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Sharks waste Reimer gem
SJ falls 3-2 to Kings in the shootout following 39 save night
12/17/2022 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks traveled to Southern California for a quick one-game stop in Los Angeles after last playing on Tuesday night and fell 3-2 in the shootout to the Kings. With two days extra rest, the Sharks should have been the fresh team. They didn't use the advantage, even with a big 2-minute power play in the overtime, but such is life for the Sharks these days. They are an inferior team when compared to the Kings, who spent 5 years wallowing in the Pacific Division while they retooled their roster. It's the position San Jose is in now, and it showed.

Even with the advantage of a power play in the overtime, Los Angeles out-shot the Sharks 7-0 in the extra period. It was indicative of a team that simply doesn't have the personnel to match up against playoff bound teams. They are learning to compete, but fell flat in this one.

James Reimer made 39 saves in the loss. It was another solid performance for the netminder that was wasted by a lack of offense.

The Sharks sudden issue with stopping opposing power play units got worse after Radim Simek was sent off for tripping 4:45 into the game. Phillip Danault staked the Kings to the 1-0 lead a minute into the power play when he powered past Jaycob Megna and lifted a puck that beat goaltender James Reimer. Reimer tried sealing off the right side of the net, but Danault's shot tucked inside the left post for his 8th goal of the season.

From the "you don't see that everyday" department, it looked as if Erik Karlsson was going to sit for 4 minutes after a double minor for high sticking Anze Kopitar was called. Review determined that Karlsson lifted Kopitar's stick, which then caught the Kings captain under the visor to draw blood. Because it was Kopitar's stick that did the damage, the penalty was negated.

San Jose did some damage with their first chance on the power play after Rasmus Kupari was sent off for tripping at 12:51. Timo Meier slammed home a rebound from just outside the right post after Logan Couture slid a half-shot through the crease from the off wing.

Los Angeles finished the period with a 12-7 advantage on the shot counter, but the teams were all square after 20 minutes.

The middle period was largely uneventful, save for the last 4 minutes. San Jose grabbed a short-lived lead at 15:26 when Timo Meier setup Kevin Labanc with a pass to the slit. Labanc wound up and unloaded a shot that blasted past goaltender Pheonix Copley for his 7th goal of the season.

The Kings would answer on the next shift when Jaret Anderson Dolan fired a shot from 12 feet out after three Sharks defenders tied each other up 5 feet away.

The Sharks took a 4th minor penalty 9:25 into the 3rd period, giving the Kings a prime opportunity to re-take the lead, but the Sharks penalty killers snuffed out the threat. It was their 3rd straight kill after surrendering the Danault goal early in the game.

Neither team would score in the period, even though each team enjoyed a man-advantage situation in the frame.

Danault gifted the Sharks a power play in the overtime when he slashed Meier, but the Sharks squandered the opportunity. Just gaining the Kings zone was a challenge for the 4 Sharks skaters on the ice.

In the shootout, Kevin Fiala and Trevor Moore scored. Only Labanc would get a puck past Copley in the shootout. Logan Couture, Nick Bonino and Alexander Barabanov all failed to help San Jose.

Game Notes:

* Four Sharks forwards failed to record a shot on goal including captain Logan Couture. When he disappears, the Sharks struggle. Couture was also 4 for 13 on draws (31%).

* The end of the calendar year means talks about trade deadline targets will begin to pick up. If the Sharks can move Erik Karlsson, they're going to dump the disastrous contract that Doug Wilson gave him.

* Speaking of trade deadline fodder, James Reimer will likely be someone the Sharks may move to land pieces. If he continues to play like he did against the Kings, there should be lots of suitors.

* San Jose out-hit the Kings 36-26. They also blocked more shots than LA (20 to 17).

* San Jose returns home to play in an odd home series against the Calgary Flames, starting Sunday night at SAP Center.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 1 1 0 0 0 2
LA 1 1 0 0 0 2
1st period - 1, LA, Danault 8 (Doughty, Copley), 5:54, (pp). 2, SJ, Meier 15 (Couture, Karlsson), 13:23, (pp).
2nd period - 3, SJ, Labanc 7 (Meier), 15:26. 4, LA, Anderson-Dolan 3 (Anderson, Vilardi), 16:16.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - LA: Vilardi (miss), Kempe (miss), Fiala (goal), Moore (goal). SJ: Couture (miss), Bonino (miss), Labanc (goal), Barabanov (miss).
1st period - Simek, SJ (tripping), 4:45; Kupari, LA (tripping) 12:51; Megna, SJ (hooking), 16:08.
2nd period - Svechnikov, SJ (roughing), 10:47.
3rd period - Gregor, SJ (hooking), 9:25; Fiala, LA (tripping), 15:13.
Overtime - Danault, LA (slashing), 0:17.
Shots Saves
SJ - Reimer 41 39
LA - Copley 25 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 7 13 5 0 25
LA 12 17 5 7 41
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
LA 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Mikey Anderson
Timo Meier
Jaret Anderson-Dolan
Crypto.com Arena - 18,230
Referees: #39 Brandon Blandina, #14 Trevor Hanson. Linesmen: #64 Brandon Gawryletz, #67 Travis Gawryletz.

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