San Jose Sharks re-sign Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski

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You can take one talented center off the potential free agent list,
as the San Jose Sharks announced this morning that the team has
re-signed Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski. The Sharks, announcing that
the team was moving on with goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, made plenty of
room for themselves to sign the two talented forwards and they needed
every single bit of cap space they could get.

The team hasn’t released the exact financial terms, but it’s being
reported from several sources that Marleau’s contract is worth $6.9
million per season for four years, while Pavelski’s is worth $4 million
per season.

That’s a heft price to pay to keep your top two forwards, yet
obviously this is what the Sharks felt they needed to do to stay
competitive. We’ll have a full breakdown of what these contracts mean
for the Sharks both short and long-term, but right now things aren’t
looking very good: the Sharks now have 14 players under contract and
just $11 million or so left in cap space. That’s nine spots left to
fill, and not a lot of salary space to fill it with.

Between Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle and now Patrick Marleau
the Sharks have over $28 million in salary locked up in salary between
four players for next season.

Wow.

Here’s some of the press release.

SAN JOSE – San
Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson
announced today that the club has re-signed Group III un-restricted free
agent forward Patrick Marleau and Group II restricted free agent
forward Joe Pavelski to four-year contracts. In keeping with club
policy, financial terms of the deals was not disclosed.

“We are
very pleased that Patty and Joe have committed to this organization now
and in the future,” said Wilson. “They expressed a strong belief in the
direction this franchise is heading but also understand the challenges
to keeping a talented group like ours together.

“Both players had a
tremendous regular season, excelled on the ice for their respective
countries at the Winter Olympics and elevated their game in the Stanley
Cup Playoffs. They have solidified their place in the game among the
League’s top forwards and we are excited as an organization to have Joe
and Patty back in San Jose to build on what we accomplished last
season.”

Oshie’s hat trick lets Caps just barely squeak by Penguins in OT

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What a start.

This series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals might be headlined by Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, but as many have said in the lead-up to tonight’s opener, there is so much more to this second round matchup than that. Washington’s 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 tonight could be offered up as Exhibit A.

This game had everything except big offensive showings from Crosby and Ovechkin. They had their moments, but in the end combined for just one assist.

What we got instead was a hat trick by T.J. Oshie that was completed with a game-winning goal that made it past the line by such a narrow margin that it warranted a video review:

This game also featured a sequence of three goals in 90 seconds and yet also some great saves by goaltenders Braden Holtby and Matt Murray. At the other end of the spectrum, there was a controversial hit by Tom Wilson that might lead to a suspension.

There was even some odd stuff. Like how Jay Beagle got a stick stuck in his equipment.

Twice:

If this game sets the tone for the rest of the series, then we should be in for a closely contested, highlight filled affair.

NOTES:

Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin and Ben Lovejoy accounted for the Penguins’ other markers.

— Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky scored the game’s opening goal. It was his first marker of the 2016 playoffs.

— Washington outshot Pittsburgh 15-9 in the first period, but Pittsburgh ended up with a 45-35 edge.

— This is the first time in the 2016 playoffs that Braden Holtby has allowed more than two goals. He surrendered just five goals in six games to Philadelphia.

— Matt Murray suffered his first career postseason loss after winning three straight contests against the New York Rangers.

Video: Wilson delivers late, knee-on-knee hit to Sheary

Wilson hit
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Tom Wilson has already found himself in a controversy for delivering a late, knee-on-knee hit to Penguins forward Conor Sheary in the third period of Game 1 Thursday night.

You can see that incident below:

Wilson spent two minutes in the sin bin earlier in the contest for crosschecking Evgeni Malkin, but there was no penalty on this play.

Fortunately Conor Sheary was able to stay in the game. The question now is if Wilson’s actions will lead to him being suspended prior to Game 2.

This isn’t Wilson’s first brush with controversy. He delivered a big hit to Brayden Schenn in 2013, but Wilson wasn’t suspended for that incident. Lubomir Visnovsky’s final campaign was cut short due to a check by Wilson that angered the New York Islanders. More recently, Nikita Zadorov was concussed by a crushing blow from the Capitals forward.

In 231 career regular season games, Wilson has 50 points and 486 penalty minutes.

Related: Wilson says ‘I’ve never been a dirty hitter’ after teams voice complaints

Video: Penguins, Caps combine for three goals in 90 seconds

Oshie goal
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For the first 30 minutes of Game 1 between Pittsburgh and Washington it looked like goaltenders Matt Murray and Braden Holtby might outshine these star-studded offenses. Then the floodgates opened up, if only for a moment.

Washington already had a 1-0 lead going into the second frame courtesy of Andre Burakovsky‘s first marker of the 2016 playoffs, but Ben Lovejoy and Evgeni Malkin scored back-to-back goals within the span of 57 seconds midway through the second period to tilt the scale in Pittsburgh’s favor. That lead didn’t last for long though as Capitals forward T.J. Oshie got a breakaway opportunity and took full advantage of it.

In total, there were three goals scored in the span of just 90 seconds and you can see all of them below:

After that sequence, the 2-2 tie held for the remainder of the frame. However, Oshie was able to reassert Washington’s edge just 3:23 minutes into the third period.

Video: Beagle gets stick stuck in visor

Beagle
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Through 40 minutes of action in Game 1 of the second round series between Pittsburgh and Washington and we’ve already seen some big moments, along with a pretty unusual one.

Beagle ended up with a stick lodged into his visor towards the end of the second frame. He tried to get it out himself, but ended up having to go to the bench for assistance. You can see that below: