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Defenseless Sharks fall to Ducks
SJ wastes Karlsson's hat trick
11/1/2022 - By Mike Lee

Tuesday night featured a match up of the cellar-dwellers in the Western Conference as the Anaheim Ducks visited SAP Center to take on the Sharks. After watching the two teams square off for 65 minutes, it's safe to say that defense is not a major strength of either the Sharks or Ducks. The two teams combined for 10 goals, a fruitless overtime and a shootout that ended in Anaheim's favor.

If you enjoyed hockey in the 80's, Tuesday night's affair was a celebration of that bygone era, when defense was more of a novelty. The two teams exchanged the lead 5 times, ending in a 5-5 tie at the end of regulation.

The shootout would end with Kevin Labanc and Erik Karlsson turning in uninspiring attempts that never came close to the Anaheim net. Trevor Zegras and Troy Terry scored on both of their chances to help propel the Ducks out of the Western Conference basebment.

The Ducks took the 1-0 lead 5:16 into the contest when Adam Henrique snapped a shot past Sharks goaltender Kaapo Khakonen from 12 feet out. Kevin Shattenkirk carried the puck to the right corner before drawing a defender over and flipping the puck to his left where Henrique gathered it up and deposited pas Khakonen.

Erik Karlsson responded 62 seconds later by snapping a shot from the point that beat Ducks goaltender Anthony Stolarz. The goal was Karlsson's team leading 7th of the season.

The Sharks defenseman appeared to score again just 23 seconds later. A follow up shot from the defenseman found the back of the net, but the goal was credited to Nico Sturm, who tipped Karlsson's shot while parked on the left post.

The Sharks lead would be short lived as Frank Vatrano bagged his 4th goal of the season at 10:52. The Ducks forward swept a shot past defenseman Matt Benning, beating a screened Khakonen just inside the left post.

It looked as if the teams would be all square at the 1st intermission, but the Henrique undressed Benning with a move just inside the blueline with 15 seconds left in regulation. Sharks captain Logan Couture and defenseman Mario Ferraro made half-baked attempts at getting to Henrique, who skated in on Khakonen and lifting the puck past him for his 2nd of the night.

A Max Jones holding the stick penalty set up the 1st power play chance of the night for San Jose. They would respond with Timo Meier's 2nd goal of the season. Meier carried the puck toward the Ducks net but tripped. He regained his feet and immediately snapped a shot that beat Stolarz.

The Ducks grabbed a 4-3 lead at 15:10 of the period on a fluke play. John Klingberg threw the puck at the net from the left wing boards, but the puck hit Ryan Strome in the chest and deflected into the Sharks net.

Puck luck swayed in San Jose's favor 21 seconds later when Meier carried the puck up the right wing. Ducks winger Jakob Silfverberg tried sweeping the puck away from the Sharks winger, but he put it on his own net. Stolarz was late to react and Meier was credited with his 2nd goal of the night.

Max Comtois put the ducks back on top at 11:31 of the 3rd period. Troy Terry skated the puck around the back of the Sharks net before filling the lane with a pass to Comtois for the one-time chance that beat Khakonen. The goal was Comtois' 2nd of the season.

Sharks head coach David Quinn pulled Khakonen for the extra attacker with 3:07 left in regulation. The move paid off when Karlsson fired a shot that hit Stolarz in the shoulder and bounced into the net to tie it up at 5-5.

Game Notes:

* The game was nationally televised on ESPN, and as a result of the Boston-Pittsburgh game running long, the puck was dropped 25 minutes after the scheduled 7:30pm start time.

* Tomas Hertl has recorded 6 points in his last 7 games. All are of the assist variety.

* Erik Karlsson's hat trick was the 1st of his career and the 1st in Sharks history to be recorded by a defenseman.

* Matt Benning had himself a night. The resident whipping boy was a -3 on the night and was thoroughly undressed by Adam Henrique. The defenseman has been a horrible fit in San Jose through the first 12 games.

* Timo Meier recorded 9 shots on goal. Logan Couture added 8, to help the Sharks throw 44 pucks at Anthony Stolarz. Anaheim matched the Sharks shot count, led by John Klingberg and Troy Terry, who each has 7 shots on goal.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
ANA 3 1 1 0 1 6
SJ 2 2 1 0 0 5
1st period - 1, ANA, Henrique 1 (Shattenkirk), 5:16. 2, SJ, Karlsson 7 (Hertl), 6:18. 3, SJ, Sturm 6 (Karlsson, Megna), 6:41. 4, ANA, Vatrano 4 (Ludestrom), 10:52. 5, ANA, Henrique 2 (Zegras, Shattenkirk), 19:45.
2nd period - 6, SJ, Meier 2 (Karlsson, Barabanov), 3:28, (pp). 7, ANA, Strome 2 (Klingberg, Terry), 15:10. 8, SJ, Meier 3 (unassisted), 15:31.
3rd period - 9, ANA, Comtois 2 (Terry, Beaulieu), 11:31. 10, SJ, Karlsson 9 (Barabanov, Hertl), 17:48.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - SJ: Couture (goal), Labanc (miss), Karlsson (miss). ANA: Zegras (goal), Terry (goal).
1st period - Comtois, ANA (holding), 8:55; Svechnikov, SJ (roughing), 8:55.
2nd period - Jones, ANA (holding the stick), 3:05; Beaulieu, ANA (fighting major), 3:33; Kunin, SJ (fighting major). 3:33; Lorentz, SJ (tripping), 4:48; Labanc, SJ (hooking), 8:56; Zegras, ANA (slashing), 12:31; Couture, SJ (interference), 16:06; Grant, ANA (Roughing), 19:05.
3rd period - Shattenkirk, ANA (10 min misconduct), 17:48.
Overtime - Karlsson, SJ (holding), 0:22.
Shots Saves
ANA - Stolarz 44 39
SJ - Khakonen 44 39
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
ANA 17 15 9 3 44
SJ 10 18 14 2 44
Power Play Conversion
ANA 0 of 4
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Erik Karlsson
Timo Meier
Tomas Hertl
SAP Center - 10,058
Referees: #19 Gord Dwyer, #7 Garrett Rank . Linesmen: #89 Joe Mahon, #74 Trent Knorr .

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