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2017-04-09T21:50:55+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Exclude From Main Feed, Featured Goal Box, Goal Box|


With the Sharks playing nothing more than a tune-up game for the playoffs, they relied on a lineup filled with depth players and rookies in their final game of the year against Calgary. This situation was very much to the advantage of Daniel O’Regan, who scored his first NHL goal in this third game.

O’Regan can be forgiven if in later years he has a foggy recollection of his breakthrough goal. It may have even felt a little intangible to him as he was skating back to the bench before the next faceoff.

With San Jose leading 2-1 in the latter stages of the third period, O’Regan was given a chance to join the Sharks power play unit.

Setting up his big frame in front of the Flames net, O’Regan deflected home a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot from above the left circle, near the side boards. Only, it wasn’t quite that simple.

En route to O’Regan the puck was tipped by Calgary defenseman Dennis Wideman. O’Regan then turned his focus to goaltender David Rittich, anticipating a rebound. But fortunately he left his stick in its original position.

Though Wideman had deflected the puck, he didn’t alter its course much and O’Regan had himself a no-look goal, as the puck nipped his blade and then found its way behind Rittich.

O’Regan’s reaction kind of suggested that this wasn’t the way he’d always dreamed he’d score his first goal. Instinctively he wanted to raise his arms high, but thought better of it, indicating that either he felt a little sheepish about getting too excited about scoring his big goal this way or, perhaps, he didn’t want to upstage Vlasic, who had every reason to believe the goal was his.

The confusion was evident in the post-goal huddle as the five Sharks really didn’t have a good idea who to focus their attention on.

But chances are good that when O’Regan settles in for the off-season, he’ll be very glad to have his first NHL goal already behind him.

Advance to the 3:22 mark of this clip to see O’Regan’s first NHL goal.

1/7/2017 vs. Detroit


2017-03-29T15:53:56+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Exclude From Main Feed, Goal Box|

  • Chip
  • Door Step
  • Rebound (Own)
  • Second Period

Joe Pavelski might well have done Gordie Howe one better. Whether his accomplishment will fuel the addition of the “Joe Pavelski Hat Trick” to the hockey lexicon is very much an open question. But the man regarded in hockey as doing everything the right way put on a one-play clinic demonstrating his attention to the finer points of the game.

With the Sharks and Wild each with a man in the penalty box, Pavelski won a draw cleanly back to the right point, but was wrestled to the ice by Erik Haula. Upon popping back up, Brent Burns’ shot was within range of his stick and Pavelski is loathe to ever let a puck go by without putting the mark of his blade on it. It was a good deflection, testing Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk.

Before Dubnyk could swat it away, Pavelski was on that scene too. With a lunge forward and the stick blade turned down, Pavelski managed to shovel the puck over Dubnyk, who was falling backward into the net.

So there’s your Joe Pavelski One-Play Hat Trick: 1.) Win the draw cleanly. 2.) Get in position for a deflection. 3.) Collect your own rebound and beat the goaltender.

With all respect to Gordie Howe, did he ever score a goal, get an assist and have a fight on the same play?

1/5/2017 vs. Minnesota.
Highlight available at NHL.com.


2017-03-24T12:35:10+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Exclude From Main Feed, Featured Goal Box, Goal Box|


Few NHL teams of the last generation can boast of a core of players who produce year-in, year-out with durability to boot like the Sharks. And if the San Jose regulars are all following an example, it is that of their gritty center Joe Pavelski, who reached the 600-point plateau against the Red Wings from his favorite spot.

Perhaps that’s a metaphor for San Jose. Though they have plenty of offensive talent, they play within their means. Burns excels from the blue line, Couture gets himself open in the slot for his quick releases, Marleau uses his speed to bring pucks down low and cashes them in, sometimes with a little grease, sometimes not. But none of these tendencies rivals Pavelski’s predilection for converting from the middle of the right circle, inside the dot.

Seven times this year Pavelski has scored from pretty much the same spot on the ice. Only two other players — Patrick Kane and Eric Staal — have scored from this area as many as three times, as of March 24.

So when the Red Wings allowed a loose puck to go unattended in this region of the ice with Pavelski lurking, they did so at their own peril.

Sure enough, Paveski, who had been out by the blue line at center ice, dashed for his favorite spot the moment Dylan DeMelo unleashed a shot from the left point that got caught up in traffic in the slot. No Detroit defenders followed the rebound and Pavelski swooped in and beat goaltender Petr Mrazek five-hole for his 600th career point.

1/7/2017 vs. Detroit


2017-03-03T16:33:34+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Exclude From Main Feed, Featured Goal Box, Goal Box|


Marcus Sorensen of the Sharks was a fourth-round selection in the 2010 entry draft by Ottawa, but wound up playing in his native Sweden for the first half of the decade. He was signed last May by the Sharks, but made his NHL debut just four games ago, registering an assist in the game. And now he has his first game-winning goal, though he’ll likely remember it more for being his first in the NHL.

