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You can never read enough news about a Tampa Bay Lightning victory, right? Especially when Jon Cooper took a gamble with the lineup, and produced a miracle. Tyler Johnson was able to spark his fifteen-game goal drought to produce not one but two goals yesterday.
“Star Wars night was celebrated in wonderful fashion at Amalie Arena and the Lightning put on a great performance to get back into the win column. The previous road trip displayed sloppy play, regression, and a perceived lack of motivation from Tampa Bay. Seeing them get a few days of rest and come out as strong as they did this evening is a good sign that their slight slump was merely a road bump on their stellar season so far.”
and seemed like they might even hold steady yesterday, Tim Heed, Melker Karlsson, up until the third period when their legs gave out. Lightning expose Sharks’ weaknesses: "The line up from San Jose was about as good as it could be for a team that is missing key pieces. Joonas Donskoi,The San Jose Sharks played on the second half of a back-to-back, and Mikkel Boedker all sat tonight, leaving some shuffling through out the line up."
who entered with four goals. “Sometimes you get the chances and bounces and they don’t go your way. Other times,It's nice to wake up to west-coast news like this: Sharks’ winning streak ends with loss to Tampa Bay. “That’s how hockey goes, you get those garbage goals that just find a way to go in. Luckily for me,Authentic Ivan Provorov jersey,” said Johnson, I was able to break through.”
Burns: Three things we learned from sweeping the Sharks. "Neither of Johnson's markers were garbage goals on Saturday. On the first, he outraced a Sharks penalty killer to reach a dumped puck in the zone first and shoot past an unaware Martin Jones. On the second, he was working hard in front of the net and was able to rebound Stamkos' saved shot."
Mishkin's Extra Shift: Lightning 5, Sharks 2. "Speaking of Johnson, he had a terrific game playing with Steven Stamkos and Vladdy Namestnikov. He ended up scoring twice and snapped his career-long 15-game goalless skid. He had had some close calls in recent games by using his speed and attacking the net. He finally was rewarded in this game."
Beat Sharks. "Vasilevskiy had his own set of challenges in the game. The Sharks did take their fair share of shots,Authentic Ivan Provorov jersey,Lightning Wait Out Goaltending, but the action was largely in San Jose’s end. Some of the hardest saves in hockey come after having not seen one for a while. In the first period, putting up 16 in the first two periods,adidas Travis Konecny jersey, it took a freakish rebound to set up the Sharks’ goal. In the second, nothing got past Vasilevskiy."
Coach Pete DeBoer isn’t hiding his disappointment over the latest injury to hit the Sharks dressing room.
After Martin Jones and Tim Heed suffered injuries on Nov. 25, the Sharks took a jab on the chin when Joonas Donskoi left Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers with what DeBoer is calling a,adidas Wayne Simmonds jersey, “mid-to-lower body injury.”
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The good news is that the Sharks (13-8-2) are labelling Donskoi’s ailment as a “day-to-day” injury. The 25-year-old Finn will be sidelined for Friday’s game against the Florida Panthers (10-12-2) in Sunrise, Fla., but DeBoer said the injury “doesn’t look like it’s serious.”
Nevertheless,adidas Claude Giroux jersey, the timing couldn’t be worse.
After struggling through his second-NHL season last year, putting together a bounce back season with seven goals and 12 points in 23 games. At this point, Donskoi is delivering on the challenge that DeBoer laid out for him in training camp, Donskoi is one of the only forwards producing on a team that ranks 31st in the NHL in five-on-five goals (34).
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The last thing the Sharks wanted was for Donskoi to hit a snag after he battled injuries to his shoulder and foot throughout a large chunk of the 2016-17 season.
“You’re disappointed for him because he’s just rolling,” DeBoer said. “He’s had some injuries over the last two years that have derailed him, so you don’t want him to get off the track that he was on.
“I don’t think he will. I think he’s in a different place than he was a year ago.”
2. Ryan Carpenter rejoins lineup for homecoming in Florida.
Carpenter won’t need any extra inspiration when he rejoins the Sharks lineup Friday. He’ll receive a reminder of the unlikelihood of his journey to the NHL when he suits up for his first home-state game with his parents and sister in the crowd.
hockey in his future when he first started playing hockey in Orlando around the age of seven.
“As a kid,” Carpenter said. “When you’re older, you don’t really think about the path that it would take to get here, you realize it’s a wind about way. It’s definitely not a hot bed.”
Carpenter, who grew up in suburban Orlando, fell in love with the sport by going to see the Orlando Solar Bears play live in the now-defunct International Hockey League. His bantam hockey squad drew kids in from all over the state — Tampa to Jacksonville — because there weren’t enough quality players in Orlando to form a competitive team.
