Sharks lose with 1:08 in overtime 5-4 after challenge denied

Anaheim Ducks center Mason McTavish (37) celebrates his goal against the San Jose Sharks during the third period at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Fri Jan 6, 2023 (AP News photo)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ January 6, 2023 

ANAHEIM– First star Mason McTavish broke San Jose´s 4-3 lead at 13:13 of the third as a questionable ruling prevailed in a 5-4 Ducks series win Friday.

Rookie McTavish had two goals and two assists. The Sharks challenged his game-tying goal for teammate Adam Henrique being offsides and after lengthy review, it was ruled otherwise. McTavish could even be seen after the goal shaking his head saying, ¨I think it was off.¨

Anaheim won the season series 3-1, all three wins coming after regulation.  Timo Meier stated, ¨”We find ways to give them chances even though we outplayed and outshot them. We just find ways to lose. We had plenty of chances. We could’ve had 1 or 2 more.” Meier led the team with two scores, originally credited to Kevin Labanc. The teams combined for 70 shots, 41-29. 

With San Jose´s Alexander Barbanov charging the net first, Matt Nieto picked up Barbanov´s attempt to make it 1-0 just 38 seconds into the match. 

The Sharks doubled the lead at the six-minute mark in a similar fashion to the first score. Steven Lorentz tipped All-Star Erik Karlsson´s shot from beyond the left faceoff circle. It was full circle for Lorentz, as the last time he had a point, it was December 9 when he put one into the net. The play also gave Karlsson a team-leading 14-game point streak.  A scuffle followed shortly on the other end between the Ducks´ Sam Carrick and San Jose´s Jonah Gadjovich. 

Less than half a minute later, Anaheim split the lead. From the left to the right faceoff circle, John Klingberg passed the puck to Trevor Zegras, who slid the Ducks onto the scoreboard. 

San Jose´s Tomas Hertl produced the game’s first power play as he was called for removing Frank Vatrano´s helmet. In between penalties, frustration could be seen on Vatrano´s face as he hit the right post twice trying to score before the puck bounced to goalie Kappo Kahkonen. 

Anaheim was granted four minutes on the power play when Lorentz was called for high sticking at 10:37. All-Star Troy Terry was called for interference at 12:44, cutting their advantage but not their chances as McTavish swung the puck left to Ryan Strome who made it a 2-2 tie at 14:15.

30 seconds later, Carrick was called for a two-minute high sticking penalty. 

Scoring resumed midway in the second with a total of three goals, two deposited by Meier and one punched in by McTavish, the last two goals 14 seconds apart.  

Labanc shot from beyond the left faceoff circle, with Meier tipping it top shelf into the net. McTavish was placed perfectly for the 3-3 open tally as the puck bounced off the end boards away from Kahkonen who went to retrieve it, and right to McTavish´s stick.  For Meier´s second, Labanc was able to scramble back in place to receive a pass from Matt Benning before shooting a laser down the slot from the blue line which Meier tipped.  

Kahkonen preserved the 4-3 lead when he halted two shots in one second from Brett Leason and John Klingberg as he raced across the net. 

McTarvish´s second goal occurred when Marc-Edouard Vlasic´s pass was intercepted by Adam Henrique who in turn gave the puck to McTarvish as he scored down the slot. 

In overtime, Hertl lost the puck and Terry scooped the puck back to Klingberg in the slot who bypassed Benning and Kahkonen, as Klingberg jumped to bump the fans through the glass in celebration. 

Game notes: The Sharks will try to regroup right away as they head home for a back-to-back as they host the Boston Bruins Saturday at 4pm. 

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Sharks hope to win two in row; Face Ducks tonight in Anaheim

San Jose Sharks goalie Kaapo Kahkonen makes a save against Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane during the first period  at the United Center in Chicago on Sun Jan 1, 2023 (AP News photo)

On the Sharks podcast with Len:

#1 The San Jose Sharks (12-20-7) are coming off a convincing win against the Chicago Blackhawks (8-24-4) on Sun Jan 1 at the United Center in Chicago with a three goal win 5-2.

#2 Erik Karlsson set the Sharks point streak record at 13 games with a pair of assists, five different Sharks scored and Oskar Lindblom and Logan Couture also had pairs of assists each.

