2011–12 San Jose Sharks season
|2011–12 San Jose Sharks|
|2011–12 record||43–29–10 (96 points)|
|General Manager||Doug Wilson|
|Alternate captains||Dan Boyle
|Arena||HP Pavilion at San Jose|
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 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.
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 - in their 81st game of the regular season.
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 Havlát who scored twice, with Andrew Desjardins sent this game into overtime with his goal 5 minutes before the end of regulation. Game two 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 to 1. With coming back over to St. Louis the Sharks went into the third period with a lead, thanks to a goal from Joe Thornton. The Blues 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.
|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|
|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|
|5||Detroit Red Wings||CE||82||48||28||6||39||248||203||102|
|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|
|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
|2011 Pre-season Game Log|
|1||September 21||San Jose Sharks||6–1||Anaheim Ducks||Greiss||1–0–0||Recap|
|2||September 23||Anaheim Ducks||1–5||San Jose Sharks||Greiss||2–0–0||Recap|
|3||September 24||Phoenix Coyotes||0–1||San Jose Sharks||Sateri||3–0–0||Recap|
|4||September 25||San Jose Sharks||4–3||Vancouver Canucks||Greiss||4–0–0||Recap|
|5||September 29||Vancouver Canucks||0–3||San Jose Sharks||Greiss||5–0–0||Recap|
|6||October 1||San Jose Sharks||1–3||Phoenix Coyotes||Greiss||5–1–0||Recap|
- 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)|
The Sharks clinched a playoff spot and made their eighth consecutive appearance in the playoffs.
|2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs|
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes
Updated April 21, 2012.
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
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Sharks. Stats reflect time with the Sharks only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record
Awards, records, milestones
|Marc-Edouard Vlasic||NHL Second Star of the Week||November 21, 2011|
|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|
Updated April 19, 2012.
The Sharks have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.