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3rd period miscues doom Sharks in Brooklyn
Thomas Greiss beats his former team for the second time this week
10/21/17 - By Mike Lee -

So much for the brief two-game winning streak. After dropping a 3-1 decision to the New York Islanders last Saturday night at SAP Center, the Sharks repeated another mistake filled performance to drop a 5-3 decision at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. Logan Couture led the Sharks with his 2nd career hat trick, but the mistake prone Sharks gave up stoppable goals that dropped them back below 500 on the season.

The chances were there, but San Jose couldn't get the meaningful goaltending they required and a pair of 3rd period lapses sealed their fate on a night that should have celebrated Couture's accomplishment.

Logan Couture tipped a Brent Burns blast from the right point at 6:26 of the 2nd period. The goal came on the power play after Brock Nelson was sent off for hooking Kevin Labanc. The Sharks acted quickly with the mad advantage as Couture sat perched in the high slot. The angle required to beat former Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss wasn't an easy one, but Couture's deflection was placed perfectly to the high corner just inside the right post.

The lead would be short lived as Anders Lee put a puck past Aaron Dell 67 seconds later. Lee parked himself in front of the Sharks net and redirected a Nick Leddy feed from behind the end boards. Christ Tierney and Joakim Ryan got lost in space and failed to cover Lee who had all day to pick his spot.

Josh Bailey put the Islanders up 2-1 less than a minute later after Joe Thornton sent an ill-advised pass from the left wing boards inside his own zone to the high slot and his teammate Joe Pavelski. Bailey stepped in front of the pass and put a pair of moves on Dell before sliding it past the goaltender's right pad.

Couture knotted the game at 2-2 at 12:44 by threading the needle with a shot from just inside the left circle that beat Gress between the left post and his right shoulder. Jannik Hansen chipped the puck into the Islanders zone while spinning away from a check in front of the penalty box. The forward regained control of the puck and whipped a pass to the off wing where Couture was streaking toward the New York goal.

Mistakes and rookie misjudgment did the Sharks in during the 3rd period.

Ryan and Burns got tangled up chasing Mathew Barzal to a puck behind the Sharks goal, which opened up space for the Islanders to setup a shooting gallery on Dell. Barzal skated around the end boards near the left corner then slid a pass to Andre Ladd for a one-time form the high slot. Pavelski was floating on the play, covering open air which allowed Ladd to shoot freely without any interference.

Ryan's inexperience put the game out of reach when he pinched in the Islanders zone, leaving his partner Brent Burns by himself. The Islanders gained control of the puck and John Tavares raced up ice on a 2-on-1 chance. Burns committed to neither Tavares or Lee on the left side, which forced Dell to cover the right side of the net with the Islanders captain closing in. Tavares waited out both Dell and Burns before sliding a pass to Lee on the left wing for the easy tap in.

Couture converted his second career hat trick with a goal at the 18:08 mark, but it was too little, too late.

Tavares iced the game for New York with an empty net goal with 56 ticks left to send the Sharks to their second consecutive loss to the Islanders and their 4th of the season.

Game Notes:

* The paid attendance was a paltry 11,877, which has to be a troublesome count for a Saturday night game in October. Division races aren't even starting to form but fans are shying away from the product.

* Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Joakim Ryan and Brent Burns were all a -3 on the night. Ryan has an excuse as a rookie, but the other three are being paid mightily to lead this franchise. All three were on the ice for 4 of New York's 5 goals.

* San Jose out-shot the Islanders 16-6 in the 3rd period, but were outscored 3-1 in the period. Dell was particularly porous on the night, surrendering 4 goals on 22 shots.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 2 1 3
NYI 0 2 3 5
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Couture 4 (Burns, Thornton), 6:26, (pp). 2, NYI, Lee 4 (Leddy, Tavares), 7:33. 3, NYI, Bailey 3 (unassisted), 8:31. 4, SJ, Couture 5 (Hansen, Dillon), 12:44.
3rd period - 5, NYI, Ladd 2 (Barzal, Bailey), 3:12. 6, NYI, Lee 5 (Tavares, Clutterbuck), 11:47. 7, SJ, Couture 6 (Burns), 18:08. 8, NYI, Tavares 3 (De Haan), 19:04, (en).
1st period - Karlsson, SJ (slashing), 15:36.
2nd period - Nelson, NYI (hooking), 5:59; Pelech, NYI (tripping), 13:17; Beauvillier, NYI (delay of game - faceoff violation), 16:21.
3rd period - Leddy, NYI (hooking), 5:40; Kalrsson, SJ (interference), 8:47.
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 22 18
SJ - empty net 1 0
NYI - Greiss 31 28
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 6 9 16 31
NYI 9 8 6 23
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 4
NYI 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Anders Lee
Logan Couture
Josh Bailey
Barclays Center - 11,877
Referees: Morton, StLaurent. Linesmen: Miller, Shewchyk.
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