#3 Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks who have now lost 12 of their last 13 games to go with a league wide low of 20 points. Kane put the Blackhawks on the board first, scoring his seventh goal at the 6:40 mark of the second period. 

#4 Alexander Barabanov gave the Sharks the lead late in the second, beating Hawks goaltender Petr Mrazek with 1:26 left in the middle frame. Mrazek would make 23 saves on 28 shots. Timo Meier scored his 21st of the year and Evegeny Svechnikov his 4th in the third.

#5 The Sharks head to Anaheim to face the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Friday night at the Honda Center. The Ducks are 4-5-1 in their last ten games, the Ducks have lost their last two games and are in dead last place in the NHL Pacific. Len how do you see the Sharks and Ducks matching up tonight?

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NHL podcast with Matt Harrington: Forsberg and Sissons lead Nashville to 6-1 win in Anaheim; Canes Raanta shutsout Panthers 4-0; plus more NHL news

Nashville Predators center Juuso Parssinen, center, misses the puck on a rebound with Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson, left, and right wing Troy Terry defending during the second period at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Fri Dec 30, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the NHL podcast with Matt:

#1 The Nashville Predators Filip Forsberg had a goal and two assists, Colton Sissons scored a goal and an assist as the Predators defeated the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim 6-1.

#2 Matt the Predators also got scoring help from Yokov Trenin, Thomas Novak, Roman Josi, and Nino Niederreiter the win ended Nashville’s two game loss streak.

#3 Jesperi Kokaniemi supplied the offense for the the Carolina Hurricanes in a 4-0 defeat over the Florida Panthers. Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta saved 19 shots on goal by the Panthers and picked up his first shoutout for the 2022-23 campaign.

#4 The New Jersey Devils got a two goal win over the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2. The Pens Jack Hughes scored two goals and teammate Nico Hischier scored a shorthanded goal as the Devils (13-2-1) are one of the hottest road teams in the NHL.

#5 Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon skated for the first time since his Dec 5 upper body injury. MacKinnon practiced at the morning skate on Friday and might get into Saturday’s line up against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Sharks back rookie Makiniemi to his first NHL win 6-1

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ December 9, 2022

ANAHEIM – After losing two close ones to the Ducks last month in overtime, San Jose broke through with a 6-1 multi-goal win in regulation Friday night.

Goaltender Eetu Makiniemi made his first career start after entering in relief of Kaapo Kahkonen the previous game. This outing included a 2-on-1 shorthanded stop as he veered to his right across the net in the first period. Makiniemi made 23 saves. San Jose head coach David Quinn commented, ¨…this game may take on a whole new complexion on that 2-on-1. They get the shorthand and the first power play if they score…it’s amazing what one play can do early in a game when a goalie makes a big save.¨

It was the Sharks’ first win in their teal and yellow Reverse Retro jerseys, wearing them the second of six times during the season. Coach Quinn referred to the team´s win as ¨thorough,¨ as they broke a four-game losing streak.

Special teams was also up to par as San Jose killed three penalties while scoring once. 

Anaheim began with the first three shots on goal and built up to a 5-1 advantage before the Sharks notched the 1-0 lead. Erik Karlsson connected the diagonal dots to Timo Meier at 10:18 who positioned himself stick side behind goalie John Gibson. It was Meier´s second goal in as many games as Tomas Hertl collected the secondary assist. 

In the second, Scott Harrington earned his first goal with San Jose in the three games he has played as he shot down the slot, breaking the Ducks´ Cam Fowler´s stick in the process. With the primary assist, Kevin Labanc tacked on his 200th NHL point. 

A second Anaheim penalty in the game at 6:55 of the second led to two goals eight seconds apart.

Alexander Barabanov, who was questionable before the game, pushed the puck out to Karlsson from behind the net who reacted right away for the 2-0 lead at 7:53.

Teammate Niko Sturm got in the action as well as he was able to strike before Gibson could get back to the net securely.

At 9:37, Trevor Zegras gave the Ducks some life as he broke Makiniemi´s shutout from the right faceoff circle.  

Anthony Stolarz entered in place of Gibson to start the third period.

