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Jets carve up Sharks on Tgiving eve
Not much focus in 5-1 drubbing
11/27/19 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks may have hit the turkey a little early. Given their flat performance on Wednesday night, they skated as if they had tryptophan flowing through their veins, allowing the visiting Winnipeg Jets to carve them up like a Thanksgiving turkey in a 5-1 mauling. Winnipeg had 5 different goal scorers and Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves to lead the Jets.

San Jose grabbed an early lead, then packed this one in. The Sharks played a disjointed, unfocused game that made this one ripe for the picking. It was simply a dud.

Melker Karlsson staked the Sharks to the 1-0 lead at 9:28 of the opening period after both teams traded breakaway chances. Karlsson scored on a breakaway right after the Jets bounced a shot off the post. Joe Thornton pushed the puck up ice to Karlsson, who veered to the left side before putting a wrist shot past Connor Hellebuyck for his 2nd goal of the season.

After trading a pair of penalties with Winnipeg, Timo Meier found himself in the box for tripping after he laid out Blake Wheeler with a hip check. It was likely the first time in the history of the game that a player trip another player with his hip, but the Jets took it and converted on the man advantage.

Patrik Laine sent a one-time chance to the back of the net while perched on the left dot. Mark Scheifele drew the Sharks defense over to the right side, before sending a pass to set up Laine's rocket. The goal was Laine's 7th of the season.

The Sharks gave up the lead too easily with 1:51 left in the period, when rookie David Gustafsson whipped a long shot form the let side that goaltender Aaron Dell flat out missed. Gustaffson's shot was nothing more than routine, but Dell got the tip of his glove on it, allowing it to pop out and cross the goal line for Gustafsson's first career NHL goal.

A lack of defensive awareness cost the Sharks early in the 2nd period when Kyle Connor sent a pass from behind the San Jose net to Scheifele out front for a bang-bang goal. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was aimlessly chasing the puck to the corner, but when Laine immediately sent it back to Connor behind the net, Erik Karlsson was left to defend both Scheifele and the Jets left winger. He couldn't and the jets built a 2-goal lead.

The Jets served up a chance for the Sharks to get back into the game when Jack Roslovic got a little too carried away during a scrum in front of the Sharks net. Roslovic setup the Sharks third power play chance of the night, but like the two that preceded it, San Jose generated little in terms of pressure on the man advantage.

Roslovic got the last laugh when he jumped out of the box as his teammates skated past him en route to the Sharks net. Wheeler was stripped as he skated in on net, but Roslovic trailed on the play and buried it after two Shark forwards gave up on the back check. It was the fate San Jose deserved for their lack of effort.

Roslovic was awarded a penalty shot at 4:59 of the 3rd period after Brendan Dillon tapped him on the glove from behind during a breakaway. Roslovic missed wide right on his free chance to keep the game at 4-1.

For whatever reason, Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer elected to pull Dell for an extra skater with 5 minutes to play, which did nothing more than help the Jets pad their stats. Kyle Connor would convert on the empty net chance to make it a 5-1 contest.

Game Notes:

* San Jose played their 4th consecutive game without Tomas Hertl, who continues to nurse his lower body injury.

* Captain Logan Couture led the pack of uninspired performances. The centerman had 1 shot on goal and was a -4 on the night. For a team that needed to generate offense, their leader was a no-show in this one.

* Erik Karlsson joined Couture, also turning in a -4 plus/minus performance. His lackadaisical effort on Gustafsson's goal was critical failure at a key juncture in the game.

* Aaron Dell allowed 4 goals on 25 shots, which is a bit of a misnomer. Three of those goals came off of point blank shots. The Gustafsson goal was really the only one he should have made.

* The Sharks tenure ahead of the Vegas Knights lasted all of 48 hours as Vegas tied the Nashville Predators with a second left in regulation, then won it in overtime.


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1 2 3 T
WPG 2 2 1 5
SJ 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, M. Karlsson 2 (Thornton, Ferraro), 9:28. 2, WPG, Laine 7 (Scheifele, Pionk), 13:15, (pp). 3, WPG, Gustafsson 1 (Bitetoo, Sbisa), 18:09.
2nd period - 4, WPG, Scheifele 9 (Connor, Laine), 3:29. 5, WPG, Roslovic 5 (Wheeler), 14:01.
3rd period - Roslovic, WPG (missed penalty shot), 4:59. 6, WPG, Connor 9 (Laine), 14:47, (en).
1st period - Wheeler, WPG (holding), 1:26; SImek, SJ (interference), 6:37; Morrisey, WPG (delay of game - puck over glass), 10:39; Meier, SJ (tripping), 12:56.
2nd period - Gambrell, SJ (slashing), 9:48; Roslovic, WPG (roughing), 11:52; Bitetto, WPG (interference), 18:09.
3rd period - Dillon, SJ (hooking on breakaway), 4:59; Pionk, WGK (interference), 7:03; Scheifele, WPG (cross checking), 17:40; Connor, WPG (cross checking), 17:40; Scheifele, WPG (10 min misconduct), 17:40; Connor, WPG (10 min misconduct), 17:40; Dillon, SJ (roughing), 17:40; Dillon, SJ (10 min misconduct), 17:40.
Shots Saves
WPG - Hellebuyck 33 32
SJ - Dell 25 21
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
WPG 8 7 11 26
SJ 9 12 12 33
Power Play Conversion
WPG 1 of 4
SJ 0 of 7
3 Stars of the Game
Connor Hellebuyck
Mark Scheifele
Kyle Connor
SAP Center - 16,008
Referees: Hanson, Markovic. Linesmen: Murchison, Gawryletz.
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