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Vlasic Named to Canada's 2017 Men's World Championship Team

by San Jose Sharks @sanjosesharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE - Hockey Canada announced today that San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (@Vlasic44) has been named to Team Canada's 2017 Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Men's World Championship May 5-21 in Paris, France, and Cologne, Germany.

Vlasic, 30, finished 2nd on the Sharks in average time on ice per game (21:14), and ranked 2nd amongst Sharks defensemen in points (28), goals (6), assists (22, tied), shots on goal (144), and game-winning goals (2). His 146 blocked shots ranked 2nd on the team, as did his 2:04 of shorthanded ice time per game.

During his NHL career, Vlasic has posted 254 points (53 goals, 201 assists) and a plus-129 rating. He ranks 2nd amongst all players in his 2005 draft class in games played and plus-minus, and has been a plus player in 10 of his 11 seasons, including each of the past nine campaigns.

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Sharks Reassign Sorensen to Barracuda

by San Jose Sharks @sanjosesharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE - The San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda), presented by Barracuda Networks (@barracuda), and General Manager Joe Will, in accordance with the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks), have announced that forward Marcus Sorensen (@sorensenmarcus) has been reassigned back to the Barracuda and will join the team immediately.

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Young Sharks Continue to Work in Offseason

by Ross McKeon / sjsharks.com

The old cliché suggesting players head to the golf course once the season is over doesn't apply here. Saturday's ouster from the Stanley Cup playoffs means a different consequence for the San Jose Sharks. It's time to get back to work, especially for the younger players in the organization.

"Some of the guys on the Barracuda - the young players who are going to be very important for this team going forward - need to use this opportunity that they have by playing and pursuing the Calder Cup," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said.

The constraints of the NHL's salary cap system places a greater importance on drafting and developing talent. The days of a spend-free economy are long gone. Teams that thrive from season to season find a way to replenish rosters with an influx of young talent.

And it's no different in San Jose.

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Injury Update on Joe Thornton

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) forward Joe Thornton underwent successful surgery on Mon., April 24 to repair two damaged ligaments in his left knee.

He is expected to make a complete recovery and be ready for the start of the 2017-18 NHL season.  

 

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No Excuses Made, Sharks Go 'Beyond Call of Duty' Playing Through Injuries

Thornton Plays Four Games vs Oilers with Torn MCL and ACL

by Ross McKeon / sjsharks.com

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer called it the most courageous an effort he's ever seen. General manager Doug Wilson, admittedly in the hockey business a long time, said it still amazes him.

Both were referring to Joe Thornton, San Jose's 37-year-old "can't-keep-me-out-of-the-lineup" alternate captain, who played the final four games of the Sharks' first-round playoff series against Edmonton with a torn MCL and ACL in his left knee.

Thornton was scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday to repair the injury sustained on April 2 that cost Jumbo the final three games of the regular season and Games 1 and 2 against the Oilers.

"To see a player play with that type of injury tells you all you need to know about him," Wilson said.

Logan Couture Tweets About Joe Thornton's Injury

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Sharks Foundation to Host Fountain Alley Beautification Project

$20,000 Donation Will Support Environmental Improvements and Crime Prevention Efforts in Downtown San Jose

by San Jose Sharks @sanjosesharks / sjsharks.com

The Sharks Foundation announced today it will host a beautification project and light installation in partnership with the San Jose Downtown Association on Tuesday, April 25, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. With the help of a $20,000 donation from the Foundation, the project will support environmental beautification and crime prevention of Fountain Alley in downtown San Jose between First and Second streets.

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Round 1, Game 6: Postgame Infographic

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

Postgame Infographic: Round 1, Game 6 vs Oilers

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Oilers advance with Game 6 win against Sharks

Cam Talbot makes 27 saves, Edmonton moves on to face Ducks in second round

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The Edmonton Oilers hung on for a series-ending 3-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round at SAP Center on Saturday.

Edmonton won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will play the Anaheim Ducks in the second round.

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5 Keys: Oilers at Sharks, Game 6

San Jose confident it can avoid elimination; Edmonton trying for first series win since 2006

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

OILERS at SHARKS

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports, NBCSCA

Edmonton leads best-of-7 series 3-2

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Gameday Blog: Game 6 vs. Edmonton

The series returns to the Bay Area as the San Jose Sharks host the Edmonton Oilers

by Ann Frazier, Casey Krygier / sjsharks.com

Welcome to the Gameday Blog, the one-stop shop for San Jose Sharks fans on every playoff gameday. This blog will be updated throughout the day with news, lineup information, videos, and tweets, so be sure to check back as they day goes on.

The first round series returns to San Jose for the final time as the Sharks and Edmonton Oilers face off in Game 6. It is a must-win game for the San Jose Sharks in front of their home crowd, as the Oilers lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.

Game 6 sees the Sharks coming off a disappointing overtime loss, the second time the team has lost by a margin of a single goal. 

"It's been a razor thin edge and we've on the wrong side of these games," head coach Peter DeBoer said yesterday.

One of the reasons that - outside of the Game 4 win - all the games have been close has been Martin Jones, who has picked up where he left off in last year's playoff run. 

With the intense home crowd behind them, the Sharks hope to force Game 7 and make the series return to Edmonton.  

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