The teams combined for another three penalties in the first half but the period looked like it might remain scoreless, until Nick Bonino scored an empty netter at 16:18. 25 seconds later, teammate Steven Lorentz, who missed the last game due to the flu, gave the Sharks a sixth goal. This preceded the game´s first fight 11 seconds later, featuring Anaheim´s Sam Carrick and San Jose´s Jonah Gadjovich and roughing calls to Meier and the Ducks´ Max Jones at 18:47.

Game notes: The California rivalry also featured the Jay- brothers, that is Jaycob (Sharks) and Jayson (Anaheim) Megna, playing each other in the NHL for the first time. Meier (1 G, 1A), Tomas Hertl (2A), Karlsson (1G, 1A), Bonino (1G), Barabanov (2A) and Labanc (1A) all kept point streaks alive. San Jose next heads home for one game to host the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday at 7:30pm. 

San Jose Sharks podcast with Len Shapiro: Sharks trying to find a way towards their next win; Battle continues in Anaheim tonight

San Jose Sharks right wing Timo Meier (28) celebrates with defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) after scoring a goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at the SAP Center in San Jose on Wed Dec 7, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the SJ Sharks podcast:

#1 Elias Petterson’s goal at 4:25 of the overtime period gave the Vancouver Canucks (12-12-3) a 6-5 win over the San Jose Sharks Wednesday at SAP Center.

#2 The Sharks (8-16-5, 20 points) let a 5-4 lead slip away in the third period. An unassisted goal by Jonah Gadjovich at 2:45 tied the game at 4-4. 

#3 Kevin Labanc’s sixth goal of the season – from Tomas Hertl and Erik Karlsson – gave San Jose a 5-4 lead at 11:28.

#4 San Jose was penalized four times, while the Canucks were also whistled four times, including a 5-minute fighting major to Joshua for a scuffle with the Sharks’ Radim Simek in the first period. The Sharks have now lost seven of their last eight games.

#5 The Sharks have now lost seven of their last eight games and will try to string some wins together as they face the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night at 7:00pm at the Honda Center.

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Ducks, Stolarz edge Sharks 5-4 in overtime shootout; San Jose suffers fourth straight loss

Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique, middle, is congratulated by center Trevor Zegras, left, center Ryan Strome (16) and right wing Troy Terry after scoring against the San Jose Sharks in the third period at SAP Center in San Jose on Sat Nov 5, 2022

By Daniel Dullum

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Anaheim came up with three goals in the tie-breaking overtime shootout, backed by a stellar effort from goaltender Anthony Stolarz, and defeated San Jose 5-4 Tuesday in an NHL Pacific contest at SAP Center.

It was the Ducks’ second overtime win over San Jose in the last five days.

Trevor Zegras, Mason McTavish and Adam Henrique, who scored the game-tying goal late in the third period, scored the shootout goals for Anaheim (4-7-1), Kevin Labanc and Nick Bonino scored goals in the shootout for San Jose (3-8-3).

Stolarz stopped a career-high 48 of 52 San Jose shots in 64 minutes and 18 seconds. Sharks netminder James Reimer made 21 saves on 25 shots.

Trailing 4-2 midway through the third period, Anaheim scored twice in the final four minutes to force overtime. The Sharks’ Tomas Hertl scored his second goal of the season on an assist from Timo Meier at 9:33 of the third period.

At 15:58 of the third period, Mason McTavish tallied for Anaheim, and, at 18:32, Henrique notched the equalizer for the Ducks.

Kevin Labanc’s second goal of the season at 3:54 of the first period opened the scoring. The Ducks responded with goals by Brett Leason at 12:06 and Max Comtois at 17:20, taking a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

The Sharks surged ahead 3-2 in the second period with goals by Meier, his fifth of the year at 8:09, and a power-play goal by Luke Kunin at 16:35. Erik Karlsson extended his point streak to five games with the assist on Kunin’s goal.

San Jose was 1-7 on the power play, while the Ducks were 0-3.

After a five-day break, the Sharks start a five-game road trip on Friday at St. Louis, followed by stops at Dallas, Minnesota and Vegas,

Ducks nip Sharks 6-5 in overtime shootout

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Strome, middle, is congratulated by defenseman John Klingberg, left, and right wing Troy Terry (19) after Strome’s goal in the second period against the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center in San Jose on Tue Nov 1, 2022

By Daniel Dullum

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Anaheim came up with a pair of goals in the tie-breaking overtime shootout, and defeated San Jose 6-5 Tuesday in an NHL Pacific contest at SAP Center.

