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Sharks expand woes against Seattle
SJ drops second straight to expansion Kraken
1/20/2022 - By Mike Lee

Entering play on Thursday night, the Seattle Kraken had only 11 victories in 38 games. One of those was a 3-1 win over San Jose on December 14th. They doubled up their win total on the Sharks with a 3-2 victory at Climate Pledge Arena. San Jose squandered a flurry of power play chances in the 3rd period to drop a crucial 2 points in a game they should have easily won.

The Kraken have struggled of late, winning only once in their prior 10 games. San Jose just seemed uninspired and anything but the better team. In that crucial 3rd period, the Kraken played half the period a man down, but the Sharks simply squandered their chances.

The Sharks would only generate 5 shots in that 3rd period. 5 shots with more than 10 minutes of 5-on-4 advantage was simply disastrous for a team that needs to establish some consistency on special teams.

The Sharks picked up right where they left off on Monday, when Tomas Hertl punched home his 21st goal of the season just 38 seconds into the contest. Alexander Barabanov collected the puck from the slot, pushing it to the right post where Hertl was parked for the easy deposit past Kraken goaltender Phillip Grubauer.

Barbanov just missed on another primary assist when he setup Erik Karlsson with a diagonal pass to the same spot that Hertl scored his goal 4 minutes later, but Grubauer snuffed out the scoring chance.

Karlsson would take a holding penalty at 12:47, but the Sharks took care of business killing the penalty.

Carson Soucy tied the game 4:18 into the 2nd period, when he used a screen in front of Sharks goaltender Adin Hill. The Kraken defenseman shot the puck from the right dot, picking the top left corner to beat Hill, who never saw the shot.

The Kraken appeared to take a 2-1 lead 7 minutes into the period when former Shark forward Ryan Donato punched home a rebound off a long shot. The Sharks challenged the entry for offside, which was confirmed by video review to negate the goal.

Seattle would score on the next shift when Soucy jumped on a loose puck in the slot and shot through Hill's pads. Nick Bonino tried to sweep the puck out of the Sharks zone but he whiffed on the clearing attempt.

The Sharks opened the 3rd period by drawing a slashing penalty on Soucy. The league's 22nd ranked power play quickly squandered the opportunity, generating a lone shot right before the penalty expired.

That would be costly for San Jose, as the Kraken responded with a Calle Jarnkrok goal at 6:27 of the period. Morgan Geekie drew two defenders towards the back of the net, leaving Jarnkrok all alone in front of the net. The centering pass left Jarnkrok to literally shoot a fish in a barrel, burying his 6th goal of the season.

Jeremy Lauzon took a holding penalty at the 9:00 mark, which put the Sharks on the power play for the 3rd time in the game. Timo Meier converted 37 seconds into the power play. Hertl fought off two defenders to push the puck out to Logan Couture from behind the end line. Couture immediately sent the puck across the slot to Meier on the right side for the one time chance.

Lauzon would head back to the box for high sticking Matt Nieto at 10:09, but the Sharks would do nothing with the chance.

Mason Appleton was called for tripping with 67 remaining in regulation, but the Sharks were simply chasing their own tails with the man advantage. They would nothing with the advantage, and as a result, fall to the Kraken for the second time this season.

Game Notes:

* Mark Giordano took exception to a hard check by rookie Adam Raska late in the 2nd period. The Kraken captain went after Raska, throwing haymakers at the young forward.

* The Sharks were 1-2 in the regular season against the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017 (the Knights inaugural season), and 2-3 against the in the playoffs. That's a combined 3-7 against the last two teams to enter the league in those team's fist year in the league.

* Andrew Cogliano, Nick Bonino, Jaycob Megna, Erik Karklsson and Matt Nieto were a combined -10 on the night.

* Adin Hill has lost his last 3 starts, surrendering 7 goals in those games. He would allow 3 goals on Thursday night on only 18 shots.

* The Sharks have become a one-line team. The need for secondary scoring from their other lines is killing San Jose. Andrew Cogliano has gone 11 games without a goal. Jonathan Dahlen 13 games, Noah Gregor 19 games.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 0 1 2
SEA 0 2 1 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Hertl 21 (Barabanov), 0:38.
2nd period - 2, SEA, Soucy 5 (Girdano, Appleton), 4:18. 3, SEA, Soucy 6 (Wennberg), 8:25.
3rd period - 4, SEA, Jarnkrok 6 (Geekie, Giordano), 6:27. 5, Meier 21 (Couture), Hertl), 9:37, (pp).
1st period - Karlsson, SJ (holding), 12:47.
2nd period - Viel, SJ (high sticking), 8:30; Couture, SJ (hooking), 10:24; Raska, SJ (fighting major), 15:04; Giordano, SEA (fighting major), 15:04; Soucy, SEA (cross checking), 15:04.
3rd period - Soucy, SEA (slashing), 2:47; Lauzon, SEA (holding), 9:00; Lauzon, SEA (high sticking), 10:09; Bench, SEA (too many men), 12:14; Appleton, SEA (tripping), 18:53.
Shots Saves
SJ - Hill 19 16
SEA - Grubaeuer 24 22
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 11 5 24
SEA 6 7 6 19
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 6
SEA 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Carson Soucy
Mark Giordano
Calle Jarnkrok
Climate Change Arena - 17,151
Referees: #7 Garrett Rank, #29 Ian Walsh. Linesmen: #79 Kiel Murchison, #57 Justin Johnson.

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