Karlsson scores first goal in teal as Sharks top Blues

SAN JOSE — According to Sharks president Jonathan Becher, Erik Karlsson used some colorful language as he celebrated his power play goal early in the second period.

In this case, using inappropriate language only seems appropriate considering that Karlsson waited 45 days and 21 games to score his first goal with the Sharks. After the goal, Becher went on Twitter to say: “I can’t repeat what (Karlsson) said after scoring his first goal as a (Shark), but he was very happy.”

The goal jumpstarted the Sharks (11-7-3, 25 points) offensive charge Saturday, laying the foundation for a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues 7-8-3) at SAP Center.

Karlsson scored the goal by jumping on the rebound of a Logan Couture shot in the high slot and firing a slapper into the upper shelf on goalie Chad Johnson’s blocker side. The two-time Norris Trophy winner, who’s taken some criticism for his slow start with the Sharks, also earned an assist on Evander Kane’s seventh goal of the season at 7:45 of the middle frame.

Squeezed in between Karlsson and Kane’s goal was Joe Pavelski’s 12th of the year. Pavelski buried the rebound of Marcus Sorensen’s breakaway at 6:31 of the second. He scored again at 11:59 of the third, giving him six goals and nine points in four games.

Like Karlsson and Pavelski, Kane and Couture also put together multi-point nights. Kane earned two points while Couture collected three assists.

As pleased as the Sharks are to get Karlsson on the scoresheet, the more important development was the team’s performance on the defensive side of the puck. After head coach Pete DeBoer and Pavelski both criticized the squad Thursday night for abandoning its defensive identity by cheating for offense this season, the Sharks threw out their stingiest game of the year.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

CCS football playoffs: Saturday’s scoreboard

Central Coast Section

Open Division I

Quarterfinals

Nov. 9

No. 4 Salinas 38, No. 5 San Benito 14

Saturday

No. 3 Palo Alto 35, No. 6 Los Gatos 21

No. 2 Menlo-Atherton 45, No. 7 Milpitas 28

No. 8 Piedmont Hills (4-6) at No. 1 Wilcox (10-0), 7 p.m.

Semifinals

No. 3 Palo Alto vs. No. 2 Menlo-Atherton, TBA

Salinas vs. No. 8 Piedmont Hills or No. 1 Wilcox, TBA

Open Division II

Quarterfinals

Saturday

No. 1 St. Francis 34, No. 8 Aragon 13

No. 5 Serra 58, No. 4 Leland 14

No. 6 Mitty 35, No. 3 Oak Grove 7

No. 2 Valley Christian 42, No. 7 Christopher 0

Semifinals

No. 5 Serra vs. No. 1 St. Francis, TBA

No. 6 Mitty vs. No. 2 Valley Christian, TBA

Open Division III

Quarterfinals

Nov. 9

No. 1 Palma 55, No. 8 Pioneer 14

Saturday

No. 5 Aptos (8-2) at No. 4 Terra Nova (8-2), 7 p.m.

No. 6 Sacred Heart Cathedral 20, No. 3 Live Oak 0

No. 2 Sacred Heart Prep 13, No. 7 St. Ignatius 7

Semifinals

No. 5 Aptos or No. 4 Terra Nova vs. No. 1 Palma, TBA

No. 6 Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. No. 2 Sacred Heart Prep, TBA

Division IV

Quarterfinals

Saturday

No. 5 Carlmont 28, No. 4 Willow Glen 7

No. 1 Independence 42, No. 8 Soledad 6

No. 3 Overfelt 50, No. 6 Santa Clara 14

No. 2 Burlingame 45, No. 7 Mountain View 7

Semifinals

No. 3 Overfelt vs. No. 2 Burlingame, TBA

No. 5 Carlmont vs. No. 1 Independence, TBA

Division V

Quartrerfinals

Nov. 9-10

No. 2 Monterey 15, No. 7 Monte Vista Christian 10

No. 4 Gonzales 54, No. 5 Saratoga 49

No. 1 Carmel 54, No. 8 Mt. Pleasant 21

Saturday

No. 3 The King’s Academy 42, No. 6 Del Mar 6

Semifinals

No. 4 Gonzales vs. No. 1 Carmel, TBA

No. 3 The King’s Academy vs. No. 2 Monterey, TBA

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

NHL looking at Regina to potentially host outdoor game

Hockey fans in Saskatchewan don’t often get to see live NHL action in person, but the league could be looking to bring a game to the province in the future.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday during the Headlines segment of Hockey Night in Canada that the league is looking at Regina to one day play host to an outdoor game.

It’s unclear which venue the league will consider but the leading contender would presumably be Mosaic Stadium, home of the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders.

During the 2017-18 season, the WHL’s Regina Pats were forced to move a scheduled game at the venue indoors due to weather issues and poor ticket sales.

There are two scheduled outdoor games this season: the Winter Classic between the Blackhawks and Bruins on New Year’s Day at Notre Dame Stadium, then a Stadium Series game Feb. 23 between the Flyers and Penguins at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

Raptors Takeaways: VanVleet, Green step up to end losing streak

No better way to stop a three-game losing streak by facing off against one of the worst teams in basketball as the Toronto Raptors beat the struggling Chicago Bulls 122-83 on Saturday night.

Toronto has now scored 100-plus points in all 17 games this season and this was the second time they limited an opponent to less than 100 points.

The Raptors extended their win streak against the Bulls to six consecutive games and improved to 6-2 on the road as a result. Chicago was the first of five straight opponents that Toronto will play with a record under .500.

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At this point in the season last year, the Raptors were 11-6. Right now they are 13-4, so they’ve improved on the franchise high 59-win pace from a season ago.

Here are my takeaways from the Raptors’ 122-83 win over the Bulls.

Danny Green is money

Danny Green didn’t miss any of his seven shots from the field and was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.

Green has eight games this season with a three-point shot, a steal and block, which ranks third in the NBA. It was especially helpful on a night when the Raptors were without most of their wing depth, Green showed up and showed out to the tune of 17 points and a game-high plus-35.

Green is proving to be much more than a throw-in from the Leonard-DeRozan trade as he is proving to be a vital component to Toronto’s championship aspirations.

Depleted depth on the wing

Despite missing some key parts, the Raptors’ depth won them the game with all 13 players in uniform scoring.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

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