2011–12 San Jose Sharks season

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2011–12 San Jose Sharks
Division 2nd Pacific
Conference 7th Western
2011–12 record 43–29–10
Home record 26–12–3
Road record 17–17–7
Goals for 228
Goals against 210
Team information
General Manager Doug Wilson
Coach Todd McLellan
Captain Joe Thornton
Alternate captains Dan Boyle
Ryane Clowe
Patrick Marleau
Arena HP Pavilion at San Jose
Average attendance 17,562
Team leaders
Goals Logan Couture
Joe Pavelski (31)
Assists Joe Thornton (59)
Points Joe Thornton (77)
Penalties in minutes Ryane Clowe (97)
Plus/minus Joe Pavelski (+18)
Wins Antti Niemi (34)
Goals against average Thomas Greiss (2.30)

The 2011–12 San Jose Sharks season was the ice hockey club's 21st season in the NHL.

Offseason[edit]

The Sharks, disappointed in their playoff results, traded away two major players of their team to the Minnesota Wild. Devin Setoguchi was traded for Brent Burns, and Dany Heatley was traded for Martin Havlat. Burns was targeted to fill a hole on the Sharks as a shut-down defensive presence. Heatley was traded after posting disappointing playoff results.

Season recap[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The preseason was successful, ending in a 5–1–0 record with the only loss came to Phoenix.

The Sharks started the season rather slowly; they gained a win at their opener at home against Phoenix but then lost three straight. Afterwards, the Sharks won the first five games on their six-game road trip. The win against the Devils came on a shootout, with Joe Thornton participating in his 1000th NHL career game, and the win against the Islanders by a sudden-death goal from Brent Burns, so the Sharks won both games that went into overtime. They ended this road trip with a loss against the Rangers before heading back home for a six-game stand. The first one was a win after shootout against the Penguins before losing the first game after overtime to the Predators before the next two games were won. The home stand ended with five wins and only one loss, coming against the Coyotes. The Sharks took over the first position in the Pacific Division in November and had 13 wins in the books after 20 games. After that, the Sharks lost four out of five with the only win vs. the Canadiens by a shootout. The Sharks just won one of the next five games, before they went on a four-game winning streak to take the top spot in the Pacific Division over Christmas. December was finished with two losses to the Ducks and Canucks.

The new year started with two wins on the road, another one at home and the number 1 spot in the division. After an away overtime loss vs. the Wild the Sharks captured their second shutout victory in a 2–0 win over the Jets. January was ended with two shutouts by Antti Niemi and at top of their division. February included an unsuccessful nine-game road trip.

The Sharks clinched a playoff spot on the fifth of April, their 81st game of the regular season.

The Sharks were the most disciplined team during the regular season, with only 225 power-play opportunities against.[1]

Playoffs[edit]

In the playoffs, the Sharks faced the St. Louis Blues, a number 2 seed, in the first round, the conference quarterfinals in a best-of-seven series. The Sharks won Game 1 by a score of 3–2 after double overtime by a goal from Martin Havlat who scored twice, with Andrew Desjardins sent this game into overtime with his goal five minutes before the end of regulation. Game 2 was won by the Blues, who scored once every period, 3–0. The Blues continued their dominance by posting a 4–3 victory in Game 3, with two of the three goals by the Sharks coming in the waning minutes of the third period. The Blues then won a second straight game in San Jose, in Game 4, by a score of 2–1. The Blues led the series 3–1. With coming back over to St. Louis, the Sharks went into the third period with a lead, courtesy of a goal from Joe Thornton. The Blues, however, answered with two quick goals in the middle of the last period and scored another goal late in the game to capture the series in five games.

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division[2]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Phoenix Coyotes 82 42 27 13 36 216 204 97
2 San Jose Sharks 82 43 29 10 34 228 210 96
3 Los Angeles Kings 82 40 27 15 34 194 179 95
4 Dallas Stars 82 42 35 5 35 211 222 89
5 Anaheim Ducks 82 34 36 12 31 204 231 80
Western Conference[3]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 p – Vancouver Canucks NW 82 51 22 9 43 249 198 111
2 y – St. Louis Blues CE 82 49 22 11 45 210 165 109
3 y – Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 42 27 13 36 216 204 97
4 Nashville Predators CE 82 48 26 8 43 237 210 104
5 Detroit Red Wings CE 82 48 28 6 39 248 203 102
6 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 45 26 11 38 248 238 101
7 San Jose Sharks PA 82 43 29 10 34 228 210 96
8 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 40 27 15 34 194 179 95
8.5
9 Calgary Flames NW 82 37 29 16 34 202 226 90
10 Dallas Stars PA 82 42 35 5 35 211 222 89
11 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 41 35 6 32 208 220 88
12 Minnesota Wild NW 82 35 36 11 24 177 226 81
13 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 34 36 12 31 204 231 80
14 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 32 40 10 27 212 239 74
15 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 29 46 7 25 202 262 65

Divisions: CE – Central, NW – Northwest, PA – Pacific

bold - qualified for playoffs, y – Won division, p – Won Presidents' Trophy (best record in NHL)


Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

  • Green background indicates win (2 points).
  • Red background indicates regulation loss (0 points).
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss (1 point).
2011–12 Game Log: 43–29–10 (Home: 26–12–3 ; Road: 17–17–7)

Playoffs[edit]

The Sharks clinched a playoff spot and made their eighth consecutive appearance in the playoffs.

