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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.30.2012 / 12:00 PM
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Radio, Play-by-Play Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp


There are all sorts of storylines bouncing around the web, the printed page, and the airwaves as professional hockey’s marquee event gets underway on Wednesday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The teams have been set, the battle lines have been drawn, and all that is left is for the Stanley Cup Final series to get started between the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils.

Both teams have been to the Stanley Cup Final before. The Kings are here for the second time in their 45 years of history, and the Devils are here for the fifth time in their 38 years of existence as an NHL team. The Devils have three Stanley Cup championships so far, and the Kings have yet to sip champagne instead of beer after the Final series concludes. Both teams are playing an aggressive, hard-skating, well-defended style of hockey with a level of consistency that is certainly envied in other cities.

There are ironies and interesting side stories in this series, as is the case every year. For instance, the last time that the Devils won the Stanley Cup in 2003, they also faced a team from California in the Anaheim Ducks, and it took them a full seven games to bring the trophy to the Garden State.

Anaheim’s leading scorer in that playoff run was Adam Oates, who has changed coasts to become a valued member of the New Jersey coaching staff. Oates, the Sir Stanley Matthews of hockey, took a page out of that great soccer player’s playbook by making others around him better throughout his 19 NHL seasons, and he’s doing the same thing today from his spot behind the bench.

New Jersey’s assistant coach Larry Robinson, one of the great defensemen of his era, is primarily known for his Stanley Cup winning years with the Montreal Canadiens, but his last three NHL seasons were spent with the Kings in Los Angeles. Robinson joined the Devils as assistant coach after his playing career ended, but became the Kings head coach for four seasons before rejoining New Jersey in 1999.

Robinson took over the head job late that season and promptly directed the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2000 and a trip to the Final in 2001. Since then, he has been on and off the Devils coaching staff and has had an integral role in working with the Devils defense.

Peter DeBoer, the head coach of the Devils, must be really enjoying himself this season after a couple of tough years in Florida out of the playoffs. His Devils defeated the Panthers in the first round, then notched revenge for 1994 in defeating the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final. On the ice, he’s coaching some familiar faces: David Clarkson of New Jersey and Mike Richards of Los Angeles were integral pieces of his 2003 Memorial Cup championship club in Kitchener.

On the other side of the ice, it certainly has been interesting to see the Dean Lombardi-Darryl Sutter partnership working well at the right time. The Kings and their fans have been through lots of agony since that 1993 trip to the Final against Montreal, missing the playoffs in 11 of 15 years from 1994 to 2009. They have a very dedicated fan base in Los Angeles, and they have had a tremendous run to this point.

The Lombardi-Sutter axis brings the Sharks into the mix, of course, because of the many years that each of them bled Teal. But in terms of the players themselves, the only Sharks connections are on the Devils side: right wing Steve Bernier has played in 22 playoff games wearing a San Jose uniform, and backup goaltender Johan Hedberg was a member of the Sharks Organization from 1999 to 2001.

Overall, I really like the way that both of these teams are playing. They have a combination of great goaltending, solid defensive team play, opportunistic scoring, and special teams that are working when it matters most.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.29.2012 / 2:10 PM
By Sarah Peters - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


Tuesday Trivia is a weekly feature of the Daily Chomp. Check back next week for a new question and prize.

This season marked the first time in franchise history that the Sharks ever featured three 30-goal scorers. Logan Couture (31), Joe Pavelski (31) and Patrick Marleau (30) all reached the 30-goal mark.

TRIVIA: Who was the first player in franchise history to reach the 30-goal mark?

(Hint: Check out last week's Throwback Thursday)

Prize: Submit your answer in the form below for a chance to win a Logan Couture prize pack including a signed puck and poster. Submissions must be received by Thursday, May 31 at 12 p.m. (Pacific).



This trivia contest has ended and is closed for any further submissions.
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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.24.2012 / 9:24 AM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


To celebrate Sharks history, each week we will highlight moments of the past. So check back to the Daily Chomp each week to celebrate with us for Throwback Thursday. In addition, we will be giving away special Sharks throwback items every Thursday.

This week the Daily Chomp takes a look at the Sharks 1993-94 season.

Did you know... the Sharks first playoff appearance came in 1993-94 where San Jose upset top-seeded Detroit in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

More from that year:
  • Sharks finished 33-35-16 (82 points) and make first playoff appearance in club history. This marked the greatest single-season turnaround in NHL history — 58 points better than 1992-93’s output of 24 points (11-71-2).
  • G Arturs Irbe and D Sandis Ozolinsh participated in the NHL All-Star Game at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
  • Team recorded a nine-game unbeaten streak (7-0-2).
  • Rookie Head Coach Kevin Constantine finishes second in voting for Jack Adams Award (NHL Coach of the Year).
  • Irbe sets NHL record for most minutes played in a season (4,412).
  • Sergei Makarov becomes the first 30-goal scorer in franchise history.
  • Signed free agents Jamie Baker and Bob Errey and acquired Ulf Dahlen, Gaetan Duchesne, Todd Elik and Jeff Norton.
Also, be sure to check out the Sharks History Page and the Photo of the Day.

