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Sharks imitate Seals by losing
Revers retro jerseys can't reverse bad goaltending
11/25/2022 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks paid tribute to the California Golden Seals, the first NHL team to call the Bay Area home, by donning their new reverse retro uniforms in a home contest with the Los Angeles Kings. San Jose played like the underachieving Golden Seals, losing to the Kings 5-2 in a game more of a gift to the Kings.

Typically a strength for San Jose, goaltender James Reimer had a nightmare game, surrendering 4 goals that could have been stopped. Three of them certainly should have been stopped. With the Sharks struggling to score goals, poor goaltending was not what the Sharks need against a team that vying for a top spot in the Western Conference.

This one started in the wrong direction and it went downhill from there.

Adrian Kempe appeared to give the Kings an early 1-0 lead on the opening shift, but a challenge by the Sharks negated the score for offside.

Jaret Anderson-Dolan would bag one that counted at 8:55, after he snapped a shot from the right dot that beat James Reimer. Anderson-Dolan's shot may have been screened by a Sharks defender, as Reimer was late to react to the wrister.

Kevin Labanc knotted the game at 1-1 4 minutes later, taking a Timo Meier feed in the slot before patiently selecting his target and firing the puck in the upper right corner for his 4th goal of the season.

A Radim Simek tripping penalty at 16:08 gave the Kings their 2nd power play of the night and they would get one past the league's top ranked penalty kill when Phillip Danault ripped a one-time chance from the inside of the left circle. The shot zipped past Reimer's glove hand for Danault's 7th of the season.

Viktor Arvidsson pushed the Kings lead to 3-1 on what can best be described as a shot that Reimer should have stopped. The Kings winger carried the puck up the right side before uncorking a shot from 45 feet out. Reimer appeared to collect it into his midsection, but it slipped past him for Arvidisson's 4th tally of the season.

San Jose bucked the trend of giving up goals late in a period when Alexander Barabanov scored his 4th of the season with 46.3 seconds left in the middle frame. The Sharks were the benefactors of terrible turnover by Sean Durzi, who tried passing the puck out of his own right corner. The puck rolled off his stick and right to the front of the net where Barabanov tapped it between goaltender Jonathan Quick's pads.

Reimer's tough night continued early into the 3rd period when he let a Rasmus Kupari shot squeeze through his pads 2:51 in. Once again, it was a shot that Reimer should have made, but for whatever reason, it slipped through his pads and the Kings had a 2-goal lead.

Kevin Fiala provided the Sharks with one last chance to make a game of it when he took a tripping penalty at 14:22, but San Jose's power play struggled to gain the zone and burned most of the man-advantage spinning their wheels in the neutral zone.

Sharks head coach David Quinn pulled Reimer for an extra attacker late, but that simply served as a stat padding opportunity for Los Angeles. Anze Kopitar was the winner of the free-goal sweepstakes, when he scored on the empty net with 2:28 left in the contest.

Quinn reinserted Reimer simply to keep the final score from ballooning.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks debuted their retro California Golden Seals sweaters.

* San Jose is now 2-for-2 in challenges this season. They also won their initial challenge on October 23rd in Philadelphia.

* Radim Simek made his return to the lineaup after missing the last 5 games after suffering a hit to the head in Minnesota. Evgeny Svechnikov also made his return to the lineup after missing the last 2 games. Nick Cicek and Jonah Gadjovich were scratched.

* Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier each had 5 shots in the game. Meier leads the NHL with 114 shots on goal this season.

* James Reimer has now lost 12 straight on home ice. That streak extends back to last season, but still not something the Sharks were expecting.


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1 2 3 T
LA 2 1 2 5
SJ 1 1 0 2
1st period - 1, LA, Anderson-Dolan 1 (Lizotte, Doughty), 8:55. 2, SJ, Labanc 4 (Meier, Hertl), 13:02. 3, LA, Danault 7 (Arvidsson, Durzi), 17:54, (pp).
2nd period - 4, LA, Arvidsson 4 (Fiala, Durzi), 4:39. 5, SJ, Barabanov 3 (unassisted), 19:23.
3rd period - 6, LA, Kupari 2 (Anderson-Dolan, Kaliyev), 2:51. 7, LA, Kopitar 4 (Kempe), 17:32, (en).
1st period - Lizotte, LA (tripping), 1:10; Kunin, SJ (boarding), 6:29; Simek, SJ (tripping), 16:08.
2nd period - Anderson, LA (cross checking), 15:19.
3rd period - Fiala, LA (tripping), 14:22.
Shots Saves
LA - Quick 32 30
SJ - Reimer 28 24
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
LA 10 10 9 29
SJ 10 9 13 32
Power Play Conversion
LA 1 of 2
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Jonathan Quick
Jaret Anderson-Dolan
Kevin Labanc
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: #31 Michael Markovic, #18 Tom Chmielewski . Linesmen: #92 Mark Shewchyk, #88 Tyson Baker.

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