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Knights continue ownage of Sharks
Too many absences in 4-1 loss
1/20/2022 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks short 3-game home stand concluded with a thud, as San Jose dropped the finale 3-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night. San Jose lost all three games on the home stand falling even further out of a playoff spot in the Western conference. The Sharks never challenged Vegas, who started a rookie goaltender, who had one NHL start prior to Sunday's game.

Logan Thompson was rarely challenged, and only a Nick Bonino goal midway through the 3rd period blemished Thompson's win. The Sharks are notorious for letting young goaltender get the better of them and Sunday night was no exception.

San Jose has never beaten Vegas in regulation on SAP Center ice, and that trend continued. San Jose lost for the 6th consecutive time and 10th time in their last 12 games.

The Sharks got themselves into hot water early in the opening frame when Rudolfs Balcers took a double minor for high sticking. San Jose evaded any damage by killing all 4 minutes of the infraction.

Keegan Kolesar staked the Knights to the 1-0 lead 10:14 into the game when his long shot from the right side slipped under James Reimer's right arm. Marc-Edouard Vlasic may have altered the flight of the puck by getting a stick blade on it right as Kolesar unleashed his shot.

Brent Burns was whistled for tripping at 13:31, but Shea Theodore was sent off 32 seconds later after he slashed Logan Couture on a breakaway chance which should have warranted a penalty shot. Jack Eichel scored his 1st goal of the season a shot from 4 feet out, that fooled Reimer. The Sharks goaltender was sliding to his right as Eichel's shot went left.

Max Pacioretty threw a puck on net from the left point 1:23 into the 2nd period, and caught Reimer who left a gap exposing the upper left corner of the net to make it a 3-0 game.

Reimer got a scare midway through the period when Lane Pederson barreled into him after losing a skate edge. The goaltender continued without injury.

Bonino finally got to Thompson at 10:17 of the 3rd period. Andrew Cogliano rode Chandler Stephenson off the puck along the end boards, before collecting it on behind the left post. He slid a diagonal pass out to Bonino in front of the right post for the quick put back.

Ben Stephenson added an empty net goal after Brent Burns failed to lay a hit on the Golden Knights forward who received a puck in the neutral zone. Burns looked like he tried to avoid contact on the play, which allowed Stephenson to collect the puck and deposit it into the empty net.

Game Notes:

* Tomas Hertl took a puck to the face early in the 3rd period. He received attention on the Sharks bench but did not miss a shift.

* Radim Simek was scratched for the 8th time this season. He also missed 6 games earlier this season die to injury. Jonah Gadjovich was scratched for the 10th time this season.

* Things got testy in the final minute as Jeffrey Viel and Ben Hutton mixed it up.

* Timo Meier and Logan Couture combined for 13 of San Jose's 36 shots, but nothing really challenged Thompson.

* The Sharks won only 24 of 64 draws for a conversion ratio of 38%.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
VGK 2 1 1 4
SJ 0 0 1 1
1st period - 1, VGK, Kolesar 5 (Howden, Theodore), 10:14. 2, VGK, Eichel 1 (Stephenson, Pietrangelo), 14:34.
2nd period - 3, VGk, Pacioretty 15 (Theodore, Eichel), 1:23.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Bonino 6 (Cogliano, Middleton), 10:17. 5, VGK, Stephenson 13 (Pacioretty, Roy), 19:27, (en).
Shootout - SJ: (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss). VGK: (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss), (goal/miss).
Penalties
1st period - Balcers, SJ (high sticking - double minor), 5:37; Burns, SJ (tripping), 13:31; Theodore, VGK (slashing), 14:03.
2nd period - Janmark, VGK (hooking), 5:48.
3rd period - Theodore, VGK (high sticking), 11:43; Koklesar, VGK (roughing), 19:51; Hutton, VGK (roughing), 19:51; Viel, SJ (roughing), 19:51; Viel, SJ (10 min misconduct), 19:51; Vlasic, SJ (roughing), 19:51.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
VGK - Thompson 36 35
SJ - Reimer 34 31
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
VGK 16 9 10 35
SJ 8 14 14 36
Power Play Conversion
VGK 0 of 3
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Logan Thompson
Jack Eichel
Nick Bonino
Attendance
SAP Center - 11,504
Officials
Referees: #19 Gord Dwyer #29, Ian Walsh. Linesmen: #64 Brandon Gawryletz, #58 Ryan Gibbons.





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