Sharks’ skid continues on road; Blackhawks unload on SJ 6-2

photo from sfgate.com: Chicago Blackhawks’ Alex DeBrincat (12) battles San Jose Sharks’ Noah Gregor (73) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) for a loose puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Chicago

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ With their fourth straight loss and fifth consecutive on the road, San Jose slid further in a 6-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. 

It was the Sharks’ most goals given up since a month ago on February 10 versus the Calgary Flames. 

San Jose goalie Aaron Dell himself is mired in a five-game slump, with an average of over three goals given up meanwhile. 

Chicago star Patrick Kane led with two goals and a season-high 11 shots. He has had five goals in his last five games.

The Sharks scored in the opening and closing periods while the Blackhawks scored a trio of goals in the second and the third. 

The Blackhawks perhaps got their mojo going when they scored the second and third of a combined three special teams goals to start the game off.  Previously, Chicago was 0-for-14 with the man advantage.

First, though, it was San Jose’s turn. Chicago set the stage with two penalties taken 15 seconds apart, starting at 8:55. Dylan Strome was called for tripping and Ryan Carpenter whistled for hi-sticking. The Sharks’ Joe Thornton, situated in the right faceoff circle, passed it to Evander Kane, who was able to deflect the puck to the right side of goalie Corey Crawford into the net. This occurred with six seconds left on Strome’s penalty. 

The next four goals belonged to the Blackhawks. Alex DeBrincat got assists on the first three. 

After exchanging passes with Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith struck from the point with the help of a screen at 4:33. This came a minute after Antti Suomela was penalized for hooking.

Chicago went ahead for good when Kane scored his 32nd goal. He accomplished it with all the attention focused on DeBrincat, even though Kane was corralled by defenseman Radim Simek. The Sharks’ Brent Burns was in the box at the time for roughing. 

Brandon Saad made it 3-1 at 17:58 to end the second and Alex Nylander pushed the margin to three goals to open the third at 1:31. 

San Jose experienced a bit of relief when Timo Meier tacked on a goal at 6:39.  

Kane added his second goal at 16:19 and rookie Dominik Kubalik finished the game off with his 30th goal at 18:03. 

Up Next: The Sharks potentially (amidst coronavirus concerns) head to Saint Louis to hopefully cure their blues at 5pm on Friday for game two of their four-game road trip. 

NJ’s Blackwood still on fire with 36 saves in 2-1 win over Sharks

photo from sfgate.com: New Jersey Devils center Pavel Zacha (37) pressures San Jose Sharks center Noah Gregor (73) in front of Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Newark, N.J

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ New Jersey Devils’ rookie goalie MacKenzie Blackwood followed his 52-save outing previously, with another fine performance for his fifth straight win Thursday. 

With an average of 39.2 saves and a goal allowed during that streak, he made 36 saves against San Jose while holding them to a solo goal.  The last time the Sharks scored less was February 1st. 

Opposing goalie Martin Jones did not go down easy though, as he held his own, saving 23 of 25 shots.  

The Devils now have wins in three straight home games, while the Sharks ended their hot four-game road streak. 

On special teams, San Jose committed six penalties and New Jersey three. The game-winner occurred during the Shark’s fifth penalty.

Jacob Middleton for San Jose and the Devils’ John Hayden saw the box first at 7:26 for fighting. Middleton also tacked on an unsportsmanlike conduct. This gave Middleton a total of seven penalty minutes, his first as a member of the Sharks this year.

San Jose Barracuda call-ups were all featured in the opening scoring play. Alexander True in the faceoff circle recovered the puck, Middleton then got it, before passing cross-ice to Tim Heed. Heed put the first tally on the board through traffic from the far right point, with his first goal of the season in 27 games. It was also his second point of the season, with an assist back on November 12th.  Middleton earned his first assist and point in five games this season. True played his seventh game and earned his fourth assist, his second in as many games. 

Stefan Noesen ended the period for the Sharks with a tripping call at 19:46.

The second period featured five penalties, four of them before any scoring and four of them involving interference. 

