San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Sharks face toughest team in NHL on Saturday night in Isles

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On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The San Jose Sharks’ win on Thursday night just getting by the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 gave the Sharks seven wins in their last eight games.

#2 The Sharks, who won by a goal, got it from their captain Logan Couture, who scored it in overtime at 3:20

#3 The Sharks got their first goal from Timo Meier at 1:26 in the first period to open things up against the Knights.

#4 Talk about the job that goaltender Aaron Dell did stopping the Knights with stopping 37 out of 38.

#5 Sharks host the New York Islanders, who are 16-3-1, The Isles are coming off a win against the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3.

Mary Lisa is a beat writer for the Sharks and does Sharks podcasts each Saturday at


Sharks Tough It Out, Beat Golden Knights 2-1 in OT

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By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 in overtime Thursday, in Vegas. Sharks goals came from Timo Meier and Logan Couture. Aaron Dell, making his first start in three weeks, made 37 saves for win. The lone Vegas goal came from Brayden McNabb and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury made 27 saves.

Aaron Dell last played on November 2, seven games ago for the Sharks.

After the game, Sharks forward Timo Meier said: “He was incredible, he made some really big saves for us, he was steady all game in net. And that’s a big win and he definitely was a huge part of that.”

In his first game of the season, Antti Suomela seemd to scored the first goal. From high in the face-off circle, he tipped Brenden Dillon’s shot from the point at 6:08. Las Vegas challenged it for goaltender interference by Timo Meier. Merrill had given Meier a push as he hit Fleury’s glove while skating around him at the edge of the crease. The officials did not consider the push to be relevant and the goal was disallowed.

The Sharks started Thursday’s game without Tomas Hertl and Dalton Prout,  and Melker Karlsson and Radim Simek both left the game early with injuries. No injury details were forthcoming after the game but Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said:

It was a big character win for us, was a lot of thing stacked against us with some of the injuries in the lineup, obviously coming into this building and what happened the last couple times we’ve been in here. So, I thought our guys dug deep, I thought we got contributions from everybody. I didn’t think we had any passengers tonight and obviously Deller gave us a big game.

The Sharks took the only penalty of the first period, and that was to Logan Couture for tripping Reilly Smith. The Golden Knights had two shots on that power play and 14 shots in the period to the Sharks’ 6.

When Timo Meier scored at 1:26 of the second period, it counted. Skating through the neutral zone, Meier caught a pass from Dylan Gambrell and went tearing into the Vegas zone. Nate Schmidt had a step on him, but a stutter step got him around the defenseman and a hard stop by the goal sent Schmidt into the post as the puck went into the net.

By the middle of the period, the Sharks were being out-shot 8-2, and that was before they took a penalty for too many men on the ice at 9:12. Vegas got two shots on that power play as well.

The Sharks’ first power play came at 13:14 of the second, a tripping penalty to Marc-Andre Fleury against Marcus Sorensen. The Sharks got one shot early in the power play, but spent a lot of time stuck in the defensive zone after that, being turned back in the neutral zone again and again. They finished with two shots in that power play. The Sharks were out-shot in the second period 14-11.

The Sharks took their third penalty of the game at 4:18 of the third period when Brenden Dillon was called for interference on Cody Eakin. The Sharks had a couple of scares during that one, but their goaltender was up to the challenge and bailed them out. Vegas only had one shot in that power play.

Vegas tied it up at 10:18 of the third when Brayden McNabb took a shot from the top of the face-off circle. The puck found its way into the net through traffic. William Carrier got the assist.

The Sharks were on the power play at 11:17 when Cody Eakin was called for slashing Timo Meier. The Sharks had three shots in that power play. The Sharks had six shots for the period, as did Vegas.

In overtime, the shots were 6-4 Sharks after Logan Couture ended it at 3:20. His breakaway was made possible by a pass-interrupting tip from Marc-Edouard Vlasic in front of the Sharks net. Fleury stopped Couture’s initial shot, but Couture closed on the net and poked the puck under the goaltender before any defenders could catch him.

