Reimer, Sharks Ground Jets with 3-2 OT Win

San Jose Sharks celebrate a victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg on Mon Mar 6, 2023 (Canadian Press via AP News photo)

By Matthew Harrington

James Reimer and the San Jose Sharks stole victory from the jaws of defeat Monday night in Winnipeg, beating the Jets 3-2 in overtime. Reimer made 36 saves, Tomas Hertl scored to tie the game with five seconds left and Logan Couture potted the game winner in OT for the win.

Nino Niederreiter and Nate Schmidt scored for the Jets (36-25-3) who have now lost eight of their last ten. Nikolai Knyzhov made his season debut for the Sharks (19-33-12), making his first regular season appearance since May 12th, 2021. He played 14:19 with one hit, one block and one penalty.

The Sharks held a 1-0 lead despite being outshot 14-7 after the first period thanks to a Steven Lorentz goal with 5:47 left in the period. David Rittich failed to put his glove on a loose puck that Lorentz scooped up for a backhand amongst of sea of bodies. Oskar Lindblom and Levin Labanc picked up the assists.

Niederreiter tied the game 6:05 into the second on a wrist shot, beating Reimer for the first time on the Jets 19th shot of the game for his 200th career goal and 19th of the season. Schmidt scored with 5:07 left in regulation and the Jets seemed on their way to victory.

The Sharks pulled Reimer trailing 2-1 and were rewarded for the risk. Erik Karlsson’s point slapper was blocked by Blake Wheeler but the shot richocheted perfectly to Hertl just wide of the slot. Hertl rifled a shot past Rittich with 11 seconds left in regulation, his 17th goal of the year forcing overtime.

Couture picked up his second point of the night on the game winner, with Karlsson springing him on a breakaway after picking up a rebound in the Sharks end for a second assist of the night. Couture’s 22nd of the year went backhand through Rittich’s five hole 1:21 into overtime.

After beating the Jets, third in the Central Division standings, the Sharks face another tough task Tuesday night. They face the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche in the Mile High City.

Capitals bury Sharks 8-3; SJ drops fifth straight game

Kappo Kahkonen (36) goaltender of the San Jose Sharks stopped 22 shots faced 30 and allowed eight goals against the Washington Capitals at SAP Center in San Jose on Sat Mar 4, 2023 (photo by SanJoseSharks)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, March 4, 2023

Alex Ovechkin and Craig Smith each scored twice on Saturday, leading the Washington Capitals past the San Jose Sharks 8-3 at SAP Center.

Rasmus Sandin had three assists in his first game as a Capital, Garrison Carlsson had two assists in his Washington debut and Vincent Iorio picked up his first point in his first NHL game.

The Capitals pumped in four goals in the second period and four more in the third after trailing 2-0 at the first intermission. Tomas Hertl scored San Jose’s first goal on the power play at 12:03 and Alexander Barabanov made it 2-0 for the home team at 15:30.

In the second period, after the Capitals made a couple of line adjustments, Smith scored from the right circle on an assist from Dylan Strome, cutting the Washington deficit to 2-1 at 8:46. Less than three minutes later, Nicolas Aube-Kubel scored the equalizer, beating Sharks netminder Kaapo Kahkonen at 11:30.

Former Shark Matt Irwin put the Capitals ahead to stay at 15:28 of the second with a slap shot from the left point. Smith scored his second goal of the game with a minute remaining in the period.

T.J. Oshie made it 5-2 at 5;50 of the third period, shortly before Sharks coach David Quinn received a game misconduct penalty for arguing a call. Nico Sturm scored on a one-timer to cut the Washington lead to 5-3 at 9:02, but Ovechkin scored his 34th and 35th goals of the season in response, followed by a tally from Strome.

Kahkonen stopped 22 of 30 shots, while Washington goalie Darcy Kuemper made 38 saves.

The Sharks have a two-game road trip on Monday and Tuesday, visiting Winnipeg and Colorado.

Second period collapse by Sharks gives Blues the victory 6-3

Photo courtesy of San Jose Sharks. Andreas Johnsson gets warmed up before a game.

By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)

On home ice the Sharks had a good start that fell away to a terrible second period giving the Blues the victory by a final of 6-3.

In goal tonight for the Sharks was James Riemer while Thomas Griess got the start for the Blues.