New Jersey followed shortly after Noesen’s with Wayne Simmonds interfering 47 seconds into the second. Teammate P.K. Subban got called for the same infraction at 7:11. San Jose’s Dylan Gambrell decided to interfere too at 9:55. Teammate Melker Karlsson had the only non-interference penalty of the period, as he put the puck over the glass for a game delay. 

Jesper Bratt put the Devils on board at 16:15, after taking a long pass from Pavel Zacha all the way at the other end. Bratt won the one-on-one battle versus the outstretched Jones, sliding the puck around his skate. 

Mario Ferraro also delayed the game with a puck over the glass to start the third at 1:06. This one was costly though, as Subban scored the game-winner with 10 seconds left in the penalty.

With Miles Wood screening Jones, Subban converted from the top of the right faceoff circle to give New Jersey the only lead they would need.

 Up Next: Dakota Mermis made his Devils’ debut and finished a +1 in 17:44 of ice time. San Jose’s “Melker Karlsson left in a walking boot.  He didn’t play in the third period,” reported Kevin Kurz of The Athletic. The Sharks continue their four-game road trip in the neighboring New state with the New York Rangers Saturday at 4pm. 

 

Sharks chomp into Edmonton 6-3 to match season-high six goals 

San Jose Sharks celebrate one of their six goals on Thursday night in Edmonton against the Oilers (globegazette.com photo)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ It was a replay scorewise of the first time San Jose and the Oilers met this season, as the Sharks won again 6-3.

That date was on November 12. Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl scored then, but not this time, as the NHL’s leading point getter was shut out.  San Jose used three two-period goals to achieve victory behind netminder Aaron Dell, who faced at least 31 shots in his third straight game.

The Sharks kept the trend going with a fifth straight road victory when in Edmonton. 

San Jose’s Timo Meier nearly had his second career hat trick, but instead settled for a game-high two goals and one assist. The last time he had a three-point night was when he had his first career hat trick, on December 28. 

13 different Sharks had points on the night. 

One game removed from their NHL debut, San Jose’s Maxim Letunov had his first goal and teammate Alexander True earned his first assist. 

The Oilers had a Constant push in the Sharks’ zone, which led to their first goal. Dell was able to stop McDavid’s first attempt less than a minute earlier. Regarding the scoring play, while fishing the puck from the boards, Radim Simek sent the puck to Edmonton’s Ethan Bear at the blue line, who passed it to McDavid. McDavid then swung the puck towards Dell again, from far away, who sent the puck to Darnell Nurse. The puck then somehow found Sam Gagner, who had been seated in the slot, and he converted at 4:04.

Not too long after, the second player in NHL points this season, unthwarted by earlier, managed to score his 30th goal. He did it in his McDavid fashion, taking a pass from Nurse, located in the Oilers’ zone in the neutral area, and then using his speed to singlehandedly fly by two skaters en route to the net at 5:20. 

Nurse received a penalty at 8:15 for throwing his stick to replace goalie Mikko Koskinen’s. 

The game stayed 2-0 until Meier tipped Brent Burn’s shot at 11:01 to halve Edmonton’s lead. 

San Jose killed off a penalty to Burns at 13:21 and then the Sharks got their second and third power play at once as Oscar Klefbom got a double minor for high-sticking Melker Karlsson at 16:33.  With Burns initially credited for the goal, the credit shifted to Evander Kane who was up in front. The play came about due to well timed puck movement. Joe Thornton made the cross-ice pass to Burns, who shot from the top of the left faceoff circle. The goal was also significant in that the timely conversion gave the Sharks their first with the man advantage in their last 12 tries.

The second period featured more of the newer Sharks, as they went ahead and then upped their lead even more with another two-goal period.   

Letunov replied with a smile after he netted the rebound off Erik Karlsson’s shot three seconds before 7:07. The rookie fought and spun around with two defenders in front of him. 

After the puck went high up in the air behind the net, True recovered it. He found Stefan Noesen camped near the net and fed him for a quick wraparound goal at 12:31.

Meier struck again at 5:05 of the third to make it 5-2. Kevin Labanc attracted three players to him, sent the puck off the boards and then took down one of the three players earlier. That opened the shot for Meier, who aimed from the left faceoff circle. 