The three stars went to Logan Couture, Brayden McNabb and Ryan Reaves, likely for the 12 hits he got credit for.

The Sharks next play on Saturday back in San Jose against the New York Islanders at 7:30 PM PT.

Golden Knights spoil Sharks’ home opener 5-1

By Jerry Feitelberg

San Jose- It was the second game of the season and the first one at home for the San Jose Sharks Friday night. The Vegas Golden Knights downed the Sharks 4-1 Wednesday night in Las Vegas, and they stopped the Sharks cold 5-1 Friday night in San Jose. The Sharks were outplayed at both ends of the ice and didn’t score until there were just five minutes and fifty-five seconds left to play in the third period. Sharks’ head coach Pete DeBoer had to be disappointed with the play of his team for the first two games of the season. The Sharks play the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night in Anaheim, and they are hoping to recover and get on the winning track.

The Golden Knight scored twice in the first period. With 5:01 played, William Carrier scored the Knights’ first goal of the game. He was assisted by Tomas Nosek and Valentin Zykov. Jonathan Marchessault made it 2-0 with a tip-in at 14:09. The assist went to Shea Theodore.

In the second period, the Sharks allowed two short-handed to goals to fall behind 4-0. The Knights’ Brayden McNabb beat Sharks’ goalie Martin Jones for the score. William Karlsson and Reilly Smith assisted. Tomas Nosek scored his first goal of the night at the 16:50 mark. Brandon Pirri and Mark Stone earned points for the assist.

Aaron Dell started the third period in goal for the Sharks. Nosek scored his second goal of the night with 9:43 played. Mark Stone picked up his second assist of the night. Nosek had quite a night with two goals and an assist. The Sharks finally got on the board with five minutes and fifty-five seconds left to play. Barclay Goodrow put a bach-handed shot past Marc-Andre Fleury for the score. After the goal was scored, three players from each team were involved in a fight. After the penalties were assessed, three Golden Knights, William Karlsson, Nicolas Hague, and Deryk Engelland were given 10-minute gross misconduct penalties. The Sharks’ Joe Thornton and Barclay Goodrow were also given 10-minute gross misconduct penalties. Marcus Sorenson received a two-minute penalty for roughing. The Golden Knights won the game 5-1.

Game Notes- The Golden Knights dominated the Sharks in the first two games of the season. They are starting their third season of play in the NHL, and they appear capable of continuing their excellent play. They went to the Stanly Cup finals in their first year of existence. Last year they were eliminated by the Sharks.  The Sharks have work to do. They lost their captain, Joe Pavelski, to the Dallas Stars. Pavelski scored a lot of goals for San Jose, and he is missed. The Sharks will have to find a way to replace him. While it is early in the season, they cannot afford to go down 0-3 to start the year. They have players that can put the puck past the opponents’ goalie. It’s time for them to get going.

Bad blood holds up in season opener as Knights win 4-1

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By Pearl Allison Lo

The match between the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights was filled with penalties and the usual physical aspects as the Golden Knights won again 5-1 in front of their home crowd at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night.

In the previous two preseason games this year, the Sharks lost 3-1 and 5-1 as their struggles versus goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Vegas continued. 

Special teams went the same way in the three games, with the Knights scoring at least once each time (4 for 11) and the Sharks scoreless throughout (0 for 10). 

This was the contest that counted though, as the beginning of the two teams’ fate was in this new season. 

Sharks goalie Martin Jones played the whole game, but could not be faulted for all the goals that went past him. It was the first time San Jose was outshot at the end, but by a worse margin at 35-22. 

Fleury, meanwhile, continued to hold solid. 

Three skaters were missing this time, as the Sharks’ Evander Kane commenced a three-game suspension spanning from the first of three straight games between the teams, San Jose’s (Erik) Karlsson was absent due to personal reasons and the Knights’ Nate Schmidt would end up leaving after only 3:11 time on ice with the first injury of the game.

