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Sharks drop 3-1 decision to Kraken
Hard to tell who the expansion team was
12/14/2021 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks welcomed another expansion team to the NHL by playing like an expansion team, then rolling over and gifting the Seattle Kraken their 10th win of the season. San Jose tripped over themselves for three periods before falling to the Kraken 3-1 at the SAP Center. The Sharks did nothing offensively for 58 minutes, but when they finally got on the board, it was too late. They would fall to a lineup of castoffs, dropping their 14th game of the season.

San Jose was plagued with lethargic play, especially from their top end players. Nobody showed up for this one, and it cost the Sharks 2 points against a division opponent.

The game officials may have left their whistles in the dressing room, as the opening period included a span of 15 minutes without a stoppage. Seattle used the end to end flow to out-shoot San Jose 11-8 in that opening frame. The would win 5 of the 7 faceoffs in the period, which favored the visiting team.

Kraken goaltender Chris Driedger had a relatively light work load in that period, as the Sharks couldn't get much going around the Seattle goal. James Reimer on the other hand, had to defend against a handful of scoring chances, especially at the end of the period.

Matt Nieto should have scored his 2nd goal of the season 3 minutes into the 2nd period when a rebound found his stick as he sat at the top of the crease. The Sharks forward swept the puck around Driedger on the left side but defenseman Adam Larsson had his stick positioned perfectly on the goal line, stopping the would be tally.

Nieto had a pair chances from the doorstep later in the period, but both went unfulfilled. Marcus Johansson narrowly missed giving the Kraken the lead right before the end of the period when a puck kicked off the end boards on the right side, while Reimer was covering the off post. The winger whiffed on a puck that sat staring at the wide open net.

The Sharks blinked first, and they were done in by two former Sharks. Ryan Donato was credited with his 6th goal of the season at 6:23 of the 3rd period when a puck he last touched kicked off Radim Simek's skate and into the Sharks net. The ex-Shark Joonas Donskoi was credited with the primary assist as his shot from the right side bounced off Reimer before Donato got his stick on the puck.

Seattle made it a 2-0 lead with 5:42 to play when Brandon Tanev buried a Morgan Geekie feed. Geekie fought off Brent Burns then sent a pass from the left wing boards to a cutting Tanev who separated himself from Mario Ferraro and tapped home his 9th goal of the season.

The Sharks pulled Reimer with four minutes to play which allowed them to finally get a puck past Dreidger. Logan Couture snapped a feed from Burns past Dreidger from the right wing for his 9th goal of the season.

On a night full of missed opportunities, Tomas Hertl gloved a deflection in front of a wide open Kraken net on the ensuing faceoff, but the Sharks forward couldn't get it to the ice before two Seattle defenders collapsed on him.

Moments later, Jamie Oleksiak intentionally dislodged the net, but the on-ice officials did not impose a penalty although they held a lengthy discussion to evaluate the play.

Calle Jarnkrok set the last nail in San Jose's coffin with an empty net goal with 6 ticks left.

Game Notes:

* The Kraken entered SAP Center, having won 9 of their first 27 games. The Sharks, by comparison, won 17 games total in their first season in the league. That Sharks team was built differently however, which contributed to the terrible inaugural (and second) season. The Sharks were selected from players on the then Minneapolis Stars roster, rather than the current expansion format, which allows new teams to draw from each of the league's teams. Seattle has played to a respectable 5-3-2 record over their last 10 games. The Sharks have a 6-4-0 record over the same span.

* Former Sharks prospect Alexander True played in only his 2nd NHL game. True made his NHL debut for Seattle last Saturday.

* The loss was a complete failure for the Sharks. Ten skaters recorded a -1 in the game.

* Logan Couture recorded 7 shots in the game. Until he buried his 3rd period goal, his impact on the game was hardly captainesque.

* San Jose out-hit the Kraken 43-31, led by Radim Simek who recorded 11 hits.


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1 2 3 T
SEA 0 0 3 3
SJ 0 0 1 1
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 1, SEA, Donato 6 (Donskoi, Soucy), 6:23. 2, SEA, Tanev 9 (Geekie, Jarnkrok), 14:18. 3, SJ, Couture 9 (Burns, Herlt), 17:53. 4, SEA, Jarnkrok 2 (Appleton, Wennberg), 19:54, (en).
1st period - None.
2nd period - Dunn, SEA (holding), 14:59.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
SEA - Driedger 34 33
SJ - Reimer 29 27
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SEA 11 7 12 30
SJ 8 12 14 34
Power Play Conversion
SEA 0 of 0
SJ 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Chris Dreidger
Logan Couture
Ryan Donato
SAP Center - 12,403
Referees: #41 Conor O'Donnell, #10 Kyle Rehman. Linesmen: #82 Ryan Galloway, #53 Bevan Mills.

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