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marc-edouard vlasic nets ot winner as sharks top coyotes


san jose — all that’s important to the sharks right now are the two points.it doesn’t matter that they allowed five goals or more for the third time in six games, or that their no. 1 goalie is going through a difficult stretch. all that the sharks cared about saturday was getting the win.joonas donskoi had three points — including the game-tying goal late in the third period — and marc-edouard vlasic got credit for scoring the winning goal in overtime as the sharks topped the arizona coyotes 6-5 at sap center.vlasic charged toward the net and made contact with christian dvorak, whose skate appeared to tap the puck over the goal line with 2:18 left in overtime. joe pavelski and joe thornton had the assists, as the sharks came out of their bye week to snap a three-game losing streak in exhil






marc-edouard vlasic hurt as sharks top predators


san jose — the sharks have their share of rivalries in the pacific division. wednesday’s game at sap center demonstrated there’s really no love lost with the nashville predators, either.the sharks’ game against the predators became testy after marc-edouard vlasic was hit and knocked out of the game by ryan johansen in the third period. one fight and a handful of roughing penalties ensued before the sharks finished off a 4-1 win.joe pavelski scored the winning goal in the second period and later fought johansen at the 9:23 mark of the third.“it doesn’t surprise us being around (pavelski), you’re not going to intimidate him, it doesn’t matter how much bigger the other guy is,” said sharks coach pete deboer, who did not have an update on vlasic after the game.johansen said he was going after






marc-edouard vlasic hurt as sharks top predators


san jose — the sharks have their share of rivalries in the pacific division. wednesday’s game at sap center demonstrated there’s really no love lost with the nashville predators, either.the sharks’ game against the predators became testy after marc-edouard vlasic was hit and knocked out of the game by ryan johansen in the third period. one fight and a handful of roughing penalties ensued before the sharks finished off a 4-1 win.joe pavelski scored the winning goal in the second period and later fought johansen at the 9:23 mark of the third.“it doesn’t surprise us being around (pavelski), you’re not going to intimidate him, it doesn’t matter how much bigger the other guy is,” said sharks coach pete deboer, who did not have an update on vlasic after the game.johansen said he was going after






san jose sharks' marc-edouard vlasic appears ready to return


san jose — all signs point to sharks defenseman marc-edouard vlasic returning for wednesday’s game against the tampa bay lightning. but in talking about his recovery from a head injury suffered last week, vlasic also seemed to raise questions about the effectiveness of the nhl’s baseline tests for concussions.tuesday, vlasic, injured in the third period of the sharks’ nov. 1 game against the nashville predators on a check by ryan johansen, was a full participant in practice for the second straight day. he said he took the baseline test for concussions last weekend and passed it with “flying colors.”“it’s just a written test,” vlasic said of his 45-minute exam. “in order for me to fail that, i’d have to be in a coma. … the baseline cannot show how i’m feeling.”“i could easily do it if i’m c






vlasic signs contract extension with sharks


san jose — doug wilson knocked a major item off his to-do list saturday, ensuring that the sharks top defenseman will be patrolling the blue line at the sap center well into the next decade.marc-edouard vlasic, who’s widely considered the top-defensive defenseman in hockey, signed an eight-year, $56 million contract extension with the sharks saturday, waiving his ability to enter unrestricted free agency for the first time in his 11-year career next summer.vlasic’s contract comes on the heels of the eight-year, $64 million extension that fellow blue liner brent burns signed with the club in november.the contract’s $7 million annual average salary makes vlasic the ninth-highest paid defenseman in the league (average annual salary). his salary is equal to that of los angeles kings defenseman






sharks' vlasic's return from head injury is unclear


san jose — sharks coach pete deboer adjusted his assessment of marc-edouard vlasic’s head injury friday, acknowledging that the timetable for the defenseman’s return is unclear.get sharks news in your inbox. sign up now for the free sharks report newsletter.deboer said thursday that he doesn’t believe vlasic’s concussion will keep him out of the sharks lineup on a “long term” basis, but friday he provided a more-detailed explanation of his reasoning.“i don’t know if it’s longterm. my initial feeling was that it wasn’t going to be a long time,” the sharks coach said. “but you could have setbacks, there’s all kinds of things that go into that.“he came in yesterday and was feeling okay, which led us to be positive about it, but you never know.”vlasic missed a second-consecutive practice frida






