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Offense sputters again
Sharks drop 4th OT game in last 7
2/19/17 - By Mike Lee -

It wasn't the 6-3 shellacking like the last time they played, but the Sharks played well enough to lose their second game to the Boston Bruins this season. 24 hours after reviving their offense in Phoenix, San Jose sputtered once again and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Bruins in overtime. The loss marked the third defeat in overtime in their last seven games.

The Sharks are 2-1-5 over their last 8 games, which has been primarily attributed to their inability to score. The league's 22nd ranked power play has continued to fall farther and farther into the special teams nether region of ineptness. Sunday night was a microcosm of the past three weeks.

The Sharks only mustered a single goal, and the power play misfired on it's sole opportunity. When the Sharks finally got to the overtime period, they essentially played defense until the Bruins put a puck past Martin Jones.

Brad Marchand was the benefactor of a set play that saw the Bruins win a draw in their own zone then lob a hand grenade pass over two Sharks at the blueline while the Boston foward bolted for the Sharks goal. Torey Krug vaulted the perfect pass over Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Joe Thornton as Marchand raced up ice.

Marchand collected the puck then skated in on Jones and deeked right before sliding the puck between the Shark goaltender' pads. It was the 5th shot in the extra period for Boston who controlled the entire frame by out-skating the sluggish Sharks.

It was February Sharks hockey at its finest.

The Bruins held a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the game after Ryan Spooner converted on a put back after the Sharks got caught in front of their own net. Jimmy Hayes tried put a shot on goal from the slot, but the puck carried wide right of the net. San Jose's defense was simply confused as they chased Hayes while Spooner collected the rebound off the end boards before slipping the puck around the right post.

The Sharks looked so confused on the play, even the player closest to Spooner, Joel Ward, skated away from him to the left corner even though there was no way the puck would have tracked to that part of the rink. It was simply 5 guys in teal sweaters chasing their tails.

A Zdeno Chara cross checking penalty 2 minutes later gave the Sharks the opportunity to answer the Spooner goal, but the special teams play was simply out of sorts. The Sharks never challenged Bruins goaltender Tuuka Rask on the man advantage.

San Jose was the benefactor of a fortuitous bounce late in the 2nd period when a Brent Burns shot kicked off a Bruins defender and took a 90 degree turn, landing on Patrick Marleau's stick. Marleau's quick hands reacted to the deflection, with a one-time chance that beat Rask from the left side. The goal was Marleau's 21st of the season.

Both teams went into prevent mode in the 3rd period, combining for only 11 shots total. The Bruins seemed to recognize that by getting to the overtime, their chances of winning would greatly increase.

San Jose has struggled in the extra session for some reason over the last 4 weeks. a combination of predictability and skaters manning the power play and 3-on-3 format who are simply too slow to challenge the opposition has resulted in repeated failure. Sunday night was no exception.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks 4th line played themselves out of the game after two lackluster periods. Of note was Nikolay Goldobin, who looked lost on the ice through the first 40 minutes of the game. He looked stationary in the 3rd period and into overtime with his posterior firmly planted on the bench.

* San Jose continues to lean on Brent Burns to generate their offense. The defensman led the team with 7 shots on goal. Tomas Hertl had 4 shots, and no other Shark surpassed the 2 shot mark. It's pretty hard to snap out of your offensive doldrums when the forwards aren't shooting.

* With the NHL trade deadline quickly approaching, the Sharks players don't seem to be too concerned. Jobs are on the line, but the lack of leadership on the ice seems to be of little concern to the Sharks big guns.


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1 2 3 OT T
BOS 1 0 0 1 2
SJ 0 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, BOS, Spooner 9 (Hayes, McQuaid), 11:05.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Marleau 21 (Burns, Schlemko), 17:37.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - 3, BOS, Marchand 25 (Krug, Bergeron), 2:36.
1st period - Chara, BOS (cross checking), 13:13.
2nd period - Burns, SJ (interference), 10:13; Nash, BOS (roughing), 17:05; Dillon, SJ (roughing), 17:05.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
BOS - Rask 30 29
SJ - Jones 28 26
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
BOS 9 9 5 5 28
SJ 7 16 6 1 30
Power Play Conversion
BOS 0 of 1
SJ 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Brad Marchand
Brent Burns
Tuuka Rask
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: Sutherland, Luxmore. Linesmen: Murchison, Daisy.
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