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Postgame 3/14/14: Sharks defeat Islanders 4-3

After a week in western Canada and 3 days off, the Islanders returned home on Friday night to begin a 4 game home stand welcoming the San Jose Sharks to Nassau Coliseum. They defeated the Sharks in December in San Jose but couldn’t complete the season series sweep on home ice.

Flyers Come Back, Beat Sharks

It took a "step-in-the-right direction" second period leading to three third period goals, but all ended well in the final leg of a California road trip as the Phialdelphia Flyers defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2 in comeback fashion.

Four third period goals scored by Matt Read, Michael Raffl, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek led yet another third period comeback on the road. That mindset broke through on the Flyers' last extended western road trip, and it continued with this trip as well.

Blackhawks bitten by the Sharks 2-1 in shoot out

The best cure for a struggling hockey team is to play an equally struggling hockey team. In their final regular season meeting of this season both the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks meet each other at not their best. Both clubs came in having their struggles.

The game was scoreless for the first two periods which may have been indicative of each of the clubs struggles. Another explanation the goaltenders were at their best which Corey Crawford and Antti Niemi were for their clubs. Hard to imagine with both of the powerhouse offenses these teams have. San Jose has been bitten by injury to key offensive players.

The game even though it was scoreless for forty minutes...

Postgame 12/10/13: Islanders Defeat Sharks 3-2 in Shootout to End Losing Streak

The Islanders west coast trip continued on Tuesday night with a visit to the SAP Center to take on the San Jose Sharks and ended their 10 game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win.

Hawks best in the west with 5-1 win over Sharks

In a match that pitted the best vs the best in the Western Conference, the audience at the United Center in Chicago should have went home very satisfied. The game was a speed vs speed game that was a battle of the titans in the West.

The difference was the Blackhawks control of the neutral zone and their transition game not only offensively but defensively as well. The Sharks never could quit keep pace with the Hawks transition game that saw four of the Hawks five goals coming off of the rush. Special teams was not a factor in this game as all of the goals were five on five scores with the exception of a penalty shot.

The Hawks had great body positioning and back checking off ...

Blackhawks suffer 7-2 loss in Nashville; head home to face Sharks on Sunday

It's not often that the Blackhawks give up a handful or more goals to the Predators. Prior to tonight's 7-2 loss, Chicago last gave up 6 or more goals to Nashville on March 25, 2012.

The Predators made it 2-0 in less than a minute when Matt Cullen and Nick Spaling both scored in the middle of the first period.

After the second goal, Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was injured; Corey Crawford came in to play the rest of the game.

Nashville would stretch their lead to 3-0 with a power play goal 9:02 into the second, and then make it 4-0 with less than two minutes left in the frame.

Patrick Kane broke the shutout shortly after to get t...

Kings vs. Sharks: Through Three Games

Through three games the Kings/Sharks Western Conference Semifinal has been nothing short of fantastic. Entering the series was the Stanley Cup defending champions who disposed of the St. Louis Blues in six games despite falling behind 2-0; the Sharks entered red hot as a team drenched with momentum after easily sweeping the Canucks 4-0.

The two Californian teams play rough styles of hockey that aren't always pretty but are effective for playoff hockey. The Kings won the first two games in different fashion, the first behind the perfect play of Jonathan Quick who shut out the Sharks facing 35 shots and secondly behind some late game heroics in a spectacular comeback win.

Game Preview: Flames vs San Jose Sharks

The Flames welcome the Sharks to the Dome for the first time, for their second match-up of the season. They two combatants opened the season against each other as the Sharks defeated the Flames by the score of 4-1. The story for tonight’s game is the return of Miikka Kiprusoff, who will get his first start since going down with a knee injury on February 5th.

Into the Shark Tank: Chicago at San Jose

 

Game Preview

CHI @ SJS 

9:30pm CST

 

The two league leading teams are matched up tonight in San Jose as the Blackhawks take to the ice against the Sharks in the fourth contest of their six-game road trip.

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Kings Win 5th Straight, Slide into 8th Place

Anze Kopitar and the Kings win their fifth straight for the first time this year. (photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Needless to say, the Kings offense is certainly clicking at the right time. With a 5-2 win over division rival San Jose Tuesday night, Los Angeles improved their record to 9-3 since the addition of Jeff Carter and vaulted themselves back into the playoff picture for the first time in over a week. With nine games left in the season, the Kings are tied with Phoenix for the eighth seed with eighty-four points.

Mike Richards (who, after an extended post-Christmas slump) netted his third goal of the month...