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Losing becoming easy for San Jose
Red Wings latest underperformer to handle SJ
3/25/19 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks were gifted many things this season, but their soft schedule in the month of March was one of the biggest ones. San Jose tripped on that gift, and squashed it like a bug under a two ton truck. The league's third worst team, the Detroit Red Wings, were the latest door mat to embarrass the Sharks this month, taking a 3-2 decision and extending the Sharks losing streak to 6 games. San Jose continues to spiral out of control, losing to a team they should have man-handled.

San Jose looks so disjointed on the ice right now, that it's hard to image the pain they'll endure in the playoffs which start in two weeks. The Red Wings looked like a Stanley Cup contender on Monday night, out chancing the Sharks with team speed that exposed the Sharks.

Clinching a playoff spot has nothing to do with the Sharks current woes. They were already halfway through their current losing streak when they backed into a spot in the playoffs. They're just simply a bad hockey team right now.

The absence of Joe Pavelski, Erik Karlsson and Radim Simek seems to be having the most effect on the Sharks right now. The lack of any reliable defense is putting the Sharks in holes early, and Pavelski's scoring and leadership have left the kids alone unsupervised.

This one was over before the majority of the 17 thousand paid were in their seats.

Dylan Larkin wasted no time backing the Sharks into a corner, by scoring just 38 seconds into the game. The Red Wings worked a turnover in the neutral zone, when Anthony Manta stripped Justin Braun, then fed Larkin, who raced past the Sharks defense before scoring on Martin Jones. Larkin deeked left then cut back to his right, opening up Jones 5-hole for his 28th deposit of the season.

Braun showcased his defensive skills by tackling Andreas Anthanasiou from behind, drawing a two minute holding penalty. Luckily for San Jose the penalty killers kept the Red Wings from doubling up on their lead off the man advantage.

San Jose would finish the lifeless period with 11 shots on the shot counter, but no goals. Of those 11 shots, not much came from within 15 feet of the net.

Anthanasiou took his own penalty, a tripping infraction at 5:34 of the 2nd period, but the 3 shots the Sharks generated on the man advantage did little to challenge Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

Anthanasiou made it a 2-0 Red Wings lead at 15:37, when Joakim Ryan coughed up the puck in the neutral zone with the Red Wings forward and Taro Hirose both behind him. Hirose flipped it forward to Anthanasiou who raced in on net and slipped the puck past Jones for his 29th goal of the season.

Dylan McIlrath put the sharks on the power play with 12:39 left in regulation after he slashed Joe Thornton. San Jose went into complete meltdown mode when they allowed Luke Glendening to skate up ice with the puck while the Red Wings were on the penalty kill, then skated behind the net and fed Christoffer Ehn who skated unimpeded down the slot. Enh buried the puck for his 3rd goal of the season.

Evander Kane would convert on the power play with his 28th goal of the season 20 seconds later, but that essentially made the power play a wash.

Dylan Larkin was sent off for hooking less than a minute after Kane's goal, but the Sharks squandered the power play chance. Niklas Kronwall followed him to the penalty box 6 minutes later, but the Sharks major accomplishment on the power play was not surrendering another short-handed goal.

Tomas Hertl scored his 33rd goal with 4.8 seconds left in regulation to make the score sheet look like this was a close game. It never was.

Game Notes:

* Former Red Wing forward Gus Nyquist welcomed his former team to San Jose by turning in a -2 performance, with 2 shots on goal. His last shift ended with a slash across the wrist that left him skating off with his hand dangling.

* Logan Couture was 2-for-11 from the faceoff circle for an 11% conversion rate.

* Tomas Hertl's 33 goals are the second most in a season by a Sharks player age 25 or younger. Jonathan Cheechoo had 56 at age 25 in 2005-06.

* Martin Jones has allowed 50 goals in the first 5 minutes of periods this season, which is most in the NHL. As a team, SJ has allowed 63, most by any playoff-bound team.

* The Sharks 40 shots on goal were as big a misnomer as they come. The Sharks put 17 shots on Jonathan Bernier, but it was still too little, too late. Brent Burns led the sharks with 10 shots on goal, but most were long range, unscreened shots that Bernier had no issue handling.


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1 2 3 T
DET 1 1 1 3
SJ 0 0 2 2
1st period - 1, DET, Larkin 28 (Mantha, Bertuzzi), 0:38.
2nd period - 2, DET, Anathansiou 29 (Hirose), 15:37.
3rd period - 3, DET, Ehn 3 (Glendening, Helm), 8:35, (sh). 4, SJ, Kane 28 (Thornton, Heed), 8:55, (pp). 5, SJ, Hertl 33 (Meier, Labanc), 19:55.
1st period - Braun, SJ (holding), 5:34.
2nd period - Anthanasiou, DET (tripping), 5:34.
3rd period - Mciltrath, DET (slashing), 7:21; Larkin, DET (hooking), 9:23; Kronwall, DET (slashing), 15:21.
Shots Saves
DET - Bernier 40 38
SJ - Jones 23 20
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DET 10 8 5 23
SJ 11 13 17 40
Power Play Conversion
DET 0 of 1
SJ 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Andreas Anthanasiou
Dylan Larkin
Jonathan Bernier
SAP Center - 17,393
Referees: Sutherland, L'Ecuyer. Linesmen: Marquis, Rody.
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