LetsGoSharks.com - Inside San Jose Sharks Hockey
Support this community by becoming a Sponsor
Sharks Dunn in by Kraken
SJ drops 2-1 decision in overtime
3/16/2023 - By Mike Lee

As the Sharks enter the "let's get through these last few games as quickly as possible" phase of their miserable season, San Jose continued to trip at home, falling 2-1 to the Seattle Kraken in overtime at SAP Center on Thursday night. The Sharks held a brief 1-0 lead in the 3rd period on an uncommon goal, but their opponent was geared up to take 2 points as they jostle for a playoff spot.

Seattle will likely make the playoffs in this their 2nd year of existence, but after losing their last 3 games, things were starting to get dicey for the newly minted team. The motivation was there, and that propelled Seattle with a comeback win, and another home loss for the Sharks.

After playing their 35th game on home ice, San Jose has won only 6 times this season. With only 7 games left to play at SAP center, it's unlikely San Jose will reach the 10 win mark. San Jose only won 8 home games in their 2nd season in the NHL, establishing their franchise worst performance. They could very well do worse.

Neither team could get much going on the offensive side of the puck. The Sharks had a 2-on-0 break 4 minutes into the game, but Stephen Lorentz elected to leave a drop pass that Fabian Zetterlund wasn't expecting. It was a golden opportunity that should have at least resulted in a shot on goal, but the decision to fool Kraken goaltender Phillip Grubauer proved fruitless.

The Sharks struggled to generate any offensive flow in the 2nd period where they were out-shot 15-8. San Jose played down a forward after Evgeny Svechnikov was knocked out of the game when Brandon Tanev caught him with a legal check in the opening period.

Things became interesting early in the 3rd period when Kevin Labanc sprung William Eklund with a pass between two Kraken defenders. Former Shark Ryan Donato was forced to hook the Sharks rookie, which resulted in a penalty shot.

Eklund looked cool as a cucumber on his 1st NHL penalty shot, converting it with a shot that squeezed between Grubauer and the left post for his 2nd career goal.

Seattle would tie the game at 7:03 of the period when Yanni Gourde hit Oliver Bjorkstrand with a long lead pass out of Kraken zone. Bjorkstrand got a step on Erik Karlsson and streaked up the ice before lifting a shot that sailed over James Reimer's glove hand for his 15th goal of the season.

San Jose out-shot Seattle 14-8 in the 3rd period but could not get the go-ahead goal after Bjorkstrand's equalizer. That would bite the Sharks once the game moved to overtime.

The Sharks won the faceoff to start the extra frame and had the added advantage when Alex Wennberg immediately broke his stick. Rather than pick a select opportunity as they essentially skated 3-on-2, Karlsson forced the issue with a pass into the teeth of the Kraken defense resulting in a clearing chance that allowed Seattle to regroup.

Not only would they regroup, but they'd take the extra point when Vince Dunn deposited his 13th goal of the season 1:58 into the extra session. The Kraken forward carried the puck up the right side on what appeared to be a mundane play, but he would snap a shot that beat Reimer through the 5-hole Game Notes:

* The Sharks assigned defenseman Shakir Mukhamadullin to the San Jose Barracuda. Mukhamadullin was acquired in the Timo Meier trade with New Jeresy, and was available to join the AHL after his team was eliminated from the KHL playoffs last week.

* With his goal William Eklund has now established his first career NHL goal scoring streak (2). He bagged his 1st career goal on Tuesday vs the Blue Jackets.

* The Sharks last scored on a penalty shot on March 11, 2019 vs Minnesota, when Logan Couture beat former Sharks netminder Devin Dubnyk.

* Per Darrin Stephens, Eklund was the 2nd youngest Sharks to score a penalty shot. Jeff Friesen was more than a year younger than Eklund.

* Jared McCann led all skaters with 8 shots on goal. Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl and Noah Gregor each had 4 shots each for San Jose.


What did you think of this article? Post your comments on the Feeder Forums

What did you think of this story? Post your comments on the
Feeder Forums
1 2 3 OT T
SEA 0 0 1 1 2
SJ 0 0 1 0 1
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 1, SJ, Eklund 2 (penalty shot), 1:18. 2, SEA, Bjorkstrand 15 (Gourde, Larsson), 7:03.
Overtime - 3, SEA Dunn 13 (McCann), 1:58.
1st period - SChwartz, SEA (interference), 1:14; Knyzhov, SJ (hooking), 5:52; Hayden, SEA (roughing), 17:54; Ferraro, SJ (roughing), 17:54.
2nd period - Schultz, SEA (tripping), 2:32; Benning, SJ (holding), 7:08.
3rd period - Schwartz, SEA (PS-slash on breakaway), 1:18; Eklund, SJ (holding), 9:50.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SEA - Grubauer 32 31
SJ - Reimer 32 30
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SEA 8 15 8 1 32
SJ 10 8 14 0 32
Power Play Conversion
SEA 0 of 3
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Vince Dunn
William Eklund
Oliver Bjorkstrand
SAP Center - 11,720
Referees: #13 Furman South, #18 Tom Chmielewski. Linesmen: #58 Ryan Gibbons, #98 Dan Kelly.

Privacy Statement   |   Contact Us   |   Advertise
Copyright 1997-2022 LetsGoSharks.com. All rights reserved.
This website is an unofficial and independently operated source of news
and information not affiliated with the San Jose Sharks, any team, or league.