On Sunday, much of the hockey community came together to cheer for the San Jose Sharks in their game against the Vegas Golden Knights.
— Mason 🇺🇸 (@MasonJM777) April 25, 2022
Even other NHL teams were getting in on the action. Specifically, the Los Angeles Kings and the Dallas Stars were vocal with their support for the Sharks, getting the hashtag #WeAreAllSharks trending.
— LA Kings (@LAKings) April 25, 2022
The Sharks’ victory inched both LA and Dallas closer to securing spots in the playoffs. The Kings currently sit third in the division, with a six-point cushion, while the Stars find themselves in the second wild card spot, just three points ahead of the Golden Knights.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) April 24, 2022
Following Sunday’s comeback win, Timo Meier commented about getting messages from former Sharks and friends on teams who had some playoff hopes tied to the game, like Dallas Stars forward and ex-San Jose captain Joe Pavelski.
“The boys got some texts,” he shared. “I think there was a lot of people cheering for us tonight, so it’s obviously nice. I haven’t checked my phone, so I’m sure there’s a lot of people that are happy about it.”
Meier had previously voiced some big expectations for Sunday’s tilt, saying: “Biggest game of the year, against Vegas, if we can maybe knock them out of the playoffs.”
As it turns out, he might be correct. The Sharks have taken control out of the hands of the Golden Knights, causing them to be reliant on the collapse of other teams in the hunt.
Here's what needs to happen for VGK to make it.
VGK need to go 3-0-0 (96 pts)
NSH need to go 0-2-1 (95 pts) or worse
LAK need to go 0-2-0 (96 pts)
DAL need to go 1-1-1 (96 pts), 0-0-3 (96 pts), or worse
— SinBin.vegas (@SinBinVegas) April 25, 2022
The Golden Knights face the Stars on Tuesday night, giving the Texas team the opportunity to capitalize on what the Sharks have handed them in the standings. A Stars victory would end the playoff hopes for the Golden Knights, so Sharks Territory will likely be returning the support Dallas showed on Sunday.
AT SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW…
IN OTHER SHARKS NEWS…
Answering one preseason question about every San Jose Sharks player. (The Athletic)
Which teams should Sharks fans cheer for in the playoffs? (The Hockey Writers)
Nicolas Meloche has improved his stock among San Jose Sharks defensemen. (Fear the Fin)
Get to know Sharks prospect Gannon Laroque. (Area 51 Sports Network)
Bob Boughner has a talk with Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl, both come back with a great game. (The Mercury News)
Daniil Gushchin is impressing and climbing the ranks of San Jose Sharks prospects. (Fear the Fin)
The Sharks will open the 2022-23 season in the Czech Republic. (NHL)
AROUND THE NHL…
Hobey Baker winning goaltender Dryden McKay signs with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. (Toronto Sun)
Team USA and Team Finland are showing their strengths at the U-18 World Hockey Championship. (The Hockey News)
The Tampa Bay Lightning visit the White House. (NHL)
Joe Biden calls NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman “Gary Batman” and one of the players on the Lightning standing behind him starts cracking up.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) April 25, 2022
The PHWA announces 2022 Masterson Trophy nominees. (The PHWA)
Ryan Getzlaf plays his final NHL game, a look at his career. (The Athletic)
Rough weekend for the Pittsburgh Penguins raises questions:
Patrice Bergeron has earned respect from the Boston Bruins:
Cale Makar could bring the Norris Trophy to the Colorado Avalanche:
Ryan Lomberg receives a suspension as Andrew Brunette is fined for the Florida Panthers:
The New York Islanders finish out their Alumni Weekend:
The Vegas Golden Knights are going without Robin Lehner to finish the season as he undergoes shoulder surgery:
The Philadelphia Flyers are going without some key players to finish the season:
Alex Ovechkin suffers injury against Toronto, listed as day-to-day for the Washington Capitals:
The Detroit Red Wings lose Filip Zadina for remainder of the season:
The Vancouver Canucks somehow still have hopes for playoffs:
Matthew Tkachuk reaches 100-points as the Calgary Flames clinch the Pacific Division title:
Montreal Canadiens and NHL legend Guy Lafleur to have state funeral:
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