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Caps coast in San Jose
Best road team in the NHL destroys Sharks
12/3/19 - By Mike Lee -

The clock struck December for the Sharks, and their carriage turned into a pumpkin on Tuesday night. San Jose morphed back into the defenseless discombobulated hockey team that could nothing right in October, en route to a 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals at SAP Center. San Jose scored a pair of goals to book-end 5 straight tallies from the Capitals, who took advantage of a slew of Shark mistakes. John Carlson scored a goal and added two assists to lead the Capitals.

Washington entered the game with an 11-2-1 record on the road this season, and they showed exactly why that's the case. The Capitals pounced on positioning errors that cost San Jose. Radim Simek was on the ice for four of the Capitals five goals.

The Sharks jumped out to the early 1-0 lead when Melker Karlsson finished on a breakaway chance 2:33 into the contest. Brendan Dillon setup the goal with a pretty pass up the rink that he banked off the right wing boards from his own zone. Dillon saw Karlsson streaking up the wing, but had John Carlson in his way. He got the puck around Carlson by bouncing it off the side boards, springing Karlsson.

Washington tied the game at 13:31 on a questionable goal. John Carlson fired the puck in on net from the point, but Garnet Hathaway touched the puck in one way shape or form to get credit with the goal. The issue was Hathaway's stick was clearly above the crossbar, so by rule, the goal should have been disallowed.

The Capitals scored again just 53 seconds later when Carlson hit Jakub Vrana with a pass in the front of the net as the Sharks defense was caught on the right side of the rink. Vrana had all day to pick his shot, opting for the bottom left corner to beat Martin Jones who was hung out to dry by his defense.

Jones flat out missed the next shot he faced, allowing Carlson to blast a puck off his glove and into the net at 16:32 of the period. San Jose was late to cover Carlson, who took a Michal Kempny feed to the right of the high slot before stepping into a shot that headed for the top right corner.

Hathaway converted his second of the game 2:31 into the 2nd period after Nic Dowd stripped Simek of the puck in the Sharks zone. Dowd raced in on net and slid a pass to the slot for a Hathaway shot that Jones stopped, but Simek's half-hearted attempt to cover the winger resulted in a tap in for a 4-1 Capitals lead.

Vrana added his second goal of the game with 3:45 left in the period, snapping a shot from the high slot that slipped between Jones and the right post.

Evander Kane scored his 13th goal of the season at 13:07 of the 3rd period, on a shot from the high slot. Still trailing by 3 goals, the ensuing celebration was subdued.

The game went from bad to worse at 14:59 when Kane was sent to the showers for a phantom elbowing major on Radko Gudas who lost an edge and fell into the boards. The game officials reviewed the play and still deemed it an elbow, even though video showed Kane's glove touching Gudas on the side of the head.

Game Notes:

* Tomas Hertl appeared to aggravate the lower boy injury that sidelined him for four games earlier in November.

* The TV broadcast caught an exchange between Joe Thornton and Tom Wilson while game officials were reviewing the Kane elbowing major. Wilson could be heard telling Thornton that "at least I got a ring out of it," which was in response to Thornton's deft reminder that Wilson was suspended for a hit in the playoffs two seasons ago.

* Kane has not endeared himself to officials this season. After earning a suspension for abuse of an official (which was more of a bear hug), the sharks forward did not get the benefit of the doubt on his phantom "elbow" of Radko Gudas.

* Gudas racked his head on the boards in front of his own bench because his chin strap was too loose.


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1 2 3 T
WAS 3 2 0 5
SJ 1 0 1 2
1st period - 1, SJ, M. Karlsson 3 (Dillon, Ferraro), 2:33. 2, WAS, Hathaway 3 (Carlson, Dowd), 13:31. 3, WAS, Vrana 13 (Carlson, Oshie), 14:24. 4, WAS, Carlson 9 (Kempny), 16:32.
2nd period - 5, WAS, Hathaway 4 (Dowd), 2:31. 6, WAS< Vrana 14 (Eller, Orlov), 16:15.
3rd period - 7, SJ, Kane 13 (M. Karlsson), 13:07.
1st period - None.
2nd period - Gambrell, SJ (tripping), 6:23.
3rd period - Kane, SJ (elbowing major), 14:59; Kane, SJ (game misconduct), 14:59.
Shots Saves
WAS - Holtby 25 23
SJ - Jones 23 18
SJ - Dell 5 5
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
WAS 13 10 5 28
SJ 10 7 8 25
Power Play Conversion
WAS 0 of 2
SJ 0 of 0
3 Stars of the Game
John Carlson
Jakub Vrana
Garnet Hathaway
SAP Center - 15,762
Referees: Hebert, Joanette. Linesmen: Brisebois, Daisy.
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