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2014 NHL Playoffs: San Jose Sharks push L.A. Kings to brink with 4-3 OT win

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By Allan Muir

Rallying from two disastrous efforts in San Jose, the Kings threw everything they had at the Sharks in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

It wasn’t enough.

San Jose’s Patrick Marleau ended a back-and-forth thriller at 6:20 of overtime with a harmless looking backhander that deflected off the stick of L.A. defenseman Slava Voynov and over the shoulder of goalie Jonathan Quick to seal a 4-3 win. The Sharks now have a 3-0 stranglehold on their best-of-seven series and could close out the 2012 Stanley Cup champions on Thursday night.

The Kings answered the bell early in this one, tightening a porous defense, amping up their physical game and getting strong performances from Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards (a game-high 66.7 percent Corsi rating). But their inability to build on a pair of one-goal leads created by Carter and Jarret Stoll pushed them into sudden death. They had their chances there, too, pinning San Jose deep in its own zone and getting off the first five shots of the extra frame before Marleau administered the dagger that all but ends L.A.’s season.

Here are a few observations from this OT thriller, along with thoughts on what lies ahead in Game 4.

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  • Published On Apr 23, 2014
  • 2014 NHL Awards: Patrick Marleau among Lady Byng Trophy finalists

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    Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers

    Rangers mighty mite Martin St. Louis (26) is an eight-time Lady Byng nominee. (Kathy Willens/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    The NHL announced this morning that forwards Patrick Marleau, of the Sharks, Ryan O’Reilly, of the Avalanche, and Martin St. Louis, of the Rangers, are the three finalists for the 2013-14 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

    The award is voted on by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists.

    Here’s what the league had to say about the candidacy of each finalist:

    Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks

    Marleau tallied his seventh 30-goal season in the past nine years, helping the Sharks reach the 100-point mark for the seventh time in that span. He ranked second on the Sharks in goals (33), was third in assists (37) and points (70), and led his club with 285 shots on goal, fifth-most in the NHL. He played in all 82 games and skated an average of 20:31 per contest but received only 18 penalty minutes. The 34-year-old Aneroid, Sask., native is a Lady Byng finalist for the second time, having finished third behind Pavel Datsyuk and Brad Richards in 2006.

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  • Published On Apr 22, 2014
  • Sharks get to Jonathan Quick, Kings early, hang on for 6-3 Game 1 Win

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    The Sharks' relentless forecheck did not make it an easy night for Jonathan Quick. (Nick Lust/NHLI via Getty Images)

    The Sharks’ relentless forecheck did not make it an easy night for Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Asked before the game what it would take the upend the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose’s Joe Thornton said simply, “Score some goals on Quick.”

    The Sharks did just that, beating Jonathan Quick three times in the first period on the way to a 6-3 win in their series opener on Thursday night.

    Thornton got the hosts on the board just 3:06 in with a deft deflection of a Joe Pavelski backhander, but it was a pair of goals from rookie Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau in the final 52 seconds of the frame that set the stage for a rout.

    The Sharks built their lead up to 5-0 in the second, sending Quick to the showers after 40 minutes. And while the Kings rallied with three goals to make the score interesting in the third, the end result was never really in doubt.

    Here are some observations after tonight’s contest and a look ahead to Sunday’s Game 2.

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks

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    Joe Thornton (left) and Drew Doughty are both crucial figures in a potentially thrilling first round California series. (Don Smith/Getty Images)

    Joe Thornton (19) and Drew Doughty (8) are crucial figures in a possibly thrilling first-round series. (Getty Images)

    By Gabriel Baumgaertner

    Regular Season recaps

    Wed. Oct. 30: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 3 (OT)

    Wed. Nov. 27: San Jose 3, Los Angeles 2 (SO)

    Thu. Dec. 19: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 1

    Mon. Jan. 27: Los Angeles 1, San Jose 0

    Thu April 3: San Jose 2, Los Angeles 1

    Notable injuries

    Kings: Drew Doughty (upper-body, day-to-day), Dwight King (undisclosed)

    Sharks: Raffi Torres (knee, doubtful), Scott Hannan (head, day-to-day)

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  • Published On Apr 16, 2014
  • Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau sign new multi-year deals with San Jose Sharks

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    Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton have signed new contracts with the San Jose Sharks.

    Patrick Marleau (12) and Joe Thornton (19) have been Sharks teammates since 2005. (Don Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Their names may have popped up in the occasional free agency prognostication piece, but it has always felt like a matter of when, not if, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau would decide to finish their careers with the Sharks.

    The current and former San Jose captains both made it official today, signing extensions that will keep them in teal for the next three seasons.

    That was clearly the goal all along for Thornton and Marleau. Both players took less term and dollars than they could have earned on the market this summer. In fact, they were even willing to take minor haircuts to get the deals done. Marleau’s contract features an annual average value of $6.67 million, down from his current $6.90 million. Thornton will bring home an AAV of $6.75 million after taking home $7 million this season.

    “Patrick and Joe continue to perform at an elite level in the National Hockey League and, most importantly, they make the other players around them better,” general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. “They both made it very clear that they wanted to stay in San Jose and we were able to agree on contracts that fit with our team building philosophy.”

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  • Published On Jan 24, 2014
  • Relax, Canada. Steve Yzerman knows what he’s doing with Sochi roster

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    Rick Nash skating for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    Rick Nash has a track record that Team Canada values even if fans are disagreeing with the pick. (David E. Klutho/SI)

    By Allan Muir

    And now comes the fun part.

    In the wake of today’s announcement of Team Canada’s roster for Sochi (and the Frenglish filibuster that proceeded it), a hockey-crazed nation and some interested outsiders have descended into second-guessing, name-calling, despair and recrimination over the players who did, or didn’t, make the cut.

