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Lessons not hitting home
Sharks blow 3rd period lead, fall in OT to Flyers
12/29/2022 - By Mike Lee

If the Sharks learned any lessons from their 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, they failed to show it on Thursday night at SAP Center. Hosting the Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose carried a 3-1 lead into the 3rd period. A 2-goal lead against a team they had shutout in Philadelphia back in October. In what seems to be the season of giving, the Sharks gave this one away, by allowing the Flyers to tie the game late in regulation, then losing in overtime. The Sharks really didn't learn a thing.

Finishing off an opponent just isn't in this team's DNA. They are neither skilled enough nor armed with that killer instinct. This was on full display against the Flyers.

Tomas Hertl tried to do his part. He scored a pair of goals which eventually went wasted. His 1st came 9L38 into the contest, when he gathered an Erik Karlsson pass as he floated between the circles and snapped a shot that deflected off the right post, beating Flyers goaltender Samuel Ersson.

Hertl scored his second 8:29 into the 2nd period on the power play. Hertl loitered around the right post when Timo Meier sent a pass from the top of the right circle. Hertl gathered Meier's feed and lifted a shot over Ersson's left pad.

That helped San Jose regain the lead after Travis Konecky tied the game less than a minute after Hertl's first goal. Tony DeAngelo fired a shot from the right point, but Koneckny redirected the shot with a stick blade, beating Kaapo Kahkonen for his 16th goal of the season.

Kevin Labanc gave the Sharks what appeared to be a comfortable 2-goal lead 52 seconds into the 3rd period. Hertl made it a 3-point night by sending a rink-wide pass from the right wing boards in front of the penalty boxes. Labanc collected that pass in front of the Flyers bench then raced in on net and snapping a shot from the left circle, beating Ersson for his 9th of the season.

All was well.

Then the Sharks forgot to defend their lead. Owen Tippett cut the Sharks lead to 3-2 at 5:57 when he slipped between Hertl and Labanc then one-timed a James van Riemsdyk feed from behind the Sharks net. Kahkonen appeared to have the left side of the net covered, but TIppett's net found a seem between the netminder and the left post.

The game's momentum turned at 14:27 when Joel Farabee leveled Labanc with a hit from behind, sending the Sharks forward head first in to the boards. Labanc lay on the ice face down for several minutes until San Jose's training staff reached him.

The hit should have warranted a 5-minute major penalty, but a review downgraded the penalty to a boarding minor. That seemed to deflate the Sharks. They went flat, and made the mistakes that would allow Philadelphia to slip back into the game.

Flyers head coach John Tortarella pulled Ersson for the extra attacker which should have cost them when San Jose had a crack a an empty-net. That chance missed wide right and the inevitable would follow seconds later.

Konecky would fire a shot on net from the left point with 2:05 remaining in regulation, hitting Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro in the shin pad, which deflected the shot past Kahkonen. It was yet another missed opportunity for a Sharks team that can't seem to leverage its home-ice advantage.

The Flyers would win the game when they caught the Sharks with two of their three defenders deep in the Philadelphia zone. Tippett led Ivan Provorov with a lead pass up the left wing. When Tomas Hertl tried to take away the middle of the ice by sliding across the ice, Provorov waited him out before sliding the puck to the right side where DeAngelo finished it with a shot past Kahkonen.

And just like that, a 3-1 lead turned into a 4-3 loss.

Game Notes

* Erik Karlsson recorded his 50th point of the season with an assist on Hertl's 2nd goal of the game.

* Karlsson's 2 assists also extended both his point and assists streak to 11 games.

* Timo Meier had a team low -3 plus/minus rating for the game. Meier also led the team with 6 shots on goal.

* The Sharks now hit the road for 3 games, starting with the Dallas Stars on New Year's Eve. They will then play the Chicago Blackhawks on New Year's Day, before wrapping up their trip in Anaheim on January 6th


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1 2 3 OT T
PHI 1 0 2 1 4
SJ 1 1 1 0 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Hertl 12 (Karlsson, Labanc), 9:38. 2, PHI, Konecny 16 (DeAngelo), 10:25.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Hertl 13 (Meier, Couture), 8:29, (pp).
3rd period - 4, SJ, Labanc 9 (Hertl Karlsson), 0:52. 5, PHI, Tippett 11 (van Riemsdyk, Seeler), 5:57. 6, PHI, Konecny 17 (DeAngelo, Laughton), 17:55.
Overtime - 7, PHI, DeAngelo 7 (Provorov, Tippett), 1:10.
1st period - None.
2nd period - York, PHI (tripping), 6:57; Sturm, SJ (interference), 8:48; Sanheim, PHI (interference), 17:09.
3rd period - Farabee, PHI (boarding), 14:27.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
PHI - Ersson 28 25
SJ - Kahkonen 26 22
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
PHI 9 10 6 1 26
SJ 12 11 5 0 28
Power Play Conversion
PHI 0 of 1
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Tomas Hertl
Erik Karlsson
Travis Koneckny
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: #13 Furman South, #19 Gord Dwyer. Linesmen: #60 Libor Suchanek, #57 Justin Johnson .

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