Archive for February, 2011

Patrick Marleau’s game winning goal caps 2-1 OT win over Nashville, Sharks finish season long seven game road trip 5-2

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, February 16, 2011

SHARKS ROAD TRIP VS. PRE-ROAD TRIP STAT COMPARISON Two years ago San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson was frustrated by another tentative start to the postseason. He responded by challenging his team to find ways to win games (left unsaid, by any means neccessary). At the start of 2010-11, the Sharks were effectively debuting 4 [...]

The Hockey News/XM Home Ice 204 Podcast: THN’s Ken Campbell, upcoming trade deadline, Matt Cooke, Chris Phillips trade possibilities, and Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Last Friday on The Hockey News Radio Show with Adam Proteau and Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon on XM Satellite Radio Home Ice Channel 204: Adam and Boomer kick off the show with THN Senior Writer Ken Campbell; the guys talk the upcoming trade deadline, recent trades involving the Maple Leafs and Senators, and the suspension of [...]

20-year old Milos Raonic upset top seeded Fernando Verdasco at SAP Open, first Canadian ATP winner in 15 years

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Monday, February 14, 2011

20-YR OLD MILOS RAONIC EARNED 1ST CAREER WIN IN SAN JOSE FERNANDO VERDASCO HAD NOT LOST A SET IN RUN TO FINAL RAONIC HANDED MAPLE SYRUP, SHARKS JERSEY BY TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR BILL RAPP If a new era of Canadian tennis is going to start with 20-year old Milos Raonic’s first career win, it is fitting [...]

Defending champ Fernando Verdasco bulldozes way to SAP Open tennis final, Gael Monfils withdrew from semis with injury

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Sunday, February 13, 2011

DEFENDING CHAMPION FERNANDO VERDASCO DOWNED R. RAM 6-3, 6-2 WED. VERDASCO HAS WON 40-OF-41 SERVICE GAMES EN ROUTE TO FINALS AFTER GAINING BERTH IN SEMIS, GAEL MONFILS WITHDREW WITH INJURY Defending champion Fernando Verdasco has steamrolled his way to the 2011 SAP Open tennis finals. Without losing a set, and winning 40-of-41 service games, the [...]

Crazed Rats, WorSharks Chomp Falcons; Machesney With The 5-0 Shutout

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Worcester Sharks got two goals from Andrew Desjardins and a shutout by newly signed goaltender Daren Machesney to defeat the Springfield Falcons 5-0 Friday night at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts in front of a crowd of 3,253. Because this writer made the poor choice of watching the Boston Bruins get thrashed by [...]

Davis Cup atmosphere at SAP Open tennis tournament in San Jose, UCSC slug tennis night, Stanford fans, Viva Espana

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, February 10, 2011

SANTA CRUZ MASCOT, MENS/WOMENS COACH, F VERDASCO, R RAM, BILL RAPP DOZENS OF STUDENTS CHEER 2010 NCAA SINGLES CHAMP BRAD KLAHN LOCAL RADIO DJ TRIED UNSUCCESSFULLY TO RETURN FERNANDO VERDASCO SERVE The usual staid and polite atmosphere inside HP Pavilion for the SAP Open tennis tournament went out the window for Wednesday’s night session. Hundreds [...]

DOH Podcast #134: Interview with Mark Purdy, Logan Couture MVP of Sharks this season, Alex Goligoski trade

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mike Peattie and Doug Santana interview surprise guest Mark Purdy, discuss the turnaround from a 6-game losing streak to a 9-game point streak, the impact of additions Ben Eager and Kyle Wellwood, two complete efforts in shutout wins over Boston and Washington, back-to-back game winning goals by Logan Couture, what might be in store for [...]

Sharks rookie Logan Couture scores game winning goal, Niemi earns second straight shutout in 2-0 win over Washington Capitals

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, February 9, 2011

#12 MARLEAU VS. #27 KARL ALZNER TUESDAY – FLICKR PHOTO CLYDEORAMA The San Jose Sharks have often been referred to as the Washington Capitals East, a high powered offensive team that struggled to live up to expectations in the playoffs. This season there are no ’82-game preseason’ comments from the San Jose press. A 6-game [...]