vlasic, karlsson return as desperate sharks look to end skid


san jose — defenseman marc-edouard vlasic and forward melker karlsson said they’d both be ready to go tuesday as the sharks, looking to end a six-game slide, host the new york rangers in their first game this season without the injured logan couture.vlasic missed saturday’s 7-2 loss to the nashville predators with what the team described as the flu, the same reason he missed the sharks’ march 21 game at minnesota.karlsson has been out for the last eight games with a lower body injury. the sharks are 2-6 in those games and have allowed the first goal in the last seven.“guys will step up,” without couture, vlasic said. “penalty kill, blocking shots, power play. teams deal with their main guys being out and we’ll going to have to do that.”the sharks are desperate for any good news right now.n






will vlasic and braun's heavy workload catch up with them?


san jose — marc-edouard vlasic knows how to recharge his battery after a long night of defending against the world’s top scorer: take a nap with the dog.the sharks defenseman dismissed concerns about the workload shouldered by he and partner justin braun in game 5 of the team’s first round stanley cup playoff series with the edmonton oilers, insisting that their 33-plus minutes of ice time thursday isn’t going to impact the pairing’s ability to shutdown connor mcdavid again in game 6 at the sap center saturday.“i took a nap yesterday, so i’ll be fine,” vlasic said, acknowledging that he caught some rest alongside one of his three dogs. “one of them likes to snuggle.”vlasic and braun’s defensive work on mcdavid is a key reason why the sharks are still alive in the series, trailing the oiler






sharks haunted by disallowed goals in loss to panthers


san jose — the sharks had two goals disallowed thursday night against the florida panthers. one was easy to recognize. the other seemed a little tougher to overturn.neither was easy to digest.the end result was a 2-0 loss to the panthers as the sharks were shut out for the first time this season before a season-low announced crowd of 16,411 at sap center.sharks goalie martin jones finished with 26 saves as colton sceviour and nick bjugstad scored for the panthers, coached by former sharks assistant bob boughner.trailing by one, the sharks on two occasions thought they had the equalizer — once in the second period and once in the third.get sharks news in your inbox. sign up now for the free sharks report newsletter.on the second disallowed goal, panthers goalie roberto luongo was unable to






sharks' marc-edouard vlasic out with flu for game vs. wild


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sharks' joe thornton reaches 1,000 nhl assists


joe thornton etched his name alongside some of the greatest to ever play monday as he assisted on a sharks goal against the winnipeg jets to become just the 13th nhl player to record 1,000 assists in his career.thornton assisted on joe pavelski’s empty-net goal with 26 seconds left as the sharks earned a 3-2 win over the winnipeg jets.thornton got the puck to marc-edouard vlasic near the sharks’ blue line. vlasic backhanded a pass to pavelski, who scored his second of the game for a 3-1 sharks lead. it turned out to be the game-winner as the jets’ mark scheifele scored with seven seconds to go.“i’ve been able to play with some great scorers,” thornton said after the game. “i think for me, over the years, that’s been the key. staying healthy and playing with all of these great players.”sinc






sharks' joe thornton reaches 1,000 nhl assists


joe thornton etched his name alongside some of the greatest to ever play monday as he assisted on a sharks goal against the winnipeg jets to become just the 13th nhl player to record 1,000 assists in his career.thornton assisted on joe pavelski’s empty-net goal with 26 seconds left as the sharks earned a 3-2 win over the winnipeg jets.thornton got the puck to marc-edouard vlasic near the sharks’ blue line. vlasic backhanded a pass to pavelski, who scored his second of the game for a 3-1 sharks lead. it turned out to be the game-winner as the jets’ mark scheifele scored with seven seconds to go.“i’ve been able to play with some great scorers,” thornton said after the game. “i think for me, over the years, that’s been the key. staying healthy and playing with all of these great players.”sinc






sharks' labanc expected to be reassigned to ahl barracuda


san jose — life without marc-edouard vlasic: 1-0.after producing a 14-17-3 record without vlasic over the last three years, the sharks managed to pick up a shootout win against the anaheim ducks at the sap center saturday with their top-shutdown defenseman sidelined by a head injury.dylan demelo drew into the lineup for the first time since oct. 7 and brenden dillon jumped up to the second pairing. although the blue line committed its fair share gaffes, they helped the offense tilt the ice by moving the puck, helping the sharks produce a 45-26 shot advantage in the game.“they did a good job. it’s not easy taking (vlasic) out. you see his importance,” head coach pete deboer said. “we bent but didn’t break.”here’s what we learned as the sharks picked up a 2-1 win in their first overtime game






