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Sharks do it all except win on Marleau's night
SJ falls to Blackhawks 4-3 in shootout on 12's number retirement
2/25/2023 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks had been planning the retirement of Patrick Marleau's #12 for more than a year. Lots of planning and organization went into the gala event held at SAP Center on Saturday night. The Sharks rolled out the red carpet, invited former Sharks players and held a grand ceremony. The only thing they couldn't deliver was a win on this grand evening. San Jose made a last ditch effort in regulation, tying the game late, but they would fall to the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in the shootout.

Nostalgia was the theme of the night, except for the wins that the Sharks often enjoyed with #12 on the ice. This version of the Sharks is a shell of those Marleau led teams, and true to form, they would fail to deliver on such a big night in San Jose.

I was a big flub on a night that could have been so much more.

David Gust opening a wild 1st period with his 1st career NHL goal 2:14 into the contest. Gust worked his way to the top of the crease while linemate Jason Dickinson worked the puck out of the left corner. Colin Blackwell put the puck right on Gust's stick for a tap in.

The Sharks answered 2 minutes later when Nick Bonino punched home a rebound chance from the left side. The Sharks forced a Blackhawks turnover in the Chicago zone, before Jacob MacDonald put a shot on Petr Mrazek from the high slot. Mrazek made the initial save, but a juicy rebound flipped over to Bonino for the put back chance that resulted in the veteran forward's 10th goal of the season.

Journeyman winger Brett Seney put the Blackhawks back on top less than a minute later. Seney received a lead pass from Caleb Jones on the left wing then raced into the Sharks zone before ripping a shot that beat Kaapo Kahkonen top shelf to the right corner.

The resurgent Evgeny Svechnikov re-tied the game with his 8th goal of the season at the 10:52 mark. The Sharks worked the puck to the front of the net after Marc-Edouard Vlasic tried to find a seam, but Mrazek knocked the shot down. Nico Sturm tried to follow that up with a put-back, but the puck went wide of the right post. The German forward pursued it behind the Blackhawks net, then hit Svechnikov in the slot for the one-time chance that would find twine. The goal was Svechnikov's 8th of the season and the 4th in the last 7 games for the Russian forward.

After a penalty free opening period, the Sharks were assessed three separate minor infractions that setup 6 minutes worth of power play time for Chicago. The Sharks 2nd ranked penalty kill would snuff out all three chances, but it stymied much offensive flow for San Jose.

Inspired by a non-call in the middle period on a Scott Harrington high stick that cost him several teeth, Max Domi scored an inspired goal 16 seconds into the 3rd period to help Chicago reclaim the lead. Domi gathered a Jake McCabe pass then raced up the left side before beating Kahkonen for his 18th goal of the season.

Noah Gregor appeared to tie the game at 3:43, but Martin Kaut was offside after a challenge by Blackhawks head coach Luke Richardson.

Erik Karlsson tied the game a third time with 2:11 remaining in regulation. The Sharks cycled the puck around the perimeter before Karlsson unloaded from the left point. The shot looked to have been screened by Mikey Eyssimont but it found a seam to beat Mrazek and get the game to overtime.

In the overtime, the Sharks were immediately put short-handed after Logan Couture was called for holding the stick. The Sharks killed that penalty, their 4th of the game, then made things interesting in the last minute of the extra period. San Jose put 5 shots on Mrazek in the extra 5 minutes.

Game Notes:

* The night was filled with video tributes for Patrick Marleau. Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski were two notable former Sharks who chimed in with video messages to Marleau.

* Patrick Kane traveled back to Chicago and was not in San Jose for the game as the Blackhawks continue to try and work a trade for their star forward.

* Timo Meier missed his 3rd straight game with what the Sharks are calling a lower body injury. No word on if its simply a move to keep Meier healthy leading up to the trade deadline, which is now less than a week away.

* Tomas Hertl has scored 2 goals in his last 22 games. The Sharks forward has fizzled in the second half of the season and as a big money forward has really let the Sharks down this season.

* The last image of this special Saturday night, should be Patrick Marleau's jersey hanging from the SAP Center rafters. Marleau is Mr. San Jose, and his number was the first to fly in San Jose.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
CHI 2 0 1 0 1 4
SJ 2 0 1 0 0 3
1st period - 1, CHI, Gust 1 (Blackwell, Dickinson), 2:14. 2, SJ, Bonino 10 (MacDonald, Sturm), 4:17. 3, CHI, Seney 1 (Jones, Katchouk), 5:12. 4, SJ, Svechnikov 8 (Sturm, Vlasic), 10:52.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 5, CHI, Domi 18 (McCabe, Mrazek), 0:16. 6, SJ, Karlsson 19 (Vlasic, Couture), 17:49.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - SJ: Labanc (miss), Couture (miss), Bonino (miss). CHI: Kurashev (goal), Domi (miss).
1st period - None.
2nd period - Couture, SJ (holding), 3:47; Eyssimont, SJ (hooking), 6:54; Murphy, CHI (fighting major), 10:05; Gregor, SJ (fighting major), 10:05; Gregor, SJ (Roughing), 10:05.
3rd period - Johnson, CHI (slashing), 3:43.
Overtime - Couture, SJ (holding the stick), 0:08.
Shots Saves
CHI - Mrazek 48 45
SJ - Khakonen 35 32
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
CHI 9 13 7 6 35
SJ 15 12 16 5 48
Power Play Conversion
CHI 0 of 4
SJ 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Petr Mrazek
Nico Sturm
Evgeny Svechnikov
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: #44 Justin Kea, #17 Frederick L'Ecuyer. Linesmen: #74 Trent Knorr, #81 Ryan Daisy.

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