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25 Apr 19
The Rink

On Thursday morning, the NHL announced the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award for Most Outstanding Player of the year, as voted on by the NHL Players Association. The finalists for this season are Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane. Patrick Kane, Nikita Kucherov, Connor […]

25 Apr 19
OILERSNATION
Bob Nicholson has reportedly been interviewing candidates over the last couple of weeks and has even gone back for second interviews with a few candidates. Despite the talk that he has been busy, the only two outside names who we have heard connected to the vacant GM position are Mark Hunter and Kelly McCrimmon. Those are the two names we’ve been hearing and I think it’s fair to say that those two are currently the front runners for the job. But which one would be the better hire for the Edmonton Oilers? It’s an interesting debate because while each one has some similarities in their hockey experience, they both come with unique resumes. Mark Hunter’s professional playing career lasted just over a decade and ended after the 1992-93 season when he played seven games for the Washington Capitals and a handful of games in the AHL. He almost immediately jumped behind the bench, becoming the Head Coach of the Sarnia Sting during the 1994-95 season. After five years of coaching in the OHL and one year in the AHL, Hunter and his brother Dale become co-owners of the London Knights. Mark also became the VP of Hockey Operations and General Manager. He held that role for 15 seasons before jumping to the NHL and joining the Toronto Maple Leafs as a director of player personnel. He held that position for two seasons before being upgraded to Assistant General Manager, a position that he also held for two years. Hunter has four years of experience in an NHL front office. I value the years as AGM a little bit more than being Director of Player Personnel, but the first two were no doubt important. He comes with a reputation of being a great amateur talent evaluator and his success with London backs that up. For McCrimmon, his playing career never reached the professional level. His final four seasons of hockey were spent with the University of Michigan, he served as their captain in his final season. After his playing career ended in 1984, he jumped right into management, becoming the GM and Head Coach of the North Battleford North Stars of the SJHL. He spent two seasons there and one more with Lloydminster (SJHL) before jumping to the WHL with the Brandon Wheat Kings. After one season as an Assistant Coach, McCrimmon became the Head Coach and GM in the 1989-90 season. He would continue in his role as GM for the next 24 seasons (he would spend ten of those seasons as the team’s Head Coach as well). In 1992, he became a minority owner of the Wheat Kings and became the sole owner in 2000. His jump to the NHL came on August 2nd, 2016, when he was hired by the Vegas Golden Knights to be their Assistant General Manager. That’s a role he still currently holds. As I said, his experience is very similar to that of Mark Hunter in terms of years spent at different levels. The difference comes in how they spent their seasons in the NHL. That’s what makes one a better candidate than the other in my opinion. WHO’S THE BETTER OPTION I’ll start by saying that both of these candidates are really solid and I would be more than happy with either of them taking over the GM duties in Edmonton. I also don’t know anything about the interview process. Like it or not, how Bob Nicholson judges these two candidates after their interviews will go a long way in determining which way the Oilers will go. That’s what makes it really tough to speculate. At the end of the day, we really won’t be able to judge the candidate the Oilers choose until we see some tangible results. Mark Hunter may come into the interviews very well prepared, with pages upon pages of great ideas on how he will make the Edmonton Oilers a Cup contender. He might not. The same could be said for McCrimmon. We simply do not know how either of these candidates will handle their interviews and that will have an impact. Based on the fact that Mark Hunter has gone through two interviews with the Oilers, we can safely assume that he is very interested in the job. I would assume that McCrimmon is, but with Seattle looming, we don’t know that for sure. That could play a role in the Oilers decision. With all of that being said, I believe that Kelly McCrimmon is a better candidate just based off of what his experience at the NHL level entailed. His first year with the Golden Knights, they didn’t have a team. He would have spent the entire season pro-scouting other teams around the NHL and studying their rosters. While Hunter no doubt would have handled some pro-scouting, he’s mainly known for being a strong evaluator of amateur talent. Based on things I read and how their roles have been described (that’s really all I have since I’m not in the boardrooms for these NHL teams) I think it’s fair to assume that McCrimmon’s experience was more closely tied to studying NHL rosters. To create a successful expansion draft roster, he would have been a part of making a decision on the roster of all 30 NHL teams. That is why I think the Oilers need to go all in with their pursuit of McCrimmon. They need to find a way to surround Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl with a better roster. They need quality support players and Kelly McCrimmon proved that he’s capable of identifying high-end support players who may be overlooked and undervalued by their current organizations.
