Sharks Ice Eisbären 3-1 In Berlin

The San Jose Sharks preparing during the morning skate before their match up against Deutsche Eishockey Liga side Eisbaren in Berlin in the NHL Global Series Challenge on Tue Oct 4, 2022 at Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin (@SanJoseSharks photo)

By Matthew Harrington

The San Jose Sharks topped Deutsche Eishockey Liga side Eisbären Berlin 3-1 Tuesday night from Mercedes Benz Arena in their final exhibition tuneup before Friday’s season opener. Steven Lorentz, Tomáš Hertl and Luke Kunin scored for the Sharks and James Reimer and Kaapo Kähkönen combined to make 18 saves to wrap up the exhibition side of the Global Series Challenge.

The Sharks actually found themselves trailing halfway through the game when Giovanni Fiore beat Kähkönen with 7:50 left in the 2nd. Hertl and Timo Meier played give-and-go with Meier threading a perfect backhand pass from below the goal line to Hertl. Hertl knocked in the gimme shot for his first goal of the preseason.

The Sharks potential fourth line stepped up for the game winning goal after Jonah Gadjovich buried a Berlin skater on a Lorentz dump in. Evgeny Svechnikov sauced the loose puck to Erik Karlsson at the point with an open look. Lorentz buzzed the night, redirecting the point shot for a 2-1 lead with 2:14 left in the middle period.

Kunin iced the game with a short-handed dagger with 8:04 left to play. Mario Ferraro rimmed the puck along the boards behind his own net on a clear that reached an open Kunin crossing center ice. Kunin caught the puck, turned and streaked down the left wing before potting his 3rd goal of the preseason.

Up next for San Jose is the 2022-23 season and an 11 AM Friday showdown with the Nashville Predators. The teams are playing a pair of games at O2 Arena in Hertl’s hometown, Prague, Czechia.

Big first inning sparks Giants to 10-4 win over Snakes

San Francisco Giants Evan Longoria (10) gets a warm welcome from teammate Mike Yastrzemski after slugging an two run homer in the second inning at Oracle Park in San Francisco against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Fri Sep 30, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum

Friday, September 30, 2022

San Francisco batted around in the first inning and didn’t let up in the Giants’ 10-4 win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks Friday at Oracle Park.

The fifth straight win for the Giants kept their slim playoff hopes alive for at least one more day. A win by either Milwaukee or Philadelphia in the next two days will eliminate San Francisco from contention for a National League Wild Card berth.

The Giants hit four home runs in the contest, along with a Little League homer by Joc Pederson in the second inning. Evan Longoria hit a three-run home run in the first inning and added a two-run shot in the second. It was Longoria’s 21st multi-home run game of his career.

Christian Walker’s RBI single in the top of the first put the Diamondbacks up 1-0, but the Giants sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the first, scoring four runs. The rally started when Pederson led off with a walk and scored on Mike Yastrzemski’s double to right.

In the Giants’ second, Pederson hit a high fly ball to right, where it caromed off the wall and rolled toward centerfield. Arizona second baseman Josh Rojas chased the ball down, but his throw eluded shortstop Geraldo Perdomo and Pederson kept running and scored on what was ruled a triple and an error.

Arizona cut the Giants lead to 7-3 in the top of the fourth on a run-scoring single by Emmanuel Rivera and Perdomo’s sacrifice fly to left. Yastrzemski hit a two-out home run to right in the bottom of the fourth, extending San Francisco’s lead to 8-3.

Rojas’ two-out RBI single in the fifth pulled the Diamondbacks to within 8-4. San Francisco scored two more runs in the sixth on a solo home run by Austin Wynns and a sacrifice fly by Wilmer Flores.

Yastrzemski, Longoria, Pederson and Wynns each had two hits in the Giants’ 12-hit attack.

Giants starter Alex Cobb (7-7) struck out five and issued one walk in five innings. He also lowered his ERA to 3.79.

Longtime Giants nemesis Merrill Kelly (13-8) took the loss.

The Giants and D-Backs meet Saturday afternoon. Probable starters were yet to be announced.

Sharks Split SquadTunes Up Vegas 7-3

San Jose Sharks defenceman Matt Benning (5) and right winger Timo Meier (28) celebrate after a goal at the T Mobile Center in Las Vegas against the Vegas Golden Knights on Fri Sep 30, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Matt Harrington

A split-squad contingent of the San Jose Sharks topped the Vegas Golden Knights 7-3 at T-Mobile Arena Friday night in Las Vegas. Danil Gushchin had a hat trick and Erik Karlsson, Matt Benning, Jonah Gadjovich and Luke Kunin also scored.