three keys for san jose sharks vs. new york rangers


sharks (42-26-7, 23-10-4 home) vs. new york rangers (46-26-4, 27-10-1 away), 7:30 p.m., sap center, csnca, 98.5 kfoxthe sharks are 9-22-3-2 all-time vs. the new york rangers and are 0-1 against them this season. in their last meeting on oct. 17, joe pavelski had a goal and three assists and brent burns had a goal and two assists in the sharks’ 7-4 loss. mats zuccarello had a goal and two assists for the rangers. new york has earned at least one point in 12 of its last 17 games against san jose, dating back to dec. 28, 2001 (11-5-1-0 over the span). the sharks have lost six straight in regulation time for the first time since jan. 2011. the last time the sharks lost seven straight games without earning at least one point was during the 1995-96 season, when they went dec. 26-jan. 10 without






sharks topped by flames 5-2 for eighth loss in nine games


calgary, alberta — the good news for the sharks is that they’re done with march.the bad news is that april might not much better.a combination of some tough luck in the offensive zone and a handful of mistakes at the other end friday sent the sharks to a 5-2 loss to the calgary flames, their eighth defeat in nine games.defenseman marc-edouard vlasic and forward melker karlsson scored for the sharks, who have been held to two goals or less in all eight of their most recent losses.vlasic’s goal at the 8:25 mark of the second period cut the flames’ lead to 2-1. but goals by matt stajan and alex chiasson in the latter half of the second was far too much for the sharks to overcome, as goalie martin jones was replaced by aaron dell to start the third period.jones stopped 18 of 22 shots. flames g






ducks' cogliano will play in 800th-straight game vs. sharks


san jose — with marc-edouard vlasic sidelined by a head injury, defenseman dylan demelo will get an opportunity to prove that he can still play.demelo, who got bumped out of the sharks lineup by tim heed and joakim ryan after just two games, will skate on the team’s third pairing when the anaheim ducks roll into the sap center saturday.get sharks news in your inbox. sign up now for the free sharks report newsletter.the 24-year-old defenseman will partner up with heed while brenden dillon moves up in the lineup to skate alongside justin braun, replacing vlasic, who suffered a head injury against the nashville predators wednesday. head coach pete deboer will keep the pairing of brent burns and ryan in tact.“i can rise up to the challenge,” demelo said. “i’ve proven it and i’m looking forward






sharks futures of joe thornton, patrick marleau still murky


san jose — sharks general manager doug wilson said dialogue with both the joe thornton and patrick marleau camps are continuing during this longer-than-hoped-for offseason.but like with so many other issues in the nhl right now, the futures of both players with the sharks may depend on how the next week or so shakes out.with the pending expansion draft next week, a salary cap number for the 2017-18 season that has yet to be finalized and other high-profile players needing new contracts, wilson doesn’t quite know yet how much money he has to play with this offseason.the sharks do not know yet which player from their team they will lose to the vegas golden knights. the salary cap for next season is also in flux, with the nhl players association’s executive board meeting friday to vote on whe






can the sharks continue to slow down connor mcdavid?


san jose — the sharks just made franchise history by winning a playoff game by seven goals.but seeing the sharks’ top defense pair shut down an opposing team’s leading scorer isn’t such a rare occurrence. it’s been happening more often than not over the sharks’ last five playoff rounds.connor mcdavid is the latest elite forward to be smothered by the sharks, as defensemen marc-edouard vlasic and justin braun and goalie martin jones continue to limit the effectiveness of the edmonton oilers captain.mcdavid had two shots on goal and had two other shot attempts blocked in the sharks’ 7-0 win over the oilers on tuesday, as san jose leveled the series at two wins apiece.playing the same type of defense on mcdavid, not to mention patrick maroon, and keeping him off his game will remain critical






sharks' patrick marleau honored for scoring 500 nhl goals


san jose — the sharks recognized patrick marleau before wednesday night’s game against the florida panthers for becoming just the 45th player in nhl history to score 500 goals.in a roughly five-minute, and fairly understated, ceremony, marleau was joined on the ice by his four sons, general manager doug wilson, former teammates mike ricci and evgeni nabokov — now both now sharks’ development coaches — and the sharks’ training staff.wilson gave marleau a plaque commemorating five of his milestone goals, and marleau was also given a three-liter bottle of wine from the sharks’ training staff.the sharks also showed a collection of marleau’s goals on the jumbotron.marleau was in the sharks’ starting lineup wednesday with linemates logan couture and mikkel boedker, defensemen marc-edouard vlasic