    But allow me to offer a bit of advice.

    Relax, Canada.

    Steve Yzerman didn’t make a single mistake in naming his team today. Not one. That opinion, of course, is subject to change if O Canada isn’t the final anthem played in Sochi, but, now, at this moment, this squad looks fully capable of defending the gold medal an Yzerman-built team won in Vancouver four years ago.

    So what if your favorite guy didn’t make the cut? Let it go. This isn’t about favorites. None of these players were the sentimental choices of one man. The best hockey minds in the country (the protestations of Oilers’ fans are duly noted here) spent months vetting these players and with upwards of 60 legitimate options, and just 25 roster spots, there were bound to be a few choices that raised the ire of a nation of armchair GMs.

    So take a deep breath and consider the guys you’re complaining about.

    MUIR: Canada’s All-Snubbed TeamPlayer reaction  | Team USA’s snubs

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  • Published On Jan 07, 2014
  • Top Line: Fixing Canada’s goaltending; the next Gordie Howe; more links

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    Patrick Marleau may not make you think of Gordie Howe, but they are more alike than you think. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

    Patrick Marleau may not make you think of Gordie Howe, but they are more alike than you think. (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Don’t know what it cost the Globe & Mail to send James Mirtle to Sweden, but the return on their investment is one of the most compelling hockey stories you’ll read this year. Mirtle examines how this small country is developing goaltenders and explains what Canada must do to catch up.

    • You’ve probably never heard Patrick Marleau mentioned in the same breath as Gordie Howe, but the way things are lining up, you may hear it a lot before long.

    • Gary Lawless calls out a group of five players he names the Atlanta Association for being the reason the Winnipeg Jets are, and will continue to be, losers. A great read from a solid, thoughtful writer.

    • Ryan Miller appreciates that he’s wanted in Buffalo, but he’s tired of all the talk. He wants action, not words. “I’m not going to sit around and let promises get thrown around,” he said.

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  • Published On Dec 07, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Sharks sweep Canucks as Marleau wins Game 4 in overtime, 4-3

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    Joe Thornton was justifiably happy after two of his shots led directly to San Jose goals in Game 4. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    This time it wasn’t the goaltender. Or a snake-bitten offense. Or a “so-called Canadian” opponent beguiling the officials with craven attacks on the integrity of the game.

    No, by the time the red light went on to signal Patrick Marleau’s decisive goal in Game 4, it was clear: the Vancouver Canucks, all of them, just weren’t good enough to beat the San Jose Sharks. Not even close.

    San Jose’s 4-3 overtime win Tuesday night ended a season that, cruelly, lasted just four games more than those played by the Florida Panthers and the Colorado Avalanche and the rest of the dregs of the league. It’s a miserable fate for the Northwest division champs, but one they deserved, just as surely as the Sharks deserved to move on to the next round as one of the NHL’s elite eight.

    Here are some observations from tonight’s series clincher:

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  • Published On May 08, 2013
  • Top Line: Leafs stand up to bullying Bruins, the fat walrus speaks, more

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    Phil Kessel

    The matchup between Toronto’s Phil Kessel and Boston’s Zdeno Chara has been key this series. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The biggest reason the Maple Leafs evened their series with Boston? Randy Carlyle played mad scientist with his lines in order to keep Phil Kessel away from Zdeno Chara. That was some serious tactical genius there.

    • With the Game 2 win in Boston, the Leafs served notice they won’t be intimidated by the Bruins any longer.

    • Nice moment in Boston before the game where Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman was honored as the team’s banner captain in a pre-game ceremony.

    • The “bug-eyed, fat walrus” took center stage in Ottawa ahead of the Senators’ Game 3 meeting with Montreal on Sunday. Sounds like he’s not very good with numbers.

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  • Published On May 05, 2013
  • Game to watch: Blackhawks host Sharks with NHL record on the line

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    Jonathan Toews and Joe Thornton fought in their last meeting.

    The last time the Hawks met the Sharks, Jonathan Toews and Joe Thornton squared off. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Sharks at Blackhawks: 7:30 CST, NHL Network (US), CSN Chicago, CSN California

    The set-up

    The Blackhawks can lay claim to the best start in NHL history against the Sharks tonight. Their shootout win over Vancouver on Wednesday gave Chicago a point in 16 straight games and a share of the current mark set in 2006-07 by the Anaheim Ducks. They’ll face a feckless San Jose side that finally snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over St. Louis on Tuesday. After going unbeaten in their first seven games, the Sharks have seen their offense go cold, but they’re coming off two days of practice time that allowed them to work on the power play and at generating chances five-on-five.

    This will be the third meeting between these two teams in 18 days, so familiarity may breed contempt. It’ll be worth watching to see if any hostilities carry over from their last get-together, when captains Jonathan Toews and Joe Thornton dropped the gloves.

    Keys to the game

    • Blackhawks: Get a lead and stomp down hard on the gas pedal. They allowed the Canucks to dictate the pace early on Wednesday, then coasted through the third period after a thoroughly dominant second, ultimately coughing up a point with sloppy play and lazy penalties as the game wore down. They can’t afford to let the Sharks circle and wait for them to let up.

    • Sharks: Commit to ugly, goalmouth hockey. There’s no offensive flow on this team right now. They’ve scored two goals or less in regulation in nine of their last 10 games and the power play that propelled their hot start has just two goals to show for its last 42 chances. So forget pretty and fight off the instinct to make that one last pass. Get as many pucks on net as possible and follow them to the crease with grim purpose.

    • Probable starting goalies: Ray Emery (6-0-0, 2.27 GAA, .925 save pct.) vs. Antti Niemi (7-2-3, 1.86, .933)


  • Published On Feb 22, 2013