James Reimer made 27 saves and Timo Meier dished out four assists. Karlsson scored his first of the preseason 6:26 into the game with Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier picking up the assists. Vegas Answered back with 1:30 left in the frame on Jack Eichel’s second goal of the preseason.

Gushchin scored his first of the game and second of the preseason on the power play 5:35 into the second period. Benning and Gadjovich also scored for three unanswered goals until Reilly Smith’s power play goal with 6:26 pulled Vegas within two at 4-2.

Gushchin restored a three-goal lead just over two minutes later.Eichel’s second goal of the game 51 seconds into the third made it 5-3 but Gushchin’s third goal and a Luke Kunin power play goal with 8:12 left completed the scoring. San Jose’s power play converted on both chances.

Up next for the Sharks is an exhibition against German Leauge side Eisbären Berlin October 4th in Berlin then the season opener Friday against Nashville in Prague.

Ducks win one for Vaakananien 4-1; First Sharks loss of the pre season

The San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks faced off in pre season action at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Fri Sep 30, 2022 (@AnaheimDucks photo)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ September 30, 2022

~ ANAHEIM– After losing Urho Vaakanainen to a scary collision midway into the first, the Ducks propelled forward in front of a crowd of 13,616, backing goalies John Gibson and Anthony Stolarz over the San Jose Sharks’ split squad Friday.

Though Vaakanainen had to be stretchered off after his momentum literally headed him into the boards, he fortunately had full consciousness and movement as he eventually made it to UCI Medical Center.  

Four was the magic number this time in a reversal of fortune between tonight’s game and the teams’ last meeting on Tuesday. Anaheim matched their goal total from that game (preseason high), which they lost 5-4, but this time the one goal they relinquished was a low for San Jose this preseason along with their first loss. 

Both of the Sharks’ split squad games started at 7pm, with the other half playing Northeast in Vegas, winning 7-3 over the Golden Knights with Danil Gushchin´s hat trick.

The Ducks scored first at 9:46 but the celebration was short-lived as this was when Vaakanainen got hurt after securing the primary assist. Derek Grant´s goal was his first of the preseason and Max Jones had the secondary assist. 

Three missed shots and two penalties later from San Jose, Anaheim took advantage as Max Comtois made it 2-0. Comtois scored over goalie Kappo Kahkonen´s right shoulder two seconds after Kahkonen saved Ryan Strome´s shot on the left. The Ducks had strung together eight shots since the Sharks’ last shot and Comtois´ goal occurred on the fourth shot of the 5-on-3 power play. Strome and Troy Terry obtained their second assists of the preseason.

Just over a minute later, Anaheim made their lead triple. With a defender in front, Frank Vatrano was able to score from the inside edge of the left faceoff circle. 

The Sharks finished the period with the last five shots. 

Forty-four seconds into the second, San Jose kept rolling as they obtained a power play advantage.  The teams then traded as it became a period of penalties. with Derrick Pouliot called for slashing at 3:30, Drew Helleson holding at 6:02, and Comtois and Montana Onyebuchi simultaneously served at 10:05. 

Logan Couture broke through Gibson´s wall, when he scored during the holding penalty, making it 3-1. Nathan Beaulieu took the goal back though during even strength at 9:21 as he pulled up going down the slot.

Stolarz took Gibson´s spot and the Ducks then committed and fought through three straight penalties, one 37 seconds into the penalty at 12 minutes and the third at 15:29. 

The period ended with the Sharks called for the last penalty of the second, with 31 seconds left. 

In the extra free shootout for fun, Couture was second up for San Jose and scored again, but Anaheim won it in the fifth round. 

Game notes: With these last games stateside over for the Sharks, just more than half of the team will reunite after cuts, before they head to Berlin, Germany as part of the 2022 NHL Global Series Challenge. San Jose will first face Eisbaren Berlin Tuesday October 4 to cap the preseason before starting the 2022-2023 regular season in Europe as well.

Sharks (Preseason): Perfect Still with 3-1 Win over Kings

The San Jose Sharks who have taken two pre season games from the Los Angeles Kings did it again this time at the Toyota Arena in Ontario the Kings AHL affiliate arena of the Ontario Reign on Wed Sep 28, 2022 (@SanJoseSharks photo)

By Matthew Harrington

The San Jose Sharks perfect preseason rolled on the road Wednesday night with the Sharks topping the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 at Toyota Arena.

Thomas Bordeleau, Evgeny Svechnikov and Scott Harrington scored for San Jose, with the Sharks striking twice on the power play in five chances and once shorthanded. Carl Grundstrom netted the Kings lone goal on 27 shots.

