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San Jose Sharks Hope to End Scoring Drought Vs Blackhawks

February 1st, 2014 at 7:13 AM
By Alyssa

The San Jose Sharks have scored once in three games and have lost against two of the worst teams in the Western Conference. They'll need to do better tonight against reigning champs the Chicago Blackhawks.

The lone Sharks goal on Thursday night against the Calgary Flames didn't come easy. After trailing by two goals in the third, Patrick Marleau made a beautiful pass to Tommy Wingels, who chipped to rookie Eriah Hayes. Hayes scored his first NHL goal of his career.

Tonight's game against the Blackhawks will also be a challenge. Chicago sits comfortably in second place in the West, behind the seemingly unbeatable Anaheim Ducks. The Sharks have been no stranger to scoring opportunities (see the insane 59 shots against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. Damn  you, Ben Scrivens!)  But having a million shots on goal means nothing if they're not finding the back of the net.

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Pavelski, Strong Second Period Carry Sharks Over the Red Wings

January 10th, 2014 at 3:23 PM
By Alyssa

Despite the numerous injuries to the San Jose Sharks' forwards, the team coasted to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday from SAP Center. Recently named Olympian Joe Pavelski put up a big night with two goals, nearly netting his first career hattrick in the waning minutes of the game. Pavelski commented,

"We’re going to have to see the video. Guys say it was [close],” Pavelski said, with a smile. He later added: “It’ll happen, I bet. Hopefully. We’ll see, we’ll keep trying. That was one of the better looks I’ve had at it, though.”

Pavelski has been on quite a tear lately. He was named to his second straight Winter Olympics and has scored eight goals in the last ten games, proving himself to be a consistent leader on the ice. He has settled in quite well with the top line, alongside the likes of Joe Thornton and Brent Burns. Thornton notched two more assists, bringing his NHL-leading tally up to 45.

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Couture Has Successful Surgery; Placed on IR

January 9th, 2014 at 8:29 AM
By Alyssa

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San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson released a statement Wednesday, confirming forward Logan Couture’s surgery. The surgery was successful, and the 24 year old is expected to make a full recovery.

“He will be starting his rehabilitation immediately and we look forward to getting him back in our line-up. No specific return date is set at this time,” said Wilson.

Couture powered through the injury over the past few weeks, not missing a single game this season. He has 35 points and 14 goals on the season so far. He could miss as little as 2 weeks, but will likely be out of commission until after the Olympic break.

The Sharks' center was nearly a guarantee to make Canada's Winter Olympic squad, but was surprisingly left off the roster on Tuesday. Couture was notably disappointed by the snub:

It’s pretty, pretty disappointing to not make that team…I thought I did everything I could to put myself up there. I mean, it’s Team Canada. It’s an impossible team to pick.

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Two Sharks Named to Team Canada; Couture Snubbed

January 7th, 2014 at 10:39 AM
By Alyssa

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Tuesday the San Jose Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Patrick Marleau, were named to Team Canada to compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. This marks the second Olympic team Marleau has been a part of, and Vlasic's first.

One glaring omission from Team Canada was Sharks forward Logan Couture, who seemed to be a lock to make the team. It was disclosed the previous day that he would undergo surgery on his hand, though Canadian Olympic officials told Couture his omission was not related to the surgery. Had the team been seriously considering Couture, he could have been named initially and then replaced if the hand didn't heal in time for the Games.

Also on Tuesday, the Sharks' starting netminder, Antti Niemi, was also selected to represent Finland in the Games. American Joe Pavelski was selected for team USA the week before. The 22nd Olympic Winter Games begins on February 7 and ends on February 23. Players will join their respective team's training camp in late January.

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Sharks’ Couture to Have Surgery on Hand

January 7th, 2014 at 7:05 AM
By Alyssa

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The series of injuries to San Jose Sharks' forwards continues. According to the San Jose Mercury News' David Pollack, Logan Couture is scheduled to have surgery on his right hand on Wednesday. Couture is looking at a 3-4 week recovery time, which may jeopordize his participation on Team Canada in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The 24-year-old has appeared in all 43 Sharks games up until this point, logging 14 goals and 35 points.

As per the usual Sharks song and dance, no specifics were released on how or when the injury occurred, but Sharks' insiders have noted that Couture has been seen wearing a brace on the arm after recent practices. He has also left practice early on numerous occasions over the past couple weeks, signaling that the injury isn't healing properly.  In addition to the hand injury, Couture sustained a tough hit by Patrick Kane during the Sharks' 3-2 shootout victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. 

Couture is just the latest in a string of San Jose injuries. You all know about the long recoveries of Raffi Torres and Adam Burish. Tommy Wingels has an "upper body injury." Conversely, Martin Havlat has a "lower body injury." And Tyler Kennedy has come down with the flu.  Unsurprisingly, the Sharks once again called up Freddie Hamilton to beef up the ailing lineup.

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