25 Apr 19
Ottawa Sun

No Canada again this spring. The waiting game for the Stanley Cup to return north of the border will have to continue after the Toronto Maple Leafs, the last Canadian team remaining in the playoffs, dropped a 5-1 decision to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 Tuesday night at TD Garden. With the Calgary Flames […]

24 Apr 19
The Mercury News
SAN JOSE — The Sharks were still recovering Wednesday after their epic Game 7 win over the Vegas Golden Knights the night before put them in the second round of the NHL playoffs. Now here comes a team that just knocked off the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Sharks’ reward for beating the Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday is getting to play the Colorado Avalanche, which right now isn’t playing like a team that just squeaked into the postseason to claim the west’s second wild card spot. The Avalanche knocked off the Calgary Flames in five games in its first round series and have been waiting, and resting, since last Friday to see who they would play next. For complete Sharks coverage follow us on Flipboard. Certainly they had to be loving what they saw coming out of Las Vegas and San Jose. The Sharks beat the Golden Knights in Game 6 on Sunday in double overtime and less than 48 hours after that game ended, came back in dramatic fashion Tuesday to complete an exhausting seven-game series. Game 1 of the second round series is Friday night at SAP Center. “I was watching almost every game between Colorado and Calgary, and they actually surprised me how well they played against Calgary,” said Sharks center Tomas Hertl, who had six goals and two assists in the series, of the Avs. “They were flying.” The Sharks had the day off Wednesday so there was no medical update on captain Joe Pavelski, who was bleeding after the back of his head slammed against the ice surface at SAP Center midway through the third period Tuesday. Pavelski’s helmet stayed on during the scary incident, but he needed to be helped off the ice with the Sharks still trailing 3-0. His teammates said they saw Pavelski after the game and felt he was much improved. There’s also health questions regarding Joonas Donskoi, and whether Erik Karlsson’s leg issues can improve at all. Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation. Add it up and this is going to be a tough challenge considering how well Colorado is playing right now. The Sharks had to deal with two terrific Golden Knights lines in the first round — one centered by Paul Stastny and the other by William Karlsson. Although the Avalanche don’t have quite the same kind of one-two punch, their top line right now is playing as well as any trio in hockey. Against the Flames, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen combined for 17 points in five games. Gabriel Landeskog was no slouch, either, with one goal and three assists. They all averaged over 21 minutes of ice time per game. MacKinnon is the driving force, though, and has the ability to create all kinds of headaches for the Sharks defense. MacKinnon, listed at 6-foot and 205 pounds, is nearly as quick as Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid, but at over 10 pounds heavier, can move like a locomotive through the neutral zone. He finished the regular season with a career high 99 points in 82 games, and had three points in three games against the Sharks this season. “For sure you have to ready for their top line,” Hertl said. “MacKinnon is one of the best players in the NHL. That line, Rantanen, Landeskog, they almost owned the series. Young team, a lot of speed and we have to be ready.” SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 18: San Jose Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44), right, tries to get the puck away from Vegas Golden Knights’ William Carrier (28), left, during the first period of Game 5 of their NHL first round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group) Without question, the Sharks will want to have defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns on the ice against that line as much as possible this series. Over the last three games of the Vegas series, both Vlasic and Burns were only on the ice for one 5-on-5 goal against — Max Pacioretty’s third period goal in Game 7. Asked before Game 7 what tells him that he made an impact on the game, Vlasic said, “Shutting down the top line. That’s my job. You look at the last two games and if I kept them off the scoresheet, I did my job.” This series may not be quite as nasty as the one against the Golden Knights. Although emotions can bubble to the surface at a moments notice, the Sharks and Avalanche combined for just 32 penalty in three meetings this season, all Sharks wins. San Jose beat Colorado 5-2 on April 6. But with it being the last day of the regular season, both teams just wanted to get out of that game healthy. “Playoffs is a different scenario, right? You start over from scratch, and it’s best of seven,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar told reporters Wednesday. “There are adjustments to be made in the middle of the series. Our goal will be to go in there and have a real good start and pick up where we left off against Calgary.” Also, Semyon Varlamov, not Philipp Grubauer, started in goal April 6 for the Avalanche. Grubauer was a difference-maker for the Avs after the All-Star break, going 9-3-2 in 14 games. In that time, his save percentage and goals against average were .948 and 1.69, second only in both categories to Dallas’ Ben Bishop (.962, 1.15). [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Martin Jones, meanwhile, enjoyed a complete turnaround within the first round. In the first four games against the Golden Knights, according to statistician Darin Stephens, Jones had a .838 save percentage through the first four games. In the last three games, that mark jumped to .946. This will be the fifth time the Sharks and Avalanche will meet in the playoffs, with the last coming in the first round in 2010. The Sharks won that series in six games. “It’ll be another tough series,” Hertl said. “We have to be ready. They’ll be fresh and be flying and we just have to shut them down and play o-zone.”
24 Apr 19
Paradise Post
SAN JOSE — The Sharks were still recovering Wednesday after their epic Game 7 win over the Vegas Golden Knights the night before put them in the second round of the NHL playoffs. Now here comes a team that just knocked off the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Sharks’ reward for beating the Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday is getting to play the Colorado Avalanche, which right now isn’t playing like a team that just squeaked into the postseason to claim the west’s second wild card spot. The Avalanche knocked off the Calgary Flames in five games in its first round series and have been waiting, and resting, since last Friday to see who they would play next. For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard. Certainly they had to be loving what they saw coming out of Las Vegas and San Jose. The Sharks beat the Golden Knights in Game 6 on Sunday in double overtime and less than 48 hours after that game ended, came back in dramatic fashion Tuesday to complete an exhausting seven-game series. Game 1 of the second round series is Friday night at SAP Center. “I was watching almost every game between Colorado and Calgary, and they actually surprised me how well they played against Calgary,” said Sharks center Tomas Hertl, who had six goals and two assists in the series, of the Avs. “They were flying.” The Sharks had the day off Wednesday so there was no medical update on captain Joe Pavelski, who was bleeding after the back of his head slammed against the ice surface at SAP Center midway through the third period Tuesday. Pavelski’s helmet stayed on during the scary incident, but he needed to be helped off the ice with the Sharks still trailing 3-0. His teammates said they saw Pavelski after the game and felt he was much improved. There’s also health questions regarding Joonas Donskoi, and whether Erik Karlsson’s leg issues can improve at all. Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation. Add it up and this is going to be a tough challenge considering how well Colorado is playing right now. The Sharks had to deal with two terrific Golden Knights lines in the first round — one centered by Paul Stastny and the other by William Karlsson. Although the Avalanche don’t have quite the same kind of one-two punch, their top line right now is playing as well as any trio in hockey. Against the Flames, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen combined for 17 points in five games. Gabriel Landeskog was no slouch, either, with one goal and three assists. They all averaged over 21 minutes of ice time per game. MacKinnon is the driving force, though, and has the ability to create all kinds of headaches for the Sharks defense. MacKinnon, listed at 6-foot and 205 pounds, is nearly as quick as Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid, but at over 10 pounds heavier, can move like a locomotive through the neutral zone. He finished the regular season with a career high 99 points in 82 games, and had three points in three games against the Sharks this season. “For sure you have to ready for their top line,” Hertl said. “MacKinnon is one of the best players in the NHL. That line, Rantanen, Landeskog, they almost owned the series. Young team, a lot of speed and we have to be ready.” SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 18: San Jose Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44), right, tries to get the puck away from Vegas Golden Knights’ William Carrier (28), left, during the first period of Game 5 of their NHL first round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group) Without question, the Sharks will want to have defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns on the ice against that line as much as possible this series. Over the last three games of the Vegas series, both Vlasic and Burns were only on the ice for one 5-on-5 goal against — Max Pacioretty’s third period goal in Game 7. Asked before Game 7 what tells him that he made an impact on the game, Vlasic said, “Shutting down the top line. That’s my job. You look at the last two games and if I kept them off the scoresheet, I did my job.” This series may not be quite as nasty as the one against the Golden Knights. Although emotions can bubble to the surface at a moments notice, the Sharks and Avalanche combined for just 32 penalty in three meetings this season, all Sharks wins. San Jose beat Colorado 5-2 on April 6. But with it being the last day of the regular season, both teams just wanted to get out of that game healthy. “Playoffs is a different scenario, right? You start over from scratch, and it’s best of seven,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar told reporters Wednesday. “There are adjustments to be made in the middle of the series. Our goal will be to go in there and have a real good start and pick up where we left off against Calgary.” Also, Semyon Varlamov, not Philipp Grubauer, started in goal April 6 for the Avalanche. Grubauer was a difference-maker for the Avs after the All-Star break, going 9-3-2 in 14 games. In that time, his save percentage and goals against average were .948 and 1.69, second only in both categories to Dallas’ Ben Bishop (.962, 1.15). [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Martin Jones, meanwhile, enjoyed a complete turnaround within the first round. In the first four games against the Golden Knights, according to statistician Darin Stephens, Jones had a .838 save percentage through the first four games. In the last three games, that mark jumped to .946. This will be the fifth time the Sharks and Avalanche will meet in the playoffs, with the last coming in the first round in 2010. The Sharks won that series in six games. “It’ll be another tough series,” Hertl said. “We have to be ready. They’ll be fresh and be flying and we just have to shut them down and play o-zone.”
24 Apr 19
The Reporter
SAN JOSE — The Sharks were still recovering Wednesday after their epic Game 7 win over the Vegas Golden Knights the night before put them in the second round of the NHL playoffs. Now here comes a team that just knocked off the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Sharks’ reward for beating the Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday is getting to play the Colorado Avalanche, which right now isn’t playing like a team that just squeaked into the postseason to claim the west’s second wild card spot. The Avalanche knocked off the Calgary Flames in five games in its first round series and have been waiting, and resting, since last Friday to see who they would play next. For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard. Certainly they had to be loving what they saw coming out of Las Vegas and San Jose. The Sharks beat the Golden Knights in Game 6 on Sunday in double overtime and less than 48 hours after that game ended, came back in dramatic fashion Tuesday to complete an exhausting seven-game series. Game 1 of the second round series is Friday night at SAP Center. “I was watching almost every game between Colorado and Calgary, and they actually surprised me how well they played against Calgary,” said Sharks center Tomas Hertl, who had six goals and two assists in the series, of the Avs. “They were flying.” The Sharks had the day off Wednesday so there was no medical update on captain Joe Pavelski, who was bleeding after the back of his head slammed against the ice surface at SAP Center midway through the third period Tuesday. Pavelski’s helmet stayed on during the scary incident, but he needed to be helped off the ice with the Sharks still trailing 3-0. His teammates said they saw Pavelski after the game and felt he was much improved. There’s also health questions regarding Joonas Donskoi, and whether Erik Karlsson’s leg issues can improve at all. Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation. Add it up and this is going to be a tough challenge considering how well Colorado is playing right now. The Sharks had to deal with two terrific Golden Knights lines in the first round — one centered by Paul Stastny and the other by William Karlsson. Although the Avalanche don’t have quite the same kind of one-two punch, their top line right now is playing as well as any trio in hockey. Against the Flames, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen combined for 17 points in five games. Gabriel Landeskog was no slouch, either, with one goal and three assists. They all averaged over 21 minutes of ice time per game. MacKinnon is the driving force, though, and has the ability to create all kinds of headaches for the Sharks defense. MacKinnon, listed at 6-foot and 205 pounds, is nearly as quick as Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid, but at over 10 pounds heavier, can move like a locomotive through the neutral zone. He finished the regular season with a career high 99 points in 82 games, and had three points in three games against the Sharks this season. “For sure you have to ready for their top line,” Hertl said. “MacKinnon is one of the best players in the NHL. That line, Rantanen, Landeskog, they almost owned the series. Young team, a lot of speed and we have to be ready.” SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 18: San Jose Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44), right, tries to get the puck away from Vegas Golden Knights’ William Carrier (28), left, during the first period of Game 5 of their NHL first round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group) Without question, the Sharks will want to have defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns on the ice against that line as much as possible this series. Over the last three games of the Vegas series, both Vlasic and Burns were only on the ice for one 5-on-5 goal against — Max Pacioretty’s third period goal in Game 7. Asked before Game 7 what tells him that he made an impact on the game, Vlasic said, “Shutting down the top line. That’s my job. You look at the last two games and if I kept them off the scoresheet, I did my job.” This series may not be quite as nasty as the one against the Golden Knights. Although emotions can bubble to the surface at a moments notice, the Sharks and Avalanche combined for just 32 penalty in three meetings this season, all Sharks wins. San Jose beat Colorado 5-2 on April 6. But with it being the last day of the regular season, both teams just wanted to get out of that game healthy. “Playoffs is a different scenario, right? You start over from scratch, and it’s best of seven,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar told reporters Wednesday. “There are adjustments to be made in the middle of the series. Our goal will be to go in there and have a real good start and pick up where we left off against Calgary.” Also, Semyon Varlamov, not Philipp Grubauer, started in goal April 6 for the Avalanche. Grubauer was a difference-maker for the Avs after the All-Star break, going 9-3-2 in 14 games. In that time, his save percentage and goals against average were .948 and 1.69, second only in both categories to Dallas’ Ben Bishop (.962, 1.15). [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Martin Jones, meanwhile, enjoyed a complete turnaround within the first round. In the first four games against the Golden Knights, according to statistician Darin Stephens, Jones had a .838 save percentage through the first four games. In the last three games, that mark jumped to .946. This will be the fifth time the Sharks and Avalanche will meet in the playoffs, with the last coming in the first round in 2010. The Sharks won that series in six games. “It’ll be another tough series,” Hertl said. “We have to be ready. They’ll be fresh and be flying and we just have to shut them down and play o-zone.”