Bordeleau opened the scoring 5:54 into the first period on the man advantage on assist from Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier. The second-year pro out of Michigan is fighting for a spot with the big club and could help new Sharks coach David Quinn improve on a bottom eleven power play from last season.

Svechnikov, a player expected to help at both the NHL and AHL levels this year, also scored on the power play to make the lead 2-0 with 7:12 left in the second period. Radim Simek had the primary helper as he looks to impress the new coaching staff after being a healthy scratch for stretches under the previous regime. Scott Reedy also assisted on the goal.

Grundstrom scored 2:27 into the final period, but Scott Harrington scored shorthanded goal with 1:27 left in regulation to ice the game. Harrington is in camp on a professional tryout and is more known for his defensive prowess than his offensive gifts, but converting and then some on a penalty kill goes a long way to getting on a coach’s good graces.

Next up for San Jose is split squad action Friday night. Team Teal will be in action on the road facing both the Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks as they tune up for the last few times before departing for Europe and the start of the new season.

Sharks hold off Ducks 5-4 in exhibition hockey

The San Jose Sharks were thrilled to pick up their second pre season win on Tue Sep 27, 2022 at SAP Center over the Anaheim Ducks (@SanJoseSharks photo)

By Daniel Dullum

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

San Jose had scoring from five different players in a 5-4 exhibition hockey win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night at SAP Center.

The win gives the Sharks a 2-0 record in NHL preseason play. The Ducks are 1-1.

Max Veronneau’s goal at 2:36 of the third period turned out to provide the margin of victory. Daniil Guschin and Andrew Agozzino got the assists as San Jose took a 5-3 lead.

Anaheim cut the Sharks’ lead to 5-4 at 18:37 when Glenn Gawdin scored a short-handed goal, with the Ducks’ Joshua Lopina serving a tripping minor.

The Sharks took a 3-1 lead in the first period, with Noah Gregor bagging the first goal at 17 seconds. Scott Reedy made it 2-0 at 1:56 before Hunter Drew scored Anaheim’s first goal at 12:16. Guschin scored the Sharks’ third goal at 17:46 with Veronneau getting the assist.

Two minutes into the second period, Jonah Gadjobvivh extended San Jose’s lead to 4-1, with the assists going to Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tristen Robins. Six minutes later, the Ducks got a goal from Gawdin and another at 10:53 from Lopina, pulling Anaheim to within 4-3.

James Reimer stopped 26 of 30 shots for the Sharks, while Anthony Stolarz made 24 saves on San Jose’s 29 shots on goal.

On Wednesday, the Sharks travel to Toyota Center in Ontario, Calif., to face the Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks have split squad exhibition games on Friday in Anaheim and Las Vegas. Both games start at 7 p.m.

Penalty filled game ends with Sharks on top over Kings 3-2

Photo Credit to the San Jose Sharks. Kevin Labanc warming up before the game against rival Kings at the SAP Center in San Jose on Sun Sep 25, 2022 (@SJSharks photo)

By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)

SAN JOSE–On a warm Sunday in San Jose both the fans and the players would help to raise the temperature inside of SAP center as the San Jose Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in overtime in the first preseason game for each team.

It wouldn’t take too long before the Sharks would find the back of the net as Luke Kunin would score 6:56 into the first period from Thomas Hertl and Timo Meier.

Jasper Weatherby would start off the penalty fest that would be this game with a roughing penalty at the 17:48 mark. By the end of the game the Sharks would finish at 0/7 on the power play while the Kings would finish at 0/8.

Tying the game up would be Kings forward Carl Grunstrom at the 59 second mark of the third period assisted by Brandt Clarke and Brenden Lemeiux

It felt like the Kings had fead off of the second period momentum they had generated as the Sharks only mustered two shots early in the third period.

Giving the Sharks the lead back Meier would score on a nice deflection off a shot from Matt Benning also assisted by Hertl at the 9:50 mark of the third period.

Continuing their solid play Blake Lizotte would score at the 17:25 mark of the third to tie it assisted by Grundstrom on a two on one play were Kahkonen would have no chance.

Playing the hero Logan Couture would find twine at the 1:27 mark of overtime assisted by Erik Karlsson and Kevin Lebanc sending the crowd into a frenzy.

As the penalties suggest it would be a physical game with the Sharks totaling 31 hits and the Kings ending up with Kaapo Kahkonen would finish with a solid 43 saves on the night while on the other side of things Jonathan Quick would make 17 saves and Matt Vilata made 11 saves.

