San Jose Watch
Hello Hockey Fans!
Jake Denver, Worcester Sharks intern here keeping you updated on our NHL affiliate the San Jose Sharks. As the regular season has come to an end the Sharks have clinched a playoff spot as the sixth seed in the Western Conference. Here’s what you’ll need to know as the Sharks begin their journey for the Stanley Cup.
Jake Denver –
Updated 5pm Monday, April 29, 2013

Team Notes:
• The San Jose Sharks (25-16-7, 57pts) finished the regular season third in the Pacific conference and sixth in the Western Conference
• The Sharks finished the regular season with a home record of 17-2-5 (Best in NHL) an away record of 8-14-2 and finished the season going 5-5-0 in their last ten games.
• The Sharks enter the playoffs in the sixth seed of the Western Conference and will play the Vancouver Canucks in the first round in a best of seven series.
• The Sharks went 3-0-0 against the Canucks in the regular season.
• The Sharks enter the playoffs on a two game losing streak.

Last three games:
The 2013 regular season has come to an end and the Sharks have found themselves as the in the sixth seed of the Western Conference as they head into the post season and start their journey to become the Stanley Cup champions. Here is how the Sharks did in their last three games of the regular season.

Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture scored clutch third period goals on Tuesday, April 23rd as the Sharks defeated the Dallas Stars 3-2. Raffi Torres continued his goal scoring form in the first period to put the Sharks up early with a power play goal. Dallas responded with goals from Antoine Roussell and Loui Eriksson to give Dallas the lead going into the third. The Sharks caught fire when Couture and Pavelski stepped up to score 30 seconds apart from each other to grab the win for the Sharks. Niemi had 24 saves in net for the Sharks.

The Sharks lost 2-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday, April 24 in their second to last game of the season. The Coyotes came out flying scoring two first period goals. Michael Stone scored the Coyotes first goal and minutes later Keith Yandle scored a power play goal to give the Coyotes the Early lead. Brent Burns scored for the Sharks in the second period to bring the game within one but both teams played a scoreless third period and the game ended 2-1. Thomas Griess got his fifth start of the year in net for the Sharks and had 30 saves in the losing effort.

The Sharks ended the regular season with a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, April 27. Logan Couture and TJ Galiardi scored goals for the Sharks but it wasn’t enough to secure the win. Goals from Kyle Clifford, Slava Voynov and Justin Williams were enough to propel the Kings to victory. Niemi had 24 saves for the Sharks.

Next three Games:
With the regular season coming to an end, the Sharks will play the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs in a seven game series. Because Vancouver is a higher seed they were awarded home ice advantage in the series.

The Sharks will play the Canucks (26-15-7, 59pts) in Vancouver on Wednesday, May 1st and Friday, May 3rd in Vancouver. Each game will be played at 10:30pm EST.

On Sunday, May 5th the Sharks will return to play their first home playoff game of the 2013 season at 10pm EST.

The Sharks went 3-0-0 against the Canucks during the regular season.

Worcester players currently in San Jose:
There are nine players on the San Jose roster who have suited up for Worcester this season. Of those nine, here’s who is active in San Jose:

• James Sheppard has played 32 games for San Jose and has one goal and three assists on the season.
• Tim Kennedy has scored 2 goals in 13 games for San Jose this season while recording 24 shots.
• Matt Irwin has 6 goals and 6 assists for twelve points in 38 games for the Sharks this season.
• Defenseman Matt Tennyson was recently called up to San Jose and has tallied 2 assists in four games with eight shots.

Familiar Faces
Logan Couture (2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons), Justin Braun (2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons), Jason Demers (2009-10 season), Tommy Wingels (2011-12 season), Andrew Desjardins (2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons), Thomas Greiss (2008-09 season), and Joe Pavelski (2006-07 season) are San Jose players who have spent time in Worcester in past seasons. Here’s how their doing for the San Jose Sharks:

• Logan Couture (21-16-37) is second on the team in points (37) and leads the team for most goals scored (21).
• Justin Braun has suited up in 41 games and has seven assists for the Sharks.
• Jason Demers has played in 22 games and recorded 27 shots and a goal and two assists for San Jose this season.
• Andrew Desjardins has played in 41 games and has two goals and an assist for San Jose. Desjardins leads the team with 61 penalty minutes.
• Tommy Wingles has five goals and eight assists in 42 games for San Jose this season.
• Joe Pavelski (16-15-31) is third on the team in goals scored (16)
• Thomas Greiss is 1-4-0 in the five games he has started between the pipes for San Jose this year. Griess has played in 6 games this year, relieving Annti Niemi once this season. Greiss has a goals against average of 2.53 and a save percentage of .915

Team Leaders:
• Joe Thornton (7-33-40) leads San Jose in assists (33) and total points (40)
• Patrick Marleau (17-14-31) is second on San Jose in goals (17)
• Dan Boyle (7-13-20) leads San Jose defenseman in assists (13) and total points (20)
• Annti Niemi has started 43 games in goal for San Jose and has a record of 24-12-6. Niemi has a goals against average of 2.16 and a save percentage of .924

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