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, Calif. (AP) — Sharks coach Peter DeBoer
wasn’t overly concerned when his team struggled to get wins on an early road
trip despite controlling play for much of the time. San Jose was able to put it
all together on a two-game homestand that showed what this team could be capable
of achieving this season.Brent Burns scored San Jose’s first goal from a
defenseman this season and Logan Couture got his fourth in two games to lead the
Sharks past the New York Islanders 4-1 on Saturday night.The Sharks outscored
Buffalo and New York 9-2 in winning both games at home after starting the season
with just two wins in the first six games.“We didn’t get rewarded on the road to
start the season, but I knew it was a matter of time if we kept playing that
way,” DeBoer said. “We got home here, we’re comfortable, we started to score, we
feel a little bit confident. There’s two good home wins for us. We go back on
the road again now.”Timo Meier and Joonas Donskoi also scored to help the Sharks
avenge a 4-0 loss at the Islanders earlier this month in a game that got testy
down the stretch. There were 76 minutes of penalties handed out over the final
24 minutes, with two fights and several other smaller skirmishes.The Islanders
were upset at Burns for what they thought was a slew foot Adidas
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, while the Sharks were angered by a hit from
Anders Lee against Evander Kane, among other plays.“I like that we stood up for
ourselves,” Couture said. “I’ll never understand when guys go out down 3-1 with
5 minutes left and try to act tough and start fights. It has no bearing on a
game when a game is over like that. It’s good to see us stick up for
ourselves.”Martin Jones made 24 saves to earn his second straight win after
opening the season with three regulation losses in his first four starts.Brock
Nelson scored for the Islanders, who finished a 1-3 road trip. Robin Lehner made
37 saves after shutting out San Jose on Oct. 8.“At times we weren’t really fully
engaged as a team, especially in the second. When we had a few mistakes the
bench kind of sunk, we didn’t pick each other up and find a way to take the game
back,” forward Matt Martin said. “That’s disappointing but I definitely think
the third period from a physical and emotional standpoint Adidas
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, it’s a positive that we’re all going to have
each other’s backs in here, no one’s going to quit.”The Sharks came into the
season expecting big production from the blue line after acquiring two-time
Norris Trophy winning-defenseman Erik Karlsson from Ottawa. Burns also won a
Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman and the two are the top scoring
blue-liners in the league in recent years.But neither one had scored a goal
until Burns struck in the second period during 4-on-4 play. Shortly after being
denied by the post on a big shot, Burns muscled his way in from the boards and
beat Lehner from in close with a backhand to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead.Donskoi
had put San Jose ahead earlier in the second when he converted on a rebound
after fellow Finn Antti Suomela forced a turnover from Scott Mayfield in the
offensive zone.Couture, who had a hat trick Thursday against Buffalo, added the
insurance goal early in the third off a feed from Tomas Hertl.The teams traded
goals in the first period, with Meier opening the scoring after taking a feed
from Couture in close. Lehner saved Meier’s first shot with his pad, but Meier
knocked the rebound under Lehner’s arm to give him points in five straight.The
Islanders answered in the final minute of the first when Nelson converted on a
pass from Josh Bailey.NOTES: Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier (illness) was
scratched and replaced by Tom Kuhnhackl. … Sharks C Joe Thornton missed his
sixth straight game with swelling in his surgically repaired right knee.UP
NEXTIslanders: Host the Florida Panthers on Wednesday.Sharks: Visit the
Nashville Predators on Tuesday. CHICAGO (AP) Former NHL forward and coach Eddie
Olczyk is cancer-free after months of treatment.The 51-year-old Olczyk made the
announcement during the first intermission of Thursday night’s
Canucks-Blackhawks game. Olczyk is a color analyst for TV broadcasts for the
Blackhawks and NBC Sports.”All the cancer is gone Adidas
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,” he said. ”We beat this thing, and I
say we because it has been a team effort.”Olczyk was diagnosed with colon cancer
last summer. He said he was told on March 14 that his scans were clear.Olczyk
was selected by Chicago with the No. 3 overall pick in the 1984 draft. He played
for six teams during his 16 seasons in the NHL, helping the New York Rangers win
the Stanley Cup in 1994. He finished with 342 goals and 452 assists in 1,031
games.The Chicago native also coached the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2003-04
season and part of the 2005-06 season.—
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