Archive for April, 2011

WCQF Game 2: Post-game comments from San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan, Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Sunday, April 17, 2011

SAN JOSE SHARKS HEAD COACH TODD MCLELLAN GM2 PRESS CONFERENCE Post-game comments from San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan: I am not too much worried about individual lines, I am disappointed in our team. When you look at the game it is hard to find two or three guys that competed at the level [...]

WCQF Game 1: Battle Lines drawn after opening game of San Jose vs. Los Angeles, teams dig in for a long series

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, April 16, 2011

#31 ANTTI NIEMI STOPPED 33-OF-35 SHOTS, 1ST PLAYOFF WIN AS A SHARK #13 LW KYLE CLIFFORD TRIES TO ENTER ZONE AROUND #44 MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC #8 JOE PAVELSKI #17 TORREY MITCHELL CRASH NET IN 1ST, MET BY 4 KINGS A hotly contested regular season series evolved into a tight, physical playoff battle after all of 1 [...]

WCQF Game 1: Kings center Jarret Stoll suspended for 1-game after hit from behind to the head of Ian White

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Friday, April 15, 2011

JARRET STOLL DELIVERS ELBOW TO HEAD OF IAN WHITE IN 1ST – FSKINGS JASON DEMERS DELIVERS ELBOW UP HIGH TO RYAN SMYTH IN 3RD – FSKINGS The NHL announced this afternoon that Kings center Jarret Stoll received a 1-game suspension for a hit to the head of defenseman Ian White. The hit from behind occured [...]

WCQF Game 1: Fan photos from the playoff pre-game street rally

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Friday, April 15, 2011

HOCKEY WEATHER, FANS HEAD DOWN W. SANTA CLARA STREET FOR SJ-LA GAME 1 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF FASHION DE RIGUEUR, THE SHARK HAT FAN SHOWS OFF THE VERTICAL SHARK HAT AT THE STREET RALLY The Sharks held a playoff block party/street rally outside HP Pavilion before the start of the WCQF series with Los Angeles. There [...]

San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings Western Conference Quarterfinal Stanley Cup playoff preview

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, April 14, 2011

LOS ANGELES KINGS GOALTENDER #32 JONATHAN QUICK (35-22-3, 2.24GAA, .920SV%) SHARKS VS. KINGS SEASON SERIES AND OVERALL STATS CURRENT BETTING LINES: San Jose -220, Los Angeles Kings +180 Regulation time – LA +260, DRAW +295, SJ -130 Over 5/Under 5 – OVER -125, UNDER +105 First period goals: 0 +300, 1 +170, 2 +250, 3+ [...]

DOH Podcast #143: San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings playoff preview, recap of the season, first round predictions

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mike Peattie and Doug Santana preview the San Jose Sharks vs Los Angeles Kings Western Conference Quarterfinal opening series, discuss how San Jose matches up against Los Angeles compared to other Pacific Division opponents, how the loss of Anze Kopitar would be comparable to the loss of Joe Thornton, the Kings defensive strength, how the [...]

After strong regular season, San Jose’s ECHL affiliate in Stockton bows out of Kelly Cup Playoffs in first round with 5-0 loss to Utah Grizzlies

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Monday, April 11, 2011

#29 TYSON SEXSMITH MAKES GLOVE SAVE AFTER ENTERING GAME IN 2ND UTAH GOALTENDER #1 J.P. LAMOUREUX LEADS THE HANDSHAKE LINE STOCKTON HAS FINISHED TOP-3 IN ECHL ATTENDANCE 6 STRAIGHT YEARS There are ebbs and flows in the development of any hockey franchise. In the finale of the sixth season for the Stockton Thunder, there was [...]

The Hockey News/XM Home Ice 204 Podcast: Playoff Preview, Western Conference, Eastern Conference, Calder Trophy

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Monday, April 11, 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 are at the XM Radio studios for a playoff preview edition of THN Radio. In the first segment, THN writer/editor Ryan Kennedy breaks down the Western Conference playoff situation, [...]

San Jose Sharks down Phoenix Coyotes 3-1 in rough and tumble regular season finale, await postseason foe

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Sunday, April 10, 2011

#15 DANY HEATLEY CELEBRATES #39 LOGAN COUTURE’S 3RD PERIOD GOAL #30 ILYA BRYZGALOV COLLAPSES TO ICE AFTER DESPERATION SAVE IN 3RD #8 PAVELSKI, #20 WELLWOOD, #17 MITCHELL LINE COMBINED FOR 1G, 3A SAT San Jose television announcer Randy Hahn noted that a Sharks-Coyotes first round playoff series was possible after a 3-1 win Saturday night [...]

