How are things going for the Vegas Golden Knights? Marc-Andre Fleury is doing the wave:
In his ninth season, in his fourth city, Evander Kane had played 574 games without ever making the playoffs. (That was just five games shy of Carolina’s Jeff Skinner, who now has no real challengers.) So when Kane earlier this week called himself a “playoff player,” he was talking style, not experience.
Ahead of the San Jose Sharks’ trip to Winnipeg on Sunday, NBC Sports California tweeted a video that appears to be culled from a larger one asking Sharks players their least favorite road trip destination. Three players—forward Tomas Hertl and defensemen Justin Braun and Tim Heed—picked Winnipeg, and explained why:
The Leafs’ Nazem Kadri and Sharks’ Joe Thornton got chippy with each other about as fast as possible tonight—sniping at each other in the faceoff circle to the point of getting kicked out of the circle before dropping gloves to start fighting, all of two seconds into the game.
Hockey dude Henrik Lundqvist literally fell flat on his face on this play that gave the Sharks their fourth and final “goal” last night.
Sharks winger Joel Ward said that he may kneel in protest during the national anthem in a San Jose Mercury News interview focusing on his experience as one of hockey’s relatively few black players.
About midway though the second period of the Edmonton Oilers game against the San Jose Sharks, Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was ejected for spearing the Sharks’ Chris Tierney right in the dick and balls. Edmonton was down 5-0 when Draisaitl lashed out.
Sharks center Logan Couture could miss some time after taking a deflected puck to the mouth in Saturday’s 7-2 loss to the Predators.
Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is listed at 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, and depending on the time of year, even that might be severely underselling it. The point is you don’t want to be in his way when his brakes go out.
Hockey scrums can be a chaotic mess of limbs, so it’s understandable that the Wild’s Chris Stewart would accidentally biff teammate Zach Parise in the face during Sunday’s game. What’s better is that Stewart tried to play it off by smacking someone else.
The Wild beat the Sharks 3-1 last night, and it would have been worse if not for Martin Jones’s totally accidental, totally unrepeatable save on a Chris Stewart shot. The Wild players threw their arms up as if Stewart had scored, but you can’t see what happened till you check the replays:
Calgary Flames rookie Matthew Tkachuk caught the stick of San Jose’s Brent Burns in last night’s game, but didn’t drop it on the ice. The 6-foot-2 Tkachuk nonchalantly skated to his bench with both twigs as the 6-foot-5 Burns followed. Doesn’t he know it’s not wise to upset a Wookiee?
Getting Sharks wingers Tomas Hertl and Tommy Wingels to throw on noise-blocking headphones and try to read each other’s lips is a good bit to begin with, but the real star here is Hertl’s giggle.
The pessimists’ view—the Sharks fan’s view, perhaps, by this point—is that after all this, after two fantastic months, San Jose merely found a brand new form of dickpunch. They’ve lost every other way before, in every other round, but not until 2016 did the Sharks and their fans discover what it’s like to make it all…
The Pittsburgh Penguins claimed their fourth Stanley Cup tonight with a 3-1 win in San Jose, led again by a defense that mostly kept the Sharks from generating meaningful opportunities.
Here’s something I wasn’t sure we’d see in these Finals, and I definitely didn’t think we’d see after he gave back two goals just five minutes in: a Martin Jones game.
We’ve talked about the Penguins’ depth, constructed through signings and trades and able to carry the load on nights the top lines don’t have it. We’ve talked about one of those scoring lines, even before Phil Kessel emerged as a potential Conn Smythe candidate. We’ve done plenty of talking about Sidney Crosby, who…
For awhile there, it looked like Pittsburgh wasn’t going to lose another game; the Penguins had become a completely different team somewhere around the midway point of their Game 5 loss to Tampa Bay. Thankfully (for neutral hockey fans, at least) San Jose found a goal when it counted, courtesy a Finn named Joonas…