It was a continuation of the hyped up rivalry as Vegas converted the emotions into two goals within 95 seconds to begin the game. They showed this dominance with goals before the five-minute mark in each period. 

The Sharks’ Brent Burns was whistled for tripping at 2:48, and nearly a minute later, Mark Stone capitalized. 

10 seconds after Stone hit the post, he scored from the left faceoff circle as the puck glanced off goalie Jones’ left side upon its entry. Stone received the puck after Marc-Edouard Vlasic secured the puck but his pass went through Brendon Dillon’s legs to Stone. 

Vlasic and Dalton Prout then missed each other on the return of a back-and-forth in the Knights’ end. William Karlsson picked up the puck and fed Reilly Smith who caught Jones at 5:21 to make it 2-0 while Jones’ legs were in a zigzag position.

26 seconds later, San Jose got their first power play as Brandon Pirri was called for hooking. It only lasted a minute though as Kevin Labanc was called for hooking as well. 

An unintentional knee-on-knee collision between Schmidt and the Sharks’ newly crowned captain Logan Couture resulted in the former leaving the ice.

Vegas got another power play at 9:52, but this time, their advantage only lasted seven seconds as Paul Stastny was called for interference.  

San Jose then showed their hand at 12:14 as Marcus Sorensen scored off the crossbar as he went above Fleury’s left shoulder to bring along his team.

The first period had the most penalties (five) and a high faceoff advantage (76% to 24%) in favor of the Knights.  

Vegas struck with another early goal, this one at 2:12 of the second, as Cody Glass scored his first NHL goal in his debut. 

Scuffles off the puck came to a head at 13:44 when Bryaden McNabb was called for roughing on Timo Meier with a punch to Meier’s face. Smith had a shorthanded attempt during the resulting power play. 

With 1:02 left in the period, Sorensen played a part again as he tipped in Dillon’s shot. However, it was marked as no goal as Sorensen’s stick was high before the puck found the net. The call held under video review to preserve the Knights’ two-goal margin. 

Vegas stretched the shot differential open with 16 to five attempts in the period. The Sharks blocked 11 to four of them. 

This time, the third started with a San Jose power play. However, it also resulted in a goal as Burns lost the puck and Dylan Gambrell fell. Burns and Gambrell fell once more as all alone, Jones was forced to choose between the oncoming Karlsson and Smith as Smith scored his second of the night to put up a 4-1 lead at 4:01. 

If one looked at the resulting TV shot that showed Meier hunched over, it might seem that was a reaction to the goal but earlier, Meier had taken a puck to the gut from Labanc and he later retreated to the dressing room. 

Labanc subsequently ended up taking a high stick from Tomas Nosek at 14:59 and followed Meier to the dressing room too. 

Up Next: The teams return for the last game in a row Friday at 7:30 p.m. as the teams return to Northern California.

San Jose Sharks 2019-20 preview podcast with Len Shapiro: Sharks hope to make new season a drive to postseason success file photo: A lot rests on the shoulders of San Jose Shark Erik Karlsson, who signed for a big contract and is expected to carry the bulk of the team.

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 The Sharks are coming off an off season where they saw three key players leave — Joe Pavelski, Justin Braun, and Joonas Donskoi. By seeing those three leave, can the Sharks fill their voids?

#2 How optimistic, how positive has this dressing room been coming into camp and preseason and who are some of the players that you are looking forward to seeing that will make things happen?

#3 There has been talk about the Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane, two hard working players that might end up being one of the top lines on the team.

#4 The Sharks lost four of five of their preseason games. Does that hold any significance going into Wednesday night’s opener in Vegas?

#5 Talk about the opener, the Knights have been built to be one of the NHL’s most competitive teams and even gave the Sharks fits in the preseason.

Join Len Shapiro for the Sharks podcasts each Wednesday at

Sharks Finish Preseason with 5-1 Loss to Vegas

photo from Evander Kane #9 of the San Jose Sharks shoves linesman Kiel Murchison in the third period of the Sharks’ preseason game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on September 29, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kane received a game misconduct for an abuse of officials penalty. The Golden Knights defeated the Sharks 5-1.