1993 Pop Culture:
  • Beanie Babies and Power Rangers were flying off the toy shelves.
  • Steven Spielberg brought dinosaurs to life in Jurassic Park.
  • The average cost to go see a movie was $4.14.
  • You couldn't get Meatloaf's "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" out of your head.
  • 60 Minutes celebrated its 25th anniversary.
  • Pamela Anderson traded in her tools from Tool Time for a swimsuit to patrol the beaches of Baywatch.

Sharks Throwback Giveaway

Fill out the form below for a chance to win a unique Sharks Throwback prize. Increase your chances of winning and tweet using #SharksThrowback or text "Throwback" to 74499.


This giveaway has ended and is closed for any further submissions.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.23.2012 / 1:35 PM
By Sarah Peters - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


Sharks fans, are you traveling this offseason? Then make your destination Sharks Territory!

Every Wednesday between now and September 19, we will post the best 3-4 photos of the week on the Daily Chomp blog. Fans will vote on their favorite photo each week. The winner of the week's best photo will receive a mini Sharks Territory sign autographed by their favorite Sharks player. Then, the 19 weekly winners will square off for the best photo of the offseason and the Grand Prize - a team signed, full size Sharks Territory sign plus two tickets to a 2012-13 game!

Check out this week's top fan photos and be sure to vote on which one you think is the best in the form below.

Bonnie McClory
  Territoire des Requins!
Masao Awatsu
From the Bay to the Break
Earle Iveson
Catamount Sharks Territory

The voting period has now ended for this week's photos. Results will be posted in the following week's Daily Chomp entry.

Request your own Sharks Territory sign at SJSHARKS.com/sharksterritory.

Remember to submit new photos here.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.22.2012 / 10:20 AM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


Tuesday Trivia is a weekly feature of the Daily Chomp. Check back next week for a new question and prize.

Sharks forward Joe Pavelski has not always worn the number eight on his back. Halfway throught the 2006-07 season, Pavelski switched to his current number that he also wore during his collegiate hockey days at the University of Wisconsin.

TRIVIA: What jersey number did Joe Pavelski first wear with the Sharks, during the first half of the 2006-07 season?

(Hint: Check out the Sharks Media Guide here)

Prize: Submit your answer in the form below for a chance to win a Joe Pavelski prize pack including a signed puck and poster. Submissions must be received by Thursday, May 24 at 12 p.m. (Pacific).



This trivia contest has ended and is closed for any further submissions.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.21.2012 / 3:45 PM
By Frank Albin - Director of Broadcasting / The Daily Chomp


If you are reading this there’s a high probability that hockey is one of your passions in life. I was 10 years old when I discovered the NHL and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Another one of my passions is music. I have a hard time getting through the day without listening some of my favorite tunes. Also with help from my on-line music streaming service, there are many ways to find new and exciting music.

The connection of hockey and music is a natural. One of these days make sure to get to HP Pavilion early to watch the pregame warm-up. The players pick the music in order to help them up for the game. They also use music inside the dressing room before the game, sharing DJ duties among themselves. The Sharks have also had a few players with musical talent. Mark Smith and Devin Setoguchi come to mind.

Q: So what happens when my 2 interests collide? A: Hockey music.

In no particular order I offer for your approval…..

“I Wanna Drive the Zamboni” by Rick Zellar. Everybody loves the zamboni. It’s as big as the players and the game itself. I wouldn’t mind giving it a ride myself.

“Fireworks” by The Tragically Hip. These Canadian rockers love their hockey and mention it often in their songs. Lead singer Gord Downie is the nephew of long-time Bruins’ GM Harry Sinden. ‘Fireworks’ tells the story of a young man learning sometimes hockey and girlfriends don’t mix.

“If there's a goal that everyone remembers it was back in ole' 72
We all squeezed the stick and we all pulled the trigger
And all I remember was sitting beside you
You said you didn't give a -darn- about hockey
And I never saw someone say that before
You held my hand and we walked home the long way
You were loosening my grip on Bobby Orr”

“Right Back Where we Started From” by Maxine Nightengale. While there are no lyrical references and doesn’t have the hard driving sound, this song is a classic for anyone who has seen the 5-star 1975 hockey film Slapshot.

