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Sharks stink up the Tank
Door mat Sabres take 3-1 win at SAP
2/26/16 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks returned home on Friday following a so-so 5-game road trip. By virtue of playing on home ice, the Sharks obliged their fans with a typical no-show performance that ended in an embarrassing 3-1 loss to the cellar-dwelling Buffalo Sabres. San Jose charged fans a gate fee, but it wasn't an NHL caliber product that hit the ice. San Jose slept-walked through 60 minutes of carefree hockey, like there wasn't a care in the world.

No effort, no synchronization, and no spark meant another home loss for San Jose. SAP Center has become a safe haven for the losing. And losing is what the Sharks do best at home. After a torrid January that looked like the Sharks may have turned a corner, the clock struck February and Cinderella turned back into the Sharks.

San Jose scored a goal 1:28 into the game and they punched the clock and went home. Mark Edouard Vlasic fired a shot through traffic in the opening moments of the contest, beating Sabres backup goaltender Chad Johnson, and that was it.

Thanks for coming. Be sure to tip your bluecoat on the way out, because that's all you get Sharks fans.

That backup goaltender simply say perched between the pipes and calmly turned aside every half-hearted 80-foot shot the Sharks took. San Jose was dead set on trying to score with deflections from the slot on shots from the blueline. Everybody figured out that plan attack in the fist 5 minutes of the game, including the Sabres, who flooded the high slot, blocked everything that came into the zone and simply waited out the Sharks.

The Sabres finally got to Sharks goaltender Martin Jones with 6 minutes to play in the 2nd period when the Sharks goaltender failed to control a Brian Gionta shot. The puck squeezed passed Jones and sat perched precariously in the middle of the crease, where Johan Larsson swept in to punch the stationary puck home for this 3rd goal of the year. Brendan Dillon opened up the chance when he misplayed a basic cross-ice pass from Paul Martin, allowing the puck to slip under his stick and bounce right to Gionta.

San Jose played as if they expected to have a go-ahead goal handed to them in the 3rd period. Problem is, even the third worst team in the NHL is going to make you work for your scoring, and that's what Buffalo did.

Zach Bogosian gave the Sabres the 2-1 lead 12:36 into the 3rd period, aided by Tomas Hertl, who tried to block the shot with his skate, but ended up adding to the English that got it past Jones.

San Jose was forced to pull Jones late in the game, setting up an empty-net goal by Evander Kane.

The insistance by San Jose to play the long shot - deflection game meant nobody was skating to the net or making any attempt at creating anything in front of the net. Without any effort in front of the net, there was no reason for the on-ice officials to use their whistles. The game ended without a single infraction called, which was a first for San Jose in their 25 year history. It was a first on a night that was full of the same old, same old.





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
BUF 0 1 2 3
SJ 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Vlasic 8 (Nieto), 1:28.
2nd period - 2, BUF, Larsson 3 (Gionta), 13:38.
3rd period - 3, BUF, Bogosian 4 (Girgensons, Reinhart), 12:36. 4, BUF, Kane 17 (Bogosian), 18:43, (en).
Penalties
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
BUF - Johnson 25 24
SJ - Jones 21 19
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
BUF 7 8 7 22
SJ 6 9 10 25
Power Play Conversion
BUF 0 of 0
SJ 0 of 0
3 Stars of the Game
Chad Johnson
Zach Bogosian
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Attendance
17,562
Officials
Referees: Sutherland, O'Rourke. Linesmen: Wheler, Lazarowich.
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