sharks' patrick marleau honored for scoring 500 nhl goals


san jose — the sharks recognized patrick marleau before wednesday night’s game against the florida panthers for becoming just the 45th player in nhl history to score 500 goals.in a roughly five-minute, and fairly understated, ceremony, marleau was joined on the ice by his four sons, general manager doug wilson, former teammates mike ricci and evgeni nabokov — now both now sharks’ development coaches — and the sharks’ training staff.wilson gave marleau a plaque commemorating five of his milestone goals, and marleau was also given a three-liter bottle of wine from the sharks’ training staff.the sharks also showed a collection of marleau’s goals were shown on the jumbotron.marleau was in the sharks’ starting lineup wednesday with linemates logan couture and mikkel boedker, defensemen marc-edo






sharks' offense falls flat in 4-1 loss to st. louis blues


san jose — it’s a real possibility the sharks will face the st. louis blues in the first round of the playoffs.if that’s the case, sometime between now and then, the sharks will have to figure out a way to generate some offense against the customarily stingy blues.marc-edouard vlasic scored the only goal for the sharks, who matched a season-low with 20 shots on net in a 4-1 loss to the blues at sap center, missing a chance to move up a peg in the western conference standings.vladimir tarasenko scored twice and scottie upshall and zach sanford both had one for st. louis, which completed the three-game season-sweep of the sharks and allowed just three goals in the process.“they played a good game. they came in here desperate and they were really solid and we weren’t,” sharks coach pete deboe






sharks' offense falls flat in 4-1 loss to st. louis blues


san jose — it’s a real possibility the sharks will face the st. louis blues in the first round of the playoffs.if that’s the case, sometime between now and then, the sharks will have to figure out a way to generate some offense against the customarily stingy blues.marc-edouard vlasic scored the only goal for the sharks, who matched a season-low with 20 shots on net in a 4-1 loss to the blues at sap center, missing a chance to move up a peg in the western conference standings.vladimir tarasenko scored twice and scottie upshall and zach sanford both had one for st. louis, which completed the three-game season-sweep of the sharks and allowed just three goals in the process.“they played a good game. they came in here desperate and they were really solid and we weren’t,” sharks coach pete deboe






sharks burned by connor mcdavid in 3-2 loss to oilers


edmonton, alberta — the sharks came away from thursday night with a real clear understanding of what works against the edmonton oilers.there’s still no way, it seems, to completely slow down connor mcdavid.the sharks controlled large stretches of the first and second periods but didn’t have an answer for mcdavid, who had one assist and one dazzling short-handed goal to lead the oilers to a 3-2 win at rogers place.patrick maroon scored twice, including the winner 7:51 into the third period, as the oilers took over sole possession of second place in the pacific division with 95 points.jannik hansen and joe pavelski scored for the sharks, who fell two points back of the oilers and three back of first place anaheim. the sharks, who have lost seven of eight, travel to calgary to play the flames






lightning overwhelm sharks with speed, skill and depth.


san jose — marc-edouard vlasic gave his best dennis green impression after the tampa bay lightning ran the sharks out of the sap center wednesday night.he didn’t quite say, they were who we thought they were, but he captured the general sentiment in his own indignant way of speaking.get sharks news in your inbox. sign up now for the free sharks report newsletter.“the record says they’re the best team in the league,” the sharks shutdown defenseman said after wednesday’s game.“every game you play in the nhl is a tough game. no matter who you’re playing nowadays everybody’s fast, everybody’s skilled. some teams are better than others. statically speaking, they’re the best team, the most-offensive team and they scored five goals, so they are very good.”here’s what we learned as the lightning p






answer to hockey's winter games dilemma is to split up event


the sharks have other things at the front of their minds these days, such as trying to keep enough skaters healthy and upright to start the playoffs.but in the backs of their minds? there is a gurgling south korean ache of regret.perhaps i can be of some help.earlier this week when the nhl officially pulled out of next year’s winter olympics in pyeongchang, two sharks who played in the last games were, shall we say, dissenters. they knew negotiations between the league and the international olympic committee were not going well. but the news still was a punch in the gut. before tuesday night’s game, joe pavelski and marc-edouard vlasic spoke about that.“i had the belief that something might happen, something might change and you get to go,” said pavelski, a team usa member for the last two