24 Apr 19
Chico Enterprise-Record
SAN JOSE — The Sharks were still recovering Wednesday after their epic Game 7 win over the Vegas Golden Knights the night before put them in the second round of the NHL playoffs. Now here comes a team that just knocked off the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Sharks’ reward for beating the Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday is getting to play the Colorado Avalanche, which right now isn’t playing like a team that just squeaked into the postseason to claim the west’s second wild card spot. The Avalanche knocked off the Calgary Flames in five games in its first round series and have been waiting, and resting, since last Friday to see who they would play next. For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard. Certainly they had to be loving what they saw coming out of Las Vegas and San Jose. The Sharks beat the Golden Knights in Game 6 on Sunday in double overtime and less than 48 hours after that game ended, came back in dramatic fashion Tuesday to complete an exhausting seven-game series. Game 1 of the second round series is Friday night at SAP Center. “I was watching almost every game between Colorado and Calgary, and they actually surprised me how well they played against Calgary,” said Sharks center Tomas Hertl, who had six goals and two assists in the series, of the Avs. “They were flying.” The Sharks had the day off Wednesday so there was no medical update on captain Joe Pavelski, who was bleeding after the back of his head slammed against the ice surface at SAP Center midway through the third period Tuesday. Pavelski’s helmet stayed on during the scary incident, but he needed to be helped off the ice with the Sharks still trailing 3-0. His teammates said they saw Pavelski after the game and felt he was much improved. There’s also health questions regarding Joonas Donskoi, and whether Erik Karlsson’s leg issues can improve at all. Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation. Add it up and this is going to be a tough challenge considering how well Colorado is playing right now. The Sharks had to deal with two terrific Golden Knights lines in the first round — one centered by Paul Stastny and the other by William Karlsson. Although the Avalanche don’t have quite the same kind of one-two punch, their top line right now is playing as well as any trio in hockey. Against the Flames, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen combined for 17 points in five games. Gabriel Landeskog was no slouch, either, with one goal and three assists. They all averaged over 21 minutes of ice time per game. MacKinnon is the driving force, though, and has the ability to create all kinds of headaches for the Sharks defense. MacKinnon, listed at 6-foot and 205 pounds, is nearly as quick as Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid, but at over 10 pounds heavier, can move like a locomotive through the neutral zone. He finished the regular season with a career high 99 points in 82 games, and had three points in three games against the Sharks this season. “For sure you have to ready for their top line,” Hertl said. “MacKinnon is one of the best players in the NHL. That line, Rantanen, Landeskog, they almost owned the series. Young team, a lot of speed and we have to be ready.” SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 18: San Jose Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44), right, tries to get the puck away from Vegas Golden Knights’ William Carrier (28), left, during the first period of Game 5 of their NHL first round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group) Without question, the Sharks will want to have defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns on the ice against that line as much as possible this series. Over the last three games of the Vegas series, both Vlasic and Burns were only on the ice for one 5-on-5 goal against — Max Pacioretty’s third period goal in Game 7. Asked before Game 7 what tells him that he made an impact on the game, Vlasic said, “Shutting down the top line. That’s my job. You look at the last two games and if I kept them off the scoresheet, I did my job.” This series may not be quite as nasty as the one against the Golden Knights. Although emotions can bubble to the surface at a moments notice, the Sharks and Avalanche combined for just 32 penalty in three meetings this season, all Sharks wins. San Jose beat Colorado 5-2 on April 6. But with it being the last day of the regular season, both teams just wanted to get out of that game healthy. “Playoffs is a different scenario, right? You start over from scratch, and it’s best of seven,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar told reporters Wednesday. “There are adjustments to be made in the middle of the series. Our goal will be to go in there and have a real good start and pick up where we left off against Calgary.” Also, Semyon Varlamov, not Philipp Grubauer, started in goal April 6 for the Avalanche. Grubauer was a difference-maker for the Avs after the All-Star break, going 9-3-2 in 14 games. In that time, his save percentage and goals against average were .948 and 1.69, second only in both categories to Dallas’ Ben Bishop (.962, 1.15). [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Martin Jones, meanwhile, enjoyed a complete turnaround within the first round. In the first four games against the Golden Knights, according to statistician Darin Stephens, Jones had a .838 save percentage through the first four games. In the last three games, that mark jumped to .946. This will be the fifth time the Sharks and Avalanche will meet in the playoffs, with the last coming in the first round in 2010. The Sharks won that series in six games. “It’ll be another tough series,” Hertl said. “We have to be ready. They’ll be fresh and be flying and we just have to shut them down and play o-zone.”