San Jose’s offense got off to a quick start in this one as just 3:50 into the first period Andres Johnsson flipped the puck out to a streaking Alexander Barabonov. Despite their being a Blues defenseman back Barabonov dangled Justin Faulk and put one in past Griess to make it 1-0. On that goal Johnsson got his first point in a Sharks uniform.

Smelling blood in the water just a few minutes later Erik Karlsson dropped a pass to Logan Couture that he one-timed past Griess to extend the lead to two.

The rest of the first period was rather quiet with the Blues in particular struggling to get much going on offense.

At the end of the first the shots favored San Jose at 10-4.

During intermission it seems that St. Louis got a thorough talking to as they came out in the second period with a new sense of urgency.

That urgency ended up paying off as 2:35 into the second Colton Parayko snuck in back door and tapped one home to make it 2-1.

Feeling the pressure just a few minutes later the Blues went on the power play as Barabonov took a tripping penalty.

On the power play Jordan Kyrou found himself wide open in the slot and fired one past Riemer to tie the game up at two.

St. Louis was not just content with tying it though and Logan Brown obliged sniping home his first goal of the season and giving the Blues the lead.

Late in the second period Radim Simek took a tripping penalty giving the Blues an opportunity to extend their lead.

The Sharks penalty kill once again came up short as Brayden Schenn was left open backdoor and scored his 17th goal of the season.

At the end of the second period the shots favored San Jose at 19-16.

In the third San Jose got off to a rough start as at the 14:29 mark of the period Kevin Labanc was called for tripping.

While the other two power plays had gone well for the Blues this one did not as short handed Steven Lorentz scored to make it 4-3. After the goal the Sharks continued to push for the equalizer.

Late in the third period Jacob Macdonald made a terrible turnover in the neutral zone that lead to Tyler Pitlick taking the puck and scoring. The goal was Pitlick’s fourth goal of the campaign and sucked all life out of the building.

The Sharks pulled Riemer to try and tie the game but to no avail as Kasperi Kapanen scored on the empty cage to seal the game at 6-3.

“We just weren’t sticking to out game and that’s something we definitely got to adress and look in the mirror it’s unacceptable,” Lorentz commented after the game.

The three stars of the game were: 1st: Pavel Buchnevich 2nd: Colton Parayko 3rd: Nikita Alexandrov

San Jose’s next game will be this Saturday against the Washington Capitals at home at 3 p.m.

Canadiens slip past Sharks 3-1

The Montreal Canadiens who were down after the first period 1-0 came back and defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 at SAP Center in San Jose as a dejected Sharks center Nico Sturm (7) skates away on Tue Feb 28, 2023 (@CanadiensMTL photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Jase Ylonen scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period for the  Montreal Canadiens  Tuesday, as the Canadiens went on to defeat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 at SAP Center.

Christian Dvorak and Kaiden Guble also found the net for the Habs, and Jake Allen made 28 saves while earning his 14th win.

Defenseman Jacob MacDonald scored his first goal of the season – and his first for the Sharks – to account for San Jose’s lone tally. Sharks goalie Kaapo Kahkonen was credited with 29 saves.

San Jose (18-31-12, 48 points) opened the scoring at 1:43 of the first period when Sharks forward Nico Sturm forced a turnover in front of the Canadiens net, allowing MacDonald to capitalize on the opportunity.

After a scoreless second period, Montreal (26-30-4, 56 points) tied the game at 8:07 of the third period. Guble beat Kahkonen with a slapshot from the point. Less than two minutes later, Canadiens forward Rem Pitlick created a 2-on-0 break and fed Ylonen at the mouth of the crease at 9:59. It was Ylonen’s second goal of the season.

Dvorak tacked on an empty-netter with five seconds remaining for his 10th goal of the season.

Elsewhere for the Sharks, defenseman Radim Simek played in his first game since getting injured on Dec. 31. Newly-acquired forwards Andreau Johnsson and Fabian Zetterlund made their Sharks debuts after being picked up in the deadline trade that sent Timo Meier to the New Jersey Devils,

The Sharks host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Blackhawks edge Sharks 4-3 in shootout, Marleau’s No. 12 retired

In a special tribute to former San Jose Shark Patrick Marleau he is joined by former Shark teammates Joe Thornton (center) and Kelly Hrudey (right) to retire his old number 12 at SAP Center in San Jose on Sat Feb 25, 2023 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, February 25, 2023

Chicago goaltender Petr Mrazek made 45 saves, stopped all three shootout attempts by San Jose, and led the Blackhawks past the Sharks 4-3 Saturday on Patrick Marleau Night at SAP Center.