Bear then broke San Jose’s five-goal streak at 6:33, in a similar spot to Meier, but from the other faceoff circle, pushing the score to 5-3.

To cap the scoring, Meier threw the puck behind the net to Thornton, who in turn patiently fed him. Meier initially had a hat trick, but the scoring switched again, this time to Labanc, who was jostling up front.

Up Next: With a perfect road trip, the Sharks will now return home for a single game, as they see the Calgary Flames for the second time in three at 7:30pm Monday. 

Dell in-dell-ible as Sharks rebound on the road, 3-1

photo from canadianpress.com: San Jose Sharks goalie Aaron Dell, right, deflects a shot from Calgary Flames’ Elias Lindholm during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Calgary, Alberta

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ San Jose goalie Aaron Dell, playing in his home backyard, calmed the Calgary Flames Tuesday.

He made 30 saves, facing 31 shots, his second straight game of doing at least that, as the Sharks halted a five-game losing streak on the road and two-game losing streak overall.

Several of the San Jose players had noteworthy bookmarks during the game, the biggest one saved for last.

40-year old Joe Thornton garnered two assists, his latter one marking his 1500th NHL point. He earned the secondary assist on the Sharks’ final goal.

San Jose was outshot 16-9 in the first and had two power plays as Dell continued to make steady saves. 

The Flames briefly had a 4-on-1 as time wound down during their first man advantage.

At 18:08, the Sharks’ Barclay Goodrow stuck up for Evander Kane against recognized fighter Milan Lucic when Kane was clocked. 

San Jose’s Alex True and Maxim Letunov made their NHL debuts. True had one shot on goal, four hits, one block, one giveaway and went 60% on faceoffs in 12:52 of ice time. Letunov had one shot on goal, one takeaway and went 50% on faceoffs in 10:17 of ice time.

Calgary’s second power play was obtained when Kane committed high-sticking with 46 seconds left.  It ended up costing the Sharks as Elias Lindholm and Johnny Gaudreau made zigzag passes to score 59 seconds into the second, Gaudreau credited with the goal.

It would be all San Jose the rest of the way. 

The puck bounced past in the neutral zone and Thornton scooped it up to go the other way. He then found Brent Burns, who scored his 500th point with the Sharks, from the top of the right faceoff circle at 3:57 to even the score at one apiece. 

San Jose pulled ahead using more Goodrow Kane chemistry as Kane shot at the left goalpost and the puck bounced to the boards. Patrick Marleau corralled the rubber and made a behind-the-back pass to Goodrow, who finished by feeding Kane under T.J. Brodie’s stick at 8:02. It was Evander Kane’s 700th NHL game.

Finally, Thornton and Timo Meier helpd Kevin Labanc provide the icing on the cake as he  skillfully skated himself into a position to score at 7:45 of the third.

The Flames had four shots in the final frame.

Up Next: The Sharks will travel to Alberta’s capital city to take on the Edmonton Oilers Thursday at 6:30pm. 

Sharks buried by Avalanche 4-0

mercurynews.com photo:

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ Colorado broke their four-game losing streak big, matching those games with goals in a shutout over San Jose Thursday. 

The Sharks meanwhile continued on a four-game road streak slide and ended a seven-game streak of scoring at least two goals. They last went scoreless on the last day of December. 

It was the Avalanche’s first shutout since November 12 and goalie Philipp Grubauer’s first of the season.  

Sharks’ defenseman Brent Burns did not mince words postgame, “…vicious cycle of getting behind and trying not to make mistakes, not helping the next guy. Tough to play when you’re nervous…an unacceptable game.”

Martin Jones returned to action for San Jose after last goaltending January 5 and faced 38 shots. He stayed in net the whole game and was able to keep Colorado off the board in the third.

San Jose went down at least 2-0 for the second game in a row. The Avalanche accomplished this by scoring a pair of goals in each of the first two periods, two via the faceoff which they won by a 63.2% to 36.8% clip. No one player stood out this time, but instead the points were spread out between eight players. 

In the first, it was a tale of two ends as the Sharks were caught at the start and finale of the stanza.  

