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Sharks checkout early to Blues
St Louis shuts out Sharks 4-0
11/9/18 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks got an early jump on their weekend by checking out of the office early on Friday. San Jose wrapped up their quick 2-game road trip with an absentee performance at the Enterprise Center in St Louis, dropping a pitiful 4-0 decision to the Blues. San Jose was outplayed in all three periods, exuding no fight or energy in one of their poorest performances of the season.

San Jose might lean on the fatigue excuse after they droped a 4-3 decision to the Dallas Stars less than 24 hours earlier. But this is the NHL and these are professional athletes. If one guy is tired, then head coach Peter DeBoer needs to shuffle more ice time to the guys who aren't seeing the ice in Dallas.

That wasn't the approach of course. DeBoer rolled out uninspired line after line all night long. Defensive lapses were the norm in both games and fight out of the gate was non-existent.

The Sharks didn't record a shot on goal for the first 8 minutes of the game. St Louis hadn't played since last Tuesday and were well rested. They took advantage.

Alex Pietrangelo was granted a gift by the referees and he responded by putting the Blues up 1-0 14:50 into the game. The Blues forward should have been sitting in the penalty box for 4 minutes after he cut Barclay Goodrow with a high stick, but referees Justin St Pierre and Garrett Rank were out to lunch. Instead, Pietrangelo took advantage by snapping a shot from 12 feet out while the two teams were skating 4-on-4. Erik Karlsson missed his assignment, spinning away from Pietrangelo, allowing for the forward to cherry pick his shot.

Melker Karlsson made an appearance on the score sheet by taking a slashing penalty with three minutes left in the period, but the Sharks withstood the threat. Robert Thomas reciprocated with an interference penalty with 50 seconds left in the period, which split the penalty, carrying over 70 seconds to the 2nd period.

The opening period may have been the best of the night for San Jose. St Louis would add a pair of goals in the middle frame to grab a 3-0 lead.

Ryan O'Reilly scored his 8th goal of the season 5:28 into the period, lifting a Vladimir Tarasenko feed from just outside the right post. The Sharks defense made a half-hearted attempt to chase down a dump in, which allowed the Blues to gain control of the puck. The defense then left O'Reilly unattended on the right side, which made his shot attempt simple.

Jaden Schwartz added his 2nd goal of the season 8 minutes later, tapping home a Tyler Bozak feed from the doorstep. Melker Karlsson tried to slash Schwartz stick rather than take the body, but his stick shattered, allowing Schwartz to get the shot off. It was the perfect metaphor for the game. Karlsson, like his team, tried to take the easy path and ended up getting burned for it.

Alexander Steen capped the game's scoring with his 5th of the season midway through the 3rd period. Steen found himself with the puck in front of the net after Erik Karlsson vacated the front of the net as the Blues were attacking. It was a bewildering move for a defenseman. Karlsson's offensive failings aside, he had to anticipate that the puck was coming, but he elected to cover open ice away from the puck instead.

The only positive you can take away from this disaster was the Sharks penalty kill, which stopped all 4 chances against St Louis, ending the Blues 6-game power play goal scoring streak.

Game Notes:

* Tim Heed made his season debut for the Sharks. The defenseman played in 29 games for San Jose last season. his game highlight was coughing up the puck at the Blues blueline while on the power play, surrendering a short-handed breakaway chance.

* The Sharks have now lost more than they've won this season. Their 8-6-3 record still places them near the top of the Pacific Division, but they have dropped to 7th in the conference.

* With his -2 game, Erik Karlsson is on pace to finish the season with -52 plus/minus. To say that his defensive holes have been gaping this season would be an understatement.

* Logan Couture expressed a frank view of the team's disappointing play after the game, but he may was to replay that in front of a mirror. The forward was a -2, had 2 shots on goal, no scoring chances, and was a dismal 2-for-12 in the faceoff circle.

* The Sharks return home to start a 6-game homestand, beginning Sunday night with a 6pm start against the Calgary Flames.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 0 0
STL 1 2 1 4
1st period - 1, STL, Pietrangelo 2 (Tarasenko), 14:50.
2nd period - 2, STL, O'Reilly 8 (Schwartz), 5:28. 3, STL, Schwartz 2 (Bozak, Steen), 13:57.
3rd period - 4, STL, Steen 5 (Bozak, Parayko), 12:45.
1st period - Pavelski, SJ (slashing), 14:15; Dunn, STL (slashing), 14:15; M. Karlsson, SJ (slashing), 17:05; Thomas, STL (interference), 19:10.
2nd period - Thornton, SJ (tripping), 2:21; Bozak, STL (tripping), 16:56; E. Karlsson, SJ (slashing), 19:06.
3rd period - Edmundson, STL (cross checking), 8:11; Burns, SJ (tripping), 12:52; Bench, STL (too many men), 19:08.
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 30 26
STL - Johnson 31 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 6 13 12 31
STL 9 13 8 30
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 4
STL 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Chad Johnson
Jaden Schwartz
Ryan O'Reilly
Enterprise Center - 17,032
Referees: StPierre, Rank. Linesmen: Amell, Cormier.
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