Marleau had his No. 12 retired by the Sharks, a first in team history. He played 21 of his 23 NHL seasons for San Jose before retiring in 2021. Marleau broke Gordie Howe’s record for NHL games played with 1,779. He holds Sharks records for games played (1,607), goals (522) and points (1,111).

Philipp Kurashev scored the only goal in the shootout, giving Chicago (21-32-5, 47 points) its longest winning streak since winning five in a row in January 2020.

Also scoring for the Blackhawks, David Gust with his first career goal, Brett Seney had his first goal in four years and Max Domi. Nick Bonino Evgeny Svechnikov and Erik Karlsson all scored for the Sharks (18-30-12, 48 points), who have lost five of their last six games. San Jose goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen was credited with 32 saves.

Domi scored on the opening shift of the third period to put Chicago ahead 3-2. Karlsson answered for San Jose with a goal with 2:11 remaining after the Sharks pulled Kahkonen for a sixth attacker.

The 29-year-old Gust scored on his first shift in the first period when he deflected a pass from Colin Blackwell past Kahkonen. Gust and Eddie Olczyk are the only Illinois natives to score in their NHL debuts with Chicago.

After Bonino tied it for the Sharks, Seney scored on a rush for his first goal since Feb. 9, 2019, when he played for the New Jersey Devils. Svechnikov then scored for the Sharks to tie the game at 2-2.

The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane flew back to Chicago as trade talks with the New York Rangers began to heat up. Kane has a no-movement clause in his contract and must approve any deal. Sharks forward Timo Meier, who is also mentioned in trade talks, missed his third straight game with an upper-body injury that is not considered serious.

The Sharks host Montreal on Tuesday.

San Jose gets blown out at home by Nashville 6-2

Photo courtesey of San Jose Sharks. Matt Benning gets ready before a game.

By Titus Wilkinson (@TitusWisme)

On a chilly night in San Jose the Sharks took on the Predators and struggled on home ice losing by a final of 6-2.

The goaltending matchup was between James Riemer for San Jose and Juuse Saros for Nashville.

The first period began with Nashville controlling most of the play while San Jose couldn’t get much going offensively.

Highlighting this lack of offense was their shots which was still at zero for the Sharks at the 12:00 mark of the first period.

On a power play Nashville capitalized as Nino Niederreiter tipped home his 17th goal of the season to make it 1-0.

At the end of the first the shots favored Nashville at 8-4.

Nashville got the second period started on the right foot as less than two minutes in Mikael Granlund scored to make it 2-0. The goal, which was Granlund’s eight of the season was on a floaty wrist shot that Riemer most likely wanted back

A little later in the period Nico Sturm was called for a five minute penalty though after review the officials took away the penalty entirely.

After that review just a few moments later Erik Karlsson was called for a hooking penalty putting Nashville on the power play.

While on the power play though there was a race for a loose puck in Nashville’s end which lead to Nico Sturm picking up the puck and shelving it over Saros. It was Sturm’s 12th goal of the season and made it a 2-1 game.

When the power play ended the Sharks got another chance as Erik Karlsson came out of the box and was fead a breakaway pass. The breakaway ended though with Karlsson hitting the crossbar and the score remaining the same.

Nashville not long after the goal got a odd-man rush and converted on it as Granlund scored his second goal of the game making it 3-1.

The Sharks were given a chance to get back in the game as Kevin Gravel took a penalty for interference.

Matt Benning while trying to break the puck out on the power play ended up turning it over leading to a goal for Yakov Trenin increasing Nashville’s lead to 4-1.

At the end of the second the shots still favored Nashville at 22-15.

Unlike the first two period San Jose got off to a good start scoring less than a minute in as Martin Kaut scored his first goal as a Shark.

With the score now 4-2 the team teal seemed to have new life as they controlled most of the play to start the third.

That momentum was killed though when on a odd man rush Niederreiter scored off of an accidental tip in by Noah Gregor making it 5-2.

Piling on to the lead on a power play Tommy Novak scored off a beautiful feed from Matt Duchene increasing Nashville’s lead to four.

Novak’s goal ended up being the last of the game as the Sharks finished off a dissapointing showing at home.