Colorado took 45 seconds and one shot to cash in their first prize. They won the puck direction as Valeri Nichushkin grabbed the loose puck in the neutral zone. Burns slid in to defend when it got to San Jose’s zone, but Nichushkin was able to play keepaway and obtain the 1-0 score. 

In between goals, Jones stopped a breakaway by Mikko Rantanen and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare off a 2-on-1.

At 19:53, Cale Makar took the puck from Nazem Kadri off a faceoff win, skated left and rang the bell through traffic, as the puck deflected three seconds before intermission. 

Action settled down between the pipes in the second until almost the 10-minute mark but in the end, the Avalanche increased their margin by two more goals and two more shots. 

Ryan Graves’ 3-0 goal mimicked the previous one in that it came right off the faceoff and went through traffic, but it was cleaner and quicker.  

The Sharks had a bit of life when they got a power play opportunity at 11:53. Joe Thornton hit the post during the advantage, but eventually things turned sour again with a shorthanded score. After Barclay Goodrow was pinched going into the zone, Matt Calvert went on a breakaway, as he raced to the loose puck in the neutral zone and put the puck in net around Jones before crashing into him. 

In the third, Goodrow hit the post shorthanded when Brenden Dillon was in the box at 13:33.

Things came to a head at 15:43 when Kadri and San Jose’s Timo Meier received 10-minute misconducts and Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog got a two-minute roughing. The Sharks’ Evander Kane was whistled for interference a minute later, speculation his act was for a hit to Joe Thornton’s back by Nikita Zadorov in the opening half of the first. 

Up Next: San Jose will try to cap their road trip and start off the All-Star break with a win Saturday in Vancouver versus the Canucks at 7pm. 

Sharks Captain hurt as Sharks one goal shy again; Lose to St Louis Blues 3-2

sfgate.com photo: San Jose Sharks’ Patrick Marleau falls as he reaches for the puck during the third period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in St. Louis. The Blues won 3-2.

~ By Pearl Allison Lo 

~ San Jose nearly made a comeback a la their previous opponent, the Washington Capitals, but time expired as the Saint Louis Blues prevailed in regulation 3-2 Tuesday.  

After facing the first team overall, the Sharks got the top team in the Western Central.  Saint Louis broke a 0-2-1 slide. 

Erik Karlsson made it 3-2 with 3:10 to go, but goalie Aaron Dell was not sent to the bench until under half a minute remained. 

With just under 12:30 showing on the clock in the second, Vince Dunn and Captain Logan Couture both went for the puck. Dunn slammed Couture as Couture’s left knee went right into the end boards. He had played 9:19 up until then and did not return to the ice.  

Dell has only won one game this season when he has given up three goals. Meanwhile, opposing goalie Jordan Binnington got back into the win column after giving up seven goals in his last outing. 

San Jose’s special teams excelled. Though they committed a penalty in each period, they stifled any scoring and have now done so through their last 11 penalties. Karlsson’s goal came shorthanded and the Sharks’ first goal came on the power play.

San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic took his first penalty of the season at 12:21 of the first for holding. Dell helped stop a 2-on-1 while facing 10 shots. Binnington battled five.  

The Sharks came out of the locker rooms with a 4-0 shot advantage before experiencing insult and injury. Insult occurred when the Blues put San Jose in a 2-0 hole in less than 90 seconds.  

The Sharks’ Timo Meier passed back to Evander Kane but Brayden Schenn was able to poke the puck loose and send it to Alexander Steen with speed. Steen drop passed the puck as well for Tyler Bozak, who with three players mostly to his left and behind, had space to roof the biscuit at 5:39. It was Steen’s 299th assist for his team. 

Next, Ivan Barbashev went on a breakaway which Dell halted. The puck was corralled by Couture but won by Oskar Sundqvist. With three Sharks in between them, Sundqvist fed Barbashev from along the boards and Barbashev one-timed the puck five seconds after his initial attempt while down on one knee at 6:59.

Saint Louis then added injury to insult with the Couture mishap not long after, though not intentionally. 

The third had a bit of promise as Schenn was whistled for hooking at 1:39 and Goodrow won the faceoff. 17 seconds later, Meier had a shot. Joe Thornton and Karlsson were able to keep the puck from going out as it went around the horn to Karlsson near the blue line twice. Meier took the puck from Karlsson the second time and San Jose got the man advantage goal with Goodrow in Binnington’s face at 2:14. 

