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Despite their recent struggles, despite their insertion of Mike Brown and John Scott into the lineup and promotion of Tye McGinn to the first line and despite the fact that they were facing a high-powered Anaheim Ducks team, it was a foregone conclusion the Sharks were going to win tonight’s game. It’s just the way they roll. Following disappointing losses to clearly inferior clubs like Buffalo, Florida, Arizona and Calgary up with a big win over Anaheim is, inexplicably, what we’ve come to expect from San Jose over the past season and change.
We’ve also come to expect that no lead is safe and the Sharks delivered on both promises in an exciting 6-4 win, complete with a nail-biter third period, that ended their four-game losing streak. Logan Couture, too sick to attend the morning skate, scored twice, Tommy Wingels registered a career-high four points and Tomas Hertl had one of his best games of the season with a pretty goal and five shots as San Jose built a 5-1 second period lead before giving up two goals to Kings Mumps himself and another to Ryan Getzlaf to make things rather interesting.
So much for momentum. The Raiders, coming off a big win over the Chiefs in front of a National TV audience on Thursday night, came out looking as bad as they ever have. It wouldn’t get better either and the Raiders would be completely routed 52-0 at the hands of the Rams.
On the heels of the Raiders first win of the season, they had probably the worst loss in franchise history. That is a firey plummet back to earth. They are now 1-11 on the season with all winning teams remaining on the schedule.
No matter how tenuous the San Francisco 49ers’ situation currently is, the fate of coach Jim Harbaugh won’t be resolved until after this season, according to sources.
If the 49ers can pull off a 4-0 finish to the regular season and make a run in the postseason that some in the organization are still convinced is possible, Harbaugh could land a contract extension, sources said.
The Oakland Raiders and New York Jets both are expected to, at the very least, inquire about Harbaugh’s availability in a trade, a source said.
One NFL source is convinced the Raiders are the favorite to land Harbaugh, but the Jets also are known to be keeping a close eye on Harbaugh’s situation.