The Sharks beat the Canucks again

by Jerry Feitelberg

  1. i?img=media%2Fgettyphoto%2F2013%5C10%5C10%5C184006411.jpg&w=715&h=453
  2. The Sharks beat the Canucks again

    The San Jose Sharks won their fourth straight game of the season to remain unbeaten.

    The Sharks traveled to Vancouver and beat the Canucks again by the score of 4-1.

    It was the second win over Vancouver so far this year and both games were won by the same 4 to 1 score.

    Antti Niemi was in goal for the Sharks and he made 25 stops and allowed just one goal. His counterpart

    Robert Luongo allowed four goals while making 24 saves.

    The Sharks took a 2-0 lead in the first period. Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (aka Pickles)

    scored his first goal of the year. Brett Burns and Big Joe Thornton assisted on the play. The other goal was scored by rookie Matt Pelech. It was Pelech’s first goal in his NHL career and it was the third straight game that a rookie scored his first NHL goal. James Sheppard picked a point as he assisted on the play.

    The Canucks got back in the game when they scored at the 10:20 mark of the second period.

    Mike Santorelli scored on a deflection to beat Niemi. Ryan Stanton and Christopher Tanev

    picked up assists. The Sharks took a 3-1 lead at the 11:55 mark. Patrick Marleau beat Luongo on a slap shot and Tyler Kennedy and Logan Couture assisted.

    The Sharks scored the final goal of the game late in the third period. Brett Burns scored on a wrist shot

    and Joe Thornton helped out to pick up assists on the play.

    The Sharks return home to play the Ottawa Senators Saturday night at the SAP Center.

Sharks thump on the Canucks at home

by Ivan Makarov

SAN JOSE, CA — A lot of things went right for the Sharks in their preseason game against Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on Tuesday night.

They got plenty of scoring chances which resulted in a lot of goals. They limited the Canucks scoring chances to close to nothing, which helped Antti Niemi earn a shutout. They avoided the penalty box all night. Their lines seems to gel well together. And they won their game 5-0.

“Once we established [the pace of the game], we were on puck, we were hard,” said happy Sharks head coach Todd McLellan after the game. “The special teams were great tonight.”

Of course, it was just a preseason game with very little on the line. But even then, the coaches are watching and are experimenting with player combinations, tactics and special teams, building the foundation for a long season ahead.

Sharks rookie Tomas Heart opened the score early in the game at 10:37 of the first period. Deep inside the Canucks zone, Scott Hannan shot the puck from a sharp angle just outside the center circle, allowing Hertl, who stood right in front of the net, and puck went off him into the net. This was Hertl’s second goal of the preseason, as he’s getting great looks playing on the top line alongside Joe Thornton and Brent Burns.

Dan Boyle increased the Sharks lead to 2-0 three minutes as he scored on a wrist shot from a pass from Tyler Kennedy as he joined the attack. Kennedy did all the work on that goal, hitting the goalpost earlier, and keeping the puck inside the zone after it rebounded off Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack and then finding Boyle wide open.

Once it started to rain, it began to pour.

Joe Thornton added third goal for the Sharks half way through the second period after he scored on a one timer after a pass by Patrick Marleau on the Sharks power play.

Logan Couture added to the scoreboard on yet another Sharks power play with less then a minute remaining in the second period. Standing right between the face-off circles, he got a quick pass form Joe Pavelski, and fired it on goal and into the net with his signature wrist shot. That made it 4-0 for the Sharks.

This marked two power play goals for the Sharks top power play unit, which McLellan mentioned will stay intact. The second unit had its chances, but McLellan indicated he’ll continue to change who’s playing there.

Thomas Hertl made another case that he belongs in the NHL and on the Sharks top line when he never gave up on the play in the Canucks zone at the start of the third period, and kept on fighting for the puck, eventually putting it in with a wrester, scoring his second of the night, and Sharks’ fifth goal that made it 5-0 for the home team.

“He’s good around the net,” said Sharks captain Joe Thornton when asked about his thoughts on Hertl’s play so far in the preseason. “He scored around the net in the last game too. He’s very competitive. He just goes to the net and is not afraid of that area.”

As for the Canucks, they looked disorganized, undisciplined, and almost as if they didn’t want to play in that game. They did not look like a team that will be competing for a playoff spot next season.

Czinder and Findlay return to Bulls, top prospect Chiasson signs

By Kahlil Najar

SAN FRANCISCO– The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team announced today that forwards Brett Findlay, Nick Czinder and Paul Chiasson have agreed to terms. Nick Czinder and Brett Findlay are returning from last years Bulls roster while Paul Chiasson is entering his first year in professional hockey.

At 6-foot, 5-inches and 230-pounds Nick Czinder provided the much needed intimidation factor last year after the Bulls had traded away the feisty Jordan Clendenning to Utah. Although he didn’t contribute much in the way of points (2 goals, 1 assist) he did add some tenacious defense to the Bulls and was always around the puck on offense and defense.

Brett Findley who also joined the Bulls late last year rejoins the team and is a welcome sign to the offensive side of the ice. In six games last year he was able to notch three assists but during the Bulls first ever playoff run, we was able to get two assists against the number one seeded Alaska Aces.

Of the returning player, head coach Pat Curcio said “Nick is a big physical player with skill, we saw it in his brief stint with the team last season. Brett is a very skilled and smart player, with his skills he has the ability to play at the next level.”

Paul Chiasson who enters his first season of professional hockey after four years at Mercyhurst College comes in with some great numbers a some confidence from Curcio. “Paul is a very fast tenacious right winger,” said Curcio. “He shoots the puck well in stride and has always scored a lot of goals.” Chiasson totaled 109 points (55 goals, 54 assists) in 151 games with Mercyhurst College.

The Bulls have open tryouts the weekend of September 14th at the Cow Palace and open the season in Alaska on October 18th.