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Special teams dooms San Jose
Maple Leafs score three power play goals to sink Sharks
11/28/18 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks entered Wednesday night's game in Toronto with the league's 2nd ranked penalty kill, but even that was exposed by the Maple Leafs in another 5-3 defeat. The Sharks completed their home and home series with the Eastern Conference opponent by dropping both games by the same score. San Jose continued to under perform on their 5-game road trip, but this one was decided by a penalty kill that imploded by allowing three goals on the man advantage.

This game was decided before the first intermission. Toronto took advantage of the Sharks inability to mount much defense on special teams. John Tavares scored a pair of goals in the period to lead the Maple Leafs.

Kevin Labanc took the first of his two costly tripping penalties 2:53 into the game. Tavares converted on a tap in from Auston Matthews 45 seconds into the power play. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun were both caught completely out of position as the two Maple Leaf forwards worked the puck below the circles for Tavares' 16th of the season.

Tomas Hertl tied the game at the 10:40 mark after Andreas Johnsson was sent off for interference. Hertl jammed home a Labanc feed from the doorstep for his 6th of the season.

A Barclay Goodrow holding penalty 20 seconds later setup the Maple Leafs 2nd goal of the night. Returning from a 14-game absence to deal with a shoulder injury, Matthews snapped a shot past Aaron Dell just 17 seconds into the penalty. Like the period itself, the Leafs didn't waste any time and took care of business before the Sharks knew what hit them.

The death blow came with 18 seconds left in the period when Tavares tapped home a Mitchell Marner feed from outside the left post. The Maple Leafs broke out after collecting a loose puck in their own zone and racing up ice. Zach Hyman fed Marner on the right side as he crossed the Sharks blueline, who in turn snapped a pass to Tavares across the ice after Tavares beat Brent Burns to the side of the net.

Former Shark Patrick Marleau scored what would turn out to be the game winner 1:53 into the 2nd period on yet another power play when he snapped a Tyler Ennis feed into the Sharks net from the right side. Erik Karlsson overplayed his position on the right side, letting Marleau shoot an uncontested shot.

Joe Pavelski scored the second power play goal for San Jose two minutes later. The Sharks captain sent a one-time chance from the bottom of the left circle past Frederik Andersen for his 16th goal of the season. Brent Burns setup the shot with a feed from the point.

Matthews was credited with his second goal of the game when a Johnsson shot clipped him as he sat perched on the right post. The goal was originally credited to Johnsson, but was later changed after video review.

Melker Karlsson scored a meaningless goal with 2 minutes left in regulation to cap the game's scoring. In two full games, San Jose surrendered 10 goals the Maple Leafs. Game Notes:

* Patrick Marleau's goal against his old team made him the 25th player in NHL history to score a goal against all 31 existing NHL teams.

* Losing the puck possession game was instrumental in the Sharks demise. San Jose was 28 for 70 from the faceoff circle for a 40% conversion rate.

* In a statistical oddity, Melker Karlsson led the Sharks in shots on goal. The forward has been essentially non-existent offensively this season, so his 6 shots were unexpected.

* The Sharks are now 0-2-1 on their current road trip, which now shifts to Ottawa where Erik Karlsson will return for the first time since being traded to San Jose in September. Saturday's game against the Senators starts at 1pm, which makes it a 10am game in California.

* San Jose finished the month of November with a 6-6-2 record.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 1 3
TOR 3 1 1 5
1st period - 1, TOR, Tavares 16 (Matthews, Marner), 3:38, (pp). 2, SJ, Hertl 6 (Labanc, Couture), 10:40, (pp). 3, TOR, Matthews 11 (Rielly, Marner), 11:19, (pp). 4, TOR, Tavares 17 (Marner, Hyman), 19:42.
2nd period - 5, TOR, Marleau 6 (Johnsson, Gardner), 1:53, (pp). 6, SJ, Pavelski 16 (Burns, Couture), 4:18, (pp).
3rd period - 7, TOR, Matthews 12 (Johnsson, Kapanen), 10:59. 8, SJ, M. Karlsson 2 (Donskoi, Kane), 18:00.
1st period - Labanc, SJ (tripping), 2:53; Johnsson, TOR (interference), 9:32; Goodrow, SJ (holding), 11:02; Kadri, TOR (high sticking), 14:41.
2nd period - Labanc, SJ (tripping), 0:54; Dermott, TOR (tripping), 2:19.
3rd period - Braun, SJ (holding), 0:33.
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 29 24
TOR - Andersen 41 38
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 13 13 15 41
TOR 9 8 12 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 3
TOR 3 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Auston Matthews
John Tavares
Frederik Andersen
Scotiabank Arena - 19,362
Referees: Hanson, Morton. Linesmen: Gawryletz, Nowak.
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