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Sharks road trip ends with gut punch
San Jose limps home after 1-3-1 roadie
10/29/19 - By Mike Lee -

The road trip of pain officially came to an end on Tuesday night in Boston, with the Sharks dropping a third straight game. After playing in what was arguably their worst game of the season in Ottawa on Sunday, the Sharks followed that loss up with a 5-1 blowout at the hands of the Bruins who never trailed. San Jose was out-shot 41-17 in the contest, never really challenging Bruins goaltender Tuuka Rask.

The loss magnifies the woes of a team struggling to establish any positive consistency. The Sharks have surrendered 4 or more goals in 9 of their 13 games this season, and seemingly don't have any help on the horizon. Trading draft collateral is the wrong answer this early in the season, especially given the reality that the Sharks could be drafting in the top ten this coming summer.

Their defensive struggles were equaled by an offense that could not generate many shots on goal much less legitimate scoring chances. What was the Sharks lone bright spot this season, the penalty kill, was peppered early.

Boston scored a pair of power play goals in the opening period and never looked back. Taking penalties anywhere is a detriment to the cause, but doing in on the road against the top power play in the league is suicidal.

Barclay Goodrow's tripping penalty 6:15 into the contest resulted in a David Pastrnak goal 94 seconds later. Brendan Dillon's inability to clear a loose puck, ended up on Patrice Bergeron's stick near the inside of the right circle. Bergeron had a clear look at the net, but he whipped the puck through the slot to Pastrnak on the weak side for a one time chance that snapped past Martin Jones.

Sharks head coach then made a reckless decision to challenge the goal on an offside, but replays clearly showed that Boston had entered the zone cleanly. Under new NHL rules, the Sharks went back on the penalty kill for delay of game. Boston would not score, but it forced the Sharks to burn penalty killers and never position themselves to answer.

A high sticking penalty to Tomas Hertl with 3:35 left in the period, setup another Brunins power play goal. Krejci one-timed a shot from the left dot in almost the same spot as Pastrnak, beating Jones to the near side. Boston out-shot San Jose 16-6 in the period, and the tone was set.

San Jose cut the Bruins lead in half 1:31 into the 2nd period after Krejci was sent off for hooking. The Sharks won a faceoff in the Bruins zone, then Erik Karlsson dished the puck to his left from the point where Burns stepped into a shot that hit Rak in the right leg pad, but it deflected under the netminder's arm.

That was as close as San Jose would get.

The Bruins scored three unanswered goals in the period to put the game out of reach. Former Sharks draft pick Charlie Coyle redirected a Krejci feed from the right post after slipping behind defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Vlasic missed stopping the pass from the left dot, allowing Coyle to easily tap it home for his 2nd goal of the season.

Tim Heed's limited ice time this season is likely to get cut even more after his play on the Bruins next goal. The Sharks defenseman limp-wristed a pass or shot from the right point that fluttered to David Backes in the slot. Heed then allowed Chris Wagner to slip past him as Backes sent a lead pass up the gut. Wagner beat Heed up the ice before slipping the puck between Jones' pads for the 4-1 lead.

Wagner missed on another breakaway chance right before the end of the period.

That came after Brandon Carlo made it a 5-1 game with his 2nd goal of the season at 16:50 of the period. Carlo reached for the puck, sending a looping shot that fooled Jones from the right side. It looked as if Jones failed to see the shot until it was sailing over his left shoulder.

Frustrations showed in the 3rd period, when the Sharks racked up 47 of their 57 penalty minutes. One penalty resulted in zero penalty minutes, but it sent DeBoer packing after he was assessed a game misconduct at 12:10 of the period.

The Sharks showed more life in trying to maim the opposition, than they showed on any scoring chance. The Bruins responded by pushing back anytime the Sharks decided to get chippy. It was the reaction that you would expect from a team that's contending.

Game Notes:

* Dylan Gambrell was injured in the 2nd period and did not return to start the 3rd period.

* Barclay Goodrow, Logan Couture and Evander Kane were all tossed in the 3rd period with separate misconduct penalties. Goodrow was assessed 17 minutes in penalties. San Jose only had 5 players on the bench when the final horn sounded.

* Timo Meier led the Sharks with 4 shots on goal. Tomas Hertl and Brent Burns had 3 shots each.

* San Jose out-hit the Bruins 28-16. Most of those came in the 3rd period as San Jose was trying to settle scores.

* San Jose also had more blocked shots than Boston by a 12-8 margin. The low Bruins count was largely attributed to the fact that San Jose wasn't generating many shots to begin with.

* San Jose earned 3 of a possible 10 points on the road trip.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 0 1
BOS 2 3 0 5
1st period - 1, BOS, Pastrnak 12 (Bergeron), 7:49, (pp). 2, BOS, Krejci 1 (Krug, Marchand), 17:51, (pp).
2nd period - 3, SJ, Burns 3 (E. Karlsson, Hertl), 1:31. 4, BOS, Coyle 2 (Krejci, Heinen), 5:21. 5, BOS, Wagner 1 (Backes), 8:31. 6, BOS, Carlo 2 (Wagner, Chara), 16:50.
3rd period - None.
1st period - Goodrow, SJ (tripping), 6:15; Bench, SJ (delay of game), 7:49; Grzelcyk, BOS (holding), 9:20; Hertl, SJ (high sticking), 16:25.
2nd period - Krejci, BOS (hooking), 0:52; Hertl. SJ (tripping), 3:09; Radil, SJ (tripping), 9:36.
3rd period - Kane, SJ (high sticking), 1:08; Dillon, SJ (roughing), 1:08; Chara, BOS (roughing), 1:08; Radil. SJ (high sticking), 5:44; DeBrusk, BOS (tripping), 6:02; DeBoer, SJ (game misconduct), 12:10; Goodrow, SJ (fighting major), 12:39; Goodrow, SJ (10 min miscoduct), 12:39; Ritchie, BOS (fighting major), 12:39; Ritchie, BOS (10 min misconduct), 12:39; Couture, SJ (roughing), 13:12; Couture, SJ (10 min misconudct), 13:12; Marchand, BOS (roughing), 13:12; Marchand, BOS (10 min misconduct), 13:12; Radil, SJ (roughing), 15:42; Kane, SJ (10 min misconduct), 15:42; Backes, BOS (10 min misconduct), 15:42; Meier, SJ (interference), 19:43; Grzelcyk, BOD (roughing), 19:43.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 41 36
BOS - Rask 17 16
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 6 6 5 17
BOS 16 18 7 41
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
BOS 2 of 8
3 Stars of the Game
David Krejci
Chris Wagner
Charlie Coyle
TD Garden - 17,193
Referees: Rooney, L'Ecuyer. Linesmen: Daisy, Barton.
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