockholm native also competed in the World Jr. Championships in 2013 and 2014, helping Sweden win silver both years.

"Filip is a very creative player who sees the ice well and can create offense in limited space," Wilson said. "He plays a high-pressure, puck-pursuit game and his battle level is something we have been impressed with, especially against older players. We are excited for him to join our organization."

The contracts for Simek and Forsberg are two-way deals, allowing them to play for the AHL Barracuda next season.