After the scoreless overtime period, Trevor Zegras and Troy Terry scored for the Ducks in the shootout, while Logan Couture had the San Jose goal. But Anaheim goaltender Anthony Stolarz turned away shots by Erik Karlsson and Kevin Labanc, earning his fifth win of the season.

The Sharks (3-8-1) forced the extra period at 17:38 of the third period on Karlsson’s third goal of the game and his ninth of the season, with assists on the equalizer by Alexander Barbanov and Tomas Hertl. Anaheim had pulled Stolarz in favor of a sixth attacker.

It was the first three-goal game of Karlsson’s career, and the first ever by a Sharks defenseman. A true hat trick is three uninterrupted goals within one period.

At 11:31 of the third period, Anaheim (3-5-1) took a 5-4 lead on a goal by Max Comtois.

San Jose tied the game at 4-4 with a pair of goals by Timo Meier in the second period. Meier’s first goal was a 4-on-3 power-play tally with assists from Barabanov and Karlsson at 3:28 with the Ducks’ Max Jones serving a 2-minute minor for holding the stick at 3:05. Twenty-eight seconds later San Jose’s Luke Kunin and Anaheim’s Nathan Beaulieu were serving 5-minute majors for fighting.

Meier’s second goal, and third of the season, was unassisted at 15:31. He was credited with the goal after the Ducks’ Jakob Silfverberg accidentally sent the puck into his own net.

In between Meier’s goals, Ryan Strome notched his second goal of the season for Anaheim at 15:10.

Adam Henrique scored his first two goals of the season for Anaheim, helping the Ducks build a 3-2 lead in the first period. Henrique’s first tally at 5:16 opened the scoring, followed by a pair of goals by Erik Karlsson to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead.

Karlsson’s first goal was assisted by Evgeny Svechnikov and Hertl ay 6:18, with his second goal of the period and eighth of the season coming 23 seconds later on assists by Jaycob Megna and Nico Sturm.

Frank Vatrano tied the game at 2-2 for Anaheim at 10:52, and Henrique’s second goal came with 15 seconds remaining in the period to give the Ducks a one-goal lead at the first intermission.

Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen had 39 saves.

San Jose hosts the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

Ducks win one for Vaakananien 4-1; First Sharks loss of the pre season

The San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks faced off in pre season action at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Fri Sep 30, 2022 (@AnaheimDucks photo)

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ September 30, 2022

~ ANAHEIM– After losing Urho Vaakanainen to a scary collision midway into the first, the Ducks propelled forward in front of a crowd of 13,616, backing goalies John Gibson and Anthony Stolarz over the San Jose Sharks’ split squad Friday.

Though Vaakanainen had to be stretchered off after his momentum literally headed him into the boards, he fortunately had full consciousness and movement as he eventually made it to UCI Medical Center.  

Four was the magic number this time in a reversal of fortune between tonight’s game and the teams’ last meeting on Tuesday. Anaheim matched their goal total from that game (preseason high), which they lost 5-4, but this time the one goal they relinquished was a low for San Jose this preseason along with their first loss. 

Both of the Sharks’ split squad games started at 7pm, with the other half playing Northeast in Vegas, winning 7-3 over the Golden Knights with Danil Gushchin´s hat trick.

The Ducks scored first at 9:46 but the celebration was short-lived as this was when Vaakanainen got hurt after securing the primary assist. Derek Grant´s goal was his first of the preseason and Max Jones had the secondary assist. 

Three missed shots and two penalties later from San Jose, Anaheim took advantage as Max Comtois made it 2-0. Comtois scored over goalie Kappo Kahkonen´s right shoulder two seconds after Kahkonen saved Ryan Strome´s shot on the left. The Ducks had strung together eight shots since the Sharks’ last shot and Comtois´ goal occurred on the fourth shot of the 5-on-3 power play. Strome and Troy Terry obtained their second assists of the preseason.

Just over a minute later, Anaheim made their lead triple. With a defender in front, Frank Vatrano was able to score from the inside edge of the left faceoff circle. 

