The San Jose Sharks might be getting the pieces together for a sustained run.
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That is what they’re aiming for after regaining their collective breath.The Sharks try to keep the momentum going Thursday night when the potentially weary Dallas Stars visit for a game in San Jose Laurent Brossoit Jersey Womens , Calif.Article continues below ...For the Sharks, seeing right winger Timo Meier cranking up the production is a good sign.“He’s a critical guy. He’s on pace for probably 40 goals right now,” San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. “He gives us power and speed and energy. It’s nice to have him back.”Meier, who has 16 goals and 14 assists this season, has produced seven points in four games since returning to action after missing three games.This will be a matchup of a pair of teams with 16 wins. But the Stars are coming off Wednesday night’s 6-3 loss at Anaheim, where they gave up four third-period goals.The Sharks have won two in a row since losing 3-2 last Friday night at Dallas. That’s San Jose’s lone loss in a five-game stretch.DeBoer points to stability such as that provided by defenseman Radim Simek as one of the keys to the team’s success.“I don’t want to think about any kind of drop-off (from him),” DeBoer said. “He’s a veteran guy and he has a quiet confidence about him. Fingers crossed that he’s going to keep playing the way he is.”The Stars have players on rolls as well Timothy Liljegren Jersey Womens , including defenseman Miro Heiskanen, who has six points in a six-game span. That includes a goal last week against San Jose.Still, the Stars are in search of improved flow on the offensive end. They adjusted their lines for Wednesday night, with right winger Valeri Nichushkin joining center Tyler Seguin and right winger Alexander Radulov on the first line.“Hopefully, he takes advantage of it,” Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said of Nichushkin. “The way he pursues pucks is going to be good to play with those two because those two can really read well off of puck pressure.”Part of the motivation behind the move is to try to get Seguin untracked. He’s without a goal in five straight games and pointless in the last four outings.“No one is going to feel sorry for you,” Seguin said. “Just keep working Antoine Roussel Jersey Womens , keep putting your nose to the grind and at some point they’ll pay off.”DeBoer said the Sharks survived a grueling stretch by defeating the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Monday night. Now, the team had a couple of nights off before facing the Stars.Dallas had won four times in a five-game stretch before a disturbing third period Wednesday night. The Stars gave up three goals in a three-minute, third-period span as a one-goal lead disappeared and they eventually lost by a three-goal margin.Thursday night’s game will mark the third road game of the week for the Stars, who’ll have four road outings in a seven-day stretch by Saturday.Meanwhile, the Sharks recalled center Rourke Chartier from San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. Chartier began the season with the Sharks, producing one goal for his lone point in 13 games. This move was in relation to a roster shift earlier in the week when the Sharks sent center Antti Suomela to the Barracuda. SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The blockbuster trade that sent Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks during the offseason didn’t pay immediate dividends. But the two-time Norris Trophy winner has emerged as one of the team’s most impactful players lately.Karlsson had three assists Tim Schaller Jersey Womens , Tomas Hertl scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and the surging Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Monday night.Joonas Donskoi and Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose. Martin Jones made 22 saves as the Sharks won their fifth in six games.Karlsson has at least one assist in 13 consecutive appearances going back to Dec. 7, with 22 points (one goal, 21 assists) during that stretch.“I think we’re starting to figure each other out out there and it’s nice to see when guys take advantage of the scoring chances that we got,” Karlsson said. “There weren’t too many out there today, and it was a perfect game for us.”Karlsson, acquired from the Ottawa Senators in September, got off to a slow start with San Jose. He had just 15 points (two goals Jay Beagle Jersey Womens , 13 assists) through his first 27 games with his new team. But he has 13 assists in his last six games.“He just plays great two-way hockey,” Donskoi said. “I feel like he’s great defensively, but also of course he has the amazing skills in the offensive zone and he can score goals and make some unreal passes. It’s been great to watch him play.”Anze Kopitar had a goal and Jack Campbell turned back 26 shots for the Kings, who have lost three of four.“San Jose is a good team. They have a lot of depth,” Kings coach Willie Desjardins said. “This is a hard building to come into and I thought we showed a lot of energy. All four lines played well. We had a good start in the first period and I thought that was going to be a key.”Hertl scored his 15th goal at 9:09 of the second period. He scooped up a pass from Karlsson as he crossed the blue line and drove to the net, slipping a backhand past Campbell.San Jose led going into the first intermission on Donskoi’s 11th goal with 2:17 left in the first period. It was his fifth in five games.The Kings evened it at 3:42 of the second on Kopitar’s 11th goal and second in two games, which tied him with Dustin Brown for the team lead.Thornton added an empty-netter — his seventh goal — with 20 seconds left.The Sharks were coming off an inspired effort Saturday Curtis McKenzie Jersey Womens , when they ended Tampa Bay’s NHL-best 16-game point streak, and coach Peter DeBoer acknowledged he didn’t know what to expect from his team on Monday.“We had an emotional win the other night and you always wonder how you’re going to come back,” DeBoer said. “I think playing L.A. helped with that because we know it’s going to be a hard game, you’re going to show up and play a man’s game against them in order to have some success. I thought we did a good job tonight.”The West Coast rivals played a predictably physical game.“It’s the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings. It’s a rivalry game and as much as we respect them, we hate them,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. “We’re chasing them trying to get back to a playoff spot. Emotions run high and sometimes it gets chippy. I love a chippy game.”NOTES: Sharks forward Melker Karlsson played in his 300th NHL game. … San Jose D Radim Simek was in the lineup for the first time since suffering a concussion on Dec. 31. … Sharks defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic (wrist) and Justin Braun (knee) worked out on the ice after Monday’s skate. Braun is on injured reserve.UP NEXTKings: Host the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.Sharks: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.
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