POSTED ON Friday, 04.6.2012 / 3:00 PM PT
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. We got a taste of playoff hockey last night in LA and it’s only going to get better. Both teams really laid it on the line taking hits to make plays, blocking shots, getting punished in front of the net and doing whatever it takes to help your team win. We saw great moves, spectacular passes, great saves, phenomenal shots that led to goals and players showcasing the speed of the game with their tremendous skating.

  2. Love the idea of all 30 teams playing on the last day of the regular season. Because one team from each conference has to play against the other, why not have the previous two teams in the Stanley Cup play instead of the NY Islander at Columbus (who decided on that game by the way?). Wouldn’t Vancouver at Boston be a great way to finish up the regular season and kick off the playoffs?

  3. Last night in LA, for the first time in Sharks history two players, Clowe and Thornton, got Gordie Howe hat tricks in the same game. Jumbo had1 fight, 1 goal and 1 assist while Clowe had 2 fights, 1 goal and 1 assist.

    This is a good time to celebrate the great Gordie Howe. Here are some of his amazing accomplishments.
    • Played 25 years, 1767 games for the Detroit Red Wings.
    • Played 6 years in the WHA and then 1 season, at the age of 52, with Hartford in the NHL.
    • Won 6 Hart Trophies as League MVP and 6 Art Ross for leading the league in scoring.
    • Was as tough as they came. Gordie was a ferocious competitor and would get players back (often with his elbow) that went along with his amazing skill and hockey sense.
    • Total professional career: 32 years, 2186 games, 975 goals, 2358 points, 2085 penalty minutes.

  4. #PlayoffHockeyIsTheBest_NuffSaid

  5. Dan Boyle after the win in LA. “That was a crazy game, man. Down three-one we battled back. They got another one, we took the lead. It was a pretty entertaining game for the fans and it was a hard fought win. We showed a lot of character.”
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POSTED ON Friday, 04.6.2012 / 11:11 AM PT
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

I think I’m pretty safe in assuming that ALL Sharks fans and most of the hockey world expected the team to make the playoffs going into this season back in October. But after the Sharks returned from the long February road trip with 5 out of a possible 18 points there were plenty of doubters. On March 10th when the Sharks were shutout 3-0 at Phoenix to fall into 9th place did you REALLY think they’d get to the post season for an 8th straight year? Let’s be honest. Outside the Sharks dressing room there was plenty of doubt. Even as recently as March 28-29 when they dropped back to back games in Anaheim and Phoenix you had to wonder if this year’s group had what it takes. But inside the dressing room the mantra was the same. The team refused to allow doubt to creep in. They maintained their resolve. The coaches did their best to relieve the pressure and the leaders led. Now the Sharks are in the playoffs and still have a chance to win the Pacific and grab home ice advantage in the first round. Just like every hockey season this one was a roller coaster ride wrapped up in a soap opera. The Sharks have won 6 of their last 8 down the stretch, taken their rivalry with Los Angeles to new heights and completely reinvigorated the fan base.

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.6.2012 / 12:43 AM PT
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp

Hockey Hot Stove: Episode 10

The Sharks Broadcasters are back with Episode 10 of the Hockey Hot Stove. In this special late night / very early morning installment of the Hot Stove, the crew recaps one of the most exciting regular season games in Sharks history, Thursday night's 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

POSTED ON Thursday, 04.5.2012 / 6:00 AM PT

UPDATED AT 4:51 PM Pacific

It's game day in Southern California as the San Jose Sharks are ready to take on the Los Angeles Kings. A win on Thursday night is all the Sharks need to clinch a berth in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Check out the links below to prepare for the game. Be sure to circle back throughout the day as we'll update the Game Day Blog with current news, video interviews, and stories as they become available.

Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that the Sharks will be focused solely on getting things done in LA tonight and expect no help from others. Pollak also writes that Douglas Murray will likely not play, even if the defensemen is given the clear from trainers.
[ Working the Corners ]

CSN California Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz checks in with his "What to Watch For" game preview where he says the Sharks will have the mentality set to taking care of their own business. Kurz also expects that San Jose will use a similar lineup as fans have seen in the past two games.
[ Sharks Talk ]

LA  Kings Insider Rich Hammond caught up with Kings coach Darryl Sutter and asked for his impressions on the Sharks recent two game sweep against the Stars.
[ LA Kings Insider ]

LA Times reporter Helene Elliot spoke with Kings forward Mike Richards about how a playoff push in the final month of the regular season can prepare a team for a postseason run.
[ Los Angeles Times ]

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.3.2012 / 8:45 AM PT
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp

With the Sharks and the Stars set to face each other on Tuesday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, here are the links you need to read before the game:

Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan spoke to members of the media on Tuesday morning following morning skate and talked about the importance of tonight's game and having a good start.
[ SharksTV ]

Sharks Radio Play-by-Play broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky spoke to forward Ryane Clowe about tonight's matchup vs the Stars and what the Sharks need to do to win.
[ SharksTV ]


Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that Head Coach Todd McLellan reads the room every game and today he said he liked the energy in the room as the Sharks prepare to face the Dallas Stars.
[ Working the Corners ]

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POSTED ON Monday, 04.2.2012 / 8:48 AM PT

Here is The Daily Chomp's Monday Mailbag answering your questions sent in by Twitter (tweet @SanJoseSharks using #AskSJS), Facebook, or email.

