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Sharks drop 4th straight to doormat
Buffalo the latest to open up in the 3rd period
10/25/14 - By Mike Lee -

If you happen to be driving down Santa Clara Street on Saturday afternoon, you may have caught a whiff of an awful stench emitting from SAP Center. That smell may have been the 17,370 paid attendees all vomiting in mass as the league's worst Buffalo Sabres were handing the Sharks their 4th loss in a row. Having won once in eight tries this season, the Sabres should have been easy pickings for the Sharks. What should have been and what transpired were two very different things. Buffalo scored a pair of 3rd period goals to beat San Jose 2-1 in what is clearly the most embarrassing loss of the season for the Sharks.

The Sabres had scored a single goal in the 300 minutes prior to their 3rd period outburst on Saturday afternoon. On the flip side, San Jose slept through the first 40 minutes of the game, going through the motions in a lack luster performance that magnified the Sharks woes.

Their inability to stop an opponent from scoring in the 3rd period has been a recurring problem that played out for the 6th consecutive game. Perhaps the Sharks are giving too much ice time to tired old legs or young inexperienced legs when the game is on the line.

Saturday's fiasco came down to players standing and watching rather than skating and doing. Cody Hodgson broke a 0-0 deadlock 3:43 into the 3rd period by outworking two Shark defenders in front of San Jose's goal to score his first goal of the season. Hodgson collected a loose puck in front of goaltender Alex Stalock as rookie centerman Chris Tierney cross himself up chasing the puck. Tommy Wingels was late to identify that Hodgson was all alone in front of the net as he watched the play develop from the high slot.

The goal was Hodgson's 1st of the season, which shouldn't be too surprising, given that Buffalo had scored only 9 goals total in their first 8 games.

Nicolas Deslauriers got in on the 1st goal of the season act himself by pushing Buffalo's lead to 2-0 with a tally less than 2 minutes after Hodgson's score. Cody McCormick fired a shot on net from the left wing boards that Alex Stalock tried gloving. The puck bounced through Stalock's glove, landing on the lip of the crease where Deslauriers was there for the easy tap in. Defenseman Scott Hannan allowed Deslauriers to get inside position on him and could only watch as the Sabres forward knocked home what would turn out to be the game winning goal.

That goal came from the Sabres 4th line, where in contrast, the Sharks top two lines did absolutely nothing for 60 minutes.

The 3rd period outburst by a team that had no business being in the game in the first place was yet another catastrophe for a Sharks team that has been giving up multiple goals late. To do it against the league's cellar dweller is a clear indication that the defense has some issues.

Brent Burns helped San Jose eliminate the indignity of a shutout by scoring his 2nd goal of the season 13 seconds after Deslauriers goal. Collecting a failed clearing attempt, the Sharks burly defenseman slid from the slot to the left wing boards before whipping a 30 foot shot that eluded Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth. Wingels created a screen on the play, parking himself on the edge of the crease.

With a fourth straight loss looming, the Sharks failed to play with any urgency until the final 4 minutes of the game. A peculiar approach to dig themselves out of a hole. They outshot Buffalo 16-6 in the 3rd period, but made Neuvirth look like a Vezina candidate with low percentage shots that were easily gobbled up by the Sabres goaltender. The win was Neuvirth's first against San Jose in four tries.

The win was also the Sabres 7th straight against San Jose and 4th straight at SAP Center.

If this was an example of the Sharks new attitude about commitment to team, they stank collectively as a team. Not sure that's what GM Doug Wilson was talking about last summer when his rhetoric about how San Jose would overcome their playoff collapse, but if anything, the team was consistent.

Post Game Quoteables

Head Coach Todd McLellan: "I thought we just played with them rather than putting our foot on the gas. And that's disappointing. Guys should be able find the happy medium and make sure their foot is on the gas peddle going the other way. I thought Chris Tierney had his best game for us--Tommy Wingels, Matt Nieto--certainly through the first two periods they were our best line."

Tommy Wingels: "I tried to play hard. I don't think it has to do with carryover from the previous game. We need to do a better job at keeping them from scoring. We have to find a way to get more pucks to the net."

Logan Couture: "We play one of the best teams in the league tomorrow, and if we play the way we have in the past couple (then) we're going to get blown out of the rink. We need a better effort from everyone."

Sabres Head Coach Ted Nolan: "We're a tough team, if we're going to win any games that how you have to win them (in low scoring games), it's going to take some ugly goals (it's going to hit someone and bounce up and you might be able to tap it in. The Deslauriers goal it was floater to the net and it just came available and he popped it into the net. Those types of goals aren't going to be highlight reel goals."

Michal Neuvirth: "It's a huge win for me and for everybody on this team, we worked really hard for this and it paid off tonight. After I gave up that goal I thought you got to shut the door and help your teammates - I'm glad I could do that."


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1 2 3 T
BUF 0 0 2 2
SJ 0 0 1 1
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 1, BUF, Hodgson 1 (Stafford, Girgenson), 3:43. 2, BUF, Deslauriers 1 (McCormick, Reinhart), 5:57. 3, SJ, Burns 2 (unassisted), 6:10.
1st period - Desjardins, SJ (interference), 19:04.
2nd period - Ristolainen, BUF (interfernece), 11:51; Hannan, SJ (tripping), 18:45; Ennis, BUF (interference), 19:57.
3rd period - Wingels, SJ (holding the stick), 0:24.
Shots Saves
BUF - Neuvirth 30 29
SJ - Stalock 15 13
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
BUF 7 2 6 15
SJ 5 9 16 30
Power Play Conversion
BUF 0 of 3
SJ 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Michal Neuvirth
Nicolas Deslauriers
Mike Weber
Referees: LaRue, Peel. Linesmen: Mach, Wheler.
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