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POSTED ON Monday, 04.22.2013 / 12:02 PM
By Drew Remenda - Sharks TV, Color Commentator / Great White Bites

A painful but necessary part of my job is to listen to a replay of our broadcasts and self critique my performance.

I learned this from my season at Hockey Night In Canada. A few times that season I sat with our Executive Producer and we went over every second of a game and honestly, bluntly reviewed my work.

To add even more clarity, Hockey Night had printed transcripts of every word I said during the game.

After reading the transcripts I was sure that I had no business behind a microphone explaining anything to anybody.

Anyway after listening to the last couple of broadcasts on Comcast Sportsnet, I'm using this Great White Bite to announce that I'm turning over a new leaf.

I'm going to stop complaining about the refs and their calls or lack of calls.

I go from analyst to whining in a split second. I get distracted and emotional and it's bad TV.

I will still hate some of the calls and you will know I hate the blown calls because of what all of our Mom's once told us.

" If you can't say anything nice about someone then don't say anything at all."

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.19.2013 / 1:09 PM
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites

We’ve all seen the popular “This is Sharks Territory” signs. So just where exactly do you suppose Sharks Territory is?

It used to be that you could draw a large circle on a map around HP Pavilion, toss in San Mateo and parts of Alameda county, and that was pretty much Sharks Territory. Not anymore.

As the race to the Stanley Cup Playoffs escalates NBC Sports Network and the NHL Network are picking up our Sharks telecasts and distributing them nationally. Combine this “wide” coverage with the ability to view games on the Internet and you get a whole different idea of where Sharks fans live.

Thursday night during the Sharks 6-1 win over Minnesota I got Twitter messages from viewers in Des Moines (Iowa), Prince Edward Island, Guadalajara (Mexico), Charleston (South Carolina), Fresno, Las Vegas, Lindsay (Texas), Bellingham (Washington), Omaha, Kamloops (British Columbia), Brazil, Montreal, Chico, Newfoundland, Finland and Bali!

As you can see, Sharks fans can literally be found all over the globe. It’s a blast to be connected to so many of you through our telecasts and the web. And the way the hockey team is playing at this important time of the season, life in Sharks Territory is pretty good.

I’m Randy Hahn

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.18.2013 / 12:43 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites

Three Wise Men have spoken recently and their comments are very interesting.

Head Coach Todd McLellan - after his team defeated the LA Kings on April 16.

"The most important recognition of character is from within the locker room. What they think of each other and how they compete."

Assistant Coach Larry Robinson - what the team needs to improve on while having the 27th best offense and 6th best defense in the league.

"We need to tighten up defensively, especially in the defensive zone".

Assistant Coach Jim Johnson - on explaining what it means to play simple, or have a simple game.

"Take risk out of critical area decisions."

I suggest you read those again and absorb them, because they are tremendous quotes from some wise hockey men who know what they are talking about.

Bakes

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.17.2013 / 2:45 PM
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites

Brent Burns played Colin Kaepernick hockey against the Los Angeles Kings yesterday, and in a 42 second span, he scored a goal and assisted on another by TJ Galiardi. He played the point on the power play. He is, in a way, returning the era of the “rover” to today’s NHL without the too-many-men-on-the-ice call.

Joe Thornton racked up his 500th career assist in a Sharks uniform. Patrick Marleau is the only other Shark with more than 400 assists with San Jose.

Raffi Torres showed a nifty move in the shootout to pick up the game-deciding goal. He provided a much-needed presence all over the ice.

Antti Niemi had a spectacular night in goal, making many spectacular saves. One of his best was against Mike Richards during a 5-on-3 penalty killing sequence that was a heart-stopping, thrilling moment.

On the other side of the ice, the Kings gave it their all as well. After Niemi’s great save on Richards and the first penalty to Galiardi ended, Jake Muzzin perfectly placed a shot from the point through traffic and got the Kings on the board. Then, on a play where a penalty was to be called against San Jose, Anze Kopitar got the shot away, and Dustin Brown was able to will the rebound into the net to tie the score.

Let’s not forget Jonathan Quick, either. He had some spectacular saves down the stretch, including an amazing span midway through the third period off Tommy Wingels and Raffi Torres following a turnover.

It was a classic regular season game, one of the better ones that we’ve seen in the past few years, and it was punctuated by the fact that the Sharks were the team that had played and traveled the night before. It makes everyone look forward to the next game, and the next one after that, and that goes for Kings fans, too, who undoubtedly have circled the season finale on April 27th at Staples Center as a rendezvous point for their return barrage.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.16.2013 / 2:44 PM
By Drew Remenda - Sharks TV, Color Commentator / Great White Bites

I witnessed a very cool event last night after the Sharks beat the Coyotes 4-0. I was broadcasting the game between the benches and found the game puck on the boards as the Sharks filed off the ice. There was a handful of Sharks fans, many of them children still in the stands patting the boys on the back for a job well done.

