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Gabriel John Ostler
April 11, 2019 - 11:16 am
On a Stanley Cup Playoffs opening night when even the world-destroying Tampa Bay Lightning weren’t safe with a 3-0 lead, the San Jose Sharks were able to race out to a 3-0 advantage of their own and hang on for a 5-2 victory versus a keyed-up Vegas Golden Knights squad. As we covered on this very...
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Gabriel John Ostler
April 04, 2019 - 9:25 am
The San Jose Sharks have two more regular-season games left to play, but their lack of impact on the team’s overall standing and performance is only matched by the fans’ lack of desire to see the teal gang take the ice at this particular moment. Limping in to the playoffs with an abysmal record of...
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Gabriel John Ostler
March 28, 2019 - 12:46 pm
A mere week ago, we were exhorting the Sharks to buck up and plow through their remaining spate of games for the sake of pride, the sake of honor, and the sake of decent playoff seeding in the lethally top-heavy Western Conference. Now, in the wake of five consecutive losses, most San Jose fans can...
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Gabriel John Ostler
March 21, 2019 - 11:30 am
The San Jose Sharks are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, through no fault of their own. Bitterness may seem unbecoming when it pertains to the second-place team in the Western Conference, but following three consecutive dismal losses where the Sharks had a chance to punch their postseason ticket on...
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Gabriel John Ostler
March 14, 2019 - 10:27 am
Coaches in the modern NHL have trended away from “numbering” their lines, owing to an obvious ordinal connotation that ranks higher numbers above lower ones. Evidently it’s better for morale to just know that certain players see a great deal more of ice time than others without having the stigma of...
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Gabriel John Ostler
March 07, 2019 - 9:52 am
Erik Karlsson is the best player on the San Jose Sharks. Brent Burns is a Norris Trophy winner and singular presence as a defenseman, occupying rarified air that only the likes of Drew Doughty and Mark Giordano sniff on a regular basis. Joe Pavelski is the heart and soul of the boys in teal,...
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Gabriel John Ostler
February 26, 2019 - 9:30 am
When Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announces his presence on the trade market, other teams take notice. After declaring that San Jose would likely be buyers at the deadline, Wilson followed through, executing a classic swap between haves and have-nots as he acquired right winger Gustav Nyquist...
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Gabriel John Ostler
February 21, 2019 - 12:36 pm
If nothing else occurs from here on out, Kevin Labanc’s 2018-19 Sharks season will still provide the tremendous answer to a trivia question: Who did Joe Thornton feed for both goals that led to Jumbo tying and then passing Gordie Howe on the all-time assists leaderboard? Oh, just this speedster...
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