The Hockey News/XM Home Ice 204 Podcast: Boston Bruins, NHL trade deadline, NHLPA’s Donald Fehr era

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Last Friday on The Hockey News Radio Show with Adam Proteau and Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon on XM Satellite Radio Home Ice Channel 204: It’s a special week as Adam and Boomer welcome top-notch comedian and hockey fan Bill Burr for the first half-hour of the show. Bill discusses growing up as a Bruins fan in [...]

Hutton, WorSharks Blank Providence Bruins, 2-0

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, February 6, 2011

JAY LEACH TUSSLES WITH PROVIDENCE IN FRONT OF NET – PHOTO TRISH HUNT DEFENSEMAN #27 JUSTIN BRAUN SHOT ON GOAL – PHOTO TRISH HUNT DEFENSEMAN #29 NICK PETRECKI GATHERS PUCK – PHOTO TRISH HUNT The Worcester Sharks used solid defensive play and a twenty save shutout performance from Carter Hutton to defeat the Providence Bruins [...]

WorSharks Win Game, Lose Stalock To Injury

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Worcester Sharks defeated the Manchester Monarchs 4-3 in a shootout Friday night at the DCU center in Worcester, Massachusetts in front of 3,581 fans, but the two points may have come at a heavy cost as goaltender Alex Stalock left the game with an apparent left leg injury late in the third period. Word [...]

DOH Podcast #133: Alex Stalock’s first NHL win, trade deadline, All-Star Game, Nabokov saga, Calder race

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mike Peattie and Doug Santana discuss rookie goaltender Alex Stalock’s first NHL win, the upcoming NHL trade deadline on February 28th, speculate on defenseman that GM Doug Wilson may or may not be interested in (not realistic Tomas Kaberle, Brent Seabrook, Joni Pitkanen; maybe Chris Phillips; realistic Francois Beauchemin), take a look back at the [...]

Sharks battle back from 3 goal deficit to down Phoenix Coyotes 5-3, Patrick Marleau follows 1000 game celebration with game winning goal in 3rd

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

#19 JOE THORNTON MAKES DIVING PLAY ON PUCK AS HE HITS ICE IN 2ND #12 PATRICK MARLEAU WAS HONORED FOR 1000 GAMES IN TEAL ON TUESDAY #12 PAUL ‘BIZNASTY’ BISSONNETTE TALKS, DOESNT DROP WITH MAYERS IN 2ND They can’t all be this difficult. The Sharks dug themselves a hole against the Phoenix Coyotes in the [...]

San Jose Sports Hall of Fame Arturs Irbe bronze plaque at HP Pavilion

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

SAN JOSE SPORTS HALL OF FAME ARTURS IRBE BRONZE PLAQUE AT HP PAVILION Former San Jose Sharks goaltender and current Washington Capitals goaltending coach Arturs ‘Like Wall’ Irbe was inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame last November. Along with the 2010 induction class of Bruce Jenner, Keri Sanchez, and wrestling greats Dave [...]

Second half Western Conference Playoff Push, 93 points or bust?

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Current Western Conference standings: WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS: (before games played Feb 1st, 2011) 1 – Vancouer Canucks* 50GP, 31-10-9, 71 points 2 – Detroit Red Wings* 49GP, 30-13-6, 66 points 3 – Dallas Stars* 50GP, 30-15-5, 65 points 4 – Nashville Predators 50GP, 27-17-6, 60 points 5 – Anaheim Ducks 52GP, 28-20-4, 60 points 6 [...]

Time for Hockey

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The San Jose Sharks begin the two and a half month stretch run to earn a playoff spot tonight at 7PM against the Phoenix Coyotes. It is the first of 11 remaining divisional matchups on the season. Patrick Marleau scored the opening goal in a 4-2 win at Phoenix on January 17th, in the process [...]