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With trade rumors swirling, Sharks roll past Canucks

Apr 2, 2013, 2:36 AM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks could have used ongoing trade rumors circulating rugged forward Ryane Clowe as an excuse, or even the Monday afternoon trade of Michal Handzus to Chicago.

Instead, the Sharks scored three times in two minutes and 13 seconds during the second period and then hung on for the 3-2 win over the visiting Vancouver Canucks.

The Sharks, despite holding Clowe out of the lineup amid a potential trade, the Handzus deal and recently dealing defenseman Douglas Murray to Pittsburgh, have won four straight games and are four points back of the Canucks for fourth in the Western Conference.

“I think they rolled with it pretty easy,” Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told the San Jose Mercury News.

“They’re smart people in the locker room. They sense what’s going on with Clowe’s situation. It didn’t just pop out of thin air today.”

  1. xxakshunxx - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    They actually won 5 straight, but who’s counting..

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:49 AM

      And there 2 points behind fourth but hey who’s counting

  2. steelers88 - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Why are the Sharks sellers? Shouldn’t they be buyers?

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:50 AM

      They look really really good right, a bit of a dark horse

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      I don’t think it’s all that clear why they are going into this deadline as sellers. Granted they aren’t ‘selling’ the top end guys, but they are getting rid of the depth that it really seems like they’d need to make a legitimate cup run. I guess that they are trying to get what they can for anyone they aren’t planning to resign now, which makes sense I suppose long-term…just not sure that losing the depth guys makes sense for the play-offs.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Im really glad the sharks seems to be out of their slump. If we can just get hot and stay hot in the playoffs, we have a good chance.

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