Boedker contributed a goal and an assist in Thursday's Game 5 loss to the Oilers. Boedker helped San Jose jump out to a 3-1 lead, only to see Edmonton score three unanswered goals to take the contest in overtime. The Danish forward was a difference maker in this one after being scratched in Games 3 and 4 for performance reasons, but his 13:13 of ice time was just one second above Marcus Sorensen's team-low mark. Don't expect a long leash from coach Peter DeBoer with the season on the line in Game 6.
Boedker, who was a healthy scratch for Game 3, stayed on practice ice Monday longer than any of the Sharks' forwards, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. It's been a rough ride for Boedker in his first year as a Shark, perhaps because he's been relegated to a bottom-six role after several successful campaigns dazzling with the Coyotes. He performed reasonably well in 18 games last season (four goals, eight assists) on an Avalanche team that generally lacked playmakers on the wing, and his recent slide seems indicative of a talented skater searching for an identity on a team already chock-full of offensive weapons. The Sharks have yet to decide whether the Dane will suit up for Game 4 on Tuesday, but it likely depends on how much information he absorbed from the extended session Monday.
Boedker is not in the lineup for Game 3 against the Oilers on Sunday, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Nothing has been mentioned regarding any type of injury, so he's presumably a healthy scratch. Boedker will step aside to make way for Joe Thornton (knee) to return to the lineup after a five-game absence. He didn't do much in the first two games (no points, two shots, minus-1) of the series despite receiving a sizeable amount of power-play time (over nine minutes combined), but it's still a little surprising to see him take a seat given he played in 81 contests this season. Look for further updates prior to Game 4 on Tuesday regarding the Dane's status.
Boedker picked up a pair of secondary assists in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Rangers. Boedker's second apple -- his 15th on the season -- helped send the game to the extra frame before defenseman Brent Burns ended up winning it for Team Teal with a man-advantage strike. Boedker qualifies as a bust, as he still needs 27 points to match his output with the Coyotes and Avs last year, but arguably the most disappointing facet of his slide has been his lack of power-play ice time (1:32 average), which has resulted in just a single man-advantage point.
Boedker earned a helper Saturday against his former team, the Coyotes. With the apple, Boedker now has a very respectable 10 points in his last 14 games. Still, the Dane has only managed 18 points in his first season in San Jose, and he's largely been a bust for those that thought an improved supporting cast would help him potentially challenge his career high of 51 set in 2013-14.
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