The shine of the goal lasted less than two minutes though. Off a faceoff win, David Perron’s shot deflected off Stefan Noesen’s glove and flew by Dell at 4:07. 

The Blues’ Zach Sanford nearly scored 22 seconds later too.

Saint Louis kept at it and it would have been 4-1 when Schenn connected with Jordan Kyrou and him the net, but the tally was brought back for being offsides.

Goodrow was called for cross-checking at 15:41, but it ended up working in the Sharks’ favor. Tomas Hertl passed to Karlsson who got the puck in behind Bennington, but not over the line. Then, when Ryan O’Reilly tried to rescue the disk, it went the wrong way.  

Up Next: The Blues’ Niko Mikkola made his NHL debut and spent 12:31 on ice. 2020 will hit SAP Center for the first time as San Jose plays host for two games, beginning with the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday at 7:30pm.

Burns wins first for Sharks in 2020 at 2:02(0T) 3-2; Ends six game loss streak

sfchronicle.com photo: A shot by Sharks defenseman Brent Burns gets by Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry for an overtime goal that gave San Jose a 3-2 victory in Pittsburgh, Pa.

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ After a 2-0 loss to the last-place Detroit Red Wings, San Jose was triumphant over the fifth-place Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday in overtime 3-2.

Known for his ferocity on the puck, Brent Burns channeled his attempt to shoot through traffic. It was a combination of Sharks showing their assets as the feed came from now the 7th all-time assists leader Joe Thornton. His 1,080th helper ended San Jose’s five-game losing streak on the road. 

Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang tripped Logan Couture 46 seconds into the extra period, setting up a 4-on-3. Burns lost the puck.

Interim Head Coach Bob Boughner took out Erik Karlsson and Couture to bring in Thornton and Kevin Labanc.

The Sharks’ Aaron Dell in net was one shy of his season-high 37 saves. 

San Jose emerged with a 2-1 lead after the first despite being outshot 15-8.

Tomas Hertl started things going at 2:48. Burns found him at the bottom of the right faceoff circle and Joel Kellman, a game removed from his first NHL goal, earned his first NHL assist.

Pittsburgh’s Patric Hornqvist had his team’s two scores of the night after getting a goal and an assist in his previous game. Hornqvist’s first goal tied the game at 16:51 when he single-handedly took a loose puck into the net.

Couture fired back one minute later. Teammate Patrick Marleau got to the Penguins and the pucks twice while they were heading through the neutral zone, setting up a 2-on-1 which Couture finished. 

Boughner went even younger, citing Patty’s “25-year-old legs” after the game. 

At 16:17 of the second, the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin was called for interference, but it became 4-on-4 less than a minute later when Barclay Goodrow was sent to the box for tripping. Hornqvist used the 30-second window Pittsburgh had with the advantage to tie the match 2-2 six seconds after the power play expired. 

Up Next: The Sharks will now gear up to face the Columbus Blue Jackets early Saturday at 10am. 

Sharks lose to Predators 3-1, stumble amidst December doldrums

Photo credit: @SanJoseSharks

By Pearl Allison Lo 

Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros and special teams operated in the Predators’ favor 3-1 in a penalty-filled night in Nashville Tuesday. 

Saros put together a .960 save percentage in making 24 saves. The San Jose Sharks outshot the Predators 10-2 in the second without any results. The team was held to single-digit goals for the third game in a row. Sharks oalie Martin Jones had his fourth straight loss, but his best save percentage in that stretch at .935.

Minus the one-game road trip loss to start the season, this was the first time the Sharks experienced a road trip without a win, as they went 0-3-1 away from home with a now five-game losing streak to match their season-high. 

All in the third, Nashville’s Nick Bonino and Ryan Johansen scored and so did San Jose’s Timo Meier. 

Both teams were 0-for-3 on the power play going into the third. By the end, the Predators had outshot the Sharks 19-9 with four more power play opportunities and one power play goal. 

There’s another statistic. Check out the tweet below.