The three stars of the game were 1st: Mikael Granlund 2nd: Matt Duchene 3rd: Philip Tomasino

“I thought we were lifeless, I thought we were really not sharp in a lot of ways,” head coach David Quinn said after the game.

The Sharks will look to bounce back Saturday when they play at home against the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 p.m.

Reimer stops 26 shots as Sharks shut out Seattle 4-0

San Jose Sharks center Nico Sturm (7) celebrates the goal of teammate left wing Evgeny Svechinkov (10) who scored against the visiting Seattle Kraken in the second period at SAP Center in San Jose on Mon Feb 20,. 2023. Referee Mike Dunning (20) watches against the glass. (@SanJoseSharks photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Monday, February 20, 2023

James Reimer earned his second shutout of the season Monday, as San Jose Sharks blanked the Seattle Kraken 4-0 in a President’s Day matchup at SAP Center. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Sharks.

Reimer made 26 saves, and got offensive support from Logan Couture, Evgeny Svechnikov, Noah Gregor and Michael Eyssimont. Erik Karlsson assisted on two of the Sharks’ goals.

Kraken goaltender Martin Jones stopped 19 shots against his former team, but suffered his fourth straight loss as Seattle (32-19-6. 70 points) was shut out for the third time this season.

After a scoreless first period, San Jose (18-29-11, 47 points) took a 1-0 lead on a fluke goal credited to Couture midway through the second period. Couture was in a faceoff with the Krakens’ Yanni Gourde, who won the draw but inadvertently sent the puck back past Jones and into the net. It was Couture’s 20th goal of the season.

The Sharks made it 2-0 later in the period when Svechnikov intercepted a clearing pass and beat Jones on a rebound shot. The unassisted tally was Svechnikov’s seventh goal of the season. With 17.2 seconds left in the second period, Gregor scored. Eyssimont made it 4-0 late in the third period with his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Couture and Karlsson, his 58th.

Each team was 0-for-2 on the power play.

The Sharks host Nashville on Thursday and Chicago on Saturday.

Sabres skate past Sharks 4-2; San Jose drops four of last five games

Buffalo Sabres teammates gather after defeating the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center in San Jose on Sat Feb 18, 2023 (@BuffaloSabres photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The San Jose Sharks returned home to face the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night at the Shark Tank. The Sharks were hoping to snap a two-game losing streak. That was not in the cards as the Sabres skated to a 4-2 win over the Sharks.

The Sharks lost a close game to the first-place Las Vegas Golden Knights in Sin City Thursday night. The Sharks were hoping to right the ship against Buffalo based on their strong effort, even though they came up short, 

In fifth place in the Atlantic Division, the Sabers needed a win as they are fighting to make it into the playoffs as a Wild Card team. Buffalo got a much-needed win when they beat the hapless Anaheim Ducks 7-3 Wednesday night in Anaheim.

The Sabres started the scoring early in the first period. Dylan Cozen notched his 20th goal of the year as he put the puck past Sharks’ goalie Kaapo Kahkonen. The time of the goal was at 3:01. The Sharks responded with their first goal with 16:49 played. Evgeny Svechnikov put the puck past Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen for his sixth of the year. Assist went to Jacob MacDonald and Steve Lorentz. The first period ended tied 1-1.

The Sabres grabbed a 2-1 lead when Owen Power lit the lamp with 6:26 played/ Alex Tuch and Jeff Skinner assisted on the play. The Sharks tied the game when Alexander Barbanov was in the right place at the right time. One of the Sharks’ players shot past the net and hit the boards, the puck rebounded right to Barbanov’s stick, Luukkonen was out of position, and Barbanov had an easy goal.

It was number 11 for Barbanov. Logan Couture and Erik Karlsson assisted. For Karlsson, it was his 56th assist of the season. The teams were tied 2-2 at the end of the second period.

The Sharks, who are not going to the playoffs for the second year in a row, wanted to upset Buffalo’s apple cart Saturday night. The Sabres needed the win to stay close to a possible playoff spot. The last 20 minutes would determine the winner.

The teams battled it out on both ends of the ice. Buffalo, as they had done in the first and second periods, scored the first goal of the third period. The goal was scored by the Sharks’ killer, Jeff Skinner. Skinner notched his 21st of the year. It was Skinner’s seventh goal in his last seven games against the Sharks.

