San Jose Sharks Weekly Roundup

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It was a tough week for the boys in teal as the San Jose Sharks dropped all three games last week as their streaky 2015-16 season continued. Unfortunately for San Jose, they have experienced another low point as they have dropped four of their past five games.

While the play on the ice hasn’t been great of late, there is still plenty to get caught up as the season has now entered its third month of action. Check out all the latest Sharks news and notes in this week’s edition of the weekly roundup:

– San Jose began their week by wrapping up a three-game home stand by hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was the second matchup in 10 days between the two teams as the Sharks prevailed in a 3-1 contest in Pittsburgh for win number five on their six-game road trip. This time, it was the Penguins who flipped the script, emerging with a 5-1 victory at SAP Center that was much closer than the scoreline indicated. In a crazy turn of events, Pittsburgh scored their first three goals all from below the goal line which is a rare sight.

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– The Sharks then hit the road for a quick stop in Anaheim, hoping to keep their road winning streak alive. San Jose entered the contest against the Anaheim Ducks with a seven-game winning streak away from SAP Center, but they saw that snapped in a tight-checking 1-0 loss to the Ducks last Friday night. After playing two solid periods, the Sharks were doomed by their final frame where they could only muster two shots on goal. All three games between San Jose and Anaheim have been shutouts this season.

– Finally, San Jose returned home to host the defending Eastern Conference champs in the Tampa Bay Lightning. After staking the Lightning to a 4-1 lead, the Sharks battled back with two third period power-play tallies, but ultimately, their comeback fell just short in a 4-3 loss.

– On the positive side, Brent Burns was named the Sharks Player of the Month for November after leading San Jose with eight goals and 14 points. Burns has been leaned on heavily by head coach Peter DeBoer, highlighted by a career-high 32 minutes against Tampa Bay last time out.

– December 2 might not mean a whole lot to many people, but it was one of the biggest days in Sharks history as that was the date, back in 2005, when Joe Thornton made his San Jose debut in a 5-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Read all about Thornton’s 10 years in teal and look back at some of his career best moments.

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San Jose heads back on the road this week for a two-game swing through Western Canada against the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. This will be a critical stretch for the Sharks as they look to break out of their latest funk against two of the worst teams in the Western Conference.