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No Reimer reason for penalty kill woes
Canucks top Sharks 4-2 at SAP
3/5/16 - By Mike Lee -

Most NHL teams play to earn the home ice advantage come playoff time. The Sharks may want to align themselves with the 8th seed should they hold on and actually make the playoffs this season. SAP Center ice has been anything but advantageous for the Sharks this season, and Saturday night's loss to the Vancouver Canucks further drilled home the point that the Sharks are a much better team on the road and that home ice has been less than inviting. The Canucks took advantage of a Sharks parade to the penalty box en route to a 4-2 win in San Jose.

The Sharks made the Canucks visit to California as inviting as possible by handing them 7 power play chances. San Jose allowed Vancouver to score on 3 of those chances, essentially shooting themselves in the foot.

James Reimer made his debut for San Jose in net, but wasn't the equipped to play shorthanded along side a team that seemed incapable of stopping the Canucks special teams unit. Reimer only faced 25 shots, but the Canucks ability to cash in on the power play ruined a pretty decent debut for the former Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender.

Micheal Haley actually staked the Sharks to a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period. Haley intercepted a Ben Hutton pass off the end boards then veered toward the net and push a pass on Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom. The Canucks netminder stopped Haley's initial shot, but the Sharks centerman jammed at the puck, pushing it past Markstrom for his 1st goal as a Shark, and his 1st NHL goal in 5 years.

All of Haley's good fortune was wiped out later in the period when he cut Sven Baertschi with a high stick, earning a double minor. Linden Vey was the benefactor, sweeping home a backhand chance from the left post after Baertschi bounced a shot off Reimer. The Sharks goaltender fell to his chest after stopping Baertschi, but by leaving his feet, he opened up the net for the easy deposit by Vey.

Joe Pavelski was sent off for tripping a minute into the 2nd period, and the Canucks once again cashed in. Daniel Sedin was credited with his 25th goal of the season after a shot from Baertschi clipped him up high and slipped past Reimer.

San Jose looked as if they would work more of their 3rd period magic early in the period when Brent Burns converted for a career high 23rd goal of the season to tie the game. Burns scooped up a deflected pass from Joe Thorrnton near the left dot and whipped the puck past Markstrom to make it a 2-2 game.

Penalty woes did the Sharks in 8:44 into the period when Joonas Donskoi was sent off for tripping. The Sharks were livid with the call because Donskoi was blatantly tripped seconds earlier as he gained the Canucks zone. The Sharks rookie lost his footing and allowed his stick to impede Hutton.

Dan Hamhuis converted on the ensuing power play, punching home a deflection from the left side similar to Vey's goal, allowing Vancouver to regain the lead. Once again, Reimer gave up a big rebound and couldn't stay upright to stop the follow up.

The Sharks pulled Reimer with 3 minutes left in the contest, but Alex Burrows picked off a pass at center ice and walked the puck into the net for the 2-goal advantage.

The Sharks kept Reimer out of the net but ran out of time. The final horn sounded and San Jose slipped to a 12-14-3 record on home ice.

Game Notes:

* Marc Edouard Vlasic earned a rare double 10-min misconduct. The defenseman was sitting on the boards in front of the Shark bench while the puck was in play, which is apparently a no-no.

* This wasn't the first time the Sharks allowed 3 goals on the penalty kill this season. They gave up 3 to Calgary on January 11th. By virtue of the hemorrhaging penalty kill, the Sharks dropped to 23rd in the NHL.


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1 2 3 T
VAN 1 1 2 4
SJ 1 0 1 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Haley 1 (unassisted), 9:10. 2, VAN, Vey 4 (Baertschi, Hutton), 18:28, (pp).
2nd period - 3, VAN, D. Sedin 25 (Baertschi, Hutton), 2:12, (pp).
3rd period - 4, SJ, Burns 23 (Thornton, Vlasic), 4:53. 5, VAN, Hamhuis 1 (Horvat, McCann), 10:28, (pp). 6, VAN, Burrows 8 (unassisted), 17:%4, (en).
1st period - Dillon, SJ (boarding), 4:20; Haley, SJ (high sticking - double minor), 16:45.
2nd period - Pavelski, SJ (tripping), 1:05; Bartkowski, VAN (hooking), 6:20; Markstrom, VAN (interference), 14:57; Ward, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 17:54.
3rd period - Vey, VAN (holding), 6:08; Donskoi, SJ (tripping), 8:44; Burrows, VAN (roughing), 14:19; Burns, SJ (roughing), 14:19; Thornton, SJ (roughing), 14:19; Vlasic, SJ (10 min misconduct), 19:08; Vlasic, SJ (10 min misconduct), 19:08.
Shots Saves
VAN - Markstrom 34 32
SJ - Reimer 25 22
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
VAN 12 7 7 26
SJ 9 9 16 34
Power Play Conversion
VAN 3 of 7
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Jacob Markstrom
Daniel Sedin
Ben Hutton
Referees: Dwyer, Rank. Linesmen: Rody, Heyer.
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