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Slick but not slick enough
The Sharks get offensive in Edmonton, but lose in overtime
3/20/2023 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks hit the road for the first of three across Western Canada on Monday night, as they limp to the finish line this season. Playing a motivated Edmonton Oilers team that is jockeying for better playoff positioning, the Sharks went toe to toe with one of the strongest offenses in the league, but fell short in overtime. Darnell Nurse scored with 15 seconds left in the extra period to help Edmonton knock off the Sharks 5-4.

The story of the night was three San Jose goals that were erased by video challenges. In all three cases, the Sharks were guilty of being offside. The Oilers also had a goal omitted on a challenge, but it was the Sharks that paid the price. Those three goals would have helped propel the Sharks to their first win in 6 games, but instead, they continue their spiral to futility.

Tomas Hertl appeared to give the Sharks an early lead a minute and change into the game, but the goal was negated on an offside challenge. Replay clearly showed that Alexander Barabanov was a step too early.

Barabanov would atone almost 4 minutes later by scoring his 15th goal of the season. Hertl pumped a shot on Oilers goaltender Jack Campbell from the right side, bouncing the shot over to the right side. Barabanov beat Evander Kane to the rebound and slipped the put back attempt past Campbell for the 1-0 lead.

Nick Bjugstad answered 80 seconds later, on a backdoor slam dunk. The Oilers had worked the puck out of the right corner on a dump in play, when Warren Foegele collected a pass near the bottom of the right circle. The Sharks had three defenders lean toward that right side, leaving Bjugstad all alone on the left post. Foegele found him as James Reimer was left flailing on the obvious goal.

A tripping penalty to Hertl setup the deadly Oilers power play, which looked as if they had grabbed the lead when Zach Hyman appeared to deflect a puck over Reimer. The Sharks challenged the goal, citing goaltender interference, which was confirmed after a replay review.

Kailer Yamamoto gave the Oilers the 2-1 lead 30 seconds into the 2nd period. The Edmonton worked the puck into the Sharks zone before Connor McDavid circled behind the net and tried feathering a pass out front. The puck hit Ryan Nugent-Hopkins before ending up on a Yamamoto's stick. Reimer was face down on the ice after trying to defend against Nugent-Hopkins, leaving a wide open net for Yamamoto.

Steven Lorentz tied the game 8 minutes later when Andrew Agozzino hi him with a lead pass as he sprinted through the neutral zone. Lorentz raced in on Campbell putting a shot on net unimpeded. Campbell made the initial save but Lorentz got a stick blade on the puck as it floated out of Campbell's glove.

Andreas Johnsson thought he scored but the Sharks were ruled to be offside in the 2nd challenge of the night for Edmonton.

Erik Karlsson made it a 3-2 Sharks lead less than 2 minutes later. Logan Couture and Fabian Zetterlund carried the puck up the right wing, drawing a pair of defenders over to the boards. Zetterlund slid the puck out to the slot where Karlsson was cutting unattended. The defenseman deeked Campbell before slipping the puck around the goaltender for his 21st goal of the season.

Mattias Ekholm tied the game up for a 3rd time on a goal that Reimer will surely want back. The Oilers defenseman skated in on the left wing, cutting toward the net as he past the dot, then lifting a backhand shot that should have been stopped. Instead, it slipped under Reimer's glove hand and Ekholm had his 7th goal of the season.

Karlsson gave the Sharks their 4th lead of the night at 14:23 of the period, one-timing a Barabanov feed from the high slot past Campbell. Barabanov circled around the right circle in traffic before spotting the defenseman sliding unattended down the middle of the ice.

San Jose put a puck past Campbell for a 7th time, but Sa Jose had a 3rd goal negated for offside. This time it was Noah Gregor whose would be goal was erased.

Ekholm matched Karlsson with his 2nd goal of the night at 16:13, by walking a puck in on the left side and unloading on a slap shot between the left dot and the edge of the circle closest to the goal.

Mario Ferraro was called for delay of game with 1:41 to play after he lofted a puck over the glass. Leon Draisaitl thought he had the game winner with 48 seconds remaining when his one-time chance form the fight side seemed destined for the back of the net. Reimer dove to his left with both arms outstretched to gobble up the shot and preserve the tie.

Nurses ended things with a partial breakaway that beat Reimer and San Jose was sent packing for the 15th time in an overtime or shootout this season.

Game Notes:

* Left win Andrew Agozzino made his Sharks debut on Monday night. The Kleinburg, Ontario native had 47 games of NHL experience with Colorado, Anaheim, Pittsburgh and Ottawa.

* Evgeny Svechnikov missed his 2nd consecutive game as he nurses an upper body injury. Radim join Svechnikov as an injury scratch, missing his 8th consecutive game.

* Andreas Johnsson was injured early in the 3rd period and did not return.

* Tomas Hertl and Erik Karlsson combined for 12 of the Sharks 32 shots.

* Two days after the backlash of his controversial decision to forgo the pre-game warm-ups and not wear a rainbow themed jersey during the Sharks Pride-Night celebration, James Reimer made 46 saves in a losing effort.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 3 0 0 4
EDM 1 2 1 1 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Barabanov, 15 (Hertl, Vlasic), 5:48. 2, EDM, Bjugstad 16 (Foegele, Janmark), 7:08.
2nd period - 3, EDM, Yamamoto 10 (Nugent-Hopkins, McDavid), 0:30. 4, SJ, Lorentz 8 (Agozzino, Benning), 8:32. 5, SJ, Karlsson 21 (Zetterlund, Couture), 10:23. 6, EDM, Ekholm 7 (Draisaitl, Bouchard), 11:48. 7, SJ, Karlsson 22 (Barabanov, Kaut), 14:23.
3rd period - 8, EDM, Ekholm 8 (McDavid, ), 16:13.
Overtime - 9, EDM, Nurse 8 (Yamamoto, Nugent-Hopkins), 4:45.
1st period - Kane, EDM (hooking), 2:24; Hertl, SJ (tripping), 8:30; Kane, EDM (tripping), 16:09.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Pouliot, SJ (interference), 6:11; Ferraro, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 18:19.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Reimer 51 46
EDM - Campbell 32 28
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 13 8 8 3 32
EDM 11 17 15 8 51
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
EDM 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Mattias Ekholm
Erik Karlsson
Darnell Nurse
Rogers Place - 18,347
Referees: #26 Jake Brenk, #23 Corey Syvret. Linesmen: #90 Travis Toomey, #86 Jesse Marquis.

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