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A night of firsts in San Jose
Reimer and youngsters lead Sharks
2/27/2022 - By Mike Lee

It was a night of firsts in San Jose on Sunday. The Sharks finally eat the Seattle Kraken for the first time. They were also powered by two young players who each scored their first NHL goals, en route to a 3-1 victory at SAP Center. Scott Reedy and Jonah Gadjovich propelled the Sharks to their 2nd win in the last three games, closing out a tough month of February on a high note.

Perhaps Sunday night was a preview of what the Sharks might be capable of when led by the next generation. It was also the first victory for San Jose where Tomas Hertl or Timo Meier didn't score.

That's important because the Sharks haven't received much secondary scoring this season, so it was important to get some new blood leading the way.

The opening period could have been a bloodbath for San Jose, who surrendered 19 shots in the frame, but James Reimer kept them in it by stopping 18 of 19 shots. Head Coach Bob Boughner has to be running out of ways to motivate his players, because the Sharks seem to fall victim to their same inability to start on time.

Surprisingly, the Sharks grabbed the initial lead when newcomer Ryan Dzingel scored his first in teal with a goal at 17:19. Dzingel gathered a Logan Couture pass as he skated between the circles before whipping a shot that slipped between Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer's pads.

The lead lasted a full 9 seconds before Morgan Geekie knotted it with a backhand shot that he elevated from the left side. Nicolas Meloche misplayed the puck at his own blueline before Geekie stripped it and skated up the left side.

The Kraken scored 4:04 into the 2nd period, when Calle Jarnkrok gathered a rebound out in front of the net, but the play was challenged by the Sharks for goaltender interference. The video replay confirmed that Marcus Johansson impeded James Reimer and the goal was negated.

The Sharks missed on a golden chance when rookie Reedy found himself with the puck outside the left post a wide open net to shoot on. The forward who was recalled earlier in the day, took a second too long to setup the shot, which allowed Grubauer to cover the left side of the net and snuff out the scoring chance.

The kid learned from his mistakes moments later when he released a shot immediately after receiving it to beat Grubauer for his first career NHL goal.

Gadjovich scored his goal via a less conventional method. The Sharks forward was trying to create some diversion in front of the net, when a shot fell at his feet and he inadvertently kicked it into the Kraken net with 5:23 left in the game.

It still counted and the Sharks had a 2-goal lead that they would not relinquish.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks got more bad news, when it was revealed that defenseman Mario Ferraro underwent surgery to repair a broken left fibula.

* Rudolfs Balcers was also moved to the IR. San Jose recalled Scott Reedy from the Barracuda. San Jose also got Nicolas Meloche back after he missed a game due to injury.

* Scott Reedy found out he was playing two hours before the game, when he received a phone call. The Sharks have the luxury of having their top minor league affiliate based in the same city as the NHL club which makes recall situations like that one a possibility.

* James Reimer made 39 save and was awarded the game's 1st star for his heroics in net.

* Jasper Weatherby recorded assists on Reedy and Gadjovich's goals. It was Weatherby's first multi-point game in the NHL.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SEA 1 0 0 1
SJ 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Dzingel 5 (Couture, Gregor), 17:19. 2, SEA, Geekie 4 (Donato, Czarnik), 17:28.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Reedy 1 (Weatherby), 7:15.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Gadjovich 1 (Weatherby, Burns), 14:37, (pp).
Penalties
1st period - None.
2nd period - Lauzon, SEA (fighting major), 2:03; Middleton, SJ (fighting major), 2:03; Donato, SEA (roughing), 11:28; Middleton, SJ (roughing), 11:28; Merkley, SJ (tripping), 14:32; Gourde, SEA (hooking), 20:00.
3rd period - Giordano, SEA (tripping), 4:31; Giordano, SEA (holding), 10:57; Team, SEA (unsuccessful challenge), 14:37.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SEA - Grubauer 24 21
SJ - Reimer 40 39
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SEA 19 9 12 40
SJ 4 11 9 24
Power Play Conversion
SEA 0 of 1
SJ 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
James Reimer
Scott Reedy
Jacob Middleton
Attendance
SAP Center - 13,171
Officials
Referees: #12 Justin StPierre, #38 Peter MacDougall . Linesmen: #56 Julien Fournier, #70 Derek Nansen .





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