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Sharks blank Kraken for a home win
Four Sharks score in 4-0 blanking
2/20/2023 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks continued their season-long home stand by hosting the Seattle Kraken at SAP Center in a matinee performance. Four Shark skaters scored goals, and James Reimer return to the net with a 26 save performance and a 4-0 win. The shutout was the 27th of Reimer's career, and the 2nd of the season. Reimer had been on the fence with injuries, returning to the crease for the first time since January 27th.

San Jose has struggled against the Kraken since Seattle joined the league last season. The win was only the 2nd against their neighbors to the north and only their 6th victory on home ice this season.

Both teams used the opening period to feel out the opposition, but neither challenging with many serious scoring chances. Mikey Eyssimont opened the game with a decent chance on the opening shift, but after that it was slim pickings.

The Kraken and Sharks traded power play opportunities in the 1st frame, but neither could get any rubber past goaltender Martin Jones and James Reimer. Seattle held a slim 6-5 advantage on the shot counter after 20 minutes.

It took the Sharks the first 6:46 of the 2nd period before they registered their first shot of the frame. A Noah Gregor high sticking penalty at 1:16 didn't help matters. When Gregor exited the penalty box, he too k a centering pass on a breakaway excursion, only to ring a shot off the crossbar.

The Sharks , or rather the Kraken, scored the first goal of the game 10:45 into the middle period. Logan couture and Yanni Gourde squared off in the faceoff circle, but it was the Kraken forward who would take the draw. He then tried to draw the puck back to his defense, but in doing so, he whipped it past Jones. Couture was credited with the goal, his 20th of the season.

Evgen Svechnikov pushed the Sharks lead to 2-0 less than 6 minutes later. The Sharks forward grabbed a Kraken turnover near the top of the right circle, before sidestepping defeseman Justin Schultz and skating toward the Seattle goal. Svechnikov pumped a shot on net from the slot, but Jones denied him. The Sharks forward gathered the rebound and slid a follow up chance underneath the former Shark goaltender for his 7th tally of the season.

Gregor made it a 3-goal period for San Jose with 18 seconds left, pumping a shot past Jones from the inside of the left circle. It was Gregor's 4th goal of the season. Svechnikov and Erik Karksson credited with assists on the goal. It was the 75th point of the season for Karlsson, and the 2nd multi-point game of the season for Svechnikov.

Eyssimont capped the game's scoring with 3:03 left when he tipped a Logan Couture pass from the doorstep. The Sharks forward was sitting at the top of the crease when Couture fired a pass from the left wing boards. Karlsson was credited with the secondary assist on the goal.

Game Notes:

* Right wing Martin Kaut made his debut for the Sharks. Kaut was acquired from Colorado along with Jacob MacDonald in exchange for Matt Nieto and Ryan Merkley back on January 25th.

* Fathers of the Kraken were in attendance for their annual "Father's trip".

* Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl were both scratched from the game, fueling lots of trade speculation. Hertl was dealing with a personal matter, but Meier is almost a lock to be traded before the NHL trade deadline on March 3rd. Meier was listed as an injury scratch.

* The Sharks faced former defenseman Jaycob Megna for the first time since he was traded to the Kraken on February 5th. Megna skated 22 shifts and logged 17:55 of ice time. He had one shot on goal and one hit in the contest.

* With Meier out of the lineup, Mikey Eyssimont grabbed the reigns and led the team with 6 shots on goal in the contest. Seattle out-shot San Jose 26-23.


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1 2 3 T
SEA 0 0 0 0
SJ 0 3 1 4
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Couture 20 (unassisted), 10:45. 2, SJ, Svechnikov 7 (unassisted), 16:08. 3, SJ, Gregor 4 (Svechnikov, Karlsson), 19:42.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Eyssimont 4 (Couture, Karlsson), 16:57.
1st period - Couture, SJ (high sticking), 11:00; Oleksiak, SEA (hooking), 16:37.
2nd period - Gregor, SJ (tripping), 1:16; Schwartz, SEA (holding), 13:52.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
SEA - Jones 23 19
SJ - Reimer 26 26
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SEA 6 8 12 26
SJ 5 9 9 23
Power Play Conversion
SEA 0 of 2
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
James Reimer
Evgeny Svechnikov
Noah Gregor
SAP Center - 13,445
Referees: #20 Mitch Dunning, #6 Francis Charron. Linesmen: #88 Tyson Baker, #70 Derek Nansen .

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