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Inside the Cage: Turning Point

The success of the Sharks after a heavy slate of games could serve as the turning point of the season

by Ross McKeon @rossmckeon / sjsharks.com

There's always a key moment during every season deemed as a team's turning point.

It can be a long winning streak, a period in which adversity was overcome or a player or two simply carried the team on his back for a stretch.

When this 2017-18 regular season concludes, the Sharks may very well look back at the success they enjoyed during a taxing stretch that concluded with Sunday's convincing victory at Anaheim.

San Jose came off its five-day bye recently to face a daunting schedule that included playing six games in nine nights, four on the road with two sets of back-to-backs. The local start times were all over the place, too: 7:30 p.m., then a 1 p.m. holiday start followed by a pair at 6 p.m., then 5 p.m. and - 25 hours later including air and bus travel - 6 p.m. to wind it up.

Four were match-ups against division rivals, another against the hottest team in the West and the one Eastern Conference opponent just happened to be the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Toss on top of that starting goalie Martin Jones got injured late during the compacted schedule, offensive force Joonas Donskoi got ill and the already challenging stretch just got tougher. 

Through it all, the Sharks managed to win five of the six games, and they made a run at earning at least a point in the one they lost, too.

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Gameday Blog: Sharks vs. Jets 1/23

Your source for news for San Jose Sharks gameday

by Ann Frazier & Casey Krygier / sjsharks.com

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

After the quick one game trip to Anaheim, the Sharks are back in San Jose where they face off tonight against the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets for another edition of the NHL's answer to West Side Story.

It was a successful trip to Anaheim for the Sharks, as they emerged with two points after beating the Ducks 6-2. Mikkel Boedker scored twice - including his 100th career goal - as well as Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kevin Labanc, Joe Thornton, and Melker Karlsson. Despite the lopsided score, the best player of the night for the Sharks - at least early on - was Aaron Dell, who kept the Sharks in the game as they weathered an early push by the Ducks.

The game against the Ducks wrapped up an altogether successful weekend that saw the Sharks earn all four points against a Pacific Division rival and the defending Stanley Cup Champs. The Sharks are 5-1-0 since returning from the bye week, suggesting that the five day break was a much-needed respite for the team.

The last time these two team met was the final game before the bye week, that saw the Jets beat the Sharks 4-1. The goal tonight will be for the Sharks to continue their strong play and hopefully return the favor. 

Read the latest on the San Jose Sharks from the Mercury News.

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Press Release

NHL unveils details of All-Star Skills Competition

Hockey's top talent to be showcased in six individual events

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the details of the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey's top talent on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. ET at AMALIE Arena in Tampa, Fla., home of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. All six events of the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be individual competitions, with the winner of each event earning $25,000. 

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Shark Life: Granting Hayden's Wish

Make-A-Wish recipient Hayden Bradley joined the San Jose Sharks for the weekend

by Ann Frazier / sjsharks.com

Sports aren't just about the product on the ice (or field) and on the scoreboard. Sports are also about positively impacting the community and serving as inspiration to those around the team. And that's exactly what happened the weekend of January 19-21 for the San Jose Sharks.

On Friday, 15-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient Hayden Bradley was granted his wish: to become an honorary member of the San Jose Sharks. Inspired by Sam Tageson, who had been an honorary Shark in an earlier wish, Hayden only wanted to be a Shark for a day. However, the Sharks Foundation had bigger plans in mind.

The first day of his wish saw Hayden sign his contract and join his new Sharks teammates in an on-ice practice.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Meet Hayden Bradley. Born with a congenital heart defect and having lost his high school to the North Bay fires, his one wish is to be part of the #SJSharks. And thanks to @SharksCare and @SFWish, we���re making that happen today. pic.twitter.com/AYKNFCMmTO

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: BREAKING: #SJSharks sign defenseman Hayden Bradley to a standard players contract. pic.twitter.com/kNZeKNXeeE

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Hayden thought it was a one-game #SJSharks contract but, we had a little surprise for him. #roadtrip pic.twitter.com/cWpk49zp34

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All-Star

NHL Mascot Showdown to commence during All-Star Weekend

ThunderBug, Bailey among those who will participate in friendly competition

NHL.com @NHL

TAMPA, Fla. -- The 2018 NHL All-Star PreGame at AMALIE Arena's Silver Parking Lot and Cotanchobee Park will be the site of the fourth annual NHL Mascot Showdown™ as part of the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend, Jan. 26- 28, in Tampa. Thirteen Eastern Conference Mascots, led by the Tampa Bay Lightning's own ThunderBug™ will face 14 Western Conference Mascots, led by 2017 Most Valuable Mascot Bailey™ from the Los Angeles Kings, in three days of friendly but fierce competition, culminating in an all-mascot All-Star Game prior to the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game at AMALIE Arena on Sunday. Jan. 28.

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Boedker Scores 100th NHL Goal

The forward scores two goals in the 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks

by Ann Frazier / sjsharks.com

On Sunday, January 21, Mikkel Boedker scored his 100th NHL goal against the Anaheim Ducks late in the second period. 

With the Sharks power play about to expire, Marc-Edouard Vlasic takes the puck and starts walking the blue line as the rest of the power play unit cycles the zone. Vlasic passes it to Boedker, who walks it up to the top of the face-off circle and places his snapshot perfectly top corner. 

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: HOT BOED!3-0, #SJSharks on the power play! pic.twitter.com/S2tRnCK2GA

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Postgame Infographic: Sharks vs Ducks (1/21)

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

Postgame Infographic: Sharks vs Ducks

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Sharks Prospect Jayden Halbgewachs Hits 50 Goal Milestone

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

San Jose Sharks prospect Jayden Halbgewachs, 20, scored his 49th and 50th goals on January 19 in his 47th game of the season the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. His 50 goals came at a pace that hasn't been seen in the WHL in at least a decade (1.06 goals per game). With 25 games left in the regular season, Halbegwachs is on pace to score more than 76 goals this season. It was his 14th multi-goal game of the season.

Tweet from @MJWARRIORS: . @SanJoseSharks prospect Jayden Halbgewachs (@halbgewachs97) picked up his 50th goal last night in his 47th game. He joins Theo Fleury (@TheoFleury14) & Kent Hayes as the only Warriors to have back to back 50 goal seasons pic.twitter.com/KVUpg7c6WH

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