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Eichel beats Sharks with 4-point night
Sharks drop 4-3 decision to Sabres in OT
10/22/19 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks had a chance to exact some revenge on the Buffalo Sabres on the back end of their home-and-home series in Western New York on Tuesday night after dropping the first half of the game last weekend. Unfortunately, they still have too many guys that aren't buying into defensive commitments. That resulted in a 4-3 overtime loss after they jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the road. The game kicked off a 5-game trip through the East, and extended their current losing streak to two games.

The expectations on the back end weren't met in key situations, and it cost the Sharks, who had a chance to build on a great opening period that finished with the Sharks holding a multi-goal lead. The most egregious play came from Evander Kane who simply failed to lock guys up defensively, and it led to goals.

San Jose played a fantastic opening 20 minutes, but it went by the wayside.

Dylan Gambrell scored his 1st career NHL goal 5:46 into the contest when he tipped an Erik Karlsson shot as he cruised in front of the Buffalo net. It was only the second time this season that the Sharks scored a game's opening goal. This one came when Karlsson threw the puck at the front of the net from the blueline and Gambrell was there deflect it with a stick at this waist. The Sharks centerman had a similar goal taken away on what was deemed a highstick last week.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic pinched on a Sharks rush at 15:23 of the opening period and slammed home a pretty Patrick Marleau pass. Marleau took a Timo Meier feed as he skated up the right wing, before spotting Vlasic on the far side. The Sharks centerman sent a perfect backhand feed through the slot to Vlasic on the left for the defenseman's 1st goal of the season.

San Jose let things get away from them in the 2nd period. Buffalo would out-shoot San Jose 10-5 in the period, but most of those shots were generated on three power play chances in the period. A Barclay Goodrow tripping infraction 6:10 into the period setup a Jack Eichel goal 71 seconds later.

Martin Jones appeared to cutoff Eichel's blast from the left dot, but the puck snuck underneath the Sharks goaltender. San Jose had a chance to clear the puck moments earlier, but Melker Karlsson failed to get a stick on the puck as it trickled by him.

The Sharks looked as if they would get to the 2nd intermission with the lead, but Kane turned the puck over on a soft play, allowing Sam Reinhart to bag his 4th of the season with 31 seconds left in the period.

The 3rd period opened with another Sabres goal, time courtesy of Kane's reluctance to work on defense. Jeff Skinner punched home an Eichel feed from behind the net 45 seconds into the frame as Kane failed to cover the Buffalo centerman.

Erik Karlsson helped the Sharks salvage a point in the standings by scoring his 1st goal of the season with 8:33 left in regulation. Kevin Labanc carried the puck out of the left corner then circled up the boards before spotting Karlsson cutting on the right side. Labanc sent a bullet through the high slot to Karlsson, who whipped a shot from the right dot that beat Carter Hutton.

Buffalo controlled the puck for most of the 3:13 that ticked away in the extra period. When San Jose did briefly gain control of it, Labanc tried to back pass it to Jones of all people, who couldn't control the pass. Buffalo collected it, then worked it in the zone until Eichel jammed it past Jones from the top of the crease.

It was the only shot taken between the two teams in overtime, but it was all Buffalo need to take both games from the Sharks.

Game Notes:

* Patrick Marleau tied Bobby Hull for 52nd on the all-time scoring list with his assist on Gambrell's goal, then moved ahead of Hull for sole posession of that spot with the secondary assist on Karlsson's goal. Sergei Federov sits in the 51st spot with 1,179 points. Marleau trails Federov by 1,171 points.

* The Sharks got a scare in the 2nd period when Jack Eichel lost his balance and tripped himself right into Timo Meier's right knee. Eichel appeared to hit Meier with full force, buckling the Sharks forward. Meier hobbled to the bench, but did continue later in the game.

* The good news is that the Sharks won't see Eichel the remainder of the regular season. The Sabres captain was shutout on Saturday night in San Jose, but he recorded a 4 point night in the second game with a pair of goals and two assists.

* Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl finished the game a combined -4.

* Tim Heed continues to be the odd man out on the blueline. While he did make it into the lineup, the defenseman skated only 15 shifts, logging 8:52 of ice time.

* Mario Ferraro was sent to the box twice for tripping, but his second infraction was a bewildering call. The rookie defenseman lined up Johan Larsson with a check along the side boards, but rookie referee TJ Luxmore called Ferraro for tripping.



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Scoring
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 2 0 1 0 3
BUF 0 2 1 1 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Gambrell 1 (E. Karlsson, Sorensen), 5:46. 2, SJ, Vlasic 1 (Marleau, Meier), 15:23.
2nd period - 3, BUF, Eichel 5 (Dahlin, Olofsson), 7:21, (pp). 4, BUF, Reinhart 4 (Ristolainen, Eichel), 19:29.
3rd period - 5, BUF, Skinner 6 (Eichel, Jokiharju), 0:45. 6, SJ, E. Karlsson 1 (Labanc, Marleau), 11:27.
Overtime - 7, BUF, Eichel 6 (Ristolainen, Mittelstadt), 3:13.
Penalties
1st period - Ferraro, SJ (tripping), 10:46.
2nd period - Goodrow, SJ (tripping), 6:10; Ferraro, SJ (tripping), 10:43; Jokiharju, BUF (tripping), 14:02.
3rd period - Eichel, BUF (interference), 6:22; Goodrowm SJ (boarding), 9:07.
Overtime - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 29 25
BUF - Hutton 28 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 10 5 13 0 28
BUF 14 10 4 1 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
BUF 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Jack Eichel
Erik Karlsson
Sam Reinhart
Attendance
KeyBank Center - 15,876
Officials
Referees: Luxmore, McIssac. Linesmen: Kovachik, Toomey.
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