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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 start training camp with familiar face elsewhere: ‘It’s kind of strange’

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Sharks start training camp with familiar face elsewhere: ‘It’s kind of strange’

SAN JOSE — There was something familiar missing in San Jose when the Sharks opened training camp.

For the first time since 1996, the Sharks took the ice for their first training camp practice without Patrick Marleau on the team as the franchise's career leader in games and scoring left as a free agent for Toronto this summer.

"I've spent a lot of years with him. It is kind of strange," said Joe Thornton, who came to San Jose in 2005. "It's his birthday today too. It's a little weird, but he's going to do great up in Toronto."

Marleau had been with San Jose since being picked second overall in 1997 but left the Sharks to sign an $18.75 million, three-year deal with the Maple Leafs in July.

Marleau has 508 goals and 574 assists for 1,082 points. He had 46 points in playing all 82 games last season as he rebounded from a disappointing 2015-16 season by scoring 27 goals, including the 500th of his career. He ranks first in San Jose in career goals, games and points.

Only six players in NHL history have played more games with one team than Marleau's 1,493 in San Jose. The Sharks haven't played a game without him on the ice since April 7, 2009.

"Obviously Patty has meant so much to this organization and this group," captain Joe Pavelski said. "Everyone in this room has pretty much played with him and Patty has done something to help them out. He'll be missed. ... Just by committee somebody will step in and fill that kind of hole. That's what we'll need."

The Sharks made no major additions this offseason so will need to replace Marleau's 27 goals by getting development from younger players like Tomas Hertl, Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Danny O'Regan, as well as bounce-back seasons from veterans like Thornton, Mikkel Boedker and Joonas Donskoi.

Only Pavelski, Logan Couture and Brent Burns are back after scoring more than 12 goals last season.

"When I look back at last year we had key people either have down years or miss significant time with injuries or coming off injuries," coach Peter DeBoer said. "I think if we can stay healthy I think we've got a large group of guys that can really take a step this year and I expect a step out of them."

While the Sharks lost Marleau in free agency, they did manage to keep Thornton by giving him a one-year, $8 million contract despite dwindling production last season and offseason knee surgery.

He scored just seven goals — his fewest in an 82-game season since his rookie year in 1997-98 — and was a key part of a power-play unit that uncharacteristically struggled last season. But he still managed 43 assists, teaming with captain Joe Pavelski on San Jose's top line.

Thornton missed the final week of the regular season and the first two playoff games with a left knee injury before returning for the final four games of a first-round loss to Edmonton. Thornton then underwent surgery to repair his MCL and ACL after the season but was back skating in August and started ramping it up for training camp two weeks ago. Thornton believes the lower-body work he did in rehab this offseason will pay dividends on the ice.

"They feel real strong," he said of his legs. "I feel a lot of pop out there. They're probably as strong as they've ever been just because I had to rehab that knee so much."

Sharks Media Day highlights: Beards, smiles & cup checks

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Sharks Media Day highlights: Beards, smiles & cup checks

The boys were back together in San Jose on Thursday for Sharks Media Day, with plenty of smiles and moments of levity. Check out the highlights...

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