Green Man of San Jose appears for season finale on fan appreciation night

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Sunday, April 10, 2011

GREEN MAN OF SAN JOSE MAKES HIS PRESENCE FELT IN 1ST GREEN MAN OF SAN JOSE MADE SEVERAL WARDROBE CHANGES GREEN MAN CHEERS JOE PAVELSKI’S GOAL IN 2ND It was not the first appearance for a Green Man in San Jose, but for Saturday’s regular season finale against the Phoenix Coyotes he was the most [...]

WorSharks Start Summer Vacation A Little Early, Lose 6-2 In Charlotte

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Worcester Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs after Friday night’s loss and played like a team thinking about summer plans as they dropped a 6-2 contest to the Charlotte Checkers Saturday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina in front of 11,121 fans. Cory Quirk lead the WorSharks with a [...]

Sharks lose 4-3 as Phoenix Coyotes clinch playoff berth, Thornton scores 1000th point with third period goal

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, April 9, 2011

San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told his team Thursday on the ice in Phoenix that they might be playing with a little bit of fire. “We have not been in a one goal game for a long time. We have either been ahead successfully 4, 5 or 6 goals some nights… or we [...]

WorSharks Lose to Charlotte, Now Out Of Playoff Contention

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Saturday, April 9, 2011

Heading into the final week of the regular season the Worcester Sharks needed a lot of luck to make the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup playoffs, but no amount of luck can help you if you don’t win, and the offensively challenged WorSharks again couldn’t put the puck in the net when the opportunity arose [...]

San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson interviewed on the NHL Hour with Gary Bettman

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Saturday, April 9, 2011

San Jose Sharks EVP/GM Doug Wilson was a guest on the NHL Hour with Gary Bettman and E.J. Hradek on Thursday. After a grateful dead intro with Patrick Marleau, Wilson discussed the 4th consecutive Pacific Division title, 5th consecutive 100 point season, and 7th straight playoff berth, his decision to hire head coach Todd McLellan [...]

Hockey Fans in San Jose and South Korea raise over $42,000 for Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster relief

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Friday, April 8, 2011

JAPANESE TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORTS ON THE GROUND- PHOTO JAPANESE RED CROSS The scale of devastation wrought by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunamis that hit Japan on March 11th was so severe it may take decades for the island nation to recover. According to a late March press release by the American Red Cross, [...]

DOH Podcast #142: Anaheim drubbing, season ending home-at-home with Phoenix, Los Angeles Kings playoff chances

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Thursday, April 7, 2011

Mike Peattie and Doug Santana discuss last night’s drubbing against the Anaheim Ducks and whether there will be any carryover for a potential playoff matchup, the problems with the penalty kill, the season ending home-at-home with Phoenix, examine recent wins over Anaheim and Los Angeles, and describe the Kings playoff chances — “In some cultures [...]

San Jose Sharks vs Anaheim Ducks scouting report

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

SHARKS C #39 LOGAN COUTURE VS ANAHEIM RW #10 COREY PERRY SAN JOSE SHARKS VS ANAHEIM DUCKS STAT MATCHUP The San Jose Sharks vs Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night matchup is more than just the regular season series finale (SJ leads 3-2), if the current standings hold it could be a bitter first round playoff preview. [...]

WorSharks Lose 2-1 To Portland, Playoff Hopes On Life Support

By Darryl Hunt - Last updated: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Worcester Sharks really needed two points Tuesday night but were lucky enough to escape with one after losing a 2-1 shootout final to the Portland Pirates at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts in front of 2,555 fans. The WorSharks now trail the Connecticut Whale by a point with two regular season games remaining [...]

Sharks earn fourth consecutive Pacific Division title with 6-1 win over Los Angeles, Western Conference teams battling for playoff spots starting to hit the wall

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Sharks earned an impressive 6-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings by sticking to the basics. The basics against the 2nd best defense in the Western Conference resulted in 6 different goal scorers, a 20-5 margin in blocked shots, and a 31 save effort for goaltender Antti Niemi in his 34th consecutive start. The [...]

The Hockey News/XM Home Ice 204 Podcast: New York Rangers, NHL expansion, Stanley Cup Playoff races, listener questions

By Jon Swenson - Last updated: Tuesday, April 5, 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 are at XM Radio’s Toronto studios for another edition of THN Radio. In the first segment, the Ask Adam mailbag deals with questions on Glen Sather and the New [...]