Player News - Sharks

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Raffi Torres accounted for the game-winner in San Jose's 6-3 victory over Los Angeles in Game 1 of the first round.

Torres has 10 goals in 62 career playoff games and remarkably four of them have been game-winners. He also had a team-high seven hits in the Sharks' playoff opener.
Apr 18 - 10:34 AM

James Sheppard recorded two assists in San Jose's 6-3 win against Los Angeles in Game 1.

It was Sheppard's first career multi-point playoff game. He had four goals and 20 points in 67 contests in the regular season.
Apr 18 - 10:32 AM

Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 6-3 victory on Thursday.

Burns' efforts helped San Jose claim a 1-0 lead on Los Angeles in the first round series. He had 22 goals and 48 points in 69 games this season.
Apr 18 - 10:29 AM

One of the keys to Game 2 for the San Jose Sharks will be to shrug off their rough third period in their playoff opener.

The Sharks established a 5-0 lead over Los Angeles through 40 minutes, but the Kings fought back in the third before eventually losing 6-3. The Sharks still have a 1-0 edge in the series, but they need to guard against the momentum from the final 20 minutes carrying over into Game 2.
Apr 18 - 10:27 AM

Antti Niemi turned aside 31 of 34 shots in San Jose's 6-3 win over Los Angeles Thursday night.

Niemi was perfect in the first two periods, but in the third period he allowed three goals. Niemi ended his regular season with a 39-17-7 record and he will be the number one goalie for the Sharks in the playoffs.
Apr 18 - 3:59 AM

Tomas Hertl scored a goal and registered an assist in San Jose's 6-3 win over Los Angeles in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series Thursday night.

Hertl, who missed most of the regular season with a knee injury, played a solid game and scored his first career playoff goal. Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic both had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, while James Sheppard added two helpers in the win. Patrick Marleau, Raffi Torres and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks.
Apr 18 - 3:56 AM

Raffi Torres (knee) will play Thursday when the Sharks host Los Angeles in their playoff opener.

He sat out the last 17 games of the regular season to rest after returning for five games from knee surgery. Torres skated with Andrew Desjardins and Martin Havlat on the fourth line during the morning session.
Apr 17 - 6:04 PM

Antti Niemi will start in Game 1 against Los Angeles.

The Sharks made some waves when they didn't immediately name their starter for Thursday's playoff opener, but it shouldn't come as a surprise that Niemi will get the nod.
Apr 17 - 2:01 PM

Matthew Nieto might be on the Sharks' second line in Game 1 of the first round.

If that's the case, then Nieto will be playing alongside Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture. He had 10 goals and 24 points in 66 games in his rookie campaign.
Apr 17 - 10:39 AM

Raffi Torres (knee) is probable for Game 1 on Thursday.

Torres was on the ice with the Sharks on Wednesday. "Today, he looked even better. You can probably interpret that as him being ready to go," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Torres. "Now, with that being said, I haven't sat with him, I haven't met with him after the skate today yet." If Torres dresses, it will probably be as a bottom-six forward.
Apr 16 - 6:23 PM

Tomas Hertl skated on the Sharks' third line during Wednesday's practice.

Take that with a grain of salt because San Jose keeps altering its lines. Hertl was playing on the top line before he suffered a major knee injury and he might end up back in that role at various points during the playoffs.
Apr 16 - 6:20 PM

Joe Pavelski skated on the Sharks' top line with Joe Thornton on Wednesday.

It's worth noting because there was some discussion of moving Pavelski to the third line to balance them out. He had 41 goals and 79 points in 82 games this season.
Apr 16 - 2:20 PM

The San Jose Sharks are considering using Joe Pavelski as the team's third-line center.

That's an unusual spot for a guy that scored 41 goals, but moving Pavelski might give the Sharks three strong scoring lines. In that scenario Tomas Hertl would probably be reunited with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns on the top line.
Apr 16 - 11:00 AM

The San Jose Sharks aren't naming their starting goaltender for Game 1.

The fact that it's even possible that backup goalie Alex Stalock might start over Antti Niemi is telling. Niemi dropped off from his superb 2013 numbers with a 2.39 GAA and .913 save percentage in 64 games this season.
Apr 15 - 10:52 AM

Bracken Kearns (undisclosed) is available for Game 1 of the Sharks' first-round series.

Kearns left Saturday's game due to the ailment. He has three goals and five points in 25 contests this season.
Apr 15 - 10:50 AM


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