Maybe a penalty 47 seconds into the game was a precursor of what would follow throughout the game. Both teams combined for five penalties in the first period. San Jose’s Mario Ferraro got a double minor for high-sticking at 8:05. In the second, the penalties more than doubled. By 19:34, both teams had six penalties together. Two seconds before the second period ended, they got six more. The Sharks’ Evander Kane got three. For Nashville, Dan Hamhuis one and Austin Watson two. 

Both teams had even-ing penalties four times. A total of 13 different players were whistled. The Sharks’ Barclay Goodrow was penalized thrice. For the Predators, Calle Jarnkrok, Fabbro Forsberg and Roman Josi twice. 

The early penalty to start the game went to Goodrow for slashing. Ferraro’s penalty followed at 8:05. Teammate Marcus Sorensen received an unsportsmanlike conduct call at 12:51 while Forsberg was put in the box for interference. Jarnkrok’s hooking penalty at 15:36 concluded the first. 

In the second, the whistle first blew against Fabbro at 9:31 for slashing. At 17:15, Goodrow was called for cross-checking and Jarnkrok for slashing. San Jose’s Brent Burns helped out on defense versus Both Fabbro and Meier got unsportsmanlike conduct at 18:52. Kane’s penalties were a four-minute roughing, a misconduct and fighting for a total of 19 minutes, pretty much icing him the rest of the match. For Nashville, it was the same but split between Hamhuis (roughing) and Watson (misconduct and fighting). 

The whistles continued in the third with simultaneous minors to Josi (cross check) and Goodrow (closing hand on puck) at 2:03.

Bonino broke the scoring stalemate with four Sharks around him and near Jones in net at 4:24. It was his third point and second goal in as many games.

San Jose then had four straight penalties. Erik Karlsson was called for hooking at 8:29. The Sharks saw possible relief when Goodrow got a penalty shot, their first of the season on the road, but Saros stopped it.

Meier had a breakaway taken away, Burns was called for elbowing at 12:19 and Johansen subsequently scored after Jones made an initial save. It broke a five-game drought. However, San Jose challenged the goal for interference in pushing Jones’ pad but were disappointed, resulting in the delay of game penalty. 

Forsberg received the final penalty of the night at 13:34 for hooking.

Jones was pulled for an extra man with 2:07 left. Then the Sharks showed new life and that Saros was not impenetrable at 18:02.  It started off a faceoff win and the primary assist came from Hertl poking the puck across behind Saros.

San Jose managed to stay alive at first while the Predators made attempts at the empty net. The Sharks were able to keep the puck from going out, next Nashville went offsides, later turning over the puck, then icing until Jarnkrok finally put the dagger into San Jose’s hopes at 19:18. 

Up Next: Below .500 again, the Sharks will look towards familiar territory helping them with a five-game home stand, starting with the New York Rangers Thursday at 7:30 pm.   

Svechnikov starts and ends game against Sharks in 3-2 shootout

Photo credit: @canes_fanly

By Pearl Allison Lo

The Carolina Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov scored both the first and shootout goals to lift his team over the San Jose Sharks 3-2 at PNC Arena on Thursday.

It was the Hurricanes’ second shootout win of the season, the first achieved the first game of the regular season. For the Sharks, it was their first shootout loss and the first time they went to a shootout on the road during the same period. San Jose never led in this game.

Both teams were pretty evenly matched. Shot wise, they both had nine apiece in each of the first two periods with the Sharks edging Carolina overall 30-29.

The Hurricanes got the first goal in the first two periods with Warren Foegele the primary assist on both. Svechnikov put his team up on the board 50 seconds into the game.

However, San Jose was able to rally by the end of each period. Logan Couture’s tally came with 17.6 seconds left before second intermission. 

With several players battling for control in the first, Foegele finally pushed the puck to open ice and found Svechnikov who had space and time to skate around goalie Aaron Dell.

 Joe Thornton drew his defender and goalie Petr Mrazek to the left side before making a swift pass to Marcus Sorensen who had plenty of open ice to make it 1-1 at 7:16 of the first.

In the second, play started in Carolina’s end. With long passes and a rush advantage, the puck went between Foegele and Jake Gardiner three times before Gardiner was able to find a spot between Patrick Marleau and Dell at 10:12.

