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SAN JOSE http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authentic-mike-green-jersey , Calif. (AP) — Sharks coach Peter DeBoer wasn’t overly concerned when his team struggled to get wins on an early road trip despite controlling play for much of the time. San Jose was able to put it all together on a two-game homestand that showed what this team could be capable of achieving this season.Brent Burns scored San Jose’s first goal from a defenseman this season and Logan Couture got his fourth in two games to lead the Sharks past the New York Islanders 4-1 on Saturday night.The Sharks outscored Buffalo and New York 9-2 in winning both games at home after starting the season with just two wins in the first six games.“We didn’t get rewarded on the road to start the season, but I knew it was a matter of time if we kept playing that way,” DeBoer said. “We got home here, we’re comfortable, we started to score, we feel a little bit confident. There’s two good home wins for us. We go back on the road again now.”Timo Meier and Joonas Donskoi also scored to help the Sharks avenge a 4-0 loss at the Islanders earlier this month in a game that got testy down the stretch. There were 76 minutes of penalties handed out over the final 24 minutes, with two fights and several other smaller skirmishes.The Islanders were upset at Burns for what they thought was a slew foot, while the Sharks were angered by a hit from Anders Lee against Evander Kane, among other plays.“I like that we stood up for ourselves,” Couture said. “I’ll never understand when guys go out down 3-1 with 5 minutes left and try to act tough and start fights. It has no bearing on a game when a game is over like that. It’s good to see us stick up for ourselves.”Martin Jones made 24 saves to earn his second straight win after opening the season with three regulation losses in his first four starts.Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders Womens Nick Jensen Jersey , who finished a 1-3 road trip. Robin Lehner made 37 saves after shutting out San Jose on Oct. 8.“At times we weren’t really fully engaged as a team, especially in the second. When we had a few mistakes the bench kind of sunk, we didn’t pick each other up and find a way to take the game back,” forward Matt Martin said. “That’s disappointing but I definitely think the third period from a physical and emotional standpoint, it’s a positive that we’re all going to have each other’s backs in here, no one’s going to quit.”The Sharks came into the season expecting big production from the blue line after acquiring two-time Norris Trophy winning-defenseman Erik Karlsson from Ottawa. Burns also won a Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman and the two are the top scoring blue-liners in the league in recent years.But neither one had scored a goal until Burns struck in the second period during 4-on-4 play. Shortly after being denied by the post on a big shot, Burns muscled his way in from the boards and beat Lehner from in close with a backhand to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead.Donskoi had put San Jose ahead earlier in the second when he converted on a rebound after fellow Finn Antti Suomela forced a turnover from Scott Mayfield in the offensive zone.Couture, who had a hat trick Thursday against Buffalo, added the insurance goal early in the third off a feed from Tomas Hertl.The teams traded goals in the first period, with Meier opening the scoring after taking a feed from Couture in close. Lehner saved Meier’s first shot with his pad Thomas Vanek Jersey , but Meier knocked the rebound under Lehner’s arm to give him points in five straight.The Islanders answered in the final minute of the first when Nelson converted on a pass from Josh Bailey.NOTES: Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier (illness) was scratched and replaced by Tom Kuhnhackl. … Sharks C Joe Thornton missed his sixth straight game with swelling in his surgically repaired right knee.UP NEXTIslanders: Host the Florida Panthers on Wednesday.Sharks: Visit the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. Looking to bounce back from an embarrassing 9-1 loss on home ice to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, the Calgary Flames will face yet another tough opponent on Saturday.The Flames (5-5-0) will host the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals (4-3-2) in an afternoon affair at the Scotiabank Saddledome.A day after giving up six goals on 21 shots to the Penguins, goalie Mike Smith met with the media on Friday to talk about the disappointing loss.Article continues below ...“I don’t think anyone can be very proud of what happened (Thursday) night,” said Smith, who has allowed at least four goals in five of his past seven starts. “It was an embarrassment as far as I’m concerned, and I think everyone realizes that, but it’s over.“To blame guys would be an easy thing to do, an easy out. The harder thing is to just go and work hard and try to climb out of this thing.”Despite his lackluster performance against the Penguins, Smith will get the chance to redeem himself as he will get the start against the Caps.“It’s pretty early still,” Smith said. “I think if you… start pouting and feel sorry for yourself Nick Foligno Jersey , it’s going to be a really long year. You have to realize that, put things in perspective and keep working hard and pushing forward.”Calgary coach Bill Peters refused to blame the loss to Pittsburgh on Smith or backup goalie David Rittich, who surrendered three goals on 15 shots in relief. “Once we start playing a little bit better away from the puck — not a little bit better, quite a bit better — and with a commitment to playing defense as a group and as a unit of five, then we can talk about our goaltending,” Peters said. “We’re going to go right back to Smitty (Saturday) and give our group a chance to redeem themselves for that effort (Thursday) night.”Meanwhile, the Capitals will be looking to follow up a disappointing 4-1 loss in Edmonton on Thursday with a better performance against the Flames.“We lost as well, so we don’t want to lose two in a row so we’re going to play differently as well,” said reigning Conn Smyth Trophy winner Alexander Ovechkin, who expects the Flames to “come out flying” in front of their hometown fans.Nine games into the season Authentic Oliver Bjorkstrand Jersey , the Capitals still haven’t found a way to string together back-to-back wins, which is something that defenseman Matt Niskanen and his teammates would like to change.“I think we’re still searching for (consistency),” Niskanen said. “We’ll keep a positive attitude and keep working, but I’d like to see us string a few together here with some better efforts.“The good thing about our group is (something) we’ve kind of developed over the last couple years is we rebound pretty well. We have responses. We’ll look for that in Calgary, but I think we all know we can play better.”Forward Chandler Stephenson echoed Niskanen’s sentiments about the Capitals finding the consistency that helped them win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.“We’re not panicking in here or pressing the panic button, so it’s just a matter of time,” Stephenson said. “We’ll be right where we want to b

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