24 Apr 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
SAN JOSE — The Sharks were still recovering Wednesday after their epic Game 7 win over the Vegas Golden Knights the night before put them in the second round of the NHL playoffs. Now here comes a team that just knocked off the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Sharks’ reward for beating the Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday is getting to play the Colorado Avalanche, which right now isn’t playing like a team that just squeaked into the postseason to claim the west’s second wild card spot. The Avalanche knocked off the Calgary Flames in five games in its first round series and have been waiting, and resting, since last Friday to see who they would play next. For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard. Certainly they had to be loving what they saw coming out of Las Vegas and San Jose. The Sharks beat the Golden Knights in Game 6 on Sunday in double overtime and less than 48 hours after that game ended, came back in dramatic fashion Tuesday to complete an exhausting seven-game series. Game 1 of the second round series is Friday night at SAP Center. “I was watching almost every game between Colorado and Calgary, and they actually surprised me how well they played against Calgary,” said Sharks center Tomas Hertl, who had six goals and two assists in the series, of the Avs. “They were flying.” The Sharks had the day off Wednesday so there was no medical update on captain Joe Pavelski, who was bleeding after the back of his head slammed against the ice surface at SAP Center midway through the third period Tuesday. Pavelski’s helmet stayed on during the scary incident, but he needed to be helped off the ice with the Sharks still trailing 3-0. His teammates said they saw Pavelski after the game and felt he was much improved. There’s also health questions regarding Joonas Donskoi, and whether Erik Karlsson’s leg issues can improve at all. Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation. Add it up and this is going to be a tough challenge considering how well Colorado is playing right now. The Sharks had to deal with two terrific Golden Knights lines in the first round — one centered by Paul Stastny and the other by William Karlsson. Although the Avalanche don’t have quite the same kind of one-two punch, their top line right now is playing as well as any trio in hockey. Against the Flames, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen combined for 17 points in five games. Gabriel Landeskog was no slouch, either, with one goal and three assists. They all averaged over 21 minutes of ice time per game. MacKinnon is the driving force, though, and has the ability to create all kinds of headaches for the Sharks defense. MacKinnon, listed at 6-foot and 205 pounds, is nearly as quick as Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid, but at over 10 pounds heavier, can move like a locomotive through the neutral zone. He finished the regular season with a career high 99 points in 82 games, and had three points in three games against the Sharks this season. “For sure you have to ready for their top line,” Hertl said. “MacKinnon is one of the best players in the NHL. That line, Rantanen, Landeskog, they almost owned the series. Young team, a lot of speed and we have to be ready.” SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 18: San Jose Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44), right, tries to get the puck away from Vegas Golden Knights’ William Carrier (28), left, during the first period of Game 5 of their NHL first round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group) Without question, the Sharks will want to have defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns on the ice against that line as much as possible this series. Over the last three games of the Vegas series, both Vlasic and Burns were only on the ice for one 5-on-5 goal against — Max Pacioretty’s third period goal in Game 7. Asked before Game 7 what tells him that he made an impact on the game, Vlasic said, “Shutting down the top line. That’s my job. You look at the last two games and if I kept them off the scoresheet, I did my job.” This series may not be quite as nasty as the one against the Golden Knights. Although emotions can bubble to the surface at a moments notice, the Sharks and Avalanche combined for just 32 penalty in three meetings this season, all Sharks wins. San Jose beat Colorado 5-2 on April 6. But with it being the last day of the regular season, both teams just wanted to get out of that game healthy. “Playoffs is a different scenario, right? You start over from scratch, and it’s best of seven,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar told reporters Wednesday. “There are adjustments to be made in the middle of the series. Our goal will be to go in there and have a real good start and pick up where we left off against Calgary.” Also, Semyon Varlamov, not Philipp Grubauer, started in goal April 6 for the Avalanche. Grubauer was a difference-maker for the Avs after the All-Star break, going 9-3-2 in 14 games. In that time, his save percentage and goals against average were .948 and 1.69, second only in both categories to Dallas’ Ben Bishop (.962, 1.15). [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Martin Jones, meanwhile, enjoyed a complete turnaround within the first round. In the first four games against the Golden Knights, according to statistician Darin Stephens, Jones had a .838 save percentage through the first four games. In the last three games, that mark jumped to .946. This will be the fifth time the Sharks and Avalanche will meet in the playoffs, with the last coming in the first round in 2010. The Sharks won that series in six games. “It’ll be another tough series,” Hertl said. “We have to be ready. They’ll be fresh and be flying and we just have to shut them down and play o-zone.”
