Found March 20, 2012 on
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Martin Havlat returned to the lineup last Thursday Night at the Shark Tank in San Jose in an important game against the Nashville Predators, which the Sharks won 2-1 in a shootout.
His return is exactly what the Sharks need to make that final playoff push and get them into the post-season.
In the 10 games before Havlat’s return, San Jose had gone (2-6-2), scored only 17 goals in that stretch, and had fallen out of a playoff spot. With Havlat in the lineup they are 18-7-3 compared to 18-14-7 without him.
In the three games since Havlat came back from injury they have beaten solid opponents in Nashville and Detroit before losing to Anaheim on Monday.
Havlat has made a significant impact on the scoresheet in his first three games back, tallying four points (3G, 1A), including the game winning goal in OT on Saturday against the Red Wings.
He has also added more of a threat in even strength play, since the Sharks now have two potent scoring lines for other teams to match up again...
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Flipgate is back in session. Martin Havlat had an Andrew Ference moment on Tuesday night when a "fist-pump malfunction" at the Staples Center was mistaken middle finger. After the game, Halvat denied giving the Staples Center the one-finger salute, but check out the video below and you be the judge.
In their 5-2 loss to the Kings Tuesday, Martin Havlat may have made a case for a new user-controlled celebration that EA Sports should really consider adding to their NHL series. You tell me, after scoring the tying goal at 15:48 of the 1st period, did Martin Havlat flip out on the Kings fans and give them the middle finger? That screenshot sure looks like it.Here's the clip...
Scott Burnside and Craig Custance of ESPN look at Kings/Sharks, Stars/Coyotes and Canucks/Blackhawks, CUSTANCE: There’s no doubt that the Sharks missing the playoffs would be a colossal failure, and not just because I picked them to win the Stanley Cup. How you can get blown out 5-2 in an absolutely crucial game against the Kings is beyond me. That kind of effort is mystifying...
The slumping San Jose Sharks may be about to receive a rather large boost to their defence corps, but not until the end of the season, of course.
According to David Pollak, current Detroit Red Wings defenceman Brad Stuart could wind up in San Jose as early as the 2012-2013 season. From Pollak:
Brad Stuart let it be known several weeks ago that it was very unlikely he’d be back...
Playing a last-place team with a rusty goaltender on the back-end of a back-to-back appeared to be the perfect recipe to get the San Jose Sharks back into first place in the Pacific Division.
Instead they delivered a dud of a performance that left them on the outside of the playoff picture with just 10 games remaining in the season.
Bobby Ryan had a goal and two assists and Jeff...
The Sharks tired as this game went on in a 5-2 loss against their division rivals the LA Kings. With an empty net goal the Kings moved into a playoff spot in the Western conference and the Sharks are on the outside looking in.
Thirty hours ago the Sharks were getting ready to face the Ducks and an opportunity to vault themselves into first place in the Pacific division and third in the West...
LA KINGS 35-25-1282 pts, 9th in Western ConferencevsSAN JOSE SHARKS36-26-1082 pts, 10th in Western Conference
Sharks Lead Season Series 2-1
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There was a good discussion on Twitter today regarding what changes could be made to the team should the Sharks' season end early. There were a lot of good ideas thrown around and I wanted to highlight a few for those who did not have a chance to participate earlier. I want to thank SirSharkie, @xMostWanted559x, @shampeon, @joedunlavy, @stalockrox, @billythesid, @zeroindlugence...
The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings are in the thick of a four-team race for the Pacific Division title despite entering Tuesday night's matchup at Staples Center on the outside of the postseason picture.
San Jose (36-26-10) and Los Angeles (35-25-12) each will look to keep pace in the division and Western Conference, and the surging Kings hope to improve their position...