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Kings vs Sharks - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Demers, Burish could be options as Sharks fill lineup

Monday, 05.20.2013 / 5:26 PM / Kings vs Sharks - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks began scrambling to adjust their forward lines early in the first period of Game 1 of their Western Conference Quarterfinals series against the Vancouver Canucks when Martin Havlat suffered an injury.

The Sharks are still scrambling.

When practice began Monday, injured defenseman Jason Demers (left ankle) was skating with the forwards, and injured forward Adam Burish was practicing for the first time since breaking his right hand in Game 4 against Vancouver.

Demers and Burish are just two potential options for coach Todd McLellan's lineup Tuesday night when the Sharks face the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of their semifinals series at HP Pavilion (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Center Logan Couture didn't practice, but McLellan said he'll definitely play in Game 4. Couture suffered an apparent injury to his left leg early in the second period Saturday night in the Sharks' 2-1 overtime win in Game 3 against the Kings. He returned by the end of the second period and wound up scoring the game-winning goal.

"Just gave him some time off the ice," McLellan said. "He'll be playing."

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Down but not out, Couture found way to lift Sharks

Sunday, 05.19.2013 / 6:32 PM / Kings vs Sharks - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- When San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan saw center Logan Couture limp off the ice and to the dressing room early in the second period Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings, he didn't wonder if his young star would back. The only question was when.

Logan Couture
Center - SJS
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 10
SOG: 20 | +/-: -3

"With Logan, it's always when," McLellan said Thursday.

Sure enough, Couture returned in time to take the final shift of the second period and went on to score the game-winning power-play goal 1:29 into overtime, lifting San Jose to a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of their Western Conference Semifinal series.

McLellan said Couture has turned the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year into his "coming out party," and he gave Sharks fans reason to celebrate Saturday when he overcame an injury to score the first overtime game-winner of his playoff career.

"Trainers did a great job, doctors did a good job," Couture said. "I wanted to come back and play, and that's what we did."

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Sharks lose Havlat to injury; Couture returns

Saturday, 05.18.2013 / 10:58 PM / Kings vs Sharks - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

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The San Jose Sharks were without two of their key forwards, Logan Couture and Martin Havlat, due to injury during Game 3 of their Western Conference Semifinal series against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Couture was favoring his left leg as he skated to the bench following a collision midway through the second period. He went to the dressing room after playing 7:41, then returned late in the period.

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Sharks fined $100,000 for public comments by GM

Saturday, 05.18.2013 / 5:37 PM / Kings vs Sharks - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

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NEW YORK -- The San Jose Sharks have been fined $100,000 for public comments by General Manager Doug Wilson pertaining to the suspension of Sharks forward Raffi Torres, the National Hockey League announced today.

The fine was issued for violation of League Rules that prohibit formal team statements to the media during the 48-hour period following a disciplinary decision. The Rule calls for an automatic fine of $25,000. The Sharks were fined an additional $75,000 under Article 6 of the League's Constitution due to the inappropriate nature of the comments.

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Kings, up 2-0, wary of desperate Sharks

Saturday, 05.18.2013 / 5:30 PM / Kings vs Sharks - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The Los Angeles Kings know how dangerous a team can be when it comes home after digging a 2-0 hole in a Stanley Cup Playoff series.

The Kings lost their first two games in the Western Conference Quarterfinals to the St. Louis Blues on the road then reeled off four straight wins to capture that series. After that, the Kings opened the semifinals with two straight wins against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center.

Which brings us to Game 3 on Saturday night at HP Pavilion (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS, TSN).

"Yeah, we're aware of what we did in the first round, but coming in here, it's a tough building to play in," Kings captain Dustin Brown said after his team's morning skate. "We have to be ready to go. The main thing is we have to take care of our game. We have to play better as a group and for 60 minutes. That's what we should be focused on. We've got to worry about our game and the rest will take care of itself."

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Sharks say Torres won't appeal suspension

Friday, 05.17.2013 / 8:51 PM / Kings vs Sharks - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

NHL.com Staff

San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres will not appeal the suspension he received from the NHL for his hit on Jarret Stoll in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Los Angeles Kings.

A statement issued by Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Friday said, "Although it's unfortunate that Jarret was injured on the play, we feel this decision is grossly unfair to Raffi, his teammates and our fans. However, Raffi does not want to be a distraction to his teammates and has decided not to appeal this suspension and we respect that decision."

Torres was suspended for the remainder of the second-round series by the NHL for his hit on Stoll in the opener Tuesday. Stoll did not play in Game 2, and there's no word if or when he'll return.

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Despite history, Sharks optimistic going into Game 3

Friday, 05.17.2013 / 7:23 PM / Kings vs Sharks - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks have been in this situation before, trailing 2-0 in a Stanley Cup Playoffs series -- just as they are now against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Nine times to be exact. They've lost all nine series and never forced a Game 7.

But this time, the Sharks are determined to make history instead of repeat it.

"I know we can come back," defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said Friday. "We just have to take care of home ice. They took care of home ice in L.A. We'll do the same, and we'll be back at zero-zero again. We got to come out strong in Game 3. The guys in here are very excited about tomorrow night. We're ready to respond, and we will."

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Kopitar leaves after taking puck in face

Friday, 05.17.2013 / 12:19 AM / Kings vs Sharks - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

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Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar left Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals in the first minute of the third period after he was hit in the face with a puck.

Kopitar was struck on the left side of his face 42 seconds into the period on a shot by Dustin Brown that deflected off the stick of San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle. Kopitar was down on the ice before being helped to the dressing room using a towel to control the blood flow.

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Sharks' Torres suspended for remainder of series

Thursday, 05.16.2013 / 6:23 PM / Kings vs Sharks - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

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NEW YORK -- San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres has been suspended for the remainder of the Western Conference Semifinals for an illegal hit to the head of Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll during Game 1 of the series in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 14, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:02 of the second period. Torres was assessed a minor penalty for charging. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Torres is considered a repeat offender.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=249243.

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Sharks could exploit Stoll's absence in several areas

Thursday, 05.16.2013 / 4:36 PM / Kings vs Sharks - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- Darryl Sutter still had his skates on when he walked into his press conference following the morning skate Thursday, as if he was ready to jump over the boards.

It only seems like the Los Angeles Kings would insert their coach into the lineup because this is the first real test of their depth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. L.A. will not have center Jarret Stoll for Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinal series against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS) after Stoll was knocked out of Game 1 by an illegal hit from Raffi Torres.

Stoll is a significant all-round player for the Kings, specifically in the faceoff circle and on the penalty-killing unit. Without him in the third period of Game 1, the Kings lost 14 of 21 faceoffs.

Can San Jose exploit that through a full game?

"I hope so," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "Jarret is a hell of a faceoff guy. He takes a lot of the important ones. But as I said earlier, [Anze] Kopitar and [Mike] Richards have done a very good job (for the Kings) in the series, as well. We have relied over the years on being a strong faceoff team and being able to have puck possession off of that. We hope that can work in our favor. But it's about getting it done. It's about executing it."

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I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

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