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POSTED ON Friday, 05.18.2012 / 3:10 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker's Dozen.
  1. Obviously I wish the Sharks were playing right now – it’s weird watching the Western Conference Finals instead of being involved in them the last two years. I still watch the games because there is nothing like playoff hockey.
    #LayItOnTheLine

  2. Congrats to Michal Handzus who scored the winner for Slovakia to beat Canada in the quarterfinals at the World Championships. I am thinking if Vlasic was playing Zues doesn’t score that goal.
    #SourGrapes

  3. I think it was back in early January when I told Ruzzie that LA scared me because they were hanging around 7th to 10th spot in the West and at the same time were 30th in the NHL is goals scored. That’s 30th as in dead last, behind Columbus, the Islanders and others teams that had less points. They were doing it with team defense and great goalteng and conventional wisdom said if they started to score they would be a tough team down the stretch. All that said, I never imagined they would go on the run they are currently on in the playoffs. They have a record of 11-1, haven’t lost on the road and all against the top 3 seeds in the Western Conference.
    #Wow_Didn’tSeeThisHappening

  4. Scoring goals is tough come playoff time. Here are the total goals and goals per game from the Conference Semi-finals.

    Teams Games Total Goals Goals Per Game
    WSH vs NYR 7 28 4.00
    NJD vs PHI 5 29 5.80
    NSH vs PHX 5 21 4.20
    STL vs LAK 4 21 5.25

    #DefenseWinsChampionships

  5. John Tortorella, "I'm being sincere, too. I'm not gonna give you much information. Some of you guys sit here and tell me I'm curt or whatever. I'm not gonna have a staring contest. If you don't ask me questions, I'll just leave. So that's the way it is. I'm sorry, I'm not a guy that wants to converse about everything during the playoffs. I'm not."
    #HonestAnalysisGoesWithTheTerritory

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.17.2012 / 2:15 AM
By Sarah Peters - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


To celebrate Sharks history, each week we will highlight moments of the past. So check back to the Daily Chomp each week to celebrate with us for Throwback Thursday. In addition, we will be giving away special Sharks throwback items every Thursday.

This week the Daily Chomp takes a look at the Sharks 1992-93 season.

Did you know... Arturs Irbe recorded the first shutout in team history against the Los Angeles Kings on November 17, 1992.

More from that year:
  • Acquired Forward Yvon Corriveau from Washington and Forward Igor Larionov from Vancouver in NHL Waiver Draft on Oct. 4, 1992.
  • Forward Rob Gaudreau recorded the first Sharks hat trick on Dec. 3 vs. Hartford.
  • Forward Rob Gaudreau scores 19 points (14-5=19) from Dec. 3-29 and is named NHL’s December Rookie of the Month — the Sharks first League-wide award.
  • Forward Kelly Kisio represented San Jose at the NHL All-Star Game in Montreal, posting a goal and an assist for the Campbell Conference team.
  • Sharks played last regular season game at the Cow Palace on April 10 vs. Los Angeles before moving to San Jose Arena for 1993-94.
Also, be sure to check out the Sharks History Page and the Photo of the Day.

1992 Pop Culture:
  • Bill Clinton was elected in his first term as President
  • The largest shopping mall in the US, Minnesota's Mall of America was constructed spanning 78 acres.
  • Miley Ray Cyrus was born.
  • Fabio was the teenage heartthrob.
  • Jack Nicholson uttered the famous words "You can't handle the truth!" in 'A Few Good Men'
  • MTV introduced The Real World.
  • Blurp Balls were all the rage.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.16.2012 / 4:55 PM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


Sharks fans, are you traveling this offseason? Then make your destination Sharks Territory!

Every Wednesday between now and September 19, we will post the best 3-4 photos of the week on the Daily Chomp blog. Fans will vote on their favorite photo each week. The winner of the week's best photo will receive a mini Sharks Territory sign autographed by their favorite Sharks player. Then, the 19 weekly winners will square off for the best photo of the offseason and the Grand Prize - a team signed, full size Sharks Territory sign plus two tickets to a 2012-13 game!

See this week's finalists and vote on your favorite fan photo >>

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.15.2012 / 4:15 PM
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Radio, Play-by-Play Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

The NHL’s conference final round is underway, and in both the Western and Eastern regions, the series got off with a bang.

In both series, it is instructive to note the emphasis on (a) doing everything at full speed and (b) emphasizing the will factor over the to-be-expected skill.

The Rangers – Devils series is simply a classic Eastern Conference battle, with both teams possessing goaltenders (Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Brodeur) at the top of their respective games and two well-balanced teams in front of them. But for me, the play of Rangers defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi has been a real eye-opener.

Between them, the two blocked eight shots in Game One. Girardi got the all-important first goal. McDonagh’s skating ability rose to the top when he was able to catch Zach Parise on a breakaway and force Ilya Kovalchuk to a backhand chance on another break that made things easier for Lundqvist to stop the puck.

Of course, Lundqvist did enough of that on his own, especially with a rapid-fire, three-stop strategy (excuse my Formula One reference there) on Parise in the second period that had everybody at Madison Square Garden gawking.

In the Western Conference, Los Angeles has been acting like the team to beat. They fully outplayed the Phoenix Coyotes in Game One and that was not only accentuated by the 4-2 score but by Coyotes coach Dave Tippett’s analysis after the game. The Kings have been getting lots of great play from top guys like Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick and Anze Kopitar but they are also really benefitting from the likes of Dwight King and Jordan Nolan, who are really making a difference by filling their assigned roles.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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