2017 Playoffs

The Shark finished regular season in the 3rd place in the division. They started their playoff run against the Edmonton Oilers  on April 12th .  The Sharks had two major injuries to their top centers at the end of the regular season, Joe Thornton and Logan Couture.  A player shot a puck which hit couture in the mouth causes a lot of damage. Thornton went into the boards awkwardly and ended up hurting his knee. Both missed the remaining games of the regular season. 

Couture returned for the first game of the playoffs wearing a cage covering his entire face while Thornton was scratched. Edmonton started off throwing their body around and scored two goals in the first period.  The Oilers seemed to get a iittle laxy with their two goal lead and allowed the Sharks to score one in the second period and another in the third period.  Game 1 went into overtime with the Sharks coming out on top.

Edmonton shutout San Jose in two consecutive games following their disappointing loss in Game one. The Oilers lead the series 2-1 with game four on April 18th in San Jose. The Sharks need to get their big star players going. Joe Thornton who returned for game three, Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture and Brent Burns have been held scoreless. San Jose’s powerplay has been atrocious at 1 – 14 with two shorthanded goals against.