Well I grabbed the game puck and gave it to the first young Sharks fan I saw. He was probably 8 or 9 years old and very polite thanking me for the puck.

Another much younger fan probably 5 years old asked if he could have a puck as well.

I apologized saying that was the only one I had.

The young man I gave the puck to said. " Would you like a puck? You can have this one."

The smile on the both their faces just struck me.

A simple random act of kindness can inject a little faith in a jaded heart.

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.15.2013 / 3:57 PM
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites

“The Sharks game tonight is huge!”

Get used to hearing that a lot between now and the end on the regular season April 27th. The Sharks have seven games remaining in this shortened 48 game NHL regular season. None of their remaining opponents have clinched a playoff spot yet, and none have been eliminated from contention. And oh yes, throw the Sharks into that group as well.

Tonight the Sharks visit the Phoenix Coyotes. It’s an especially crucial game for the Desert Dogs. Phoenix has 43 points, 4 points behind the 8th place Detroit Red Wings. After tonight the Coyotes have to travel to St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit. They absolutely cannot afford to slip up at home.

The Sharks path to the playoffs is simple. They just need to get to 54 or 55 points and they’ll be in. That means they need to win 3-4 of their remaining games and the more they win against teams behind them, like Phoenix, the better. With the LA Kings already in San Jose waiting to take on the Sharks Tuesday night at HP Pavilion, a win here in the desert tonight would be a big step toward cementing their post season position.

Like I said, the Sharks game tonight is huge!

I’m Randy Hahn

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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.13.2013 / 2:01 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites

Including tonight's game against Dallas, the Sharks have eight games remaining.

Here is who they play:
Dallas -  2x - have won 4 in a row and are only 2 points out of a playoff spot
Phoenix - 2x - have points in 8 of last 10 games and are 2 points out of a playoff spot
LA - 2x - Defending Champs are 1 point ahead of Sharks for 4th place
Minnesota - 1x - 3 points out of 4th and 3 points ahead of teams tied for 9th place.
Columbus - 1x - They are on a roll right now, have beaten the Sharks twice and are only 2 points out of a playoff spot

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.12.2013 / 2:04 PM
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites

Here are two sidebars from last night’s great Sharks win against the Detroit Red Wings that continued the tremendous history in the series between the two clubs. Both have a somewhat predictive quality, and one is illustrative of what hockey is all about.

If you listen to the “Coach’s Chalkboard” segment with Todd McLellan on KFOX 98.5/102.1 and the San Jose Sharks Radio Network affiliate stations near you, you usually get a gem or two from the leader behind the bench. Here is a modest case in point from last night’s game:

McLellan was showing some concern about the previous loss in Columbus, but he saw the Detroit game as a chance to squash the poor memory of that disappointment.  “Our opportunity that lies in front of us is a good one,” he said on the radio. 

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.11.2013 / 12:23 PM
By Drew Remenda - Sharks TV, Color Commentator / Great White Bites

Three quotes for my Great White Bite and I will let you ponder the significance in relation to the race to get into the postseason.

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will."

-Vince Lombardi

"There are only two options regarding commitment, you are either in or you are out. There is no such thing as life in-between."

-Pat Riley

"You've got to get over games and have the resiliency to come back"

-John Gruden

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 1:09 PM
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites

Any regular viewer of Sharks broadcasts know that Drew Remenda and I do a brief segment that kicks off the Esurance Postgame Live (aka “The Brodie Brazil Show”) following every game. I’m not going to lie. It’s always an easier segment to do when the Sharks win, but it must be done win or lose.

Yesterday’s 4-0 loss in Columbus was tough. The Sharks never seemed to find their legs and the desperate Blue Jackets took full advantage. Drew and I never discuss ahead of time what we’re going to talk about on the post-game show. It’s a spontaneous and organic thing, like my hair.

Last night our “theme” if you want to call it that was that the Sharks have to move on. Of course there were mistakes made on the ice and the coaches will go over that and more at practice. But then it has to be over. In this crazy compressed season there’s no time to dwell on negatives or positives for that matter. The Red Wings are every bit as desperate as the Blue Jackets are and they will be a formidable opponent on Thursday at The Joe. We can moan all day about how the Sharks got it handed to them twice in Columbus this year but it won’t change the fact that preparing for Detroit is all that really matters now. Onward.

I’m Randy Hahn

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5 SJS 7 4 2 1 23 20 9
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Marleau 7 4 5 -1 9
B. Burns 7 1 7 0 8
J. Thornton 7 2 5 4 7
L. Couture 7 3 3 -1 6
J. Pavelski 7 2 4 4 6
T. Wingels 7 3 2 -1 5
M. Irwin 5 2 1 -2 3
M. Nieto 7 1 2 3 3
J. Braun 7 0 3 3 3
T. Hertl 7 2 0 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 1 1 1 .933 2.27
A. Niemi 3 1 0 .920 2.70
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