2007–08 San Jose Sharks season

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2007–08 San Jose Sharks
Pacific Division champions
Division 1st Pacific
Conference 2nd Western
2007–08 record 49–23–10
Home record 22–13–6
Road record 27–10–4
Goals for 222
Goals against 193
Team information
General Manager Doug Wilson
Coach Ron Wilson
Captain Patrick Marleau
Alternate captains Mike Grier
Craig Rivet
Joe Thornton
Arena HP Pavilion at San Jose
Average attendance 17,411 (99.5%)
Team leaders
Goals Joe Thornton (29)
Assists Joe Thornton (67)
Points Joe Thornton (96)
Penalties in minutes Craig Rivet (104)
Plus/minus

Douglas Murray (+20)

Patrick Marleau -19
Wins Evgeni Nabokov (46)
Goals against average Brian Boucher (1.76)

The 2007–08 San Jose Sharks season began on October 4, 2007. It was the San Jose Sharks' 17th season in the National Hockey League. The Sharks were the Pacific Division champions, and second in the Western Conference. They finished the season with a 49–23–10 record.

Preseason[edit]

During the pre-season, the 2007 NHL Entry Draft took place in Columbus, Ohio, on June 22–23.[1] Additionally, the free agency period began on July 1.[2][3]

  • Green background indicates a win.
  • Red background indicates a loss.

Regular season[edit]

The Sharks began a win streak of road games on November 14, 2007, when they beat the Dallas Stars with a shootout win.[4] The Sharks went on to win nine more consecutive road games, which gave them 10 straight wins on the road.[5] The streak ended when the Sharks lost to the Anaheim Ducks on January 13, 2008. This was also the game where Head Coach Ron Wilson gave the Sharks’ backup goaltender, Thomas Greiss, his first start and rested Evgeni Nabokov, who was the starting goaltender for all the other Sharks games played up until the All-Star break.[6]

The Sharks’ streak of ten-straight road wins was second to the 12 road game win streak posted by the Detroit Red Wings in 2006.[7]

Jonathan Cheechoo earned his first hat-trick of the season on February 9, 2008 at the HP Pavilion against the Nashville Predators.[8] This was the ninth time that Cheechoo earned a hat-trick in his career. The Sharks won the game 4–3 and gave Ron Wilson his 500th win as an NHL coach, the 11th coach in League history to reach the milestone.[9]

The Sharks have continued with another win streak of 11 games at home and on the road.[10] Since February 21, when the Sharks played the Philadelphia Flyers away in Philadelphia and won the game 3–1, they started their lengthy winning streak. On February 29, 2008, the Sharks played the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit and came across a 3–2 win on a controversial goal by Devin Setoguchi to push the winning streak to four consecutive games. San Jose played the Montreal Canadiens on March 3 in San Jose and pulled away with a 6–4 win to push their winning streak to six games. On March 5 in San Jose, they played the Ottawa Senators and pulled away with a winner in overtime by Patrick Marleau to push their winning streak to seven games. The Sharks won the Pacific Division and finished second in the Western Conference.

The Sharks finished the regular season having allowed the fewest power-play goals, with 44, and with the best penalty-kill percentage (85.81%).[11]

Divisional standings[edit]

Pacific Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – San Jose Sharks 82 49 23 10 222 193 108
2 Anaheim Ducks 82 47 27 8 205 191 102
3 Dallas Stars 82 45 30 7 242 207 97
4 Phoenix Coyotes 82 38 37 7 214 231 83
5 Los Angeles Kings 82 32 43 7 231 266 71

Conference standings[edit]

Rob Davison coming up the left side with the puck.
Western Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings CE 82 54 21 7 257 184 115
2 y – San Jose Sharks PA 82 49 23 10 222 193 108
3 y – Minnesota Wild NW 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
4 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 47 27 8 205 191 102
5 Dallas Stars PA 82 45 30 7 242 207 97
6 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
7 Calgary Flames NW 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
8 Nashville Predators CE 82 41 32 9 230 229 91
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
10 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 40 34 8 239 235 88
11 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 39 33 10 213 215 88
12 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 38 37 7 214 231 83
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 34 36 12 193 218 80
14 St. Louis Blues CE 82 33 36 13 205 237 79
15 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 32 43 7 231 266 71

Divisions: PA – Pacific, CE – Central, NW – Northwest
bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, pPresidents' Trophy winner


Schedule and results[edit]

2007–08 Game Log
  • Green background indicates win.
  • Red background indicates regulation loss.
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.

