Tuesday Sharks Links: Goldobin leads Russian comeback that falls just short

Your daily assortment of links to news and analysis from around the hockey world.

  • With Team Russia down 5-1 to Team Canada in yesterday's gold medal game at the World Junior Championships, Sharks prospect Nikolay Goldobin took matters into his own hands with a goal and assist in the second period to pull the Russians to within one. Unfortunately their comeback fell short. [Buzzing The Net]
  • In other Sharks prospect news at the WJC, 2nd round pick Julius Bergman wore the goat horns in Team Sweden's bronze medal loss to the Slovaks as his his cross-check led to a five-minute power play which Team Slovakia cashed in on. [London Free Press]
  • Recaps of the Sharks' 3-2 win over Winnipeg. [Fear The Fin] [Mercury News] [CSN Bay Area] [Arctic Ice Hockey] [Winnipeg Free Press] [NHL.com]
  • Canadians Todd McLellan, Brent Burns and buzzer-beating hero Marc-Edouard Vlasic discussed the significance of Team Canada winning gold at the WJC, among other things, in their post-game interviews. [Illegal Curve]
  • In case you missed it, Tomas Hertl took a puck to the face while on the bench last night but a massive wound over his upper lip didn't stop him from smiling after the game. [Puck Daddy]
  • San Jose took a bit of a hit in this week's power rankings, dropping to the 14th-16th range in a number of these. [The Score, ESPN, The Copper & Blue]
  • The Sharks are in Minnesota today, where the struggling Wild are apparently falling apart at the seams. [Star Tribune]
  • Minnesota's biggest issue, apart from currently staring down a particularly rough patch in their schedule while sitting seven points out of a playoff spot, has been goaltending. But GM Chuck Fletcher doesn't seem keen to fix it. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Speaking of GMs fixing things, the Maple Leafs have fired head coach Randy Carlyle which is essentially the only hockey-related thing you should expect to hear or read about today. [Pension Plan Puppets]

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