Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore (27) skates around San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sharks coach Pete DeBoer understood Monday night’s game against the Golden Knights was just the first of two matchups between the Pacific Division rivals at SAP Center over the last three weeks of the season. He’s also well aware a playoff rematch could be on the horizon. DeBoer believes the Sharks and Knights are still two of the top teams in the league and could meet even if it’s not in the first round, just like last season when Vegas won a second-round series 4-2. “I don’t think a lot has changed,” DeBoer said before the game. “I think they’re an elite team and I think we’re in that category, too. Even last year, we were pretty evenly matched. They played just a bit better and found a way to win, … [Read more...] about Sharks coach still sees Golden Knights as ‘elite’ team
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By Paul Gackle | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: February 16, 2019 at 11:51 pm | UPDATED: February 16, 2019 at 11:52 pm SAN JOSE — Before we dive into the Erik Karlsson stuff, let’s give some props to Joe Pavelski. Captain Clutch came through in crunch time again Saturday, jumping on Timo Meier’s rebound in the slot and burying it at 13:06 of the third to clinch two points for the Sharks on a night where the Vancouver Canucks controlled much of the play. The goal came after Pavelski pressured Alex Biega into turning the puck over in his own zone, setting the stage for his heroics later in the shift. Pavelski also set up Logan Couture’s goal at 11:08 of the second, recorded five shots and registered two crucial blocks. Call it an all-around effort from the captain. Hopefully, the kids were watching. “Pav was outstanding tonight,” head coach Pete DeBoer said. “He created that goal and scored it.” … [Read more...] about Takeaways: will Sharks’ coach show patience with the Vlasic-Karlsson pairing?
Chronicle staff Published 1:17 pm PST, Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Saturday's 64th NHL All-Star Game at SAP Center is the headliner, but the league has a number of other events for hockey fans to enjoy in the South Bay. Here's a rundown of some of the bigger activities: Fan Fare: Exhibit Hall 1 inside the San Jose McEnery Convention Center will host an interactive opportunity for fans of all ages to engage from Thursday through Sunday. The Stanley Cup will be on display in addition to hands-on games and activities. Doors open on Thursday and Friday from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday - even after all other events have concluded - again from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All-Star kids day: A free event on Friday for approximately 1,000 students and teachers, who are a part of the Future Goals program, starts at 10 a.m. at the McEnery Center. Sharks radio man Dan Rusanowsky will moderate a panel discussion before the students enjoy exclusive access to Fan Fair (which … [Read more...] about NHL All-Star Game descending on San Jose
SAN JOSE -- Evander Kane said here Wednesday that he's looking forward to playing against the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night in SAP Center. At least, what's left of the Sabres that he knows. In the nearly eight months since Kane was told to find the way to San Jose at the NHL trade deadline, his old team has undergone an extreme makeover. And it's been widely noticed how GM Jason Botterill's moves excised all three of predecessor Tim Murray's top acquisitions in Kane, Ryan O'Reilly and Robin Lehner. "I don't know if he was trying to remove Tim's legacy, the players he brought in. Maybe he was, maybe he wasn't," Kane told The Buffalo News after the San Jose Sharks' practice at Solar4America Ice. "It's really just kind of making your decision on who you want to go with. He made his decisions. Only time will tell. But I'm happy where I am now and enjoying my career." Kane's new team has Stanley Cup aspirations since the September trade acquisition of Erik Karlsson from Ottawa but is only … [Read more...] about Mike Harrington: Evander Kane hoping to win in San Jose, something he couldn’t do with Sabres
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The shock hasn't subsided for Erik Karlsson.Being forced to relocate across a continent from a city that he loved, the only place outside of Sweden he ever called home. Swapping the red and black of the Ottawa Senators, the only NHL uniform he has worn, for the singular teal of the San Jose Sharks' sweaters. Moving into a beautiful house in the Glebe, a picturesque Ottawa neighborhood filled with shops and pubs, only to find out it's actually a summer home now. "We just bought it, recently," Karlsson told ESPN last week, wincing his face like he just stubbed his toe. "It's kind of a shock. Once the reality hits you a little bit, there are a lot of emotions. But we're both excited to start a new chapter."There is no "I" for Erik Karlsson in leaving Ottawa for San Jose, who stunned the NHL by trading for the star defenseman on Sept. 14 in exchange for players and draft picks.There is only "we," as Karlsson and his wife, Melinda, are on this journey together, something … [Read more...] about Ottawa may have his heart, but Erik Karlsson’s aim is a Stanley Cup run in San Jose