24 Apr 19
Oroville Mercury-Register
SAN JOSE — The Sharks were still recovering Wednesday after their epic Game 7 win over the Vegas Golden Knights the night before put them in the second round of the NHL playoffs. Now here comes a team that just knocked off the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Sharks’ reward for beating the Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday is getting to play the Colorado Avalanche, which right now isn’t playing like a team that just squeaked into the postseason to claim the west’s second wild card spot. The Avalanche knocked off the Calgary Flames in five games in its first round series and have been waiting, and resting, since last Friday to see who they would play next. For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard. Certainly they had to be loving what they saw coming out of Las Vegas and San Jose. The Sharks beat the Golden Knights in Game 6 on Sunday in double overtime and less than 48 hours after that game ended, came back in dramatic fashion Tuesday to complete an exhausting seven-game series. Game 1 of the second round series is Friday night at SAP Center. “I was watching almost every game between Colorado and Calgary, and they actually surprised me how well they played against Calgary,” said Sharks center Tomas Hertl, who had six goals and two assists in the series, of the Avs. “They were flying.” The Sharks had the day off Wednesday so there was no medical update on captain Joe Pavelski, who was bleeding after the back of his head slammed against the ice surface at SAP Center midway through the third period Tuesday. Pavelski’s helmet stayed on during the scary incident, but he needed to be helped off the ice with the Sharks still trailing 3-0. His teammates said they saw Pavelski after the game and felt he was much improved. There’s also health questions regarding Joonas Donskoi, and whether Erik Karlsson’s leg issues can improve at all. Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation. Add it up and this is going to be a tough challenge considering how well Colorado is playing right now. The Sharks had to deal with two terrific Golden Knights lines in the first round — one centered by Paul Stastny and the other by William Karlsson. Although the Avalanche don’t have quite the same kind of one-two punch, their top line right now is playing as well as any trio in hockey. Against the Flames, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen combined for 17 points in five games. Gabriel Landeskog was no slouch, either, with one goal and three assists. They all averaged over 21 minutes of ice time per game. MacKinnon is the driving force, though, and has the ability to create all kinds of headaches for the Sharks defense. MacKinnon, listed at 6-foot and 205 pounds, is nearly as quick as Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid, but at over 10 pounds heavier, can move like a locomotive through the neutral zone. He finished the regular season with a career high 99 points in 82 games, and had three points in three games against the Sharks this season. “For sure you have to ready for their top line,” Hertl said. “MacKinnon is one of the best players in the NHL. That line, Rantanen, Landeskog, they almost owned the series. Young team, a lot of speed and we have to be ready.” SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 18: San Jose Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44), right, tries to get the puck away from Vegas Golden Knights’ William Carrier (28), left, during the first period of Game 5 of their NHL first round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group) Without question, the Sharks will want to have defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns on the ice against that line as much as possible this series. Over the last three games of the Vegas series, both Vlasic and Burns were only on the ice for one 5-on-5 goal against — Max Pacioretty’s third period goal in Game 7. Asked before Game 7 what tells him that he made an impact on the game, Vlasic said, “Shutting down the top line. That’s my job. You look at the last two games and if I kept them off the scoresheet, I did my job.” This series may not be quite as nasty as the one against the Golden Knights. Although emotions can bubble to the surface at a moments notice, the Sharks and Avalanche combined for just 32 penalty in three meetings this season, all Sharks wins. San Jose beat Colorado 5-2 on April 6. But with it being the last day of the regular season, both teams just wanted to get out of that game healthy. “Playoffs is a different scenario, right? You start over from scratch, and it’s best of seven,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar told reporters Wednesday. “There are adjustments to be made in the middle of the series. Our goal will be to go in there and have a real good start and pick up where we left off against Calgary.” Also, Semyon Varlamov, not Philipp Grubauer, started in goal April 6 for the Avalanche. Grubauer was a difference-maker for the Avs after the All-Star break, going 9-3-2 in 14 games. In that time, his save percentage and goals against average were .948 and 1.69, second only in both categories to Dallas’ Ben Bishop (.962, 1.15). [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Martin Jones, meanwhile, enjoyed a complete turnaround within the first round. In the first four games against the Golden Knights, according to statistician Darin Stephens, Jones had a .838 save percentage through the first four games. In the last three games, that mark jumped to .946. This will be the fifth time the Sharks and Avalanche will meet in the playoffs, with the last coming in the first round in 2010. The Sharks won that series in six games. “It’ll be another tough series,” Hertl said. “We have to be ready. They’ll be fresh and be flying and we just have to shut them down and play o-zone.”
24 Apr 19
Times-Standard
SAN JOSE — The Sharks were still recovering Wednesday after their epic Game 7 win over the Vegas Golden Knights the night before put them in the second round of the NHL playoffs. Now here comes a team that just knocked off the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Sharks’ reward for beating the Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday is getting to play the Colorado Avalanche, which right now isn’t playing like a team that just squeaked into the postseason to claim the west’s second wild card spot. The Avalanche knocked off the Calgary Flames in five games in its first round series and have been waiting, and resting, since last Friday to see who they would play next. For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard. Certainly they had to be loving what they saw coming out of Las Vegas and San Jose. The Sharks beat the Golden Knights in Game 6 on Sunday in double overtime and less than 48 hours after that game ended, came back in dramatic fashion Tuesday to complete an exhausting seven-game series. Game 1 of the second round series is Friday night at SAP Center. “I was watching almost every game between Colorado and Calgary, and they actually surprised me how well they played against Calgary,” said Sharks center Tomas Hertl, who had six goals and two assists in the series, of the Avs. “They were flying.” The Sharks had the day off Wednesday so there was no medical update on captain Joe Pavelski, who was bleeding after the back of his head slammed against the ice surface at SAP Center midway through the third period Tuesday. Pavelski’s helmet stayed on during the scary incident, but he needed to be helped off the ice with the Sharks still trailing 3-0. His teammates said they saw Pavelski after the game and felt he was much improved. There’s also health questions regarding Joonas Donskoi, and whether Erik Karlsson’s leg issues can improve at all. Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation. Add it up and this is going to be a tough challenge considering how well Colorado is playing right now. The Sharks had to deal with two terrific Golden Knights lines in the first round — one centered by Paul Stastny and the other by William Karlsson. Although the Avalanche don’t have quite the same kind of one-two punch, their top line right now is playing as well as any trio in hockey. Against the Flames, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen combined for 17 points in five games. Gabriel Landeskog was no slouch, either, with one goal and three assists. They all averaged over 21 minutes of ice time per game. MacKinnon is the driving force, though, and has the ability to create all kinds of headaches for the Sharks defense. MacKinnon, listed at 6-foot and 205 pounds, is nearly as quick as Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid, but at over 10 pounds heavier, can move like a locomotive through the neutral zone. He finished the regular season with a career high 99 points in 82 games, and had three points in three games against the Sharks this season. “For sure you have to ready for their top line,” Hertl said. “MacKinnon is one of the best players in the NHL. That line, Rantanen, Landeskog, they almost owned the series. Young team, a lot of speed and we have to be ready.” SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 18: San Jose Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44), right, tries to get the puck away from Vegas Golden Knights’ William Carrier (28), left, during the first period of Game 5 of their NHL first round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group) Without question, the Sharks will want to have defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns on the ice against that line as much as possible this series. Over the last three games of the Vegas series, both Vlasic and Burns were only on the ice for one 5-on-5 goal against — Max Pacioretty’s third period goal in Game 7. Asked before Game 7 what tells him that he made an impact on the game, Vlasic said, “Shutting down the top line. That’s my job. You look at the last two games and if I kept them off the scoresheet, I did my job.” This series may not be quite as nasty as the one against the Golden Knights. Although emotions can bubble to the surface at a moments notice, the Sharks and Avalanche combined for just 32 penalty in three meetings this season, all Sharks wins. San Jose beat Colorado 5-2 on April 6. But with it being the last day of the regular season, both teams just wanted to get out of that game healthy. “Playoffs is a different scenario, right? You start over from scratch, and it’s best of seven,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar told reporters Wednesday. “There are adjustments to be made in the middle of the series. Our goal will be to go in there and have a real good start and pick up where we left off against Calgary.” Also, Semyon Varlamov, not Philipp Grubauer, started in goal April 6 for the Avalanche. Grubauer was a difference-maker for the Avs after the All-Star break, going 9-3-2 in 14 games. In that time, his save percentage and goals against average were .948 and 1.69, second only in both categories to Dallas’ Ben Bishop (.962, 1.15). [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Martin Jones, meanwhile, enjoyed a complete turnaround within the first round. In the first four games against the Golden Knights, according to statistician Darin Stephens, Jones had a .838 save percentage through the first four games. In the last three games, that mark jumped to .946. This will be the fifth time the Sharks and Avalanche will meet in the playoffs, with the last coming in the first round in 2010. The Sharks won that series in six games. “It’ll be another tough series,” Hertl said. “We have to be ready. They’ll be fresh and be flying and we just have to shut them down and play o-zone.”
24 Apr 19
Red Bluff Daily News
SAN JOSE — The Sharks were still recovering Wednesday after their epic Game 7 win over the Vegas Golden Knights the night before put them in the second round of the NHL playoffs. Now here comes a team that just knocked off the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Sharks’ reward for beating the Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday is getting to play the Colorado Avalanche, which right now isn’t playing like a team that just squeaked into the postseason to claim the west’s second wild card spot. The Avalanche knocked off the Calgary Flames in five games in its first round series and have been waiting, and resting, since last Friday to see who they would play next. For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard. Certainly they had to be loving what they saw coming out of Las Vegas and San Jose. The Sharks beat the Golden Knights in Game 6 on Sunday in double overtime and less than 48 hours after that game ended, came back in dramatic fashion Tuesday to complete an exhausting seven-game series. Game 1 of the second round series is Friday night at SAP Center. “I was watching almost every game between Colorado and Calgary, and they actually surprised me how well they played against Calgary,” said Sharks center Tomas Hertl, who had six goals and two assists in the series, of the Avs. “They were flying.” The Sharks had the day off Wednesday so there was no medical update on captain Joe Pavelski, who was bleeding after the back of his head slammed against the ice surface at SAP Center midway through the third period Tuesday. Pavelski’s helmet stayed on during the scary incident, but he needed to be helped off the ice with the Sharks still trailing 3-0. His teammates said they saw Pavelski after the game and felt he was much improved. There’s also health questions regarding Joonas Donskoi, and whether Erik Karlsson’s leg issues can improve at all. Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation. Add it up and this is going to be a tough challenge considering how well Colorado is playing right now. The Sharks had to deal with two terrific Golden Knights lines in the first round — one centered by Paul Stastny and the other by William Karlsson. Although the Avalanche don’t have quite the same kind of one-two punch, their top line right now is playing as well as any trio in hockey. Against the Flames, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen combined for 17 points in five games. Gabriel Landeskog was no slouch, either, with one goal and three assists. They all averaged over 21 minutes of ice time per game. MacKinnon is the driving force, though, and has the ability to create all kinds of headaches for the Sharks defense. MacKinnon, listed at 6-foot and 205 pounds, is nearly as quick as Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid, but at over 10 pounds heavier, can move like a locomotive through the neutral zone. He finished the regular season with a career high 99 points in 82 games, and had three points in three games against the Sharks this season. “For sure you have to ready for their top line,” Hertl said. “MacKinnon is one of the best players in the NHL. That line, Rantanen, Landeskog, they almost owned the series. Young team, a lot of speed and we have to be ready.” SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 18: San Jose Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44), right, tries to get the puck away from Vegas Golden Knights’ William Carrier (28), left, during the first period of Game 5 of their NHL first round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group) Without question, the Sharks will want to have defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns on the ice against that line as much as possible this series. Over the last three games of the Vegas series, both Vlasic and Burns were only on the ice for one 5-on-5 goal against — Max Pacioretty’s third period goal in Game 7. Asked before Game 7 what tells him that he made an impact on the game, Vlasic said, “Shutting down the top line. That’s my job. You look at the last two games and if I kept them off the scoresheet, I did my job.” This series may not be quite as nasty as the one against the Golden Knights. Although emotions can bubble to the surface at a moments notice, the Sharks and Avalanche combined for just 32 penalty in three meetings this season, all Sharks wins. San Jose beat Colorado 5-2 on April 6. But with it being the last day of the regular season, both teams just wanted to get out of that game healthy. “Playoffs is a different scenario, right? You start over from scratch, and it’s best of seven,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar told reporters Wednesday. “There are adjustments to be made in the middle of the series. Our goal will be to go in there and have a real good start and pick up where we left off against Calgary.” Also, Semyon Varlamov, not Philipp Grubauer, started in goal April 6 for the Avalanche. Grubauer was a difference-maker for the Avs after the All-Star break, going 9-3-2 in 14 games. In that time, his save percentage and goals against average were .948 and 1.69, second only in both categories to Dallas’ Ben Bishop (.962, 1.15). [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Martin Jones, meanwhile, enjoyed a complete turnaround within the first round. In the first four games against the Golden Knights, according to statistician Darin Stephens, Jones had a .838 save percentage through the first four games. In the last three games, that mark jumped to .946. This will be the fifth time the Sharks and Avalanche will meet in the playoffs, with the last coming in the first round in 2010. The Sharks won that series in six games. “It’ll be another tough series,” Hertl said. “We have to be ready. They’ll be fresh and be flying and we just have to shut them down and play o-zone.”
