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Late arrival costly
Sharks drop third straight after loss to Canadiens
10/28/2021 - By Mike Lee
Over their 31 year history some things have become staples with the San Jose Sharks. Losing their game after long road trips is one of them. Returning home for their first gae after completing a 5-game road trip, the Sharks laid an egg against arguably the worst team in the Eastern Conference on Thursday night. The Montreal Canadiens had dropped 6 of their first 7 games this season, including a lopsided 5-0 loss to San Jose 9 days ago. The Canadiens returned the favor with a 4-0 victory at SAP Center as the Sharks played in only their second home game of the season.

For whatever reason, the Sharks have been notoriously bad when playing at home for the first time after those long trips. This one was no different.

The Sharks enjoyed three power play chances in the opening period, but they only held a 10-9 advantage in shots in the frame. Too many black jerseys were guilty of watching the puck instead of anticipating and pursuing. That would cost the Sharks 12:09 into the game.

Center Mike Hoffman staked the Canadiens to a 1-0 lead when he grabbed a rebound off a Brett Kulak shot then tucked the puck inside the right post after Sharks goaltender Adin Hill dropped to the ice in an attempt to cutoff Hoffman who raced in from the right side.

The push that everyone expected in the 2nd period never came. Or at least the wrong team did the pushing. Montreal doubled their lead at 8:53 when Alexander Romanov scored his first goal in 58 games. The defenseman wound up on a shot from the left point that fooled Hill, catching the upper left corner of the goal. It was a shot that Hill had to make to give the Sharks a shot.

The Canadiens were given their chance on the man advantage and they would take advantage of one opportunity in the period.

Brendan Gallagher swatted home a puck that was chipped on net by Josh Anderson to put this one out of reach. Anderson gathered a pass inside the right circle between the dot and the Sharks goal, then tried to shoot it on net, but the puck knuckled toward the left post. Gallagher was cutting across the top of the crease when he waved at it, banging it home for his 1st goal of the season.

Hoffman's tally was officially the game winner, but Gallagher's goal eliminated any doubt of who would win this one.

The Sharks threw plenty of rubber at Canadien's goaltender Jake Allen, but they couldn't capitalize on second and third chances. Too many shots early in the game hit Allen in the jersey crest, which seemed to help build his confidence.

The 20 shots that San Jose put on net in the 3rd period was a game's worth, but nothing would get past Allen.

The Sharks will get a chance to respond to the loss when they face the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, which will start at 4:00pm.

Game Notes:

* The announced attendance was 11,463, but the building looked like less than half the seats were occupied. Attendance numbers are based on tickets sold, so plenty of season ticket holders elected to sit this one out.

* Matt Nieto was scratched with a lower body injury after he blocked a shot in Nashville on Tuesday.

* Montreal had scored more than a single goal once in their first 7 games. That included a loss against the expansion Seattle Kraken on their current west coast road trip.

* Jonah Gadjovich may be forced to sit on Saturday, after he was issued a game misconduct associated with an instigator penalty with 3 seconds remaining in the game. Gadjovich went after Alexander Romanov who hit Lane Pederson moments earlier. By rule, the instigator/game misconduct combination will result in a game suspension after it's reviewed by the Department of Player Safety. Sharks head coach Bob Boughner may be subject to a $10,000 fine if Gadjovich's fight is deemed worthy of a fine.

* Special teams continues to dictate the outcome of the game for San Jose. They were 0-for-4 on the power play, and they surrendered a goal while on the penalty kill. The power play has now gone 0-for the last-14 chances.


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1 2 3 T
MTL 1 2 1 4
SJ 0 0 0 0
1st period - 1, MTL, Hoffman 3 (Kulak, Suzuki), 12:09.
2nd period - 2, MTL, Romanov 1 (Drouin), 8:53. 3, MTL, Gallagher 1 (Anderson, Suzuki), 12:54, (pp).
3rd period - 4, MTL, Anderson 1 (Toffoli, Savard), 17:52, (en).
1st period - Armia, MTL (holding the stick), 5:47; Armia, MTL (hooking), 17:20.
2nd period - Suzuki, MTL (hooking), 1:03; Middleton, SJ (tripping), 6:12; Gadjovich, SJ (kneeing), 12:20; Savard, MTL (tripping), 15:16.
3rd period - Romanov, MTL (fighting major), 19:57; Gadjovich, SJ (instigator), 19:57; Gadjovich, SJ (fighting major), 19:57; Gadjovich, SJ (game misconduct), 19:57.
Shots Saves
MTL - Allen 45 45
SJ - Hill 31 28
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
MTL 10 10 12 32
SJ 9 16 20 45
Power Play Conversion
MTL 1 of 3
SJ 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Jake Allen
Alexander Romanov
Jonathan Drouin
SAP Center - 11,463
Referees: Anderson, Chmielewski. Linesmen: Alphonso, Deschamps.

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