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Sharks can't recover from odd offside
Anaheim takes 3 of 4 from SJ this season
1/6/2022 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks can't buy a break these days. Teams wallowing in the standings basement really don't deserve breaks, but you'd think there would be some balance when playing other cell-dwellars. The wasn't the case on Friday night. Failing to play with the intensity that David Quinn has preached all season, they lost a 3rd period lead on an antiquated interpretation of the offside rule, then coughed up the game in overtime on a simple turnover.

More to come on the non-offside call, but the bigger issue was Tomas Hertl's lack of puck management in overtime, which setup a 2-on-1 break in the extra period that Mason McTavish would bury to send the Sharks to their 3rd loss against Anaheim this season. Anaheim entered play with a firm grip on the Pacific Division basement, 6 points behind the Sharks. With their victory, Anaheim pulls to within 2 wins of equaling the Sharks.

Hertl tried back skating a puck in front of the Anaheim bench was pinched against the boards and promptly coughed it up. Anaheim scores, game over. San Jose held a 4-3 lead with under 6 minutes to play, but maintaining goals isn't exactly a strong suit for the Sharks this season.

Matt Nieto staked the Sharks to the early lead just 33 seconds into the game. Alexander Barabanov raced up the right wing with Ryan Strome on his heels. The Sharks forward tried to jam a shot past Ducks goaltender Anthony Stolarz, but Anaheim got the stop. Nieto was on the off wing and beat John Klingberg to the top of the crease for the put back goal.

San Jose doubled their lead at 6:03 when Steven Lorentz tipped an Erik Karlsson shot from the right point. Lorentz was positioned in the slot with Colton White and Oskar Lindblom jostling for position at the top of the crease. That pair likely impeded Stolarz view of Karlsson's shot.

Sam Carrick engaged Jonah Gadjovich with a spirited fight that eventually charged up the Ducks, who would answer with a pair of goals before the intermission.

Trevor Zegras scored his 11th of the season at 6:38, roofing a shot from the left dot after Klingberg walked the puck in on Kaapo Kahkonen before dishing to his left.

Strome tied the game at 14:15 after he got position on Nieto at the top of the crease and tapped home a McTavish feed from the right side.

San Jose reclaimed the lead, albeit short-lived, 10:16 into the 2nd period. Kevin Labanc threw the puck in on net from the right wing boards near the top of the circle, slipping it over Stolarz right shoulder. There was some debate on if Timo Meier touched the puck after it left Labanc's stick.

The Sharks fell victim to a horrific bounce, when a puck that Anaheim tried to wind around the end boards hit a stanchion and deflected to the front of the net. Kahkonen was standing behind his net trying to intercept the puck, which allowed McTavish to stuff home his 8th goal of the season.

Labanc answered 14 seconds later with a shot from the high slot. Once again, Meier was in the vicinity, and there was debate on if he touched this one we well. The puck tuck a downward trajectory, but that could have been the shot hitting Stolarz stick.

Khakonen made the save of the game at the 15 minute mark, stretching to his left to rob John Klingberg.

McTavish tied the game with 6:47 left in regulation but Sharks head coach David Quinn challenged that Anaheim was offside. After a lengthy review, Adam Henrique was ruled to be onside, as McTavish was not physically touching the puck after crossing the Sharks blueline.

Game Notes:

* Erik Karlsson extended his franchise record for most consecutive games with an assist at 14.

* Kaapo Kahkonen's goals against average and save percentage ballooned to 3.79 and .870. You're not wining many games if you're averaging just under 4 goals a game.

* Alexander Barabanov and Matt Benning extended their scoring streaks to 3 games each.

* Timo Meier led all skaters with 10 shots on goal.

* The Sharks return home to play the Boston Bruins on Saturday. They will then head out on the road for a pair of games against west coast opponents.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 2 2 0 0 4
ANA 2 1 1 1 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Nieto 7 (Barabanov, Vlasic), 0:33. 2, SJ, Lorentz 4 (Karlsson, Gadjovich), 6:03. 3, ANA, Zegas 11 (Klingberg, Vatrano), 6:38. 4, ANA, Strome 10 (McTavish, White), 14:15.
2nd period - 5, SJ, Labanc 10 (Hertl, Meier), 10:16. 6, ANA, McTavish 8 (Silfverberg, Benoit), 13:06. 7, SJ, Labanc 11 (Benning), 13:20.
3rd period - 8, ANA, McTavish 9 (Henrique), 13:13.
Overtime - 9, ANA, Klingberg 5 (Terry, McTavish), 1:08.
1st period - Gadjovich, SJ (fighting major), 6:14; Carrick, ANA (fighting major), 6:14; Hertl, SJ (roughing - removing opponent helmet), 7:09; Lorentz, SJ (high sticking - double minor), 10:37; Terry, ANA (interference), 12:44; Carrick, ANA (high sticking), 14:45.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Bench, SJ (unsuccessful challege), 13:13.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Kahkonen 29 24
ANA - Stolarz 41 37
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 13 20 8 0 41
ANA 10 9 9 1 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
ANA 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Mason McTavish
John Klingberg
Timo Meier
Honda Center - 16,281
Referees: #13 Furman South, #3 Chris Schlenker. Linesmen: #57 Justin Johnson, #53 Bevan Mills.

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