If you didn’t tune in to NBCS Bay Area’s pre-game show on Thursday, you missed out on having your heart crushed right before the puck dropped on a new season. The video team at NBCSCA put together a tribute to Joe Thornton that punctured through my several layers of denial about his signing in Toronto.
Check it out below if you haven’t yet. It’s not a fun watch and it will hurt your feelings, if you still have any.
I know, I know, don’t oversell it.
Opening night without Jumbo pic.twitter.com/1H3GM49nBm— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) January 15, 2021
God, I miss him.
News & Notes
- Bob Boughner discusses Erik Karlsson’s ice time, what’s next for Radim Simek [The Mercury News]
- Sharks’ Second Line Shines in Season Opener [The Hockey Writers]
- Sharks to leave Arizona this weekend, but may return for ‘home’ opener — at least [The Mercury News]
- Logan Couture amazed Patrick Marleau is approaching Gordie Howe’s record [NBC Sports Bay Area]
Blood in the Water
- Hurricanes’ Staal, Jets’ Forsberg among players added to NHL’s COVID list [Sportsnet]
- ‘Cobra Kai’ Actor Ralph Macchio Salutes NHL’s Washington Capitals Homage [Deadline]
- Vitek Vanacek wins first NHL game, gets shaving-cream pie to the face [RMNB]
- Another Dallas Stars game postponed because of COVID-19; NHL reshuffles schedule [USA Today]
- NHL arena rankings: Rate your home rink and see how it stacks up [The Athletic]
- In Kirill Kaprizov, a new NHL star has been born [Sportsnet]
Scores & Recaps
- Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Philadelphia Flyers 5
- Chicago Blackhawks 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 5
- Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Ottawa Senators 5
- Washington Capitals 2, Buffalo Sabres 1
- St. Louis Blues 0, Colorado Avalanche 8
Click on a team name to find a recap on their SB Nation site!
On the Schedule
- Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils, 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on NHLN, SN, MSG+, NESN
- San Jose Sharks at Arizona Coyotes, 1 PT/4 ET on NHLN, FS-A, NBCSCA
- New York Islanders at New York Rangers, 4 PT/7 ET on MSG, MSG+
- Montreal Canadiens at Edmonton Oilers, 4 PT/7 ET on NHLN, CITY, SNE, SNW, SNP, TVAS
- Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings, 4 PT/7 ET on FS-D+, FS-CR
- Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators, 4 PT/7 ET on ESPN+, CBC, SNO, TVAS2
- Columbus Blue Jackets at Nashville Predators, 5 PT/8 ET on ESPN+, FS-TN, FS-O
- Minnesota Wild at Los Angeles Kings, 6 PT/9 ET on FS-W, FS-N, FS-WI
- Anaheim Ducks at Vegas Golden Knights, 7 PT/10 ET on ATTSN-RM, PRIME, FS-SD
- Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames, 7 PT/10 ET on NHLN, CBC, SN, TVAS2