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Sharks drop 5th straight
Even the Canucks are beating up on the Sharks
11/2/19 - By Mike Lee -

News flash. The Sharks stink. They stink so bad, teams they traditionally have feasted on are coming to SAP Center to settle scores. The Vancouver Canucks is one of those teams. The Canucks turned the tables on the hapless Sharks on Saturday night, applying a 5-2 beat down in one of the most lopsided games of the season. San Jose fell behind 4-0 before they answered with a short-handed goal in the 3rd period, but this game was long decided.

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer called his team soft earlier this week. After showing some fire on Friday night in their 3-2 loss to Winnipeg, the softness showed back up. Nobody in a teal sweater showed much fight in this one and the Canucks took advantage. As has become all too common, the Sharks allowed the opposition to take an early lead. Brandon Sutter saw to that when he beat Patrick Marleau and defenseman Tim Heed to an open spot on the left side of the net. Josh Leivo fired a shot off goaltender Aaron Dell, but the rebound trickled over to the left side where Sutter swooped in to bag his 4th goal of the season.

The hockey gods frowned on the Sharks later in the period when Brock Boeser threw a puck to the front of the net from the right corner, but Heed deflected it and softening the pass. By slowing it down, the pass floated to the front of the net where Elias Petterson waved at it as defenseman Brendan Dillon lost track of it. Petterson got his stick blade on the puck, which was a foot off the ice, pushing it past Dell for the 2-0 lead.

If the Sharks got the tongue lashing that they deserved during the first intermission, it didn't do a thing to revive the Sharks energy that they displayed on Friday night. Vancouver capitalized 45 seconds into the 2nd period when Jake Viratnen raced up ice on a partial breakaway and threw a puck that got past Dell but didn't cross the goal line. That is, until Dell extended his right skate carrying the puck across the goal line.

Referee Steve Kozari called it no goal and his partner Francis Charron signaled it a goal. The two went to video replay which shows the puck appear to cross the goal line, but it wasn't definitive. Kozari riled the sub-sellout crowd by indicating that it "definitively crossed the goal line," and it just like that, the Canucks had a 3-0 lead.

Things went from bad to worse for San Jose when Adam Gaudette threw a puck at the front of the net, banking it off a skate and into the Sharks net for the 4-0 lead. It looked as if the pass hit Tanner Pearson in the skate, but the official scorekeeper awarded the goal to Gaudette.

Erik Karlsson got his name in the box score when he took an interference in the offensive zone at 10:16 of the 3rd period. San Jose countered when Marc-Edouard Vlasic tipped a Barclay Goodrow lead pass past goaltender Thatcher Demko to get the Sharks on the board.

San Jose appeared to have a 2-on-none break disrupted on the next faceoff but neither referee saw it. Joe Thornton took it upon himself to voice his displeasure with the officiating, which drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to put the Sharks down two men.

Pettersson capitalized on the Sharks thinned defense, scoring his 2nd goal of the game at 12:23 to push the Canucks lead back to four goals.

Evander Kane scored a meaningless goal with 42 seconds left in the contest to give the impression that the game was closer than it actually was.

Game Notes:

* The energy in the building is becoming so deflating that the Sharks aren't even selling out Saturday night games. Only 16,480 paid for this one, and about 15k+ decided to show up.

* The Sharks continue to fizzle on offense. The likes of Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier continue to be absent from the scoresheet.

* The plus / minus losers in teal contained their dismal numbers on Saturday night. Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns were only a -1 each, which was an improvement from their prior two games.


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1 2 3 T
VAN 2 2 1 5
SJ 0 0 2 2
1st period - 1, VAN, Sutter 4 (Leivo), 4:17. 2, VAN, Petterson 5 (Boeser), 12:46.
2nd period - 3, VAN, Virtanen 4 (Edler, Myers), 0:45. 4, VAN, Gaudette 2 (unassisted), 5:11.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Vlasic 2 (Goodrow, Burns), 10:51, (sh). 6, VAN, Petterson 6 (), 12:23, (pp). 7, SJ, Kane 8 (Labanc, E. Karlsson), 19:38.
1st period - Burns, SJ (interference), 10:39.
2nd period - Edler, VAN (holding), 12:44; Virtanen, VAN (slashing), 17:56; Thornton, SJ (cross checking), 20:00.
3rd period - Eriksson, VAN (tripping), 2:38; E. Karlsson, SJ (interference), 10:16; Thornton, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:36.
Shots Saves
VAN - Demko 26 24
SJ - Dell 28 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
VAN 14 8 6 28
SJ 8 8 10 26
Power Play Conversion
VAN 1 of 4
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Elias Pettersson
Brock Boeser
Jake Virtanen
SAP Center - 16,480
Referees: Kozari, Charron. Linesmen: Driscoll, Smith.
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