24 Apr 19
Daily Democrat
SAN JOSE — The Sharks were still recovering Wednesday after their epic Game 7 win over the Vegas Golden Knights the night before put them in the second round of the NHL playoffs. Now here comes a team that just knocked off the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Sharks’ reward for beating the Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime on Tuesday is getting to play the Colorado Avalanche, which right now isn’t playing like a team that just squeaked into the postseason to claim the west’s second wild card spot. The Avalanche knocked off the Calgary Flames in five games in its first round series and have been waiting, and resting, since last Friday to see who they would play next. For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard. Certainly they had to be loving what they saw coming out of Las Vegas and San Jose. The Sharks beat the Golden Knights in Game 6 on Sunday in double overtime and less than 48 hours after that game ended, came back in dramatic fashion Tuesday to complete an exhausting seven-game series. Game 1 of the second round series is Friday night at SAP Center. “I was watching almost every game between Colorado and Calgary, and they actually surprised me how well they played against Calgary,” said Sharks center Tomas Hertl, who had six goals and two assists in the series, of the Avs. “They were flying.” The Sharks had the day off Wednesday so there was no medical update on captain Joe Pavelski, who was bleeding after the back of his head slammed against the ice surface at SAP Center midway through the third period Tuesday. Pavelski’s helmet stayed on during the scary incident, but he needed to be helped off the ice with the Sharks still trailing 3-0. His teammates said they saw Pavelski after the game and felt he was much improved. There’s also health questions regarding Joonas Donskoi, and whether Erik Karlsson’s leg issues can improve at all. Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation. Add it up and this is going to be a tough challenge considering how well Colorado is playing right now. The Sharks had to deal with two terrific Golden Knights lines in the first round — one centered by Paul Stastny and the other by William Karlsson. Although the Avalanche don’t have quite the same kind of one-two punch, their top line right now is playing as well as any trio in hockey. Against the Flames, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen combined for 17 points in five games. Gabriel Landeskog was no slouch, either, with one goal and three assists. They all averaged over 21 minutes of ice time per game. MacKinnon is the driving force, though, and has the ability to create all kinds of headaches for the Sharks defense. MacKinnon, listed at 6-foot and 205 pounds, is nearly as quick as Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid, but at over 10 pounds heavier, can move like a locomotive through the neutral zone. He finished the regular season with a career high 99 points in 82 games, and had three points in three games against the Sharks this season. “For sure you have to ready for their top line,” Hertl said. “MacKinnon is one of the best players in the NHL. That line, Rantanen, Landeskog, they almost owned the series. Young team, a lot of speed and we have to be ready.” SAN JOSE, CA – APRIL 18: San Jose Sharks’ Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44), right, tries to get the puck away from Vegas Golden Knights’ William Carrier (28), left, during the first period of Game 5 of their NHL first round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Randy Vazquez/Bay Area News Group) Without question, the Sharks will want to have defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns on the ice against that line as much as possible this series. Over the last three games of the Vegas series, both Vlasic and Burns were only on the ice for one 5-on-5 goal against — Max Pacioretty’s third period goal in Game 7. Asked before Game 7 what tells him that he made an impact on the game, Vlasic said, “Shutting down the top line. That’s my job. You look at the last two games and if I kept them off the scoresheet, I did my job.” This series may not be quite as nasty as the one against the Golden Knights. Although emotions can bubble to the surface at a moments notice, the Sharks and Avalanche combined for just 32 penalty in three meetings this season, all Sharks wins. San Jose beat Colorado 5-2 on April 6. But with it being the last day of the regular season, both teams just wanted to get out of that game healthy. “Playoffs is a different scenario, right? You start over from scratch, and it’s best of seven,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar told reporters Wednesday. “There are adjustments to be made in the middle of the series. Our goal will be to go in there and have a real good start and pick up where we left off against Calgary.” Also, Semyon Varlamov, not Philipp Grubauer, started in goal April 6 for the Avalanche. Grubauer was a difference-maker for the Avs after the All-Star break, going 9-3-2 in 14 games. In that time, his save percentage and goals against average were .948 and 1.69, second only in both categories to Dallas’ Ben Bishop (.962, 1.15). [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]Martin Jones, meanwhile, enjoyed a complete turnaround within the first round. In the first four games against the Golden Knights, according to statistician Darin Stephens, Jones had a .838 save percentage through the first four games. In the last three games, that mark jumped to .946. This will be the fifth time the Sharks and Avalanche will meet in the playoffs, with the last coming in the first round in 2010. The Sharks won that series in six games. “It’ll be another tough series,” Hertl said. “We have to be ready. They’ll be fresh and be flying and we just have to shut them down and play o-zone.”
25 Apr 19
Toronto Sun

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: nothing beats the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. There’s upsets. There’s hatred. There’s bad calls, unlikely heroes and the kind of MVP-worthy performances that can earn a player a legacy or a unwanted reputation. With the second round about to begin, here’s all that […]