“There were times where we went and played tournaments in Minnesota, and you’d get your butt whipped a couple times, Canada or Boston,” Carpenter said. “You’d realize how good the hockey players out there are that are your age.”
After going as far as he could with the sport in Florida, Carpenter moved north at age 16 to play minor hockey in Michigan. From there, he went on to play junior hockey with the United States Hockey League’s Sioux City Musketeers and NCAA hockey at Bowling Green before signing a contract with the Sharks organization as an undrafted free agent in March 2014.
Carpenter’s NHL dream will come full circle when he takes the ice in Sunrise Friday.
“It’s cool,” he said. “I remember having a Panthers jersey when I was a kid, a little one playing street hockey wearing it.”
3. Dell will start back-to-back games for the first time in his NHL career.
Dell will carve a new hole into his belt Friday when he starts back-to-back games for the first time in his NHL career.
The Sharks backup started Tuesday’s game because Martin Jones suffered a minor injury on Nov. 25,adidas Ivan Provorov jersey, and he’s likely getting the nod against the Panthers because DeBoer wants to save his No.1 goalie for Saturday’s showdown with the NHL’s top team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“It’s just another game for me,” Dell said. “I had a couple days off in between, so it’s not like it was straight back to backs or anything. I just need to prepare the same way I always do.”
Jones’ return to health is good news for the Sharks as DeBoer declined on Tuesday to guarantee his return to the crease during the team’s four-game road trip. With Jones ready to go, the Sharks reassigned Antoine Bibeau to the AHL Barracuda Thursday.
Kevin Labanc will rejoin the Sharks lineup Friday as Danny O’Regan will serve as a healthy scratch. Heed is still day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered on Nov. 25.
The Hurricanes lost on the road, falling 5-1 to the New York Rangers. Carolina has had wavering recent results,adidas Ivan Provorov jersey, now sitting 1-3-1 in its last five games.
The pressure could be mounting on the Hurricanes.
“Look at the standings and figure out where it is,” Carolina coach Bill Peters said. “It’s straightforward.”
The Hurricanes are playing in their fourth set of back-to-back games this season, holding a 1-1-1 record on the back end the first three times.
The Hurricanes have the fewest penalty minutes (5:02 per game before Friday) in the NHL,Authentic Travis Konecny jersey, but they were called for seven infractions totaling 14 minutes in the game in New York.
“Yeah, lots of penalties for a team that usually doesn’t take many, there were lots,Authentic Wayne Simmonds jersey,” Peters said. “It was hard to get guys in the game. A lot of guys that we count on to provide offense for us and get us going were sitting on the bench for extended periods of time. Lots of time on the PK for some reason tonight.”
The Panthers might not arrive in a much better frame of mind even though they’ve appeared to turn the corner at times.
“We’re starting to figure it out,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. “We’re getting contributions throughout the lineup.”
Yet the Florida team can’t take anything for granted as it has 22 team points — three fewer than the Hurricanes.
For Boughner, the challenge is making sure his team doesn’t fluctuate when it shows it can be on a good roll.
“Never assume,Authentic Claude Giroux jersey,” Boughner said. “We’re hammering on the foundation and the systems every day. It becomes instinct. After a while, there’s no thinking to be had. It becomes instinct on the ice.”
This is Florida’s second trip to Carolina in less than a month. The Hurricanes won 3-1 last month with goalie Scott Darling in the net.
Darling was taking responsibility after Friday night’s loss.
“We don’t have a big margin of error right now,” Darling said. “We just get ready for the next game. You can’t dwell on this. You’ll learn from it, and just move forward and try and fix the little things that didn’t work and get it done next game.”
Peters isn’t about to blame the goaltending.
“I think our goaltending has been consistent,Authentic Shayne Gostisbehere jersey,” Peters said. “There has been some issues on the ice with us giving up too many. There have been some cases of lack of communication. But that starts in the offensive zone.”
This is Carolina’s final home game before a six-game road trip. The Hurricanes won’t be back home until Dec. 16 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
For the Panthers, this is the only road assignment during a five-game stretch with the next three games at home.
The Washington Capitals downed the Metropolitan Division leaders at home on Saturday night behind goals from Ovechkin and Kuznetsov.
The Washington Capitals dropped the Metropolitan Division-leading Columbus Blue Jackets at home at Capital One Arena on Saturday night, riding good old fashioned, old-school nasty goals from Russian snipers Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin.
Plus: Evgeny Kuznetsov kept his point avalanche a-rollin’ downhill, banking a beautiful goal in the third period and driving play like Shakespeare with a chauffeur.
Minus: Nicklas Backstrom, failed to score a goal again tonight, despite being an otherwise all-around stone cold Swedish stud, continuing his career-long drought.