The Sharks need to come back from a one-goal deficit for the third time in the game. They tried, but they couldn’t get the puck into the net. They pulled their goalie and put pressure on the Sabres. However, Alex Tuch found himself alone in the Sharks’ zone and put the puck into an empty net to ice the win for Buffalo 4-2.

Game Notes: With the loss, the Sharks are now 17-29-11 for the year. They are in seventh place in the Pacific Division with 45 points. The Sharks are 5-14-7 at home. They have 25 games left on the schedule. Buffalo won the season series 2-0. Buffalo is now 28-22-4 good for 60 points.

The Sharks play the third-place Seattle Kraken at the Shark Tank Monday afternoon. The game will start at 1:00 pm. 

Sharks Fold Late in Sin City, Slip to Vegas 2-1

San Jose Sharks right wing Timo Meier (28) attempts to skate around Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Zach Whitecloud (2) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP News photo)

By Matthew Harrington

Thursday night’s 2-1 loss against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena could be representative of the San Jose Sharks season as a whole. Get severly outshot but still hold the lead for a time; check. Punch up against a superior class team for a majority of the game; check.

The Sharks lead into the third period but give up the advantage late; check. The only thing missing for San Jose (17-28-11) was an Erik Karlsson point or two (or three or four as this season has gone).

Alexander Barabanov scored his tenth goal of the year and Kaapo Kähkönen played brilliantly once again, making 36 saves on 38 shots but a Vegas (33-18-4) goal tied the game early in the third period and finished off the Sharks on a William Carrier goal with 18 seconds left in regulation to pick up their fourth consecutive win.

The Sharks were outshot 38-26, thanks largely to seven Golden Knights power plays, but killed off all the opportunities and survived a 14-4 first period shot differential to lead the Pacific Division leaders after 40 minutes.

The game-winner came on an offensive faceoff win for the Golden Knights and was a result of Matt Benning and Nick Bonino both getting tied up with Nicolas Roy in the slot.

Two defenders on one man allowed Carrier to sneak into the far post unmarked. Chandler Stephenson was able to make the connection and Carrier was able to hammer home the tap-in for his 15th of the year. Bonino drew an abuse of officials misconduct for arguing Roy’s entanglement.

Vegas tied the game on another Sharks miscue after Tomas Hertl wiped out in the offensive zone, with Jack Eichel spring Paul Cotter on a two-on-one. He elected to shoot rather than pass through Karlsson, beating Kähkönen from the face-off dot 6:22 into the third. Cotter has goals in three-straight.

Barabanov stayed hot for the Sharks, picking up his eight point in six games when he scores on the rebound with 2:56 left in the second period. His tenth goal of the year came off a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot, with Logan Couture picking up the secondary assist. Kähkönen has allowed just eight goals over his last four starts.

The Sharks return home Saturday night to face the Buffalo Sabres. It kicks off a seven-game homestand filled with teams struggling to make the playoffs or fully entrenched in the Connor Bedard sweepstakes, a welcome sight after the grueling road trip of late January and early February.

Penguins’ top line sparks 3-1 victory over Sharks

The score says it all as the Pittsburgh Penguins get a two goal win over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center led by the Penguins Sid Crosby (87) who got two assists on Tue Feb 14, 2024 (@penguins photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Pittsburgh scored once in each period Tuesday to methodically defeat San Jose 3-1 at SAP Center.

Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith stopped 38 of 39 San Jose shots. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s top line of Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel and Rickard Rakell each collected three points. Crosby assisted on each goal, giving him 41 helpers on the season.

Guerntzel had two of the Penguins’ goals, including an empty-nette, while Rakell had the other Pittsburgh tally.

Timo Meier, who is rumored to be on the trading block as the trade deadline is approaching, scored his 31st goal in the third period. Aaron Dell was credited with 24 saves in his third start of the season without a win.

All-Star Erik Karlsson and Alexander Barabanov each saw their four-game point streaks come to an end.

The Penguins used an early goal by Rakell, his 19th of the season, to get a 1-0 lead. In the second period, Crosby found Guentzel with a no-look backhand pass from behind the net, Guentzel had a wide-open net to shoot at for his 22nd goal of the season,

Meier scored on a rink-long rush, beating DeSmith in the five-hole at 4:03 of the third period.

San Jose’s Logan Couture played in his 900th NHL game.

The Sharks visit the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.