Playoffs[edit]

On March 28, the Sharks clinched the Pacific Division title with a 3–1 win at Anaheim. The Sharks finished the regular season as the 2nd seed in the Western Conference. The Sharks began their first series, the Western Conference Quarter-finals, against the 7th seed Calgary Flames, losing the first game 3–2 but winning the second 2–0, tying the series at 1 win each. In the third game, the Sharks lost by a score of 4–3, falling back by 2 points in the series. Game 4 saw Jonathan Cheechoo score the tying goal with just under five minutes to play in the third, and Joe Thornton scoring the game-winner with 9.4 seconds remaining in regulation to send the series back to San Jose tied at two games apiece. Back in San Jose for Game 5, the Flames' Jerome Iginla scored a 2nd period, 5-on-3 goal to give Calgary the first goal of the game, but the Sharks would score the next 4 goals and hang on for a 4–3 win for a 3–2 series lead. The Sharks showed poorly in Game 6, losing to Calgary in a shut-out, 2 -0, forcing Game 7. The Sharks played with Jeremy Roenick scoring twice and adding two assists to power the Sharks in a decisive 5–3 win over Calgary, clinching the series. The Sharks advanced to meet the Dallas Stars in Round 2 (Western Conference Semifinals) of the playoffs. In Game 1 of the Semifinals, the Sharks had a strong defensive showing at home, but lost in overtime to the Stars, 3–2, on a Brenden Morrow goal. After losing Games 2 & 3 and falling to a 3–0 deficit in the series, the Sharks won Game 4 in Dallas and Game 5 at home to force a Game 6 in Dallas. After playing into a fourth overtime period in the longest game in Sharks history (and 8th longest NHL game of all time), the Sharks season ended on a power play goal by the Stars' Brenden Morrow.

Playoffs[edit]

2008 Stanley Cup playoffs
  • Green background indicates a win.
  • Red background indicates a loss.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular Season[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Joe Thornton facing off in a game versus the Vancouver Canucks.

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Joe Thornton 82 29 67 96 18 59
Brian Campbell 83 8 54 62 8 20
Milan Michalek 79 24 31 55 19 47
Patrick Marleau 78 19 29 48 −19 33
Joe Pavelski 82 19 21 40 1 28
Jonathan Cheechoo 69 23 14 37 11 46
Craig Rivet 74 5 30 35 3 104
Jeremy Roenick 69 14 19 33 −8 26
Christian Ehrhoff 77 1 21 22 9 72
Mike Grier 78 9 13 22 −8 24
Torrey Mitchell 82 10 10 20 −3 50
Patrick Rissmiller 79 8 9 17 −8 30
Devin Setoguchi 44 11 6 17 6 8
Sandis Ozolinsh 39 3 13 16 −11 24
Matt Carle 62 2 13 15 −8 26
Marc-Edouard Vlasic 82 2 12 14 −12 24
Kyle McLaren 61 3 8 11 3 84
Douglas Murray 66 1 9 10 20 98
Curtis Brown 33 5 4 9 4 10
Ryane Clowe 15 3 5 8 −1 22
Marcel Goc 51 5 3 8 −15 12
Jody Shelley 62 1 6 7 −4 135
Alexei Semenov 22 1 3 4 −8 36
Tomas Plihal 22 2 1 3 4 4
Tom Cavanagh 1 0 1 1 1 0
Lukas Kaspar 3 0 0 0 −2 0
Mike Iggulden 1 0 0 0 −1 0

Goaltenders[edit]

Evgeni Nabokov is crashed into by Martin Erat during a game versus the Nashville Predators.

