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  • SharkCircle 7:56 am on December 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brent Burns, , Game Recap, , , , Paul Stastny, , , San Jose Sharks Game Recap 12/15/2011   

    Game Recap 12/15/2011: San Jose Sharks beat Colorado Avalanche 5-4 in comeback thriller 

    Introducing new guest writer here at Shark Circle, CayCie S.D. She will be writing some of the game recaps here, as well as discussing the Sharks between games. This is her first game recap. Enjoy!

    Written by Kaycie S.D.

    The San Jose Sharks, who have dropped seven of their last nine games, went into Thursday nights’ home game against the Colorado Avalanche with an opportunity to settle the score from Tuesday night’s 4-3 shootout loss in Colorado.

    1st Period

    The Sharks hoped to get a jump-start on the Avs early, and Brad Winchester met the challenge head on by getting into a fight with Avalanche pugilist Cody McCloud. The two dropped the gloves in what may have been carry over from Tuesday night’s game in Colorado.

    Maybe the fight had something to do with it, or maybe it was just the awful turnover by Colorado’s goaltender, Semyon Varlamov, but only 2:30 into the 1st period, Ryane Clowe scored the first goal of the game when a shot by Logan Couture rebounded off Varlamov and was sent careening stright to Clowe, who shot the puck up high blocker-side to score.

    However, a holding penalty by Patrick Marleau less than three minutes later at the 5:18 mark led to the game’s first power-play for the Avalanche. It only took their top-line center Paul Stasny 33 seconds to rip a shot passed Antti Niemi from the point, which tied the game. Defenseman Eric Johnson got the only assist.

    At 9:32 of the period, Colorado defenseman Kyle Quincy gave the Sharks their first power-play after closing his hand on the puck, but the Sharks looked lackluster on the man advantage, and failed to score. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

  • SharkCircle 10:21 am on December 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Brent Burns, , , DOUGLAS MURRAY, , Justin Braun, , , , ,   

    San Jose Sharks Trimester Report Card: Defencemen 

    Two days ago, I posted my thoughts on each of the San Jose Sharks forwards through 25 games, and graded each one. Here are my thoughts on the defense, sorted by defense pairs.

    If you would like to be notified when new articles are posted, such as my thoughts on Antti Niemi and Thomas Greiss tomorrow, I encourage you to subscribe to the blog by entering your email address in the top-right corner and clicking the Subscribe! button. This is a great way to support the blog, as is following Shark Circle on twitter.

    Enjoy the blog!

    English: Dan Boyle of San Jose Sharks

    DAN BOYLE (27 GP, 1 G, 12 PTS, -2 Plus/Minus) has struggled to play at the elite level we’ve grown accustomed to this season, but he is still an excellent defenseman, and part of that decline is just a result of the game changing. It is harder for “rush” players like Boyle to produce now, as he admitted in that Working The Corners post I just linked to, and as I wrote about a couple of weeks before that in my blog on offense and excitement in our game.

    Still, we’ve grown to expect more from Boyle, and no doubt Boyle expects more from himself. At 35 years of age, some Sharks fans are having a hard time not worrying that this is just the beginning of Boyle’s inevitable physical decline, but I would like to comfort Sharks fans that it isn’t, at least not drastically. Is Boyle every bit as dominant as he was the year he was traded to San Jose, at 32 years of age? Probably not, but if he’s declined in say, speed, it’s about a 3% decline. He’s still the most elusive defenseman in the league after Duncan Keith and Brian Campbell, and as good a puck-mover as anyone. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

  • SharkCircle 10:41 am on December 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alex Pietrangelo, Brent Burns, , , , Kent Hitchcock, Kevin Shattenkirk, , ,   

    Game Recap: St Louis Blues beat San Jose Sharks 1-0 on goal by Kevin Shattenkirk 

    Last night, the St Louis Blues beat the San Jose Sharks 1-0 in an excellent display of defensive hockey. That the Blues are well schooled in keeping the puck out of their net is no surprise, given that their new coach Ken Hitchcock is a master of defensive strategy.

    The game started off fairly well for the Sharks. Although they failed to generate high-quality scoring chances, they were able to apply early pressure in the Blues’ zone, drawing a hooking penalty on T.J. Oshie little more than a minute into the game. But the Sharks failed to capitalize on the power-play, a theme throughout the night as the Sharks went 0-for-6 on the PP. The Blues penalty killing was flawless, making the Sharks’ man-advantage look pedestrian. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

  • SharkCircle 7:29 pm on December 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Brent Burns, , , , , , ,   

    San Jose Sharks Trimester Report Card: Forwards 

    Here are my thoughts on the Sharks players through 25 games, with letter grades for each. I’ll start with the forwards today, and post the grades for the defencemen and goaltenders tomorrow.
    All pictures are owned by their respective owners.

    LINE 1:

    Joe Thornton (25 GP, 5 G, 23 PTS, +7 Plus/Minus) looks as good as ever to me. His production may not quite be at the point-per-game mark we’re accustomed to seeing him at, but he’s doing all the not-so-little things. He’s a beast in the faceoff circle, impossible to take the puck from along the boards, and really just a positive presence all over the ice. He also seems to enjoy playing with right-handed shot Joe Pavelski. GRADE: A

    Joe Pavelski (25 GP, 12 G, 21 PTS, +7 Plus/Minus) has been the Sharks best player this season perhaps along with Thornton. He used to be good at everything; now he’s getting really good at everything, flirting with a 40-goal pace to start the year. There is nothing little about little Joe, in fact I’ve recently started to wonder if he uses steroids, such is his strength on the puck. Like Thornton, no one can knock him off it; the only difference is Pavelski is supposed to be undersized, and Thornton is a 6’4″ monster.

    Pavelski’s hockey sense, strength on the puck, and finishing ability have helped him to a great start, with 12 goals in 25 games. I’ve always seen him as the perfect second line center, but not necessarily someone you wanted as a top line player. Now he’s even calling that into question, proving himself more than capable on the top line. The Sharks really hit the jackpot with Pavelski. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

  • SharkCircle 11:43 pm on November 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 30 teams 30 thoughts, , Brent Burns, , , , Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, ,   

    30 Teams, 30,000 Thoughts: San Jose Sharks (1/2) 

    In this series of articles, I will take a look at all 30 NHL teams and offer thoughts on what I’m seeing from each. I will start with two dedicated posts on the San Jose Sharks, and then go by division, starting with the rest of the Pacific Division teams. Check back tomorrow for more thoughts on the Sharks.

    San Jose Sharks:

    The Sharks perfect power-play play. Todd Mclellan deserves credit for devising the perfect set power-play entry, and the 29 other NHL coaches deserve great shame for being beat on the exact same play over and over again. The Sharks enter the offensive zone on the power-play by creating a 2-on-1 at the wing of the opponent’s blue-line every time. They’ve been doing this for probably two seasons now, the same way every time, and it still works like clockwork.

    Other teams, when they have only 20 seconds left on their power-play and the puck behind their own net, their power-play is usually over. They’ll try one more time to get into the offensive zone, rushing it, and it will usually fail and go back down the ice. And even when entering the zone doesn’t fail it still takes them those 20 seconds just to set it up cleanly and get it to their quarterback.

    But the Sharks, they not only get it into the offensive zone with ease, but they get it to their point man, facing the net, with space, and they do it all with just a couple passes in one seamless play. It’s amazingly brilliant for Mclellan, and amazingly idiotic by the other coaches. It’s like they’ve never heard of videotape. (I may write a dedicated blog on this entry with photographs so I can illustrate what’s happening on this play better for everyone). Continue Reading Full Post

    • evilducks 3:15 am on November 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I love articles titled “San Jose Sharks” that are 75% about Ovechkin and Crosby.