sharks topped by flames 5-2 for eighth loss in nine games


calgary, alberta — the good news for the sharks is that they’re done with march.the bad news is that barring a drastic turnaround, april might not be much better.a combination of some tough luck in the offensive zone and a handful of mistakes at the other end friday sent the sharks to a 5-2 loss to the calgary flames, their eighth defeat in nine games.defenseman marc-edouard vlasic and forward melker karlsson scored for the sharks, who have been held to two goals or less in all eight of their most recent losses. goalie martin jones was pulled after two periods after he allowed four goals on 22 shots.now with just four games left in the regular season, the sharks are quickly running out of time to get their game in a better spot before the start of the playoffs.“we know we’re a better team






will the sharks keep patrick marleau and joe thornton?


the san jose sharks kicked off the start of a busy offseason by resigning restricted free agent forwards melker karlsson for a reported $6 million and joonas donskoi to a reported $3.8 million contract on may 12.on july 1, joe thornton and patrick marleau, the top two scorers in franchise history, become free agents. last week’s signings gave san jose over $15 million in salary cap space, but orchestrating a major trade may prove to be too difficult given the current circumstances with thornton and marleau, in addition to contract extensions in the future for marc-edouard vlasic and logan couture.how likely is a blockbuster trade to happen this summer and who might it involve? courtney cronin is joined by paul gackle on this segment of bay area sports insiders to breakdown the latest in sh






timo meier scores twice as sharks top canadiens


montreal — logan couture wanted a response and he got it.after the sharks put forth their worst effort of the season in a 6-0 loss to the dallas stars on new year’s eve, couture insisted his team’s response to the blowout would be more telling than anything that happened in the game itself. get sharks news in your inbox. sign up now for the free sharks report newsletter.the sharks (20-13-4) provided the answer he wanted tuesday, picking up a 4-1 win over the montreal canadiens (16-19-4), the home team’s fifth-consecutive loss.after withstanding an early charge in which the canadiens recorded the game’s first six shots, the sharks opened the scoring at 12:57 of the first period. joe thornton grabbed hold of the team’s scoring lead, recording his 27th point of the season by stuffing in a jus






sharks players see olympic decision as shortsighted


san jose — as a parade of nhl superstars expressed their displeasure with the league’s decision monday to not participate in the 2018 olympics in south korea, sharks defenseman marc-edouard vlasic sent out a tweet that he insists is a good summary of his opinion on the matter.vlasic’s tweet shows the five olympic rings reorganized in the form of an asterisk, suggesting that next year’s tournament in pyeongchang will be meaningless without the inclusion of the world’s top players.“it’s a pretty good tweet, i thought. i was nice, could have been a lot meaner,” said vlasic, who played for team canada at the 2014 sochi games and the 2016 world cup of hockey. “my tweet says it all.”“i bit my tongue and just put out the photo.”after months of negotiations between the nhl, the nhl players’ associ






with sharks recalling labanc, will hertl move to center?


philadelphia — forward kevin labanc and defenseman tim heed’s stay in the american hockey league didn’t last long. neither did defenseman joakim ryan’s stay in the nhl with the sharks.labanc and heed were both recalled on friday and center ryan carpenter and ryan were loaned to the barracuda as the sharks got set for urday’s matinee against the philadelphia flyers.labanc, 21, and heed, 26, were re igned to the ahl before the sharks left on monday for their four-game road trip.with carpenter going back to the ahl, the transaction might be an indication the sharks are ready to move tomas hertl back to center after he played the last six games as the left wing on the team’s top line with joe thornton and joe pavelski. sharks coach pete deboer said after hertl returned from a right knee sprain






sharks' offense falls flat in 4-1 loss to st. louis blues


san jose — it’s a real possibility the sharks will face the st. louis blues in the first round of the playoffs.if that’s the case, sometime between now and then, the sharks will have to figure out a way to generate some offense against the customarily stingy blues.marc-edouard vlasic scored the only goal for the sharks, who managed just xx shots on net in a 4-1 loss to the blues at sap center, missing a chance to move up a peg in the western conference standings.vladimir tarasenko scored twice and scottie upshall and zach sanford both had one for st. louis, which completed the three-game season-sweep of the sharks, outscoring san jose 10-3 in the process.how tough was it for the sharks offense? through two periods, forwards patrick marleau, joe thornton, joonas donskoi, jannik hansen, joel