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

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


Updated April 21, 2012.[4]

Goaltenders[edit]

GP = Games Played; MIN = Time On Ice in minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SA = Shots Against; SV = Saves; SV% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts; G = Goals; A = Assists; PEN = Penalty Time in minutes

Regular season
Player GP MIN W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Niemi, AnttiAntti Niemi 68 3936 34 22 9 159 2.42 1865 .915 6 0 0 2
Greiss, ThomasThomas Greiss 19 1043 9 7 1 40 2.30 472 .915 0 0 0 2
Playoffs
Player GP Min W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Niemi, AnttiAntti Niemi 5 318 1 4 13 2.45 151 .914 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Sharks. Stats reflect time with the Sharks only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Awards, records, milestones[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Marc-Edouard Vlasic[5] NHL Second Star of the Week November 21, 2011

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Tommy Wingels 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 8, 2011
Joe Thornton 1,000th Career NHL Game October 21, 2011
Joe Thornton 700th Career NHL Assist October 25, 2011
Marc-Edouard Vlasic 400th Career NHL Game November 3, 2011
Marc-Edouard Vlasic 100th Career NHL Assist November 20, 2011
Andrew Murray 200th Career NHL Game November 23, 2011
Patrick Marleau 800th Career NHL Point January 10, 2012
Tommy Wingels 1st Career NHL Goal January 15, 2012
Brent Burns 200th Career NHL Point January 17, 2012
Logan Couture 100th Career NHL Point January 23, 2012
Dan Boyle 800th Career NHL Game January 31, 2012
Brent Burns 500th Career NHL Game January 31, 2012
Douglas Murray 400th Career NHL Game January 31, 2012
Joe Pavelski 400th Career NHL Game February 8, 2012
Michal Handzus 900th Career NHL Game February 21, 2012
Patrick Marleau 1,100th Career NHL Game March 8, 2012
Dan Boyle 500th Career NHL Point March 26, 2012
Joe Pavelski 300th Career NHL Point March 26, 2012
Ryan Clowe 100th Career NHL Goal April 3, 2012
Daniel Winnik 100th Career NHL Point April 3, 2012

Final roster[edit]

Updated April 19, 2012.[6]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
22 Canada Boyle, DanDan Boyle (A) D R 40 2008 Ottawa, Ontario
61 United States Braun, JustinJustin Braun D R 30 2007 St. Paul, Minnesota
88 Canada Burns, BrentBrent Burns D R 32 2011 Ajax, Ontario
29 Canada Clowe, RyaneRyane Clowe (A) LW L 34 2001 Fermeuse, Newfoundland
39 Canada Couture, LoganLogan Couture C L 28 2007 Guelph, Ontario
60 Canada Demers, JasonJason Demers D R 29 2008 Dorval, Quebec
69 Canada Desjardins, AndrewAndrew Desjardins C L 30 2010 Lively, Ontario
78 United States Ferriero, BennBenn Ferriero C R 30 2009 Boston, Massachusetts
37 United States Galiardi, TJTJ Galiardi C L 29 2012 Calgary, Alberta
1 Germany Greiss, ThomasThomas Greiss G L 31 2004 Füssen, West Germany
26 Slovakia Handzus, MichalMichal Handzus C L 40 2011 Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
9 Czech Republic Havlat, MartinMartin Havlat RW L 36 2011 Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia
52 Canada Irwin, MattMatt Irwin D L 29 2010 Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
-- United States Kennedy, TimTim Kennedy LW L 31 2012 Buffalo, New York
12 Canada Marleau, PatrickPatrick Marleau (A) C/LW L 37 1997 Swift Current, Saskatchewan
43 United States McCarthy, JohnJohn McCarthy LW/C L 30 2006 Boston, Massachusetts
17 Canada Mitchell, TorreyTorrey Mitchell C/RW R 32 2004 Greenfield Park, Quebec
18 Canada Moore, DominicDominic Moore C L 36 2012 Thornhill, Ontario
55 Canada Moore, MikeMike Moore D L 32 2008 Calgary, Alberta
3 Sweden Murray, DouglasDouglas Murray D L 37 1999 Stockholm, Sweden
31 Finland Niemi, AnttiAntti Niemi G L 33 2010 Vantaa, Finland
8 United States Pavelski, JoeJoe Pavelski C R 32 2003 Plover, Wisconsin
35 Finland Sateri, HarriHarri Sateri G L 27 2008 Toijala, Finland
19 Canada Thornton, JoeJoe Thornton (C) C L 37 2005 London, Ontario
2 Canada Vandermeer, JimJim Vandermeer D L 37 2011 Caroline, Alberta
44 Canada Vlasic, Marc-EdouardMarc-Edouard Vlasic D L 30 2005 Montreal, Quebec
5 Canada White, ColinColin White D L 39 2011 New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
10 United States Winchester, BradBrad Winchester LW L 36 2011 Madison, Wisconsin
57 United States Wingels, TommyTommy Wingels C R 29 2008 Evanston, Illinois
34 Canada Winnik, DanielDaniel Winnik LW/C L 32 2012 Toronto, Ontario

Transactions[edit]

The Sharks have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.