By Mary Walsh

The Sharks dropped their final preseason game 5-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights Sunday in Las Vegas. Vegas goals came from William Carrier, Jimmy Shuldt, Jonathan Marchessault, Mark Stone and Reilly Smith. Danil Yurtaykin scored the only San Jose goal, during the third period. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 38 shots for the win, while Martin Jones stopped 17 of 21 shots during the first two periods and Aaron Dell made 10 saves on 11 shots for San Jose.

With almost all of the likely NHL lineup in the game, the Sharks managed 12 shots on net in the first period, but could not score. They did kill a penalty half way through the period, after Timo Meier was called for goaltender interference. Vegas had 14 shots and scored once at the end of the period. The Sharks had just gotten the puck out of their zone bu could not get it past the center line before Vegas carried it back in. Tomas Nosek carried the puck down along the boards while Carrier drove the net. Nosek took the shot and it went off of Carrier and in.

Early in the second period, Brenden Dillon was called for holding, putting the Golden Knights on the power play. Jimmy Schuldt scored in the second minute of that penalty. After a quick give and go along the blue line with William Karlsson, Schuldt’s shot from the point went right by Jones. Assists went to Karlsson and Reilly Smith.

A dispute between Evander Kane and Valentin Zykov at 7:31 resulted in matching roughing minors for the players and some 4-on-4 time for the teams. After almost a minute of very fast back and forth play, Jonathan Marchessault scored off the rush, making it 3-0 Vegas. Marchessault had a step on Joe Thornton coming through the neutral zone, and stayed just ahead of a charging Mario Ferraro as they bore down on the Sharks net.

Kane and Zykov went at it again at 10:17, this time receiving fighting majors.

The Sharks had a good shift in the offensive zone with about five minutes left in the period, until a quick pass from Schuldt found Max Pacioretty lurking at the Sharks blue line. Pacioretty took the puck in and made a quick pass to Mark Stone who shot the puck past Jones to make it 4-0.

On a line with Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane, Danil Yurtaykin scored at 1:10 of the third. Yurtaykin caught the puck behind the net, carried it to the front and put it in with a quick backhand into traffic. Assists went to Kane and Hertl.

A couple of minutes later, Reilly Smith made it 5-1 Vegas with a power play goal. Timo Meier was in the box for slashing Brayden McNabb, and it only took the Vegas power play 13 seconds to score. Assists went to William Karlsson and Marchessault.

The Sharks took 11 more penalties in the period, and Vegas took eight, but the score did not change. Among those penalties were misconducts for Evander Kane, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Max Pacioretty, Brenden Dillon, Deryk Engellund and Kevin Labanc.

Late in the first period, Logan Couture took a puck to the hand but he played through the game.

The Sharks’ lineup Sunday included new faces Lean Bergman, Danil Yurtakin and Jonny Brodzinsky up front. On defense, Dalton Prout and Mario Ferraro were in while Radim Simek and Tim Heed sat out.

The Sharks will be back in Las Vegas on Wednesday to start the regular season at 7:30 PM PT.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa Walsh: Gambrell to make team; Hertl and Kane a great duel on the third line; plus more

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On the SJ Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1 The San Jose Sharks finally picked up a win this time past the Vegas Golden Knights at SAP Center on Thursday night a 4-1 win. Was the difference in this game as opposed to previous games the Sharks wanted to shake off those first three loses and just wanted to come out and play hard for a win?

#2 Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl both scored a goal each that helped the Sharks. There is no doubt that Kane and Hertl will be valuable this season.

#3 One thing about Thursday’s game, both teams were scoreless going into the third period and the Sharks took turns trying to light the lamp. Dylan Gambrell made the team after scoring two goals.

#4 The Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane line should be potent and ready for opening night. The Sharks will play the Knights in Vegas on Sunday (preseason) and on Wednesday night and T-Mobile Center is a tough place for hockey.

