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Sharks drop 12th straight to Knights
More of the same in Vegas
3/1/2022 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks ship is taking on water and they're only equipped with had drills. The roster has too many holes and the youngsters that are being asked to fill those holes just don't have the NHL maturity required to be competitive. That formula is resulting in lopsided losses like the one in Vegas on Tuesday night. Even against a struggling Vegas Golden Knights club, the Sharks were out-gunned, losing 3-1 at T-Mobile Arena.

San Jose would only generate single digit shot counts in each of the three periods, totaling a paltry 17 attempts on Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner. It was too little against a team that is scratching to hold its playoff spot in the Western Conference. No attempts, equate to no goals and the absence of goals make it difficult to win hockey games.

4th liner Keegan Kolisar staked the Golden Knights to the early 1-0 lead just 2:16 into the game. The Sharks were guilty of pinching at the wrong time. Defenseman Jacob Middleton elected to activate just as the sharks turned the puck over in the Vegas zone. Brett Howden then skated the puck up the right side before sending a pass to Kolisar on the left dot. Kolisar sent a one-time chance that beat James Reimer for only his 6th goal of the season.

The snake-bitten Noah Gregor scored his 4th goal of the season 1:53 into the 2nd period courtesy of a blown attempt by Nick Bonino. Skating the puck to the left corner, Andrew Cogliano sent a centering pass to the slot, where Bonino tried to one-time the puck, but he heeled it off to his right. Gregor was in the right place at the right time, as Bonino's flub floated right to him for the easy deposit past Knights goaltender Robin Lehner.

It wouldn't be Sharks hockey without someone falling to injury. This one just happened to be bigger than most of the maladies that have inflicted the Sharks roster, because it was arguably the best player of late in Reimer. Zack Sawchenko was inserted in net to start the 2nd period when Reimer couldn't answer the bell after the 1st intermission.

The Sharks reported that Reimer suffered a lower body injury.

Bonino night got worse, as he was late to cover Reilly Smith midway through the period. Jonathan Marchessault took a William Karlsson feed up the right wing, before sliding it over to his left where Smith was skating. After dropping Bonino, Smith headed to the net where he collected Marchessault's pass and snapped it pas Sawchenko.

The Knights effectively put the game out of reach when Smith scored his 2nd goal of the game at 4:45 of the 3rd period. The Vegas forward was the benefactor of a slick deflection by William Karlsson. Marchessault sent a puck to the front of the net from the blueline, where Karlsson was parked. He got a stick blade on the puck, altering its path at a 45 degree angle to Smith on the left post for the easy tap in.

That's all she wrote.

Vegas didn't need any more scoring, because the Sharks just weren't generating any semblance of an offense.

Game Notes:

* Zack Sawchenko faced 20 shots in his mop-up role, making 18 saves.

* Logan Couture and Noah Gregor were the big offensive producers, generating 3 shots each. 8 Shark forwards did not generate a single shot on goal in the game.

* Sharks head coach Bob Boughner was mum on James Reimer's injury, only disclosing that it was of the lower body variety.

* Andrew Cogliano revealed that he missed two games earlier this week after his daughter was admitted to the hospital for an undisclosed malady.

* It sounds like Erik Karlsson could be close to returning after he continues to nurse his forearm, which required surgery in early February.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 0 1
VGK 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, VGK, Kolesar 6 (Howden), 2:16.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Gregor 3 (Bonino), 1:53. 3, VGK, Smith 15 (Marchessault, Karlsson), 13:56.
3rd period - 4, VGK, Smith 16 (Karlsson, Marchessault), 4:45.
1st period - None.
2nd period - Meloche, SJ (holding), 4:16.
3rd period - Viel, VGK (roughing), 12:22; Kolisar, VGK (roughing), 12:22.
Shots Saves
SJ - Reimer 11 10
SJ - Sawchenko 20 18
VGK - Lehner 17 16
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 4 6 7 17
VGK 11 10 10 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 0
VGK 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Reilly Smith
Jonathan Marchessault
William Karlsson
T-Mobile Arena - 17,819
Referees: #17 Frederick L'Ecuyer, #36 Dean Morton. Linesmen: #50 Scott Cherrey, #59 Steve Barton .

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