Sharks take Game 1 on Havlat's OT goal

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Sharks take Game 1 on Havlat's OT goal

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ST. LOUIS Marty Havlat scored in overtime, his second of the night, as the Sharks beat the Blues in double-overtime on Thursday night at Scottrade Center, 3-2.After a long shift by the Sharks second line early in the second extra frame, Havlat fired in a slap shot from the high slot at 3:34 on a feed from Ryane Clowe.The Sharks lead the best-of-seven series, one game to none. Game 2 is here on Saturday.It took just 54 seconds into the third period for St. Louis to erase a 1-0 deficit, when Patrik Berglund tipped a floating wrist shot by Kevin Shattenkirk past Antti Niemi.After Havlat tripped Jaroslav Halak behind the St. Louis net, Berglund deposited his second of the night with a wrist shot from the slot at 7:28 on the power play. Berglund trailed a rush up ice after the Sharks got caught too deep on a shorthanded rush of their own.San Jose responded. Tommy Wingels drove around Roman Polak and backhanded the puck to a charging Andrew Desjardins, who slipped it through Halak at 14:44.Niemi kept the Sharks in the game in the first overtime, as the Blues dominated territorially for virtually the entire 20 minutes. His best save came with just 35 seconds to go, when he got just enough of David Perrons laser from the circle.San Jose nearly won the game moments earlier, when TJ Galiardi spotted Torrey Mitchell in front of the net. Halak inadvertently kicked it out to the slot and was looking the wrong direction, but the puck was cleared out just in time before Galiardi could find it, as he charged in from the corner.After a scoreless first, Brent Burns drew a retaliatory slashing penalty on David Perron, putting the Sharks on the power play in the second period.They capitalized at 6:02. Dan Boyle had all day to skate with the puck towards the high slot, and his wrist shot deflected off of Havlats stick and over the shoulder of Halak.It was San Joses first goal at the Scottrade Center in 2011-12, after they were shut out in the two games here in the regular season. The power play had been a combined 0-for-10 in those two losses.San Joses penalty kill was tested twice in the frame, and passed both to keep that lead at the intermission barely.The Sharks impressively killed off a Jason Demers interference call midway through, but things got dicey with TJ Galiardi in the box for interference at 16:54.Niemi made another fantastic save on Alex Pietrangelo at the side of the net, swinging his left pad out to deny the Blues defenseman on the doorstep. Later, Berglund had a look at the net alone in the slot on a rush, but fired high.Alex Steen hit the post on a shorthanded rush with four minutes to go in the second.Odds and ends: Colin White, Jim Vandermeer, Michal Handzus, Brad Winchester and Benn Ferriero were the Sharks scratches. The Sharks started the first round on the road for the first time since 2007 in Nashville. Andrew Desjardins has two goals in four career playoff games. Tommy Wingels recorded an assist in his first career NHL playoff game.

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.