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Lack of focus in the OT costs SJ
Sharks drop 3-2 decision to Detroit
1/24/2023 - By Mike Lee

After getting thumped in Boston, the Sharks shifted west a bit to continue their season long road trip with a game in Detroit on Tuesday night. After turning a better performance than their stinker 48 hours earlier, San Jose fell asleep to start the overtime and coughed up a 3-2 loss after Andrew Copp scored 25 seconds into the extra period.

If you assess 75% of the Sharks losses this season, you'll likely find careless mistakes which turned out to be lethal for San Jose. This one was no different. After the Red Wings took the opening faceoff in overtime, they immediately attacked the Sharks net and generated a scoring chance that narrowly missed ending the game 20 seconds into the overtime.

The Sharks didn't learn much from that sequence, because on the very next faceoff, San Jose won the faceoff, but Alexander Barabanov was late to get to the puck. Detroit pounced on it, took two hacks at it, and scored 25 seconds in as a befuddled Barabanov, Erik Karlsson, and Logan Couture stood scratching their heads at how they let a point slip through their fingers.

It was a tough ending for goaltender James Reimer who kept the Sharks in the game all night.

The opening period had everything except scoring. Both teams exchanged a couple of scoring chances but Reimer and his counterpart, Ville Husso held their ground in net. The Sharks best chance came with 4 minutes remaining in the frame when a Kevin Labanc shot rank off the crossbar.

Detroit had a couple of quality chances after Tomas Hertl was sent off for hooking at 16:25. David Perron missed a chance after Reimer left room on the left side of the net, but the one-time chance sailed wide left.

Detroit would finally crack the scoring impasse when Adam Erne deflected a Dylan Larkin shot past Reimer 2:17 into the 2nd period. Erne sat perched at the top of the Sharks crease as Larkin fired the puck in from the high slot. Erne's stick blade altered the trajectory of the shot, beating Reimer stick side for his 7th goal of the season.

Joe Velano had a breakaway chance 7 minutes into the period, but Reimer denied him with a kick save that pushed the puck left of the goal.

Timo Meier tied the game at 7:58 on a second chance wraparound chance. The Sharks forward gathered an Karlsson feed and pumped a shot from the front of the net, but Husso denied him. Meier gathered the rebound and darted around the bacl of the net from left to right, and sliding the puck home with Moritz Seider hot on his heels.

Domanik Kubalik was called for slashing Noah Gregor 90 seconds later to put the Sharks on the power play for the first time, but San Jose would not generate much on the man advantage.

Detroit regained the lead with 3:31 remaining in the when Sharks defenseman Nick Cicek tried to wind the puck around the boards from behind the San Jose net. Jordan Oesterle deflected it to Michael Rasmussen toward the inside of the right circle. Rasmussen had Reimer dead to rights, firing a shot that found the top shelf for his 8th of the year.

Rather then head to the break content with their lone goal, the Sharks turned up the heat in the final minute of the period. Alexander Barabanov had a tip attempt that Husso defended, but then Jaycob Megna and Barabanov had follow up chances. Karlsson pumped a shot that hit a skate and lofted to the bottom of the right circle where Couture was parked. The Sharks captain pumped a shot with 6 seconds remaining in the period right as the puck landed at his feet, beating Husso from the tight angle after the Red Wings goaltender lost his stick.

Detroit would out-shoot San Jose 10-5 in the 3rd period, but neither team could push the go-ahead goal past the opposition. Detroit blocked 11 Shark shots in the period.

If you blinked, you missed the overtime disaster that ended things and sent the sharks to their 3rd consecutive loss and 8th in their last 10 games.

Game Notes:

* Kevin Labanc made his return to the Sharks lineup after being scratched the previous 4 games.

* Matt Benning made his return to the lineup after fighting a bug in Boston.

* The Sharks assigned defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov to the San Jose Barracuda on a conditioning assignment. The defenseman missed the entire 2021-22 season with an abdominal issue. He then tore his Achilles tendon when reconditioning to return, which has cost him the first 48 games of this season.

* The Red Wings blocked 23 shots in the game, indicative of the Sharks failure to get the puck in deep. Perimeter shooting isn't going to work for a team that doesn't have anyone willing to get dirty and tip those shots.

* Mario Ferraro and Nick Cicek both finished -2 respectively. 7 sharks skaters finished with a negative plus-minus.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 0 2 0 0 2
DET 0 2 0 1 3
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, DET, Erne 7 (Larkin, Hronek), 2:17. 2, SJ, Meier 28 (Karlsson, Hertl), 7:58. 3, DET, Rasmussen 8 (Oesterle), 16:29. 4, SJ, Couture 17 (Karlsson, Megna), 19:52.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - 5, DET, Copp 5 (Rasmussen), 0:25.
1st period - Gregor, SJ (roughing), 8:48; Berggren, DET (roughing), 8:48; Hertl, SJ (hooking), 16:25.
2nd period - Kubalik, DET (slashing), 9:35.
3rd period - Vlasic, SJ (cross checking), 0:59.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Reimer 33 30
DET - Husso 28 26
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 12 10 6 0 28
DET 12 7 10 2 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 1
DET 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Andrew Copp
Michael Rasmussen
Erik Karlsson
Little Caesars Arena - 19,515
Referees: #10 Kyle Rehman, #16 Brian Pochmara. Linesmen: #58 Ryan Gibbons, #55 Kyle Flemington.

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