Sharks take step back with 3-1 loss to Ducks

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Sharks take step back with 3-1 loss to Ducks

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ANAHEIM Teemu Selanne broke a tie game in the third period and the Anaheim Ducks beat the San Jose Sharks for the fifth time in six tries on Wednesday night at Honda Center, 3-1.A blast from Luca Sbisa was tipped by the 41-year-old forward past Antti Niemi at 5:22.For Selanne, it was his 50th career goal against San Jose the most of any opponent in franchise history. He nearly got another one, too, but was stopped on a breakaway by Niemi with about five minutes left.The loss was a costly one for the Sharks (39-28-10, 88 points). Dallas and Los Angeles both won their games in Edmonton and Calgary, respectively, moving the Sharks back into the eighth spot in the Western Conference. San Jose is one point ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes, whom they meet on Thursday night at Jobing.com Arena.The Stars took over the Pacific Division lead with 89 points, while the Kings own the tiebreaker with San Jose by virtue of one more regulationovertime win. All four teams competing for the final three spots have played 77 games.The teams traded goals less than a minute in the second period to make it 1-1 after 40 minutes.Anaheim struck first. Bobby Ryan charged through the slot through TJ Galiardi and Dan Boyle before converting on a pass from Devante Smith-Pelly at 9:22.San Jose responded thanks to a giveaway by defenseman Francois Beauchemin. Logan Couture gained control of the puck behind the net and quickly found Ryane Clowe in front before goaltender Jonas Hiller could get back into position after leaving the crease. Clowe took advantage of the open net by lifting in his 15th goal at 10:14.Hiller made the save of the game with about five minutes left, robbing Pavelski from the slot with a quick glove.All of Anaheims five wins this season against the Sharks came in regulation, meaning San Jose recorded just two of a possible 12 points against its Pacific Division rival.The Sharks had a couple of great opportunities to take a first period lead when Justin Braun drew a trip on Lubomir Visnovsky at the nine-minute mark. Boyle missed a wide-open net, though, and Pavelskis shot from the circle went wide shortly after.Earlier, Pavelski hit the cross bar about seven minutes into the game when he was left alone in front of Hiller.The teams traded more chances in the second when it was still scoreless. Niemi left a juicy rebound in the slot on a shot by Andrew Cogliano that looked like an easy goal for Selanne, but Joe Thornton managed to keep it out when the shot from Selanne deflected harmlessly off of the Sharks captains left skate six minutes in.Galiardi, playing after missing the last six games with a back injury, fired high on a breakaway about half a minute later.Douglas Murray left the game after the first period and his status was not immediately known.Corey Perry was awarded a goal with 8.9 seconds left when the referee ruled that Boyle intentionally pushed the net off of its moorings with Perry looking at an open net with Niemi pulled for an extra attacker.

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.

Sharks sign defenseman from Czech Republic

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Sharks sign defenseman from Czech Republic

The Sharks have signed Czech defenseman Radim Simek to a one-year contract.

The two-way deal, originally reported by Radio Praha in the Czech Republic, is expected to be announced by the Sharks later this week, according to a source. Simek just finished competing for his country in the 2017 IIHF World Championships, skating in all eight games for the Czech Republic while posting one goal, one assist, 11 shots and a minus-two rating.

Simek, 24, has spent the last five seasons in the Czech League. In 42 games for Liberec in 2016-17, he posted 24 points (11g, 13a) and 30 penalty minutes with a plus-18 rating. A left-handed shot, he is listed at five-foot-11 and 196 pounds on the IIHF website.

The New York Rangers were also interested in Simek, according to the report.

Simek will likely begin next season with the AHL Barracuda.

The Sharks have signed a number of free agents out of Europe in recent seasons, including Joonas Donskoi in 2015 and Marcus Sorensen and Tim Heed last May.