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Isles snap Sharks win streak
Alex Stalock allows 5 goals in subpar performance
10/17/15 - By Mike Lee -

They weren't going to win them all, but the stars simply seemed to be as misaligned as they could be for the Sharks on Saturday night as they made their first visit to the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. Playing less than 24 hours after their shootout win in New Jersey, the Sharks tired legs ran out of gas to a younger New York Islanders team that put up a season high 6 goals against the Sharks. San Jose failed to hold a pair of leads, but much like last season, the 3rd period was a house of horrors.

San Jose also skated for the first time without Martin Jones parked between the pipes. Stalock filled in for Jones, who got the night off after his hot start in the Sharks first 4 games. Stalock didn't exactly turn in a Vezina caliber performance, surrendering 5 goals in the 6-3 loss.

The Sharks grabbed a 1-0 lead at 13:04 of the opening period when Justin Braun fired a shot on net that clipped Joe Pavelski as he slid to the top of the crease. It was unclear if Pavelski got his stick on the shot or if it hit his body, but the net effect was still the same. Goal for San Jose.

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano immediately challenged the play, citing possible goaltender interference on Pavelski. An officials review deemed it a good goal, which meant the Islanders forfeited their timeout. It was the 3rd challenge the Sharks have won this season.

Mikhail Grabovski was awarded a penalty shot with 2:13 left in the period after he zipped past Brendan Dillon, forcing the Sharks defenseman to hook him. Alex Stalock helped the Sharks maintain their lead by making a sweet save by sliding to this right and extending his leg pad out to deny Grabovski.

The 2nd period opened with a flurry of scoring that favored the Islanders. First Johnny Boychuk stepped into a shot from the right wing boards that knuckled past Stalock for the 1-1 tie.

The Sharks answered 20 seconds later when Joe Thornton sent a thread-the-needle pass through the slot to Nikolay Goldobin on the left wing. The rookie one-timed the pass past Halak for his 1st NHL goal.

Brent Burns took a questionable tripping penalty 40 seconds later, setting up the second power play of the night for New York. That power play would end in a bizzar goal for the Islanders. Ryan Strome sent a shot on goal that hit Stalock in the mask, deflecting to the end boards. Stalock immediately started grabbing at his mask, pulling it off as Anders Lee threw the puck on net, bouncing it off the back of Stalock's pad for his 2nd goal of the season.

The goal was reviewed, but replays clearly showed Stalock removing his own mask. The netminder may have felt a loose strap and knew the only way to get a stoppage was to lose his mask. Referee Trevor Hanson felt otherwise and the goal stood.

San Jose settled down and manufactured a 2-on-1 break that ended with Matt Nieto racing past defenseman Nick Leddy before sliding a pass to the front of the net where Joel Ward buried it for his 1st goal as a Shark.

New York answered right back, capitalizing on a Sharks turnover behind the net. Josh Bailey grabbed a loose puck near the left corner, then dished it out to Kyle Okposo at the high slot. Okposo fired a shot toward the left post, where Bailey tipped it passed Stalock. Thornton had a chance to limit the damage after getting crossed up with Burns, but he failed to tie up Bailey.

Okposo gave the Islanders their first lead of the night 4:18 into the 3rd period on a nice second effort from behind the Sharks net. Stalock denied Okposo on a chance from the left side, but the puck kicked out to the left corner. Dillon had Okposo covered, but he simply failed to stop the Islanders forward from skating out of the corner to the goal mouth, where a follow up shot lifted over Stalock for New York's 4th goal of the evening.

Brock Nelson made it a 2-goal lead 7 minutes later by snapping a shot past Stalock from the slot after Grabovski slid a feed from the right side. Justin Braun failed to tie up Nelson, who also used the Sharks defenseman to screen his shot. Stalock could only watch the shot sail past his left shoulder.

Frans Nielsen added an empty net goal to ice the game and send the Sharks to their first defeat of the season.

Game Notes:

Defenseman Paul Martin was a late scratch, which allowed rookie Dylan DeMelo to make his NHL debut. The Sharks did not hold a morning skate, so there was no indication that he would miss the game.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 2 0 3
NYI 0 3 3 6
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 2 (Braun, Thornton), 13:04. NYI, Grabovski (unsuccessful penalty shot), 17:47.
2nd period - 2, NYI, Boychuk 1 (Strome, Tavares), 0:21. 3, SJ, Goldobin 1 (Thornton, Braun), 0:41. 4, NYI, Lee 2 (Strome, Tavares), 2:27, (pp). 5, SJ, Ward 1 (Nieto, Stalock), 9:20. 6, NYI, Bailey 2 (Okposo, Nielsen), 13:58.
3rd period - 7, NYI, Okposo 2 (Bailey), 4:18. 8, NYI, Nelson 2 (Grabovski, Kulemin), 11:10. 9, NYI, Nielsen 1 (Okposo), 17:02, (en).
1st period - Hertl, SJ (hooking), 3:16; Bench, NYI (too many men), 4:10.
2nd period - Burns, SJ (tripping), 1:20; Hamonic, NYI (tripping), 2:50.
3rd period - Braun, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 12:49.
Shots Saves
SJ - Stalock 33 28
SJ - empty net 1 0
NYI - Halak 25 22
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 10 8 7 25
NYI 10 12 12 34
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
NYI 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Kyle Okposo
Frans Nielsen
Josh Bailey
Referees: St Laurent, Hanson. Linesmen: Cherrey, Alphonso.
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