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Heritage night brings back horrors of early years
Sharks lost to league's worst Blue Jackets
11/3/15 - By Mike Lee -

As part of the team's 25th anniversary celebration, the Sharks busted out the heritage jerseys for the first time this season on Tuesday night in homage to teams of yesteryear. The team then proceeded to transform themselves into the god awful 1991-92 team, tripping over themselves en route to a lopsided loss at the hands of the league's current doormat, the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus entered Tuesday night's game reeling from a 2-10-0 record, but the Blue Jackets looked like the Pittsburgh Penguins of the 90's as they dismantled a discombobulated Sharks team that continues to play disorganized hockey.

Losing is bad enough, but when it comes at the hands of the league's worst team, it's an abomination. The Sharks are simply a bad hockey team right now. Joe Pavelski can't carry this team by himself, although he certainly tried on Tuesday night.

Head coach Peter DeBoer seemed oblivious to his team's performance.

"I've had no problem with out top six forwards," DeBoer said following the game. "I thought both of those lines have shown up this season. They might not get on the board every night, but both of them are pushing the pace."

Pavleksi scored a pair of goals, but the Blue Jackets did him three better. This season's bad trend du jour continues to be the Sharks inability to score first. Columbus jumped out to a 1-0 lead 6:11 into the game when Brandon Saad chipped home a shot off a deflection after the Blue Jackets pressured the Sharks with sustained pressure from the get go. Martin Jones stopped Brandon Dubinsky's shot, but the rebound bounced around the front of the crease where Saad was able to get a stick on it.

Pavelski scored the first of his two goals with a 64 ticks left in the opening period by tipping a Justin Braun shot from the top of the goal mouth. Braun unleashed his shot from the high slot before Pavelski redirected it past Sergei Bobrovsky.

Jones had 98% of the net covered midway through the 2nd period, but Scott Harrtnell found the open 2% with a crazy shot from outside the left post after pivoting 180 degrees with the puck. With Mike Brown draped all over him, Hartnell spun on his heels and sniped a shot from 12 feet that zipped past Jones right ear for his 5th tally of the season.

Once again, Pavelski tied the game after Joonas Donskoi picked Nick Foligno's pocket near the Columbus blueline as the Blue Jackets tried to exit their zone. Donskoi spotted Pavelski lurking in front of the Blue Jackets net, zipping a pass to the Sharks captain. Pavelski put on a double move on Bobrovsky then lifted a shot top shelf for his 8th goal of the season.

San Jose went into brain freeze the last two minutes of the period to turn a tie game into an insurmountable Columbus lead. Jones and Brent Burns crossed each other as a puck floated behind the Sharks net, deflecting a Hartnell pass out front to Boone Jenner. Jones was late to get back to his crease, allowing Jenner to snap a shot 5-hole for the 3-2 Blue Jackets lead.

Rather than buckle down with a minute left in the period, the Sharks packed it in, allowing the Blue Jackets to force the issue in the San Jose end. Ryan Murray added a 4th goal as a result just 29 seconds after Jenner's goal to give the Blue Jackets the two-goal cushion heading into the 2nd intermission.

Jenner's goal was tough, but Murray's goal was a back-breaker.

DeBoer tried to get his team's attention by pulling Jones to start the 3rd period, but it was a meaningless gesture.

San Jose orchestrated an attack from arm's length in the 3rd period by throwing 18 shots at Bobrovsky. Only problem is, half those shots came from outside of 40 feet, and San Jose only generated 2 shot from inside 15 feet. Bobrovsky, the former Vezina Award Winner, snacked on those shot attempts.

Alex Stalock faced only 2 shots in the period, but Columbus capitalized on an empty net to add a 5th goal. The few fans that even elected to stick around for the final horn voiced their displeasure in the product thrown out on the ice.

"I thought it was a great game by our whole team," said defenseman Jack Johnson. "Some nights you play hard and the effort is there but the results are not. Tonight we got it done and got the road trip started on the right foot."

In '91, fans expected their team to struggle. 25 years later, fans expect more from a franchise that has had more than their fair share of chances. Tuesday night brought back a lot of bad memories, when it was supposed to memorialize a piece of the team's history.





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
CBJ 1 3 1 5
SJ 1 1 0 2
1st period - 1, CBJ, Saad 5 (Dubinsky, Connauton), 6:11, (pp). 2, SJ, Pavelski 7 (Braun, Thornton), 18:56.
2nd period - 3, CBJ, Hartnell 5 (Johansen), 8:54. 4, SJ, Pavelski 8 (Donskoi), 11:56. 5, CBJ, Jenner 7 (Hartnell), 18:32. 6, CBJ, Murray 2 (Johansen, Saad), 19:01.
3rd period - 7, CBJ, Calvert 2 (Campbell, Murray), 18:21, (en).
Penalties
1st period - Tierney, SJ (slashing), 1:39; Dillon, SJ (holding), 4:23; Campbell, CBJ, (fighting major), 12:07; Brown, SJ (fighting major), 12:07.
2nd period - Tyutin, CBJ (hooking), 3:04; Bench, CBJ (too many men), 6:11; Johnson, CBJ (high sticking), 14:37.
3rd period - Dubinsky, CBJ (cross checking), 7:33.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
CBJ - Bobrovsky 43 41
SJ - Jones 21 17
SJ - Stalock 2 2
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CBJ 13 8 3 24
SJ 10 15 18 43
Power Play Conversion
CBJ 1 of 2
SJ 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joe Pavelski
Scott Hartnell
Attendance
15,491
Officials
Referees: Jackson, Kowal. Linesmen: Heyer, Grandt.
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