Between goals in the second, non-scoring action occurred when Mrazek slashed Thornton and Thornton cuffed him up front high in retaliation, knocking Mrazek down and resulting in a multi-player scuffle. Both players received slashing penalties, Thornton’s a double minor at 12:50 with roughing added. 

From the top of the left faceoff circle, Erik Karlsson passed to Couture, who sent in a laser from above the right faceoff circle past three players in his shooting lane before Mrazek.

The Sharks outshot the Hurricanes 10-5 in the third and Carolina outshot San Jose 6-2 in overtime.

The Hurricanes’ Dougie Hamilton hit the post during overtime and both goalies had quality saves.

San Jose’s Kevin Labanc was first in the shootout and hit the post. Svechnikov was the only whose shot entered the net out of six players. 

Up Next: The Sharks remain on a power play drought. They won the faceoff advantage by a 66.7% to 33.3% clip. San Jose’s four-game road trip continues with the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday at 4 pm PST.

Sharks get third overtime win in a row, 4-3

Photo credit: @SanJoseSharks

By Pearl Allison Lo

LOS ANGELES — No, it wasn’t Logan Couture, but I don’t think he’ll mind that teammate Patrick Marleau scored the overtime winner this time, as San Jose scooped up another win after initially leading 3-0 in a 4-3 victory over the Kings.

Kevin Labanc made the initial shot and Marleau picked up the rebound before going top-shelf 2:35 into the extra period.

Timo Meier struck twice with a game-high six shots as the Sharks faced former head coach Todd McLellan for the first time with his new team Monday. It was Meier’s first two-goal game of the season. 

It was also the first time this pair of opposite state rivals faced off in the 2019-2020 season.

San Jose established a 3-0 lead in the first half as Los Angeles used the second to work their way back.  The Kings committed three penalties in the second half, the middle one no doubt a factor as Los Angeles scored the game-tying goal two seconds after the penalty expired. 

After a clearing attempt that Kyle Clifford ended up tipping to the Sharks, Erik Karlsson started the sequence. He passed to Evander Kane who sent the puck through Ben Hutton’s legs to Couture. After receiving the drop pass from Couture, Karlsson shot with an open stance above goalie Jonathan Quick’s left shoulder at 5:53. With the apple, Couture’s 20th assist, he now has a seven-game point streak. 

The Kings finished with the shot advantage in the first thanks to five shots on goal during the power play that ended the period. 

San Jose’s Barclay Goodrow stole the puck in the Sharks’ end and then Karlsson took it to the races. With a 3-on-2 advantage on the transition, Labanc passed behind Karlsson to Meier after Karlsson got closer to the two defenders. Once the puck hit Meier’s tape, he wasted no time, scoring just to the left of defender Alec Martinez and Quick at 6:19. 

The Sharks kept the momentum with smooth passing and Goodrow and Labanc holding onto the puck through two hits against the boards. Labanc found Brenden Dillon across the ice who shot through defenseman Sean Walker as Meier smashed the puck into open blue ice at 8:45.

Los Angeles started their comeback when they managed to get one past Jones a second before the final minute of the period. Once Adrian Kempe made a no-look pass behind him to Blake Lizotte, he shot through Radim Simek’s legs back to Kempe who found a hole through traffic. 

In the third, a glove was lost, a stick fell onto the ice and the puck rolled across the blue ice behind Jones during a flurry.

At 8:31, the circles on the ice lit up to mark a 3-2 score. Alex Iafallo was able to find Dustin Brown through traffic as Brown found the hole between Jones’ left skate and the post. 

Kempe aimed from the right faceoff circle on the power play and then Iafallo off the power play  as the puck might have hit Brown’s skate on its way back to Anze Kopitar. The captain earned his team-leading 10th goal from a kneeling position to even the match at three apiece. 

The whistle blew against San Jose for the second time in the third with 1:04 left in regulation as they were called for too many men on the ice.

The Kings outshot the Sharks 16-6 in the third.

Up Next: San Jose now heads home for two games facing the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday at 7:30 pm first. Martinez took an unfortunate skate to the wrist in the third from Melker Karlsson so prayers please.