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Shots over the bow wake up Sharks
SJ takes note of Boughner's comments, win 4-1
11/16/2021 - By Mike Lee
The schedule makers didn't make things easy on San Jose when they put together the current 5-game road trip and the Sharks have struggled early, but they managed to beat a tough Minnesota Wild team on Tuesday night in Minneapolis. The Sharks scored in all three periods and received quality goaltending from James Reimer, resulting in a big4-1 win for San Jose.

Sharks head coach Bob Boughner shook his team up on Monday with comments about the team's play in the first two games of the trip. He went as far as to say that guys would start seeing ice time disappear if they didn't get things into gear.

His team responded.

Mario Ferraro gave the Sharks the 1-0 lead 5:55 into the contest and 30 seconds after Jake Middleton and Jordan Greenway were sent off for fighting. Ferraro stuffed home a slick feed from Logan Couture after the Sharks captain drew two defenders over to the right side. Couture slid a pass across the top of the crease to Ferraro who pinched from the blueline to record his 2nd goal of the season.

Timo Meier doubled the Sharks lead when he pounced on a rebound and lifted a shot past Cam Talbot with 43.2 ticks left in the period. Marc-Edouard Vlasic threw the puck at the net from the right point, which resulted in a pin-balling puck that hit defenseman Dmitry Kulikov out front. It deflected over to the right side, while Meier was skating out of the corner. It landed perfectly on his stick as he slid along the end line toward the right post.

Rem Pitlick took exception to an Andrew Cogliano check along the end boards and promptly jumped Cogliano. The Wild centerman would earn a roughing minor for his trouble with 18 seconds remaining in the period. The Sharks used that brief snippet of time to generate another quality scoring chance right at the horn.

San Jose failed to convert on the power play, generating only a single shot on goal.

Joel Eriksson Ek cut the Sharks lead in half with a shot from the slot that found James Reimer's 5-hole. The Sharks goaltender made the routine saves throughout the game, but Eriksson Ek's wrist-shot came from too close for him to react in time.

The Sharks took an ugly turn at 8:42 when Matt Dumba hit Alexander Barabanov with a blindside hit that was quickly adjudicated by Tomas Hertl who went after the Wild defenseman. The Sharks found themselves a mad down as a result of the roughing penalty to Hertl. Eriksson Ek evened things up with a tripping penalty 40 seconds later.

Skating 4-on-4, Erik Karlsson pushed the sharks lead back to 2-goals with a rocket shot from the high slot near the right circle for his 3rd goal of the season.

Dumba would mix it up with Jonah Gadjovich away from the puck, but the defenseman refused to engage. Nick Foligno bailed out Dumba by cross checking Gadjovich before the two dropped the gloves.

Tomas Hertl gave the Sharks the insurance they needed at 9:25 of the final period. The Sharks forward buried the tail end of a passing sequence that had San Jose move the puck around the Wild zone from the left corner to Hertl on the far side.

The Wild played the final 3:44 of the game without a goaltender, pulling Talbot for the extra attacker. The Sharks missed on a couple of chances to pad their own stats, including Cogliano, who ignored a wide open net as he tried to get the puck to a teammate.

Game Notes:

* Bob Boughner wasn't all bark on Monday. He benched defenseman Radim Simek, and inserted Santeri Hatakka into the lineup. Hatakka skated 17 shifts, and had one blocked shot. The rookie played a decent game, although he was on the ice for the Wild lone goal.

* Mario Ferraro took a shot off his right hand while trying to block the puck late in the 3rd period. He disappeared in the tunnel behind the Sharks bench for a shift, but he was back out there to finish the game.

* James Reimer made 26 saves and helped to push his league leading save percentage. Reimer entered play with a .940 rate, that improved after the game.

* Jonah Gadjovich's fight with Nick Foligno was a decent scrap, with both players throwing several good punches.

* The Sharks travel to St Louis, where they will likely face an irritated Blues team. St Louis lost to the worst team in the league, the Arizona Coyotes, at home 3-2 on Tuesday night.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 1 4
MIN 0 1 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Ferraro 2 (Couture, Meier), 5:55. 2, SJ, Meier 6 (Vlasic, Couture), 19:17.
2nd period - 3, MIN, Eriksson Ek 6 (Fiala, Brodin), 5:30. 4, SJ, Karlsson 3 (Middleton, Balcers), 9:22.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Hertl 7 (Barabanov, Balcers), 9:25.
1st period - Middleton, SJ (fighting major), 5:28; Greenway, MIN (fighting major), 5:28; Pitlick, MIN (roughing), 19:42.
2nd period - Hertl, SJ (roughing), 8:42; Eriksson Ek, MIN (tripping), 9:24; Gadjovich, SJ (fighting major), 13:18; Foligno, MIN (fighitng major), 13:18.
3rd period - Goligoski, MIN (holding), 0:32; Karlsson, SJ (hooking), 11:54.
Shots Saves
SJ - Reimer 27 26
MIN - Talbot 21 17
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 9 8 4 21
MIN 7 13 7 27
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 3
MIN 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Timo Meier
Logan Couture
James Reimer
Xcel Energy Center - 15,367
Referees: Halkidis, StPierre. Linesmen: Brisebois, Cherrey.

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