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Sinful effort dooms Sharks
Golden Knights continue their dominance over SJ
11/24/18 - By Mike Lee -

When the Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs last spring by the Vegas Golden Knights, they should have circled November 24th on their calendars. That was the day they would finally get a crack at exacting some retribution on the Knights for the unceremonious exit. San Jose responded on Saturday night by rolling over to the Knights in a 6-0 whipping. Much like Game 1 of last springs playoff series with Vegas, the Sharks had no answer for an opponent that ran roughshod over them.

Marc-Andre Fleury made back to back starts after shutting out the Calgary Flames on Friday night. Aaron Dell did the same for San Jose, but nobody would confuse their games in this one. Fleury made 33 saves to shutout the Sharks, while Dell needed treatment on his neck from his head spinning so often to follow all the pucks that got past him.

The game was lost on the opening shift. Literally.

Vegas wasted no time getting on the board when a Brayden McNabb shot deflected off William Karlsson's shin guard and slipped through Aaron Dell's 5-hole just 14 seconds into the game. The goal was the fastest in team history for the Golden Knights. The goal also broke a Sharks record for quickest goal allowed, which was previously 17 seconds, set in 1999.

Defenseman Colin Miller tacked on his 2nd goal of the season at the 4:40 mark on the Knights 4th shot of the game. Dell'ss relatively light load on Friday night should not have left the goaltender tired, but he looked slow to react and the Knights had a twp goal lead before some of those in attendance even got to their seats.

Max Pacioretty made it a 3-0 game at the 9:29 mark, scoring a power play goal after Melker Karlsson was sent off for holding.

Pacioretty added his 8th goal of the season with 3:32 left in the period, taking an Alex Tuch pass up the left wing then lifting a shot that tucked between Dell and the left post. The shot needed to be stopped in order to keep the Sharks within some semblance of a striking distance, but Dell just wasn't up to the task.

In a peculiar move between periods, Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer made his way to the bench before the start of the 2nd period and sat there in the darkness while the team was back in the dressing room. Perhaps DeBoer was letting the players police themselves, and allowed them to deal with their sub-par opening period themselves.

DeBoer's move did little to spark his team.

The Sharks missed on a scoring chance early in the period, then forgot to play defense as William Carrier carried the puck up ice and slid a shot under Dell's pads to make it a 5-0 game 3:27 into the period.

The blitzkrieg broke a 21 year-old team record for fastest five goals allowed in a game.

Evander Kane earned a jackpot in the penalty department with 4:19 left in the period. After laying a check, Kane was sent off for tripping of all things. He blew his top on the ice and let referee Ian Walsh have it, which earned an additional 2 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct, 10 minutes for abuse of an official and a game misconduct.

DeBoer followed Kane to the dressing room after getting ejected himself. DeBoer parlayed a discussion he had with referee Kyle Rehman before the start of the period into an early shower when he asked Rehman if "it was worth it for tossing Evander Kane," after Jonathan Marchessault was sent off for slashing.

DeBoer claims that he didn't swear, but was agitated by the fact that Kane was tossed while the Sharks bench was short after Logan Couture was injured earlier in the game.

Alex Tuch added his 7th goal of the season after a Justin Braun pass missed its mark. Shea Theodore scooped up Braun's blunder and fed Tuch for a one timer from the high slot that beat Dell for the 6-0 lead.

The remainder of the game was left to decide if Fleury would earn his 53rd career shutout. The Sharks made little effort to try and break up the shutout. They put 8 shots on net, which was a insufficient answer to the challenge.

Several Sharks took exception to some liberties that Knigths players were taking in the game, which resulted in plenty of scrums that slowed down the game, prolonging the Sharks torment.

Game Notes:

* Evander Kane earned 26 penalty minutes for his issue. San Jose racked up 44 penalty minutes in total.

* Vancouver Canucks epicurean specialist Antoine Roussel was fined $5000 by the NHL for biting Marc-Edouard Vlasic on Friday night, but he received no suspension.

* The Sharks get to lick their wounds and head to Buffalo, which has historically served as their primary house of horrors. To make matters worse, the Sabres have won their last 9 games in a row.

* Logan Couture was injured in the 1st period when he took a shot off the foot. He returned to the game in the 2nd period, but like his teammates, was not a factor in the game.

* San Jose was credited with 33 shots in the game, but that was a generous statistic dished out by the scorekeeper. San Jose did little to threaten Fleury, but his statistics were inflated by the soft shot count.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 0 0
VGK 4 1 1 6
1st period - 1, VGK, Karlsson 6 (McNabb, Marchessault), 0:14. 2, VGK, Miller 2 (Smith), 4:40. 3, VGK, Pacioretty 7 (Smith, Miller), 9:29, (pp). 4, VGK, Pacioretty 8 (Tuch), 16:28.
2nd period - 5, SJ, Carrier 4 (unassisted), 3:27.
3rd period - 6, VGK, Tuch 7 (Theodore), 5:58.
Penalties
1st period - M. Karlsson, SJ (holding), 8:36.
2nd period - Carrier, VGK (hooking), 6:46; Kane, SJ (high sticking), 13:06; Kane, SJ (tripping), 15:41; Kane, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:41; Kane, SJ (10 min - abuse of officials), 15:41; Kane, SJ (10 min - game misconduct), 15:41; Marchessault, VGK (slashing), 16:34; DeBoer, SJ (game misconduct - head coach), 16:34.
3rd period - Hertl, SJ (roughing), 4:30; Eakin, VGK (roughing), 4:30; Carrier, VGK (roughing), 7:14; Goodrow, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:43; Goodrow, SJ (10 min msconduct), 9:43; Braun, SJ (roughing), 17:14; Pacioretty, VGK (hooking), 18:25.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 36 30
VGK - Fleury 33 33
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 11 14 8 33
VGK 11 10 15 36
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
VGK 1 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Marc-Andre Fleury
Max Pacioretty
William Carrier
Attendance
T-Mobile Arena - 18,252
Officials
Referees: Rehman, Walsh. Linesmen: Cameron, Shewchyk.
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