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The curse of the Burnzbino strikes
Sharks drop 3rd straight to start season
10/14/2022 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks returned home to open their true home schedule with a game against the Carolina Hurricanes at SAP Center on Friday night, but the sad sack hosts played good hosts by gift-wrapping a 2-1 decision for the visitors from the east on a last second goal. San Jose also welcomed home former defenseman Brent Burns, how was traded to Carolina over the off-season. San Jose may be going through the curse of the Burnzbino as they are having issues scoring, and giving up key goal late.

Morale victories don't mean much in the cut-throat world of professional sports, so the Sharks can take no solace in dropping their third consecutive game to start the season. San Jose was in the game for 58 minutes against a quality opponent, mostly due to goaltender James Reimer's effort. The netminder stopped 33 shots, but his defense let him down at the wrong times.

The opening goal of the game had more money on the Hurricanes Andrei Svechnikov scoring it, but it was big brother Evgeny who potted his first in teal 2:12 before the 1st intermission. The new Sharks forward gathered a Jaycob Megna feed in the high slot before striding toward the left dot and whipping a shot that slipped between Carolina goaltender Antti Raanta and the left post. The shot wasn't a blistering chance, but Raanta either picked it up late or thought it was going to sail wide. It didn't and the Sharks grabbed the 1-0 lead.

The Sharks struggled to generate any offense in the middle period and did not record a shot on goal for the first 13:28 of the period. That came on a power play after Jesperi Kotkaniemi was sent off for hooking. It was the Sharks second man-advantage of the period, but both chance proved fruitless.

That first shot came off a Kevin Labanc one-time chance from the doorstep. Carolina countered with a chance of their own on the penalty kill, but Sharks goaltender James Reimer gloved a chance to keep the lead intact.

Carolina out-shot San Jose 17-4 in the period.

The slim lead looked as if it would stand through the first to periods, but a Labanc turnover just outside the Sharks blueline cost San Jose late in the period. Andrei Svechnikov stripped Labanc from behind, then raced up the left side before sliding the puck to Martin Necas on his right side. Necas swooped in toward the left post before pulling the puck back and slipping it between Reimer's pads with 22.9 seconds left in the period.

Nico Sturm missed a wide open net 4 minutes into the 3rd period after the Sharks generated one of their few real threats on the night. Matt Nieto tried forcing the issue on the right wing, but the puck kicked out to the slot where Sturm was trailing. With Nieto drawing everyone's attention over to the right half the Hurricanes zone, the net was left unattended, but Sturm's shot attempt sailed wide left.

A Tuevo Teravainen high sticking penalty at 8:21 was the fifth infraction by Carolina, but each of them when unpunished by San Jose.

The absence of any punch on the power play cost the Sharks, who would surrender the game winning goal with just under 2 minutes left in regulation. Defenseman Brett Pesce fired a puck to the front of the net from the right point. Sebastian Aho deflected the puck with his left skate past Reimer to give the goal they needed to tilt San Jose.

Aho was in position to score the game winner, after skating past Erik Karlsson, who was late to cover the elusive forward. It wasn't the only mistake the Sharks made during the game, but it was the one that mattered the most. That's a tough pill to swallow when it's not one of the many youngsters on the team, but the guy making $11 million a year.

Game Notes:

* William Eklund's time on the Sharks roster lasted a matter of hours, as his recall was a cap-space move by the Sharks. He was returned to the Barracuda earlier in the day, which was purely administrative as the Sharks prospect played for the Barracuda in their shootout win over the Wild in Iowa.

* The Sharks paid tribute to former defenseman and team scout Bryan Marchment, who died during the off season. Marchment played 334 games for San Jose over 6 seasons. He played for 9 teams over 17 NHL seasons.

* Brent Burns was greeted with a video tribute before the game. In warm-ups, the burly defenseman stood in front of the Sharks bench, chatting with members of the training staff, and his former teammates as they stepped off the ice.

* Defenseman Scott Harrington and left winger Jonah Gadjovich were scratches for San Jose.

* Five Shark forwards failed to generate a shot on goal, including captain Logan Couture, who seemed lost as he centered the second line. A consistently streaky player, Couture is starting the season in a rut that isn't helping the Sharks offense, which is struggling to generate any offense.


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1 2 3 T
CAR 0 1 1 2
SJ 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Svechnikov 1 (Megna, Karlsson), 17:48.
2nd period - 2, CAR, Necas 2 (Svechnikov), 19:37.
3rd period - 3, CAR, Aho 1 (Pesce, Teravainen), 18:02.
1st period - Stastny, CAR (slashing), 0:27; Simek, SJ (tripping), 12:34.
2nd period - Aho, CAR (hooking), 1:28; Kunun, SJ (hooking), 3:03; Kotkaniemi, CAR (hooking), 12:43.
3rd period - Bench, CAR (too many men), 1:33; Simek, SJ (closing hand on puck), 7:00; Teravainen, CAR (high sticking), 8:21; Chatfield, CAR (fighting major), 13:49; Gregor, SJ (fighting major), 13:49.
Shots Saves
CAR - Raanta 19 18
SJ - Reimer 35 33
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CAR 8 17 10 35
SJ 7 4 8 19
Power Play Conversion
CAR 0 of 3
SJ 0 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Sebastian Aho
James Reimer
Antti Raanta
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: #21 TJ Luxmore, #16 Brian Pochmara. Linesmen: #94 Bryan Pancich, #53 Bevan Mills.

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