Marian Hossa scored twice to back a strong effort by goalie Corey Crawford, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 Thursday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1.
Chicago is moving on in the postseason for the first time since the championship run in 2010, and will face either San Jose or Detroit if the Red Wings get past Anaheim.
The way the Blackhawks have dominated, anything less than a trip to the Stanley Cup finals would be a disappointment for them. Read More
The San Jose Sharks dropped their final two regular-season games, both on the road, and they will have to quickly figure out how to remedy that if they are going to advance in the playoffs.
The Sharks, who earned the sixth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, will open their series against third-seeded Vancouver on Wednesday as the NHL unveiled postseason schedules on Sunday. Read More
SAN JOSE — One month after being mired in ninth place in the Western Conference, just hoping to squeeze into the postseason, the San Jose Sharks have clinched a ninth straight playoff berth and can now push for home-ice advantage in the first round.
Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored goals 30 seconds apart late in the third period to help the Sharks clinch the playoffs in their final home game of the season with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. Read More
The Sharks look to avoid being swept in the season series as they face the Pacific Division-rival Dallas Stars in their regular-season home finale today.
San Jose, which enters with a stellar 16-2-5 home record, seeks its first win against the Stars in four tries as it lost two low-scoring games in Dallas and dropped a 5-4 shootout decision at HP Pavilion.
The Sharks, who are 2-1-0 on their four-game homestand, can clinch a playoff spot with a win or as long as the game goes to overtime. Read More
SAN JOSE — Ryan Johansen scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:37 remaining to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a big boost in their push for the playoffs with a 4-3 victory over the Sharks on Sunday night.
Mark Letestu scored twice and Vinny Prospal also scored for the Blue Jackets, who moved into a tie for seventh place with Minnesota in the Western Conference with 51 points. Columbus has played one more game than the Wild and two more than the ninth-place Detroit Red Wings, who are three points back in the race for the final playoff spot. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves. Read More
Doug Wilson’s mailbox should be overflowing with apology letters right now. As the Sharks struggled through a miserable scoring drought last month, many among the teal-clad faithful insisted that he blow up the team’s core nucleus.
But the team didn’t need to part ways with Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau or Dan Boyle to surge up the Western Conference standings. The missing piece was already on the bench; he just had to switch spots. Read More
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The San Jose Sharks have been one of the NHL's best teams at home so they should be in good playoff position with their next four games at the Shark Tank.
Heading back to the Bay Area after a key road victory should make them feel even more comfortable.
Antti Niemi stopped 35 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, Tommy Wingels had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks raced past Phoenix in the second period to beat the Coyotes 4-0 on Monday night. Read More
After failing to keep pace with the reigning Stanley Cup champions in the battle for fourth place in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, the Sharks attempt to end their road trip on a high note when they visit the Pacific Division rival Phoenix Coyotes tonight. Read More
DETROIT — Patrick Marleau helped San Jose start strong and finish well.Marleau scored a short-handed goal early in the game and the shootout winner, lifting the Sharks to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.San Jose, trying to earn home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, moved into fourth place for at least a couple hours in the Western Conference, one point ahead of St. Louis and Los Angeles."It's huge," Marleau said. "But still a lot of room for error both ways."Detroit's margin is very slim. Read More
While the Sharks continue their quest for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings look to maintain their hold on eighth place in the Western Conference when the clubs meet at Joe Louis Arena today.
San Jose is one point behind the Los Angeles Kings for fourth place in the West, failing to overtake the reigning Stanley Cup champions by dropping a 4-0 decision to the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Tuesday. Read More