Thursday, January 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Sharks already fighting history in Stanley Cup final

PITTSBURGH — Tonight's Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final is not a must-win for the Sharks. But considering their organizational history, and that of the Cup final itself, it comes pretty close.

San Jose, which lost the Cup final opener 3-2 on Monday at Pittsburgh is 0 for 10 in team history when trailing a series 2-0. Teams with a 2-0 series lead in the final have gone on to win 44 of 49 times.

"We realize that we didn't bring our best last game and at this time of year in this spot, you need to be at your best to win games," Sharks center Logan Couture said Tuesday. "So, we have a lot of work to do to be better in game 2."

The last team to do it was Boston in 2011. The Bruins fell behind 2-0 to the Canucks, losing both games on the road, before they won four of the next five to take the final in seven games.

Sharks defenseman Justin Braun played Monday after learning that his father-in-law, former NHL player Tom Lysiak, had died after a battle with leukemia. He was 63. Mr. Lysiak played 13 seasons with the Flames and Blackhawks made the All-Star Game in 1975, 1976 and 1977. Braun is expected to play tonight.

Also, San Jose forward Patrick Marleau will not face supplemental discipline for his hit to the head of Penguins wing Bryan Rust during Game 1, a league official confirmed. Marleau was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head at 4:47 of the third period.

MacLeish dies: Rick MacLeish, a star for the "Broad Street Bullies" Philadelphia Flyers teams that won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and '75, died Monday, the team said. He was 66. The Flyers' Alumni Association said recently that Mr. MacLeish was battling an illness. Mr. MacLeish was the leading scorer in the playoffs when the Flyers won back-to-back titles. He scored the Cup winner against Boston in 1974.

Hitchcock back for one more year: The Blues signed coach Ken Hitchcock to a one-year deal and the 64-year-old veteran says it will be his final season. St. Louis is coming off its first appearance in the Western Conference final since 2001, ending a string of three consecutive first-round playoff exits.

Ex-player charged: Former player Daniel LaCouture, 39, pleaded not guilty to charges he assaulted a woman in Massachusetts over the weekend, the Cape Cod Times reported. He appeared in district court on charges of assault and battery and vandalizing property.

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