What is the rule about penalties expiring when a goal is scored during a 4-on-4 situation?
- Nicole G.

TDC: In the video posted above, you can see a highlight of Joe Pavelski scoring a goal when the Sharks and Stars were each using just four skaters on the ice. This was a result of a penalty served by each squad where the infractions were seperate and not coincidental. Stars forward Vernon Fiddler was off the ice for a Boarding penalty called at 8:56 of the second period. On the ensuing power play opportunity, Sharks forward Logan Couture was called for Interference on the Goalkeeper at 9:05.

Thirty-four seconds later Pavelski scored during the 4-on-4 play. NHL rules on expiration criteria for minor penalties states that because there was no man-advantage during the play, both penalties continue to be served and 4-on-4 play remains. Here is an excerpt from the official rule book (Rule 16 - Minor Penalties) :

Minor penalty expiration criteria:

(i) Is the team scored against short-handed?

(ii) Is the team scored against serving a minor penalty on the clock?

The play did not meet the criteria and play resumed the same as it was before Pavelski's goal. To see a list of other possible scenerios related to man-advantage and short handed play, see this detailed table.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 04.1.2012 / 10:10 AM PT

On March 24 the Sharks Foundation hosted a "Shark for a Day" Fantasy Camp. The camp raises money for the Sharks Foundation and allows men and women to play out a life long dream of skating through the infamous Shark head as a member of the San Jose Sharks hockey club. Below, Randy Lashinski shares his story from this year's camp.


(From left to right) Curtis Brown, Ronnie Stern, Jeff Odgers, & Al Iafrate.
What is better than a pick-up or league game of adult hockey? In my opinion, there are two things. The first is teaching a group of children how to play hockey. This I do every Sunday morning with my six-year-old son and enjoy it as much as playing the game myself. The second is skating on HP Pavilion ice with legends like Al Iafrate, Jeff Odgers, Curtis Brown, Mike Ricci, Ronnie Stern, Jamie Baker and Dave Maley. This I did on Saturday, March 24 as part of the Sharks Foundation’s annual “Shark for a Day” Fantasy Camp.

Arriving at the Shark Tank at 7:00 AM Saturday morning to begin my journey with the other participants was a bit intimidating. I had so many thoughts running through my head. My friend Kenny Martin and I signed up for this adventure in December not knowing what to expect, but we were getting more and more excited as we entered the building and signed in. There was no turning back now.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.31.2012 / 9:59 AM PT

The Sharks and Stars are set to play in a pivital game on Saturday night. Here are the links you need to read before the game:

Mercury News beat writer David Pollak says the coaches and players do not avoid looking at this game with greater importance. Pollak also spoke with Murray who will be a game-time decision to play depending on health.
[ Working the Corners ]

CSN California writer Kevin Kurz talks about the Sharks previous stats against the Stars and highlights the potential goalie matchup between the two squads.
[ Sharks Talk ]

Dallas Morning News writer Mike Heika says there is no closer simulation to playoff hockey than in the next two games between the Sharks and Stars. Heika also highlights some of the storied history behind the division rivalry.
[ Dallas Morning News ]

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.30.2012 / 12:31 PM PT
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. I love the way Joe Pavelski plays the game of hockey. In the Sharks last four victories (Nashville, Detroit, Boston and Colorado) he has been the 1st star twice and the 2nd star twice. For good measure, he was also a star in the loss in Anaheim. The Big Pavelski uses all of his abilities to the utmost, and when the games are important, he finds a way to elevate his play. Pavelski competes every shift, plays for his teammates, and is about as selfless a player as you can get.

  2. I covered all the mirrors in my home because I’m ashamed to look at myself. Why you ask? Because in the past few weeks I have been cheering for teams that I would never in my wildest dream cheer for, including: Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis and, if you can believe it, Vancouver.

  3. When Florida makes the playoffs they will end a 10-year postseason drought. So the dubious honors of “team that last made the playoffs” goes to the center of the hockey world, aka the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last time the Leafs made the playoffs was the 2003-04 season.

    Only 232 miles separates Toronto and Detroit, but they are a lot further apart when it comes to hockey organizations. Both are Original 6 teams, but while one has lost 20 of 25 games and will miss the playoffs for the 7th consecutive season the other will be in the playoffs for the 21st straight year.
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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.29.2012 / 11:10 AM PT
By Frank Albin - Director of Broadcasting / The Daily Chomp

So in a weird chance of fate Gary Bettman calls in sick and big boys in New York call me to let me know I’m now in charge….

Here’s how my first day on the job goes:

--Reduce the regular season schedule to 70 games. The level of hockey would move to another level. 82 games is just too many games to ask of a player. Teams need their rest and quality practices. I’ll let the revenue guys figure out how to make this work.

--Move struggling franchises to viable Canadian markets. Put teams in Quebec City, Hamilton or a second team in Toronto. Contract from 2 to 4 teams and work to make game.

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2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56


J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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