Player News - Sharks

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Martin Jones stopped 38 of 41 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1.

Jones faced 15 shots in the opening frame and a staggering 18 in the third period. As you might expect, those are the two periods where Pittsburgh generated all of its offense. St. Louis had considerably more difficulty getting shots on goal in the Western Conference Final. In fact, the last time Jones faced at least 40 shots in a single game was on May 5 against the Nashville Predators in the second round.
May 30 - 11:12 PM

Patrick Marleau found the back of the net in the Sharks' 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 1 Monday night.

Marleau now has five goals and 13 points in 19 playoff games. Tomas Hertl scored the Sharks' other goal. Brent Burns assisted on both markers. Logan Couture and Joonas Donskoi each registered an assist.
May 30 - 11:07 PM

Martin Jones will play between the pipes in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Not that you needed confirmation of that, but here it is anyways. Jones has helped guide the Sharks this far by posting a 2.12 GAA and .919 save percentage in 18 playoff starts.
May 30 - 7:55 PM

It looks like Matthew Nieto will indeed be scratched for Game 1.

Whether or not you want to refer to it as a healthy scratch is up to you. Nieto had been dealing with an upper-body injury, but he's also been medically cleared to play. Nieto took part in the Sharks' pregame warmup, but didn't skate on a line.
May 30 - 7:54 PM

Matthew Nieto (upper body) is medically cleared to play in Game 1 on Monday.

Although Nieto is available to play, there's still a good chance that he won't. He was on the ice late after the morning skate, which would suggest that he'll be scratched, healthy or otherwise.
May 30 - 7:36 PM

Justin Braun is expected to play on Monday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

His father-in-law passed away recently, but the Sharks defender is still projected to be in the lineup. Braun has contributed four assists and a plus-7 rating in 18 playoff games. We would like to extend our condolences for his loss.
May 30 - 5:50 PM

Matthew Nieto (upper body) was on the ice late after the morning skate.

Based on that it appears as though he will be scratched for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Pittsburgh. Nieto hasn't played since May 9 due to an upper-body injury.
May 30 - 5:13 PM

The San Jose Sharks have plenty of confidence in Martin Jones.

"It does steady our team," defenseman Paul Martin said. "Jonesy in general is a pretty reserved goaltender. He's really calm back there, which makes it easy for us to play defense in front of him. Not too many things get to him or rattle him. So to know that he's back there every game giving us the chance to win is big and not worrying about, OK, if he lets one in, are we going to be changing goalies? I think the mental part of that really helps." Most other teams in the postseason have used multiple goalies, but the Sharks have used Jones in all but 29:05 of this run. Jones has posted a 12-6 record with a 2.12 GAA and .919 save percentage going into the Stanley Cup Final.
May 30 - 4:31 PM

San Jose's power play has been superb in the playoffs, especially in the team's victories.

The Sharks have gone 15-for-40 (37.5 percent) in their 12 postseason wins and just 2-for-23 (8.7 percent) in their six losses. San Jose has posted a 3-4 record when they haven't scored on the man advantage, but getting the most out of opportunities will be important in the Stanley Cup Final versus Pittsburgh.
May 30 - 2:37 PM

Nick Spaling will play against his former Pittsburgh teammates in the Stanley Cup Final.

Spaling suited up in 82 games with the Penguins in 2014-15 before he was sent to Toronto in the Phil Kessel trade. The Leafs moved him to San Jose, where he has played on the fourth line and worked on the penalty kill.
May 30 - 10:13 AM

Joe Thornton will play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

He skated in 150 postseason games before reaching the finals for the first time. Thornton has 91 assists and 118 points in his NHL playoff career, with 18 points coming in 18 games during the Sharks' current run.

Patrick Marleau played 165 playoff games before reaching his first Stanley Cup Final.

He lost three times in the Conference Finals and needed 16 trips to the playoffs to get to this point. The 36-year-old forward has 64 goals and 115 points in the postseason, including 12 points in 18 games in 2016.

Joel Ward believes number 22 should be retired throughout the NHL in honor of Willie O'Ree.

O'Ree was the first black hockey player to play in the NHL. "I definitely think Willie should be recognized for sure," Ward said. "The league obviously does that with task force but I do think that Willie should definitely be a big part of the league for sure for what he did. It’s a no-brainer. Without Willie, it would be tough for me to be sitting here today. I definitely think Willie should be a big part of this." Ward wears number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.
May 29 - 6:22 PM

The Sharks expect Matt Nieto to be available for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.

Nieto has been out since he suffered an upper-body injury in Game 6 of San Jose's second round series against Nashville. The 23-year-old practiced on Friday and Saturday, but he wasn't skating on any of the four lines. Even though he might be available, it doesn't look like he'll suit up on Monday. A lot can change between now and then.
May 29 - 3:29 PM

Brent Burns leads all NHL defensemen with 20 playoff points.

Burns trails teammate Logan Couture by four points for the overall NHL lead heading into the Stanley Cup Final. The bearded legend has been a rock on the blueline for the Sharks and will definitely get serious Conn Smythe consideration should the San Jose Sharks win Lord Stanley's Cup.
May 29 - 10:41 AM


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