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Same recipe, same disaster
Sharks blow another lead to weakling, lose in shootout
11/10/13 - By Mike Lee -

We've seen this act before haven't we? Sharks grab lead. Sharks blow lead. Sharks score a goal in overtime, but not really. Sharks lose in shootout. San Jose turned into a broken record on Sunday, replaying their 5-4 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres last week, by dropping a game to the Winnipeg Jets in Manitoba by the same score. Unable to hold onto a lead, the Sharks appeared to win it overtime, but at least this time the on-ice official was awake and saw the puck cross the goal line. Unfortunately for San Jose, some selective interference call was made to deny the Sharks their first win since October 27th.

* That call had something to do with Tommy Wingels interfering with Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, as Patrick Marleau snapped a rebound into the Winnipeg goal. Referee Dave Jackson immediately waved the goal off, then called for a faceoff outside the Jets zone. If Wingels interfered with Pavelec, it should have been a penalty, but Jackson called not such penalty. The suggestion that it was even interference was questionable as Pavelec came out of his goal to play a shot as Wingels skated to the top of the crease.

* San Jose failed on a handful of aspects of the game, but the last was the ability to put any pucks past Pavelec in the shootout. Logan Couture, Wingels and Dan Boyle all missed. Andrew Ladd converted as the third shooter for Winnipeg to help the Western Conference's 12th ranked team (out of 14 teams).

* The bigger issue for San Jose was their inability to hold a lead. The Sharks held a two goal lead after the first 20 minutes of play, then after Winnipeg tied things up in the middle period, San Jose grabbed a 3rd period lead only to see that evaporate with 1:43 to play in regulation. Giving up 46 shots had something to do with the Jets scoring goals.

* San Jose was outplayed in all three regulation periods, but managed to take a 2-0 lead into the 1st intermission. San Jose capitalized on a phantom tripping call against Ladd, when Boyle converted the first of two power play goals on the evening.

* Tomas Hertl scored his 10th goal of the season on a breakaway 1:16 after Boyle's goal, when Jason Demers hit him with a long pass up the middle of the ice. Jets head coach Claude Noel used his timeout after Hertl's goal, settling down his team.

* Andrew Desjardins created his own breakaway late in the opening period after stripping Adam Pardy at the Sharks blueline, but Pavelec got a piece of a 15 foot wrist shot to keep the Sharks lead at two goals.

* The Jets simply man-handled the Sharks in the 2nd period, scoring three goals. The first came courtesy of Michael Frolik who converted on a Matt Halischuk pass after Halischuk picked Matt Irwin's pocket at the Jets blueline and raced up ice two-on-one.

* Wingels scored his 5th of the season after taking a banked pass off the right wing boards from Hertl and racing on Pavelec and lifting a shot over the goaltender's left shoulder.

* The Jets cut San Jose's lead to 3-2 at 8:38 of the 2nd period when a Grant Clitsome shot from the left point deflected off Dustin Byfuglien past Antti Niemi.

* Clitsome tied the game at 3-3 at 17:19 of the 2nd period with another long shot that seemed to hit a Sharks defender in front of Niemi, changing direction on the Sharks goaltender.

* A tripping call on Halischuk at 3:19 of the 3rd period setup Boyle's second power play goal of the game. The Sharks defenseman pinched after Logan Couture gathered the puck near the right post and sent a blind backhand pass between Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian's skates as he raced in from the left side and tapped in the pretty pass.

* Ladd banged home a Bryan Little pass from the high slot as Wheeler skated to the top of the crease to screen Niemi. Little had chased a puck down along the end boards before sending the pass that would send the game to overtime.

* Ladd proved to be a one-man wrecking ball. After tying the game late in regulation, he hit the post with a shot in the overtime period, before ending things in the shootout.

* The loss snapped San Jose's 25-game winning streak when scoring 2 or more power play goals in a game. They last lost on January 13, 2011 vs the Edmonton Oilers after tallying two goals on the man advantage. They had been 4-0-0 this season.

* Wheeler and Bogosian both had 6 shots a piece. Olli Jokinen and Byfuglien had 5 shots each. Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic led the Sharks with 4 shots.

* Boyle's two goals, were soured with his -3 plus/minus rating.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 2 1 1 0 0 4
WPG 0 3 1 0 1 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Boyle 3 (Pavelski, Marleau), 14:04, (pp). 2, SJ, Hertl 10 (Demers, Hannan), 15:19.
2nd period - 3, WPG, Frolik 4 (Halischuk), 6:12. 4, SJ, Wingels 5 (Hertl, Braun), 6:53. 5, WPG, Byfuglien 1 (Clitsome, Tangrad), 8:38. 6, WPG, Clitsome 2 (Ladd, Little), 17:19.
3rd period - 7, SJ, Boyle 4 (Couture, Thornton), 3:59, (pp). 8, WPG, Ladd 5 (Little, Clitsome), 18:17.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - WPG: Wheeler (miss), Little (miss), Ladd (goal). SJ: Couture (miss), Wingels (miss), Boyle (miss).
1st period - Hannan, SJ (high sticking), 1:09; Ladd, WPG (tripping), 13:50; Kane, WPG (goaltender interference), 19:27.
2nd period - Hannan, SJ (interference), 12:21; Byfuglien, WPG (delay of game - puck over glass), 20:00.
3rd period - Halischuk, WPG (tripping), 3:19; Bogosian, WPG (holding), 11:05; Demers, SJ (hooking), 11:49;Wheeler, WPG (tripping), 12:15.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 46 42
WPG - Pavalec 34 30
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 9 12 9 3 34
WPG 15 17 10 4 46
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 6
WPG 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Andrew Ladd
Grant Clitsome
Dan Boyle
Referees: Jackson, O'Halloran, . Linesmen: Cameron, Murchison.
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