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Last February Chris Tierney Jersey , the San Jose Sharks made the biggest splash at the NHL trading deadline when they acquired Evander Kane to bolster their offense.And for an encore? They brought aboard arguably the league’s top defenseman to join one who’s consistently among the NHL’s best.With Erik Karlsson in the fold, the Sharks open the 2018-19 season Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks at SAP Center.Article continues below ...San Jose acquired the 28-year-old Karlsson — a two-time Norris Trophy winner — from the Ottawa Senators on Sept. 13 in exchange for defenseman Dylan DeMelo, center Chris Tierney and a package of draft picks and prospects.“It’s extremely rare that players of this caliber become available,” general manager Doug Wilson told the league’s official website on the day of the trade. “The word ‘elite’ is often thrown around casually but Erik’s skillset and abilities fit that description like few other players in today’s game.”The addition of Karlsson — who is eligible for free agency next July — to join fellow Norris winner Brent Burns, 33, gives the Sharks two of the top blueliners in the game and an expected boost on offense.Since his rookie year in 2009-10, Karlsson leads the league in scoring by defensemen with 518 points, while Burns is second with 449. Burns has the most goals at the position in that span with 147. Karlsson tops the list with 392 assists.With a roster that features Joe Pavelski (34 years old) and Joe Thornton (39) coming back from a serious knee injury, San Jose has to be hyped about seeing what the 27-year-old Kane can do over course of a season.Kane, selected fourth overall in the 2009 NHL Draft, never lived up to lofty expectations in nine-plus seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres before being dealt to the Sharks for center Danny O’Regan and draft picks.In 17 games with his new club, Kane collected nine goals — including a career-high four against the Calgary Flames on March 16. In his first postseason action, Kane recorded four goals in nine contests, but the Sharks lost in the second round to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in six games.Kane signed a seven-year contract extension in May.“We’re not asking him to, and we never have asked him to, carry the mail here,” coach Peter DeBoer told the San Jose Mercury News on Sept. 28. “He’s a piece of what we’re doing, and an important piece, but it’s not a situation where if he doesn’t produce, we don’t win.”Anaheim finished one point ahead of San Jose in the regular season, but was outscored 16-4 while being swept by the Sharks in the opening round of the playoffs.This is also a team looking to get younger. For years, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were synonymous with the Ducks, but both are 33 and heading into their 14th seasons. Getzlaf is coming off a campaign in which he matched a career low with 11 goals, while Perry — a one-time 50-goal scorer — has 36 combined over the last two seasons.It will be a while before Perry takes the ice again. He underwent knee surgery in September and will miss up to five months.“It’s a big blow to our club,” defenseman Cam Fowler told the Orange County Register on Sept. 27. “You feel for Corey Womens Evander Kane Jersey , first and foremost. … Unfortunately, it is part of the business and we have to move on.”On Tuesday, the club said emerging star Ondrej Kase — a 20-goal scorer last season — is out indefinitely with a concussion suffered in Saturday’s exhibition finale.All that makes Rickard Rakell more valuable. The 25-year-old winger scored a team-high 34 goals last season to follow up the 33 he tallied in 2016-17. Youngsters such as Max Comtois, Sam Steel and Troy Terry will also need to contribute immediately as veterans Patrick Eaves (shoulder) and Ryan Kesler (hip) continue to heal.One position the Ducks won’t have to worry about is in goal. John Gibson, armed with an eight-year contract extension, is back after collecting a career-best 31 wins. Since 2014-15, the Pittsburgh native is tied for second in the league in save percentage (.923) and ranks third in goals-against average (2.30).Backup Ryan Miller embarks on his 16th NHL campaign and second with Anaheim. He logged 12 wins and a 2.35 goals-against average in 28 games (21 starts) last season.Martin Jones, coming off his third straight 30-win season, will see the bulk of the playing time for San