The goal was the result of tenacious Shark possession of the puck deep in the Vancouver end, beginning with Sorensen knocking down a clearing effort. He and Cam Ward both circled with the puck a bit, with Tomas Hertl taking his turn with it in the right circle. The Canucks managed to slap it off his stick, but by this time Sorenson had taken up residence in the left circle.

Sorenson found himself with the puck in his skates, but unattended by any Vancouver defenders. He did a nice job of kicking it to his forehand and just as quickly sent a wrister on net from just inside the lower part of the circle.

Goalie Ryan Miller was out of position, but Sorenson’s shot — perhaps in a bit of haste — was targeted at his pads as Miller slid over to cover the near side of the net. But it was a close-in shot and Miller, likely not expecting it there, was in no position to kick it out and it slid into the goal behind him.

In the aftermath, Sorensen enjoyed his moment in the spotlight, making a dash to the opposite boards, with a brief moment of comedy as he went to slap himself on the helmet (as if in congratulations), thought better of it, and slid down to a knee for a fist pump.

1/10/2017 vs. Edmonton


2017-02-20T23:44:21+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Exclude From Main Feed, Featured Goal Box, Goal Box|


Hockey at the NHL level is a game played with such precision and attention to detail that one slip . . . and you’re dead. Life is a state of being where two wrongs don’t equal a right.

Hockey is also a game where decisions and reactions happen more spontaneously than any other sport. And it is played on a slippery surface with a disc flying around in unpredictable ways. And in mathematics two negatives equal a positive.

When you watch how the Sharks Mikkel Boedker scores the middle goal of his hat trick against Edmonton, you’ll need to ponder all this to see if his scoring play makes any sense. Yes, it was that bizarre.

The first mishap came as Boedker, while chasing a loose puck in the Oilers end, charges right into Brent Burns, who was preparing to fire the puck on net from the right point. From this busted play, came the second catastrophe when San Jose’s Melker Karlsson corralled the puck all alone in front of the net. But his back was turned to the goal. In his effort to turn his body and maintain possession of the puck, Karlsson inadvertently flung it back toward where Burns and Boedker had collided. A certain recipe for an Edmonton breakout and odd-man rush.

Except Boedker, having recovered from his awkward dance with Burns, was now in position to receive the puck right on his stick. He took a couple of strides to the net, while Oiler goalie Cam Talbot looked like he needed a GPS to track the puck after all the confusion and left the goal wide open.

Boedker then undid all the previous calamities and popped the puck into an unguarded net. And then six and a half minutes later and still not halfway through the game he provided a triple positive, by scoring his third goal of the game.

This clip captures all three goals. To watch the madness of his middle goal, move to the 1:04 mark of the video.

1/10/2017 vs. Edmonton


2017-02-16T15:36:38+00:00 February 16th, 2017|Exclude From Main Feed, Goal Box|

  • Deflection (Own Stick)
  • Door Step
  • Screen
  • First Period
Though his offensive production has taken a step backward this year after three seasons in which he averaged more than 20 goals per year, the Sharks Joel Ward remains an excellent situational player.

Ward is tied for sixth in the league in shorthanded goals and is in positive plus/minus territory for the season. He has also helped get the Sharks off to comfortable starts this year, having scored six of his seven goals in the first period.

His goal against Florida demonstrated his awareness on the ice in a couple of different ways. Positionally, he was set up in front of the net — always a good place to be when Brent Burns is on the ice. More than that though, his ability of follow Burns’ shot from the point resulted in a most unconventional goal.

En route to the net, Burns’ snap shot from the blue line was tipped just inside the center of the right circle by Joe Thornton. He would not be the last San Jose player whose stick touched it before reaching the Panthers net.

Thornton’s redirect elevated the puck to about mid-thigh on Ward. He quickly adjusted his stick from where he anticipated Burns’ shot would arrive and got enough of the shaft on Thornton’s tip while being hounded by defenseman Aaron Ekblad to deflect it past goaltender Roberto Luongo.

2/15/2017 vs. Florida.
Highlight available at NHL.com.


2017-02-13T16:42:27+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Exclude From Main Feed, Featured Goal Box, Goal Box|

Patrick Marleau of the Sharks joined the elite scorers of NHL history by scoring his 500th goal on a 2-on-1 break against Vancouver.

Marleau, who treated the number “500” as though he were an Indy race-car driver, scored seven goals over his last five games once the big number’s finishing line came into sight.

At 37 years of age, the San Jose left wing is experiencing a renaissance season. With 19 goals over the Sharks first 52 games of the season, Marleau is on track for a 30-goal season — a regularity earlier in his career, but unexpected after the past two seasons in which he totaled 44 goals between them.

Marleau’s career has been very consistent, with six 30-goal seasons and one in which he scored 44. But the most underrated part of his game is his durability. Only once has he played in fewer than 74 games in a season — and that’s on top of all the playoff games Shark players pile up.

Just four other active players have achieved 500 goals: Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa and Alex Ovechkin. Currently Marleau is tied with Lanny McDonald for 44th on the all-time list. Should he reach 30 goals this season, he’ll pull within one of Gilbert Perreault for 40th all-time.

2/2/2017 vs. Vancouver