#5 In closing talk about Marty Jones in net and how’s his defense has been looking, he’s certainly working to keep the puck out of the net this season.

Join Mary Lisa each Saturday for the Sharks podcasts at

Golden Knights Beat Sharks 3-1 in Preseason

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By Mary Walsh

SAN JOSE — The Vegas Golden Knights scored once per period to defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in Saturday’s preseason game at the SAP Center. Max Pacioretty scored once and got assists on the other two Vegas goals, scored by Valentin Zykov and Alex Tuch. Antti Suomela scored San Jose’s only goal. Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves in the win, while Martin Jones made 26 saves for San Jose.

Three players made their first appearance in this preseason for the Sharks on Saturday: forwards Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson and defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov. Knyzhov was signed by the Sharks in July as a free agent.

Martin Jones gave up one goal on four shots in the first period. That goal came off of Valentin Zykov’s stick. Zykov found a rebound right in front of Jones and put it around him with a back hand. Assists went to Nick Pacioretty and Cody Glass.

At the other end, Marc-Andre Fleury saw eleven shots from the Sharks and stopped them all. Four of those shots came from Lean Bergmann, playing on a line Logan Couture and Jonny Brodzinski. Some of those shots also came on the game’s first power play, during which San Jose did not score.

Just past the seven minute mark of the second, Antti Suomela had a nice breakaway chance, displaying some speed. Fleury stopped his shot. Around the midpoint of the period, the teams were pretty close in shots, with Vegas at five and San Jose at four. Vegas had already surpassed their shot count from the whole first period.

Max Pacioretty scored the second goal for Vegas at 14:38 of the second. A play behind the net got out in front of Jones with just one defender to help him out. Pacioretty had a lot of room to move and shoot. Assists went to Cody Glass and Reilly Smith.

Moments after the next faceoff, a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot from the blue line was neatly deflected by Antti Suomela to get the Sharks on the board. A second assist went to Kevin Labanc.

By the end of the period, the Golden Knights had 14 shots on goal while the Sharks had 9.

Just 18 seconds into the third period, Kevin Labanc was called for slashing Cody Glass. During the ensuing power play, Alex Tuch scored, giving the Golden Knights the 3-1 lead. Assists went to Pacioretty and Jimmy Schuldt.

The rest of the third period was full of penalties, compared to the single penalty called in the first two periods. Dalton Prout and Valentin Zykov were called at 4:36 for cross-checking each other. At 11:36, Nicholas Roy was called for hi-sticking Antti Suomela.

The next preseason game for the Sharks will be on Tuesday in Anaheim against the Ducks at 7:00 PM PT.

Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Skaggs’ death a shock to the baseball world; Coco takes out Serena; plus more

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On Headline Sports with Barbara Mason:

#1 How shocked is the baseball world after finding out about the death of 27-year-old Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead in his Texas hotel room during the Los Angeles Angels’ trip to face the Texas Rangers. The game was canceled.

#2 Was the loss at Wimbledon for Venus Williams to 15-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff more a pass the baton moment, defeating Williams in the first round of the tournament or was it a match for Williams trying to figure the younger player out?

#3 Megan Rapinoe is no doubt the face of the US Women’s Soccer team. She was confident, showed leadership, she took on Trump and the White House. How important is Rapinoe to women’s sports and how she represents women in the US World Cup?

#4 How realistic is it that San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner will be traded sooner or later? The New York Yankees are chomping at the bit at getting a shot at getting Bumgarner.

#5 The San Jose Sharks dealt their captain Joe Pavelski to the Dallas Stars. Did the concussion that Pavelski sustained in the playoffs against the Vegas Golden Knights play a role in the Sharks parting ways with Pavelski or was it something else?

Barbara Mason does Headline Sports each Tuesday at

Sharks Force Game 7 With 2-1 Win Over Golden Knights in 2OT

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By Mary Walsh

The San Jose Sharks won 2-1 in the second overtime of Game 6 of their playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights Sunday. Martin Jones was hands down the star of the game, making 58 saves to Marc-Andre Fleury’s 27. Those 58 saves set a record for Jones and also the franchise. Regulation goals came from Logan Couture for the Sharks and Jonathan Marchessault for the Golden Knights. The teams will return to San Jose for Game 7 on Tuesday.