The Sharks finished the period with the last five shots. 

Forty-four seconds into the second, San Jose kept rolling as they obtained a power play advantage.  The teams then traded as it became a period of penalties. with Derrick Pouliot called for slashing at 3:30, Drew Helleson holding at 6:02, and Comtois and Montana Onyebuchi simultaneously served at 10:05. 

Logan Couture broke through Gibson´s wall, when he scored during the holding penalty, making it 3-1. Nathan Beaulieu took the goal back though during even strength at 9:21 as he pulled up going down the slot.

Stolarz took Gibson´s spot and the Ducks then committed and fought through three straight penalties, one 37 seconds into the penalty at 12 minutes and the third at 15:29. 

The period ended with the Sharks called for the last penalty of the second, with 31 seconds left. 

In the extra free shootout for fun, Couture was second up for San Jose and scored again, but Anaheim won it in the fifth round. 

Game notes: With these last games stateside over for the Sharks, just more than half of the team will reunite after cuts, before they head to Berlin, Germany as part of the 2022 NHL Global Series Challenge. San Jose will first face Eisbaren Berlin Tuesday October 4 to cap the preseason before starting the 2022-2023 regular season in Europe as well.

Sharks hold off Ducks 5-4 in exhibition hockey

The San Jose Sharks were thrilled to pick up their second pre season win on Tue Sep 27, 2022 at SAP Center over the Anaheim Ducks (@SanJoseSharks photo)

By Daniel Dullum

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

San Jose had scoring from five different players in a 5-4 exhibition hockey win over the visiting Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night at SAP Center.

The win gives the Sharks a 2-0 record in NHL preseason play. The Ducks are 1-1.

Max Veronneau’s goal at 2:36 of the third period turned out to provide the margin of victory. Daniil Guschin and Andrew Agozzino got the assists as San Jose took a 5-3 lead.

Anaheim cut the Sharks’ lead to 5-4 at 18:37 when Glenn Gawdin scored a short-handed goal, with the Ducks’ Joshua Lopina serving a tripping minor.

The Sharks took a 3-1 lead in the first period, with Noah Gregor bagging the first goal at 17 seconds. Scott Reedy made it 2-0 at 1:56 before Hunter Drew scored Anaheim’s first goal at 12:16. Guschin scored the Sharks’ third goal at 17:46 with Veronneau getting the assist.

Two minutes into the second period, Jonah Gadjobvivh extended San Jose’s lead to 4-1, with the assists going to Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tristen Robins. Six minutes later, the Ducks got a goal from Gawdin and another at 10:53 from Lopina, pulling Anaheim to within 4-3.

James Reimer stopped 26 of 30 shots for the Sharks, while Anthony Stolarz made 24 saves on San Jose’s 29 shots on goal.

On Wednesday, the Sharks travel to Toyota Center in Ontario, Calif., to face the Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks have split squad exhibition games on Friday in Anaheim and Las Vegas. Both games start at 7 p.m.

San Jose Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa: Sharks embark on final road trip of season; Face Kane and Oilers Thursday night

San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) is checked into the boards by Anaheim Ducks center Zach Aston-Reese (16) at the SAP Center in San Jose on Wed Apr 27, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the SJ Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:

#1The San Jose Sharks fell 5-2 to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. The Ducks got goals from Trevor Zegras, Max Comtois, Josh Mahura, and Zach Aston-Reese. Anthony Stolarz made 31 saves for the win.

#2 Scott Reedy has now played 33 games with the Sharks and has six goals. He scored four of those since April 14, showing major improvement at the NHL level. 

#3 Trevor Zegras gave the Ducks an early lead with a power play goal at 4:05. His shot went over Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen’s shoulder on the short side and lodged between the net and the camera, so hardly anyone realized he had scored until they could not find the puck out on the ice. 

#4 Brent Burns got the Sharks on the board at 15:32 with a power play goal. It was his second shot from the middle of the blue line in just a few seconds. You know things were tough for the Sharks offense when Burns a defenseman had to provide part of the offense.

#5 The Sharks will play next on Thursday in Edmonton against the Oilers at 6:00 PM PT. Oilers are rolling they have won five of their last six games and won their last game convincingly against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night at the Igloo 5-1. How do you see the match up Thursday night in Edmonton.

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