141021 – Sharks @ Bruins postgame

Too long a road trip? Did the team just go through the motions to finish up the trip and get home?

There were leads traded, multiple times, but the Sharks could not score on a late double minor power play instead giving up an empty net short handed goal.

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141021 – Sharks @ Bruins 4pm PT

(Will be writing about trip to NYI, NJD, NYR in the future, but for now, back to the games)

Sharks are wrapping up their first long road trip of the season.  (They’ll have Wednesday off before home game on Thursday.) So far 2-1-1.

Sharks got the day off on Monday after their first back-to-back of the season (with definite lack of energy as the game wore on), and their first regulation loss in Manhattan.

Boston is coming off a shut out win Saturday (career first for Svedberg), but lost Miller with shoulder injury.

Niemi starting for the Sharks.  James Sheppard recalled from conditioning stint in Worcester and will make season debut tonight. McLellan shuffles the lines/pairings; Mueller and McGinn expected to sit tonight.

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chiassontb 1:16pm via Twitter for Websites Sharks vs Bruins: Line shakeups Sheppard debut hockeybuzz.com/blog/Tim-Chias…

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141014 – Sharks @ Capitals postgame

Sharks took a three goal lead, chasing the starting goalie.  However the Caps fought back to tie the game in regulation, but lost in the shootout with Pavelski notching the only SO goal.

First period belonged to the Sharks, with the two Sharks players making their season debut doing all the scoring.  Matt Irwin notched two goals, John Scott with one (his third career goal).  This resulted in starter Holtby being pulled and Peters making his Capitals debut less than half way through the period. Sharks won 72% of faceoffs in the period.

And the game went downhill for the Sharks from there. Second period was mainly Caps, with the Sharks holding on to a 4-3 lead by the end. Third period saw the Caps come back and the score was tied at 5-5.  OT resolved nothing.

In the shootout, Pavelski scored in the only goal on either side.

Sharks still need to be concerned with consistency through 60 minutes (so they don’t have to go beyond regulation).

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141014 – pregame Sharks @ Capitals 4pm

The boys get on a big white plane with a Shark on the tail for their first long road trip of the season.  (Flying out Monday)  Road trip starts in Washington, DC with game against the Capitals.  Then they travel to Long Island for their last (barring Stanley Cup miracle) trip to Nassau Memorial Auditorium to play the Islanders.  Next, Newark to play the Devils, followed the next day with a tilt against the Rangers at MSG.  Finally, the boys head to Boston to wrap up the trip against the Bruins. (Note — I’ll be traveling to those three middle games, so game news may be infrequent, incomplete, or not happening.  But I will blog about my trip on my return. I’ll be the one in teal, if you’re looking.)

As of departure, the Sharks have 12 healthy forwards (including Scott), 7 healthy D and 2 perfect goaltenders.  Brown is nursing “upper body” injury after blocking puck on Saturday, and not expected to play on this trip but is traveling with the team; Sheppard and Kennedy (both on IR) are also traveling with the team; perhaps they could be activated to play. (Did not see update on Goodrow specifically, but I’m thinking he’ll be traveling with the team as well.)

Tuesday news from skate:  With Brown out, Scott will be making Shark debut. Scott Hannan to play 1000th game tonight. Niemi vs Holtby in net battle.

Jamie Baker was on NHL Live (NHL Network) this afternoon and indicated that his wife, parents and other family and friends will be in attendance for tonight’s game.

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141011 – postgame Jets @ Sharks

Stalock notched a shutout, but the Sharks were 0-for-8 on the PP, and didn’t make one shot in the third period.  (Things for the Sharks’ coaches to work on before leaving for the upcoming five-game road trip.)

Sharks set a new franchise record with two shutouts to start the season, and a NHL record with starting the season with two shutouts from two different goalies.

Nicer to start the season 2-0 than the alternative.

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