      • SharkCircle 8:25 am on November 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        That’s an addendum to the part about Pavelski. Not part of the main article, and just bonus reading for those interested in a sub-topic. That’s why it’s after the end of article and has a * before it. Thanks for reading!


  • SharkCircle 7:16 am on October 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Brent Burns, , , , , ,   

    San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks Random Impresions, 10/18/2011 

    The Sharks are coming off their third straight loss, two of which have come at the hands of Pacific Division rival the Anaheim Ducks. The latest came tonight at the HP Pavilion, a 3-2 final score. If you missed the game or just enjoy reliving awful memories, check out or game recap here. If you really want to make it a night, you can watch the 2008-2009 Sharks/Ducks playoff series on NHL Gamecenter.

    Or you could read on for our impressions on tonight’s game. So many options! (Says the Editor of a blog that has not had any new content on it for weeks).

    Here are our impressions!

    • The Ducks second line has been a weakness for them for years now, and their GM Bob Murray did the team no favors by failing to get at least an elite second line forward in return for Chris Pronger, and then trading away the forward he did get in Joffrey Lupul. However, tonight their second line played a great game, even out-playing the Sharks own second line. Continue Reading Full Post

  • SharkCircle 7:02 am on October 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    San Jose Sharks Lose Third Straight, 3-2 against Anaheim Ducks 

    The Sharks season got off to a rocking start eight days ago against the Phoenix Coyotes, but that now seems like a distant memory. Since that dominant performance, the Sharks play has been riddled with inconsistency. Tonight’s effort was better, particularly late in the game, but then again you would expect it to be when the opposition is on the back end of back-to-backs, and only playing to protect the lead. Continue Reading Full Post

  • SharkCircle 4:23 am on September 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brent Burns, , , , , , , , Preseason, , Sharks, Tommy Wingels,   

    San Jose Sharks Pre-season Impressions 09/25/2011, Sharks 4, Canucks 3 

    This past sunday night, the San Jose Sharks faced off against the Vancouver Canucks in a pre-season game that the Sharks won, 4 – 3. The game was broadcast on the NHL Network. The Canucks did not ice many of their NHL players, with the most notable names on their roster being Maxim Lapierre, Keith Ballard, and Marco Sturm, but the Sharks did. New additions Brent Burns and Jim Vandermeer played, along with returning regulars Dan Boyle, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and others.

    For many of us, this was our first opportunity to see some of the Sharks regulars back in action. I was interested to see how the players looked after the short offseason, who looked faster or slower, etc. Here I will offer impressions of what I saw from notable players, starting with the defense.


    Dan Boyle is still an elite offensive defenseman. No surprise there, but he is 35 years old and coming off back-to-back grueling seasons where he played huge minutes for the Sharks, so some fans are understandably on the lookout for signs of decline. And since his excellent 16-goal first season with the Sharks, he probably has declined. His point totals were down last year, for instance. But from watching him play, I’m here to tell you that the decline is still very slight. He’s still as shifty as any defenseman, and he looks to be in great shape. Expect another great season from Boyle. Continue Reading Full Post

    • CaniacCanuck 7:00 am on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m hopeful that Vlasic can get back to his 08-09′ numbers but unless he gets those type of PP minutes again (which he didn’t even come close to last season) I’m beginning to think what we see from him now (offensively) is what we’re going to get. Obviously in his own zone he’s getting better each year which is great (set a career high in blocked shots, takeaways, and is one of the better guys at not giving the puck away, but trailed off in hits.) I’ll be interested to see if he defensive stats improve again this year (or maintain their last year numbers).


    • SharkCircle 4:48 am on October 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hey thanks for the comment. I agree, I dont think he’ll put up huge numbers unless he just gets tons of second assists because the Sharks steamroll everyone like they’re currently doing to phoenix. Vlasic can skate but he has no offensive ability beyond that. Passing is fine but unspectacular, he’s not creative at all, his shot is far below average, he can’t deke at all. He’s not an offensive player, and he doesn’t need to be to be solid defenseman.


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