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Sharks get gritty in Philly
SJ gets the road split with shutout of Flyers
10/23/2022 - By Mike Lee

Second periods have been cruel to the Sharks so far this season. Not so on Sunday night in Philadelphia, where San Jose earned a split on the 4-game road trip, beating the host Flyers 3-0 at Wells Fargo Center. They scored a pair of goals in the middle frame, but more importantly locking down the opposition. James Reimer made 31 saves, including 17 in the 3rd period to help the Sharks win for the second time.

The shutout was Reimer's 26th of his career, and the first for the Sharks this season. Reimer and then teammate Adin Hill recorded a single shutout each last season. Reimer wasn't besieged in that final stanza, but his teammates didn't exactly make it easy. They still allowed more shots than head coach David Quinn would have preferred, but Reimer was up to the task.

The Flyers seem to use the opening period to find their legs after playing in Nashville on Saturday night. The Sharks had a shorter trip to Philadelphia, only needing to bus from New Jersey after an afternoon game against the Devil. San Jose's best scoring chance of the period came when Alexander Barabanov stripped Travis Konecny and raced in uncontested, but Flyers goaltender Felix Sandstrom pushed a shot attempt wide.

Wade Allison was whistled for hauling down Erik Karlsson 3:20 into the 2nd period, but the Sharks did nothing with the man-advantage. It was a textbook look at the issues with the Sharks play with the man advantage. Slow to setup and slow moving the puck just negates any advantage. Mario Ferraro took a tripping penalty 3 minutes later.

Philadelphia appeared to score on their power play, but the Sharks challenged the play for offside. That turned out to be a prudent move for San Jose, as the Flyers were ruled to be early on the play.

The negated goal turned into a 2-goal swing when Erik Karlsson scored at 9:34, off a blast from the right side. Tomas Hertl kept a puck alive behind the Flyers net then hit the defenseman with a pass to the top of the right circle. Karlsson's shot beat Flyers goaltender Felix Sandstrom low to the glove stick for his 3rd tally of the season.

San Jose extended their lead to 2-0 with 3:31 remaining in the period, when Steven Lorentz deflected a Jaycob Megna shot from the left point. Lorentz was positioned just outside the left post and used a waist-high stick blade to alter the flight path of Megna's shot for his 1st goal as a Shark.

Another penalty by Ferraro 5:39 into the 3rd period gave the Flyers an opportunity to cut into the Sharks lead. Reimer was the best penalty killer on the ensuing Flyers man advantage, stopping a pair of point blank stops to deny Philadelphia.

Morgan Frost had a breakaway chance with 5:06 remaining in regulation, but his attempt at slipping th epuck through Reimer's 5-hole was rejected.

Flyers head coach John Tortarella pulled Sandstrom with 4:30 to play, down by a pair of goals. That allowed the Sharks to score their first 3rd period goal of the season, when Nico Sturm fired the puck home from the right point at 16:06.

Tortarella waved the white flag after that goal, reinserting Sandstrom in net.

Game Notes:

* Nick Bonino was scratched, which came as a result of the chest injury he suffered in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon. The veteran forward tried jumping to grab a lofting puck, but fell awkwardly on the ice.

* Oskar Lindblom received a nice ovation from the Wells Fargo Center crowd. The forward spent 5 seasons in Philadelphia before leaving to join the sharks via free agency this past summer. The Swede missed 53 games for the Flyers in 2019 after he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.

* The Philadelphia faithful were in a festive mood, as the Phillies won the National League Pennant an hour or so before the start of the hockey game, across the street from the Wells Fargo Center.

* Timo Meier continues to struggle in the scoring department. The Sharks forward led the team with 5 shots on goal in the game, but he failed to bag the elusive 1st goal of the season. He was shaken up on a hit by Travis Sanheim in the 2nd period.

* San Jose returns home to face a less-than simple schedule on SAP Center ice. They will play Vegas, Toronto, Tampa Bay, Florida and Anaheim twice before heading back out on the road on November 10th.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 2 1 3
PHI 0 0 0 0
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Karlsson 3 (Hertl, Barabanov), 9:34. 2, SJ, Lorentz 1 (Megna, Nieto), 18:29.
3rd period - 3, SJ, Sturm 3 (Couture, Kunin), 16:06, (en).
1st period - None.
2nd period - Allison, PHI (holding), 3:20; Ferraro, SJ (tripping), 6:13.
3rd period - Ferraro, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 5:39.
Shots Saves
SJ - Reimer 31 31
PHI - Sandstrom 24 22
PHI - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 7 12 6 25
PHI 9 5 17 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 1
PHI 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Erik Karlsson
James Reimer
Steven Lorentz
Wells Fargo Center - 14,512
Referees: #28 Chris Lee, #13 Furman South . Linesmen: #92 Mark Shewchyk, #88 Tyson Baker.

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