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Sport Sharks provide update on COVID outbreak

21:55  01 november  2021
21:55  01 november  2021 Source:   yardbarker.com

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The San Jose Sharks are still reeling from a COVID-19 scare that sidelined multiple players and head coach Bob Boughner over the weekend.

  Sharks provide update on COVID outbreak © Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Team Teal placed multiple players in COVID protocol, and captain Logan Couture was scratched from the lineup due to being "under the weather" just a couple hours before Saturday's game against the Winnipeg Jets. Couture and forward Andrew Cogliano, who was placed in the protocol, returned to practice on Monday morning, while Erik Karlsson, Radim Simek, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Jacob Middleton, Jonathan Dahlen and Matt Nieto remained absent. Kevin Labanc, who played in Saturday's 2-1 overtime win, was also absent from practice on Monday and added to the COVID list.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler symptomatic with COVID-19, out at least four games

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It wasn't clear if Saturday's game would happen at all with Boughner and the players entering the protocol so close to puck drop. Goalie James Reimer admitted to the press postgame that he and the rest of the team didn't know if the game would happen until after they took pregame warmups.

"It was just a little vague," the netminder admitted. "We didn't really know what was going on and what was going to take place. We were familiar with what happened last year, and we didn't know the protocol for this year."

Despite the chaos that preceded the game, the Sharks churned out a valiant effort and overcame the Jets thanks to a Timo Meier slap-shot goal in overtime to seal a 2-1 win.

With so many players sidelined on Saturday, San Jose subsequently recalled five players from the AHL club, the Barracuda. The Barracuda's game Sunday against the Stockton Heat was postponed because forward Noah Gregor, goalie Zachary Sawchenko and goaltending coach Dany Sabourin were placed in the AHL COVID protocol. There is no word yet on when the make-up game will take place.

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