Jose, while backup Aaron Dell (15-5-4, 2.64 GAA, two shutouts) has the skills to start for several teams. PITTSBURGH (AP) Evgeni Malkin is in the midst of a scoring race, while the Pittsburgh Penguins compete for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division. Teammate Jamie Oleksiak helped the cause with a goal against his former team.Malkin and Oleksiak both scored to help the Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Sunday night.”I don’t really think I need to be a guy that scores a bunch of goals or gets a bunch of points,” said Oleksiak, who scored his fifth of the season. ”We have a lot of that here.”Malkin is a prime example with his 39th goal of the season and an assist. He has 87 points to pull one behind league-leader Nikita Kucherov of Tampa Bay. Malkin’s 39 goals are also one from the league’s co-leaders – Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine.”I just don’t want to think about that,” Malkin said. ”I want to sleep at night. It’s a good challenge for me.”Malkin, now with 919 points, moved past Pavel Datsyuk for fifth on the NHL’s all-time points list among Russian-born players. Malkin, with 38 points in his last 20 games, also equaled a season-high six-game points streak.”It has been confidence, I think,” Malkin said. ”I feel it again, and if you score in one or two games, you feel so much better.”Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal, his 20th, to help the Penguins win for the fourth in five games.Pittsburgh Authentic Joe Pavelski Jersey , which rebounded from a 5-2 loss at Toronto one night earlier, jumped past Washington for first place in a tight Metropolitan Division. The Penguins, who lost six of their previous seven against Dallas, have won 14 of their last 15 overall at home.Casey DeSmith made 17 saves for the Penguins with starter Matt Murray out for his seventh game with a concussion.”You can tell by the way we played tonight that we are trying to get into that playoff mode,” DeSmith said.Alexander Radulov scored a power-play goal, his 25th of the season, for the Stars, who started a critical late-season stretch of six road games in 10 days with a loss against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Dallas, the first wild card in the Western Conference, is 14-15-3 on the road and has just two wins in its last six games.Kari Lehtonen, making his third straight start, stopped 27 shots.”It’s always a little disappointing to not get points at this time of year,” Lehtonen said. ”It doesn’t matter if it’s the first game of the road trip or what not. We played careless.”Hornqvist opened the scoring with a first-period power-play goal. The final pick of the 2005 NHL Draft, he has scored at least 20 goals in eight of 10 NHL seasons, including the last five. The Penguins had two goals in their last 18 power-play chances prior to Hornqvist’s goal.Oleksiak gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead with 3.7 seconds left in the first. The Stars drafted Oleksiak in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft and Pittsburgh acquired the 6-foot-7, 25-year-old defenseman from Dallas on Dec. 19 for a 2019 conditional fourth-round draft pick.”I just kind of closed my eyes and shot it as hard as I could,” Oleksiak said. ”I was calling for it a little bit, he put it in my sweet spot, I saw the opportunity and took it.”Radulov scored a second-period power-play goal on a five-on-three for the Stars’ only goal.Hornqvist thought he had his second power-play goal of the game, and a 3-1 lead for Pittsburgh later in the period. But the Stars challenged the play and the goal was overturned because Malkin went offside earlier in the sequence.”It was a surprise to me, but it’s the rules,” Malkin said. ”Sometimes that happens.”NOTES: Stars G Ben Bishop missed his third game with a knee injury. He is expected to skate with equipment Monday after skating without pads Sunday morning. … Pittsburgh scratched F Dominik Simon (lower-body), F Bryan Rust (concussion), F Zach Aston-Reese (upper body) and D Matt Hunwick. … Marc Methot (knee) and Mattias Janmark (illness) both played for Dallas after missing Friday’s game against Anaheim. … Stars F Antoine Roussel played in his 400th career NHL game. He is the first in NHL history from France to play in 400 games.UP NEXTStars: Continue a six-game road trip Tuesday at MontrealPenguins: Open a three-game road trip at the New York Rangers on Wednesday

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