The Sharks got off to a fast start in the game, taking a significant lead in shots until the middle of the period. That was the last such lead they would have in the game. In the first period, they fell behind by one shot, 10-9. In the second period, Las Vegas outshot them 17-7 and in the third period the Golden Knights won the shot contest by a whopping 17-4. On top of that, the Sharks blocked 34 more shots. This was the onslaught that Sharks goaltender Martin Jones faced Sunday.

After the game, Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said:

Yeah, we knew Joner was on, you could feel it, for sure. You know, you’re looking at the scoreboard and the shots are saying what they are. But the way Joner was moving, seeing the puck, you know, it wasn’t two-on-ones, breakaways, guys weren’t getting behind us. It was still a pretty tight-knit group out there and guys were blocking some shots and hanging in there.

Martin Jones said “It was a good game, obviously. We stuck with it the whole night. Give our guys a lot of credit, some huge penalty kills in overtime and the third. Yeah, everybody chipped in with stuff today.”

The officials seemed to have put their whistles away for overtime, ignoring some fairly obvious penalties from tripping to holding on both sides. They ignored it all until Barclay Goodrow slashed the stick out of Brayden McNabb’s hands at 10:46 of the second overtime. The Sharks still had no shots on goal in the period.

The penalty appeared to be the death knell for the Sharks. Instead, Marc-Edouard Vlasic cleared the puck from the front of the net up to Tomas Hertl in the middle of the blue line. Hertl took off as fast as skaters are able to halfway through the fifth period. He barely stayed ahead of Shea Theodore, then slowed and took a shot from inside the face-off circle. Fleury couldn’t stop it. The Sharks won the game short-handed with their first shot of the period.

The first goal of the game did not come until the final 10 seconds of the first period. While Timo Meier fought Deryk Engelland for the puck in the neutral zone, Logan Couture skated up and plucked the puck away from them. He kept skating into the slot and veered away into the face-off circle while taking a shot that got by Marc-Andre Fleury. Timo Meier got the assist. It was Couture’s fourth of the playoffs.

The Sharks had one power play in the first period, a penalty to Shea Theodore for tripping Tomas Hertl. They had just one shot in that power play.

The second goal of the game came in the middle of the second period, from Joathan Marchessault for the Golden Knights. Shea Theodore took a shot from the blue line into some traffic and Jones stopped that one, but there was a small rebound that Marchessault got to. He pulled it around the prone goalie and put it in the net. It was Marchessault’s third of the playoffs. Assists went to Shea Theodore and William Karlsson.

Each team had a power play in the second period. Las Vegas had a power play at 14:26 after Timo Meier was called for tripping William Karlsson. Las Vegas had no shots on that power play.

The Sharks had one shot on their second period power play, the result of a penalty to Marchessault for slashing Logan Couture.

In the scoreless third period, the Golden Knights had the only power play, due to a goaltender interference penalty to Melker Karlsson. They had one shot on that power play.

Labanc and Thornton had a good chance near the middle of the first OT period, and Labanc’s shot may have gone under Fleury and back out just on the outside of the net.

With about three minutes to go, the teams exchanged wild scrambles at the net, with defensemen piled up, at Fleury’s end, he had two of his own defensemen spreadeagled on top of of each other in the blue paint after a puck got by Fleury. It was so close to the line that the NHL reviewed the video.

By the 10-minute mark of the first OT, the teams were tied with two shots each. Then the NHL changed that to a 3-1 lead for the Golden Knights. Eventually, it evened out to 7-6 for the Golden Knights in the first OT.

Approaching the midpoint of the second OT, the Golden Knights had seven shots and the Sharks had none on the books. And then Hertl scored.

The Sharks played more than two periods with only five defensemen. Joakim Ryan did not skate after the second period.