The puck isn’t exactly bouncing the Sharks way this season.

The Sharks are a veteran group that played into mid-June last spring. Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns and Logan Couture all had their summers cut even shorter by the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The team logged the second most travel miles in the NHL this season and their top two centers, Thornton and Couture, both suffered significant injuries less than three weeks before the playoffs started.

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All the extra miles and the wear and tear appeared to catch up with the Sharks in overtime of Game 5 as the Edmonton Oilers outshot them 14-2 while taking a 3-2 series lead. As the series moves back to San Jose for Game 6 at the SAP Center Saturday, the oldest team in the NHL will need to muster the jump and energy to keep up with an Oilers squad whose average age is almost three years younger.

“We’ve dealt with a lot of stuff,” head coach Pete DeBoer said. “But you can make all …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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