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player GP TOI W L OT GA SO Sv% GAA
Evgeni Nabokov 77 4561 46 21 8 163 6 0.910 2.14
Brian Boucher 5 238 3 1 1 7 1 0.932 1.76
Thomas Greiss 3 129 0 1 1 7 0 0.860 3.26
Dimitri Patzold 3 44 0 0 0 4 0 0.800 5.45

Playoffs[edit]

Skaters[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Joe Thornton 13 2 8 10 3 2
Ryane Clowe 13 5 4 9 −2 12
Joe Pavelski 13 5 4 9 3 0
Patrick Marleau 13 4 4 8 −2 2
Jonathan Cheechoo 13 4 4 8 3 4
Brian Campbell 13 1 6 7 3 4
Craig Rivet 13 0 6 6 2 16
Jeremy Roenick 13 2 3 5 0 2
Christian Ehrhoff 10 0 5 5 1 14
Milan Michalek 13 4 0 4 5 4
Torrey Mitchell 13 1 2 3 −2 10
Douglas Murray 13 1 1 2 0 2
Devin Setoguchi 9 1 1 2 −2 2
Mike Grier 13 0 1 1 −2 2
Matt Carle 11 0 1 1 0 4
Marc-Edouard Vlasic 13 0 1 1 −2 0
Curtis Brown 7 0 0 0 −2 4
Kyle McLaren 5 0 0 0 −2 4
Jody Shelley 6 0 0 0 −1 2
Alexei Semenov 2 0 0 0 0 2
Marcel Goc 4 0 0 0 1 2
Tomas Plihal 4 0 0 0 1 0
Patrick Rissmiller 8 0 0 0 −3 4

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player GP TOI W L GA SO Sv% GAA
Evgeni Nabokov 13 853 6 7 31 1 0.907 2.18
Brian Boucher 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.00

Awards and records[edit]

The Sharks did not win any awards during the 2007–2008 NHL season.[102]

Records[edit]

Christian Ehrhoff and Chris Kunitz during a pre-season game.

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Sharks were involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season.

Trades[edit]

June 22, 2007
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Vesa Toskala
Mark Bell
To San Jose Sharks
1st round pick in 2007
2nd round pick in 2007
4th round pick in 2009
January 29, 2008
To Columbus Blue Jackets
6th round pick in 2009
To San Jose Sharks
Jody Shelley
February 7, 2008
To Carolina Hurricanes
Future considerations
To San Jose Sharks
J. D. Forrest
February 26, 2008
To Buffalo Sabres
Steve Bernier
1st round pick in 2008
To San Jose Sharks
Brian Campbell
7th round pick in 2008
February 26, 2008
To New York Islanders
Rob Davison
To San Jose Sharks
7th round pick in 2008

Free agents signed[edit]

Player Former team
Alexei Semenov Florida Panthers
Jeremy Roenick Phoenix Coyotes
Sandis Ozolinsh New York Rangers
Brian Boucher Columbus Blue Jackets

Free agents lost[edit]

Player New team
Scott Hannan Colorado Avalanche
Mathieu Darche Tampa Bay Lightning
Bill Guerin New York Islanders

Draft picks[edit]

San Jose's picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[3]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 9 Logan Couture Center  Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL)
1 28 Nick Petrecki Defender  United States Omaha Lancers (USHL)
3 83 Timo Pielmeier Goaltender  Germany Kolner Haie (DEL)
3 91 Tyson Sexsmith Goaltender  Canada Vancouver Giants (WHL)
6 165 Patrik Zackrisson Left Wing  Sweden Rögle BK (HockeyAllsvenskan)
6 173 Nick Bonino Center  Canada Avon Old Farms (Connecticut HS)
7 201 Justin Braun Defender  United States University of Massachusetts Amherst
7 203 Frazer McLaren Left Wing  Canada Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Farm teams[edit]

Worcester Sharks[edit]

The Worcester Sharks are the San Jose Sharks' American Hockey League affiliate.

Phoenix RoadRunners[edit]

The Phoenix RoadRunners are the Sharks affiliate in the ECHL.

See also[edit]

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