| One for the
59-shot shutout joins list of dubious Sharks
|1/31/14 - By Paul Krill -
Well, how about that? The Sharks are on the short
end of a new league record for the most shots taken without scoring in a game -
59 shots against Edmonton, achieved on Wednesday, January 29. It's yet another
instance of the Sharks running into a hot goalie (Ben Scrivens in this case).
This happened against the Islanders not too long ago and it seems to happen
quite a lot to the Sharks.
But of course I don't track the other teams
as closely so I don't know if the Sharks fare any worse than other teams in
The shutout by the bottom-feeder Oilers joins the list
of other illustrious spots the Sharks have in the league record book. Other
Sharks records include:
Longest losing streak (17 games) - 1992-93
season, tied with 1974-75 Washington Capitals.
Most losses in a season
(71) - 1992-93 season.
Worst Western Conference Finals record (0-3 in
series, 3-12 in games).
Fewest Stanley Cup Finals appearances (0, tied
with several other teams).
Fewest Stanley Cup titles (0, tied with
several other teams).
The Sharks had been fine running without injured
Logan Couture, rolling off six consecutive wins. But amongst that were some
scoring problems evident. They only beat Winnipeg 1-0 and had to crawl back
from a 2-0 deficit to win in overtime against the Wild, 3-2, with both games at
Then, it was back-to-back shutouts at the hands of the Kings and
Oilers. Goals are becoming hard to come by for the Sharks. As I write this, the
Sharks have a chance to redeem themselves in Calgary this evening. Or, they
have a chance to make things even worse.
I'm sorry to be so negative, but as I look at how the
league is shaking out prior to the Olympics, I'm seeing the Sharks again
shaping up as a runner-up, but not a winner, in the conference. The Anaheim
Ducks, the LA Kings and the Chicago Blackhawks all have to be on anybody's list
of teams most likely to take the Western Conference ahead of the Sharks. Again.
Perhaps the upcoming, long Olympic layoff will take the steam out of
the sails of teams like the Ducks while the Sharks benefit. But who can count
on that? If I had to make my prediction now, I'd say it is looking like another
runner-up year for the Sharks.
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