Rumor Roundup: What to watch as trade deadline draws near

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With the 2015 NHL All-Star Game now history and teams returning to action on Tuesday, the focus shifts toward the approaching NHL trade deadline on March 2. It’s expected trade activity will increase over the next five weeks as more clubs fall out of playoff contention.

As the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch observes, only four teams – Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers – can be considered non-contenders and therefore sellers in the trade market. Between now and the trade deadline, Garrioch believes they will be joined by the Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers. Read more

San Jose Sharks honor Metallica with awesome custom jerseys

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Metallica is one of the seminal rock bands in music history, and they’ve got quite a storied history in California. The group has made evident their love of Bay Area sports teams, and the San Jose Sharks played their part on Wednesday night with ‘Metallica Night.’

As part of the themed night, the team had vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, and bassist Robert Trujillo drop the ceremonial puck, played Metallica throughout the night, and handed the team some custom made Metallica/Sharks jerseys. Take a look at these threads: Read more

Goalies scoring goals: a fluky and fabulous history

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Reto Berra joined some heady company on Friday when he scored a goal by shooting the puck down the ice in an AHL game. It’s a rare occasion when a goalie gets credit for the other team scoring on their own net, but it’s even rarer for a goalie to actually score on a shot.

It’s such a tremendous freak occurrence that each instance is a footnote in the history books.

Fourteen goalies have received credit for scoring a goal in NHL history, but only seven of those goals were scored by a goalie who actually shot the puck down the ice.

In honour of Berra’s great goal (and even greater celebration), here’s a look at those goals.

Note: If they sound repetitive, they are. The goalie’s team gets a two-goal lead, the goalie stops a dump-in, the goalie throws it over everyone’s heads and hits the net at the other end.

And yet it never gets old.
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Melker Karlsson is going for goals in six straight, but these are five of the best rookie streaks

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Heading into tonight’s game, San Jose’s Melker Karlsson is on quite the run. With five goals in five games, he’s on a streak that would be impressive for a veteran, but it’s more impressive considering Karlsson is in his first season.

While Karlsson’s streak doesn’t come from the beginning of his career, it doesn’t make it any less remarkable. It’s impossible to believe Joe Malone began his career with 14 straight goals to begin his NHL career in 1917-18, but most of the current marks for rookie streaks, to start a career or otherwise, have come in the last 10 years. Read more

John Scott, noted NHL goal scorer, honors snipe with hilarious t-shirt

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Remember that time San Jose Sharks enforcer John Scott scored this season?

So does he. He remembers it so well that he wants to make sure everyone else remembers it, too. To commemorate his goal, which was his first and only of this season and third of his career, Scott had a custom t-shirt made, that features his post-goal shocked face. Read more

Varlamov’s 54 saves one of the 10 best goalie performances this season

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The way Semyon Varlamov played on Tuesday night, you’d have to think the puck looked like a beach ball to the Colorado Avalanche netminder.

With 54 saves in a shutout victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, Varlamov not only posted one of the best performances of this season, he posted one of the best in Avalanche history. He became only the fourth Avs goalie to ever make 50 stops in a game, and one of only four netminders with 54-plus saves in a shutout victory since 1995.

The incredible feat of puck stopping isn’t enough to take top spot on this list of the 10 greatest mid-season goaltending performances, however. That spot goes to a very special game that a certain San Jose Sharks netminder will never forget. Read more

Couture fires puck into Sharks bench, injures teammate Hertl

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If you’ve been to a hockey game at any professional level, you’ve certainly heard the announcement to always keep your eye on the puck because it travels at high speeds and can cause injury if it leaves the playing surface. San Jose Sharks winger Tomas Hertl is living proof of the damage a flying puck can do.

During Monday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets, Hertl’s teammate Logan Couture turned to a fire a puck out of the Sharks zone on a penalty kill. His accuracy was just a bit off, as the puck went zooming into the San Jose bench, striking Hertl in the face. Read more

Joe Pavelski is proving his 40-goal season was no fluke

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The top three goal scorers in 2013-14 were Alex Ovechkin, Corey Perry, and Joe Pavelski. At first glance, it’s easy to say one of these things is not like the other, but Pavelski is proving in 2014-15 that he certainly does belong.

Pavelski, 30, has been an underrated star in for the San Jose Sharks since he broke into the league in 2006-07. The feisty winger has turned a quick release and nose for the net into becoming the Sharks go-to goal-scorer, and he’s on pace to get right back to where he was last season in his breakout year. Read more