three keys for san jose


sharks (39-19-7, 20-7-4 home) vs. washington (44-14-7, 17-8-6 home), 7:30 p.m., sap center, csnca, 98.5 kfoxthe sharks are 24-9-2-1 all-time vs. washington and have a 1-0 record against the capitals this season. in their last meeting in d.c. on nov. 8, the sharks got second period goals from defensemen marc-edouard vlasic and brent burns and 24 saves from goalie martin jones to help earn a 3-0 win at verizon center.today’s stories:jannik hansen soaks in his first day with sharksdylan demelo earns kudos, kevin labanc gets sent down, joe thornton to be recognizedsharks notes: david schlemko is day-to-day with a lower body injury and it remains to be seen when he’ll be back on the ice. schlemko was hurt march 2 against vancouver. demelo will play in schlemko’s spot on the third defense pair,






sharks end regular season with 3-1 win over calgary flames


san jose — it might’ve been a stretch to call saturday’s game a playoff tune-up. but at least the sharks can say they’re heading into the postseason on a positive note.chris tierney and mikkel boedker scored in the second period and goalie aaron dell finished with 20 saves as the sharks — who sat captain joe pavelski, among others, for health reasons — beat the calgary flames 3-1 to finish the year with a record of 46-29-7 and in third place in the pacific division.danny o’regan, called up from the barracuda earlier saturday, scored his first career nhl goal with 8:35 to go in the third period, tipping a shot from marc-edouard vlasic on the power play into the flames net for a two-goal sharks lead.“obviously you can’t take too much from it, based on the lineups in both dressing rooms,” sha






dell gets job done in place of jones as sharks top flyers


philadelphia — aaron dell filled in for martin jones without experiencing a hiccup in his first game as the sharks no.1 goalie.dell surrendered a goal on the first shot he faced at the wells fargo center tuesday before slamming the door shut by stopping the next 22 shots he faced en route to a 3-1 sharks win over the philadelphia flyers (8-10-7).the sharks backup got the nod to open the sharks four-game road trip because jones suffered a “day-to-day” injury while shutting out the winnipeg jets saturday.although the sharks made things relatively easy for dell tuesday by keeping the puck in the flyers zone and limiting the number of high-danger scoring chances he faced, the 28-year-old netminder made a handful of big saves in the win.he made a glove save against travis konecny on a 2-on-1 in






karlsson scores in ot to give sharks 3-2 win over oilers


edmonton, alberta — melker karlsson scored the biggest goal of his career wednesday night, burying a pass from patrick marleau to give the sharks a stirring 3-2 overtime win over the edmonton oilers in the playoff opener for both teams.karlsson’s goal came at the 16:38 mark of overtime, as the sharks erased a two-goal edmonton first period lead to take a 1-0 series lead. game 2 is friday in edmonton, with the sharks now having a chance to take a stranglehold on the first round series.the sharks had a first period to forget but found a rhythm in the second period, with joel ward’s power play goal helping to change the momentum.joonas donskoi collected a puck behind the oilers; net that had been rimmed around the boards by marc-edouard vlasic. donskoi then carried the puck in front and, with






sharks sunk by putrid special teams in game 2 loss to oilers


edmonton, alberta — the sharks were handed one power play opportunity after another friday night as the edmonton oilers repeatedly put themselves down a man with a handful of reckless plays.not only did the sharks not capitalize, but their ineffectiveness with the man advantage proved to be their undoing in game 2.zack kassian and connor mcdavid both scored shorthanded goals, helping the oilers earn a rough-and-tumble 2-0 win over the sharks to level the opening round series at one win apiece.the sharks finished the game 0-for-6 with the man advantage and didn’t generate much at even strength as they wasted a solid performance from goalie martin jones, who finished with 34 saves. eight of his saves on the penalty kill, another one of the few bright spots for the sharks as they killed all f






karlsson scores in ot to give sharks 3-2 win over oilers


edmonton, alberta — melker karlsson scored the biggest goal of his career wednesday night, burying a wrist shot from near the top of the circle to give the sharks a stirring 3-2 overtime win over the edmonton oilers in the playoff opener for both teams.karlsson’s goal came 3:22 into overtime, as the sharks erased a two-goal edmonton lead in the first period to take a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series that continues friday with game 2 in edmonton.paul martin and joel ward also scored for the sharks, who, without their no. 1 center in joe thornton, grabbed home ice advantage.“we felt good,” going into overtime, karlsson said. “i think after the first period we got it going pretty good. stuck with it the whole game and got rewarded in the end.”the sharks had a uneven first period but