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Les Miserables
Montreal overcomes 3rd period deficit to beat Sharks
2/28/2023 - By Mike Lee

The post Timo Meier era started on Tuesday night as the Sharks hosted the Montreal Canadiens at SAP Center. The results which warranted dealing Meier didn't change as the Sharks fell to Montreal 3-1. The Sharks actually entered the 3rd period with a 1-0 lead, but the attention to details bug nipped San Jose once again. Montreal scored a pair of goals in less than 2 minutes to erase San Jose's lead and the Sharks dropped their 3rd straight and 7th of 10 in the month of February.

With their leading goal scorer now a distant memory, the Sharks will need to figure out who will pick up the slack on the offensive side of the puck. No forward stepped up to the plate in this one.

Jacob MacDonald scored the only goal of the opening period 103 seconds into the contest. The recently acquired defenseman was lurking in the high slot when a scoring chance by Evgeny Svechnikov kicked off goaltender Jake Allen and out to MacDonald for a put-back chance. Allen went left and MacDonald shot right for his 1st goal as a Shark and of the season.

Montreal would outshoot San Jose 16-14 in the opening frame, but that was partially fueled by a pair of power play chances.

San Jose would put 16 more shots on Allen in the 2nd period, but could not get any rubber past the Canadiens goaltender. Radim Simek just missed on a wraparound chance in the final minute of the period.

Montreal finally solved Kaapo Kahkonen on what looked like a routine shot 8 minutes into the 3rd period. Kaiden Guhle fired a 60-foot shot from the high slot that beat the sharks goaltender through the 5-hole.

The Canadiens grabbed the lead 1:52 later after a floating puck turned into a 2-on-1 break out of the Sharks zone. Rem Pitlick carried the puck up ice with Jesse Ylonen on his right. Pitlick made a bee line for the left post, then slid the puck up over to his right after Kahkonen committed. Mario Ferraro was even with Ylonen save the last three strides, where the Canadians forwarded got the extra step and tapped home Pitlick's feed.

San Jose made a last ditch effort to bag the equalizer by pulling Kahkonen late, but the enabled Christian Dvorak to pad his personal stats with an empty net goal.

San Jose will get back on the saddle on Thursday as the St Louis Blues come calling. The Blues have declared themselves sellers after trading Ryan O'Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko.

Game Notes:

* Newly acquired players Fabian Zetterlund and Andreas Johnsson made their debuts for San Jose. Zetterlund will wear #20 and Johnsson #18.

* Radim Simek returned to the lineup after coming off the injured reserve. The defenseman was sidelined with concussion issues since January 6th and missed 21 games.

* Tomas Hertl's scoring woes continued. The Czech forward has only scored twice in the last 18 games. The last came off an empty net situation. Hertl has only scored 15 goals total this season.

* With shot leader Timo Meier now gone, Erik Karlsson stepped up and led the Sharks with 6 shots on goal in the game. Mikey Eyssimont added 5 shots to the Sharks 39 shot total.

* Kaapo Kahkonen deserved a better result. He would be credited with his 18 loss of the season, even though he made 29 saves.


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1 2 3 T
MTL 0 0 3 3
SJ 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, MacDonald 1 (unassisted), 1:43.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 2, MTL, Guhle 3 (unassisted), 8:07. 3, MTL, Ylonen 2 (Pitlick, Dvorak), 9:59. 3, MTL, Dvorak 10 (Suzuki, Anderson), 19:54, (en).
1st period - Svechnikov, SJ (slashing), 1:57; Lindblom, SJ (tripping), 7:10; Harris, MTL (holding), 10:54.
2nd period - Anderson, MTL (roughing), 5:44; Svechnikov, SJ (slashing), 5:44; Eyssimont, SJ (slashing), 13:35.
3rd period - Drouin, MTL (hooking), 12:33.
Shots Saves
MTL - Allen 39 38
SJ - Khakonen 31 29
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
MTL 16 9 7 32
SJ 14 16 9 39
Power Play Conversion
MTL 0 of 3
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Jake Allen
Kaapo Kahkonen
Jesse Ylonen
SAP Center - 11,424
Referees: #22 Ghislain Hebert, #48 Beau Halkidis. Linesmen: #65 Tommy Hughes, #64 Brandon Gawryletz .

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