Kahkonen would comment after the game on all the penalties taken, “Obviously there was a lot of penalties in this game so the rhythm was a little off for both teams I guess but we found a way to win so that’s always nice.”

The Sharks next game is against the Anaheim Ducks on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Sap Center in San Jose.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Maddie Dutra: Rookies fighting for a roster spot; Brent Burns skates will be hard to fill

San Jose Sharks David Quinn looks on when he was head coach of Team USA in the Hockey World Championships against the Czech Republic in Tampere Finland on Sun May 29, 2022. Will be taking the Sharks to Prague for the NHL Global Hockey Series (AP file photo)

On the SJ Sharks podcast with Maddie Dutra:

#1 One thing about pre season hockey Maddie it gets physical with the rookies who are literally fighting for a job.

#2 No more Brent Burns he was a main stay with the Sharks. Dealt in the off season to the Carolina Hurricanes. The Sharks have to move on but he’ll be missed and was a defenceman who knew how to score goals.

#3 Sharks captain Logan Couture said if two of his Russian teammates Alexander Barabonov and Evgeny Svechinkov won’t be allowed to play opening games in Prague the rest of the team will not play there.

#4 Sharks with some changes in the off season we just wanted to get the opportunity to ask you about some of those changes in first year with the Sharks general manger Mike Grier and head coach David Quinn.

#5 The Sharks open the season hopefully in Prague against the Nashville Predators a lot of new faces and getting to know each other for Quinn to mesh together for the regular season.

Maddie Dutra writes for Fear of the Fin and guested for the San Jose Sharks podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Sharks podcast with Troy Ewers: Sharks stand behind Barbanov and Svechinkov in Czech Republic Russian ban

San Jose Sharks Alexander Barabanov is seen here skating against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks during last season’s pre season game on Sun Sep 26, 2021 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. NHL Russian players Barabonov, teammate Evegeny Svechinkov and the Nashville Predators Yakov Trenin are banned from playing in Prague for the Oct 7th and 8th games by the Czech Republic government. (AP News file photo)

On the SJ Sharks podcast with Troy:

#1 With the Czech Republic letting NHL teams know don’t even think of bringing your Russian players to Prague San Jose Sharks team captain Logan Couture made it clear that if Russian teammates Alexander Barabonov and Evgeny Svechinkov are not welcome in Prague the team is not welcome in Prague. Couture said they will do everything as a team.

#2 The NHL never considered banning it’s Russian players. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that the NHL Russian players are there for their teams, the fans, and the league.

#3 From the Czech prospective because of their neighboring location near Russian and because the world has viewed the Russian military devastation on the Ukraine as unacceptable they have decided to ban Russian players but as the Couture has said that the Russian players didn’t do anything wrong they shouldn’t be punished.

#4 The two regular season games with the Nashville Predators are scheduled for Oct 7th and 8th in Prague and NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that after the NHL received letters from the Czech Government he was assured that things can get worked out to allow the three Russian players in question to be allowed to play.

#5 Troy, got to ask you your thoughts on Sharks general manager Mike Grier who said of the Russian ban in Prague “We are a team. Either we all play, or we don’t play.” 

Join Troy Ewers filled in for Matt Harrington for the SJ Sharks podcasts Saturdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa: Quinn’s first task is to get chemistry going for a post season team

San Jose Sharks David Quinn addresses the media at SAP Center in San Jose during the introductory press conference on Wed Jul 27, 2022 (photo by nhl.com)

On Headline Sports with Michael Roberson:

#1 Mary, this week San Jose Sharks general manager Mike Grier hired new head coach David Quinn who has experience as a head coach at Boston University and the New York Rangers bringing that experience to San Jose what are some of the expectations of Quinn going into the new job and the new season?

#2 Grier has made some big moves since taking over as general manager including moving Brent Burns. Grier will continue to work with Mark Eduard Vlasic who lost some speed and who was once being considered to go on the trade block.

#3 Mary, the Sharks are are going into camp with six goalies on the top of that list are Kaapo Kahkonen, James Reimer, and Aaron Dell with decent talent like this it presents a pretty good situation in goal for San Jose.

#4 One of the key factors for Quinn at the helm is to get the Sharks into post season they struggled to get a playoff birth but couldn’t get enough wins to get a playoff birth how much work do you see Quinn having in front of him to make it happen?

#5 Is it a question for Quinn to get the Sharks to be a faster team and to get them to score and outskate a lot of NHL teams that they had troubles with over the last few years?

Mary Lisa filled in for Michael Roberson who does Headline Sports Wednesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com