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Reimer's gem helps Sharks win at home
SJ wins for only the 7th time on home ice this season
3/28/2023 - By Mike Lee

The countdown to the off-season struck 9 games remaining, as the Sharks returned home on Tuesday night to host the Winnipeg Jets. Clinging to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, one would have expected the Jets to turn in a more desperate effort. Instead, they dropped a 3-0 decision to San Jose, who won on home ice for only the 7th time this season.

Perhaps the notion of playing for nothing more than the right to play put all the pressure on Winnipeg. The Jets were flat all night and let San Jose dictate most of the night.

James Reimer made 41 saves to earn his 28th career shutout and the 3rd this season.

San Jose won the 1st period with a lone goal, scored midway through the frame. Noah Gregor converted his 5th goal of the season on a shot from the top of the crease after Jacob Peterson made a feed from behind the Winnipeg net. Peterson fooled everyone with a move toward the right post, before changing directions and sliding the puck out front from the left pipe.

The Jets out-shot San Jose 15-12 in the period, but had nothing to show for their efforts. A Kevin Stenlund hooking penalty 6 minutes into the 2nd period setup the sharks 2nd power play of the evening. The league's 27th best (or 6th worst) power play in the league played true to form, never challenging Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.

Mason Appleton had James Reimer dead to rights late in the period when he tried getting a one-time chance off from the left side. The puck handcuffed Appleton, but he was still able to get a shot off. Positioned with a skate outside the crease, Reimer had to reach back and block Appleton's shot with his paddle to preserve the lead.

San Jose doubled up their lead 2:23 into the 3rd period after Kevin Labanc deflected a Nico Sturm shot. Sturm fired the puck in on net from the right wing boards, even with the dot. Labanc was cutting in front of Hellebuyck when he altered the direction of Sturm's shot for his 13th goal of the season.

The Sharks made things interesting by taking separate penalties 3 minutes apart to provide opportunities for the Jets to get back into the game.

Josh Morrissey took a tripping penalty with 3:31 to play and the Sharks promptly gave up a pair of short-handed chances. Martin Kaut would make everyone forget about those miscues when he deposited his 4th goal of the season before Morrissey's penalty expired to push San Jose's lead to 3-0.

Erik Karlsson earned the secondary assist on Kaut's goal, giving him 91 points this season. He has 8 games to record the 9 points he needs to eclipse the 100-point mark.

Game Notes:

* The Jets had to be scoreboard watching as the Calgary Flames entered play 4 points behind Winnipeg for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Calgary defeated Los Angeles 2-1.

* Recently signed forward and forward Harvard University captain, Henry Thrun participated in the pre-game warm up, but was a scratch. Thrun inked a 2-year deal with San Jose after he was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks at the trade deadline.

* Evgeny Svechnikov missed his 5th consecutive game as he nurses an injury

* The Sharks recalled left wing Jeffrey Viel. The forward did play, logging 7:43 of ice time on 13 shifts. He made the most of his limited ice time, recording 2 shots on goal, 3 hits and a blocked shot.

* Alexander Barabanov was a scratch for the third time this season.


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1 2 3 T
WPG 0 0 0 0
SJ 1 0 2 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Gregor 5 (Peterson, Zetterlund), 9:51.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 2, SJ, Labanc 13 (Sturm, Gregor), 2:23. 3, SJ, Kaut 4 (Hertl, Karlsson), 17:57, (pp).
1st period - Appleton, WPG (slashing), 7:48; Lindblom, SJ (tripping), 18:05.
2nd period - Stenlund, WPG (hooking), 5:58.
3rd period - Ferraro, SJ (hooking), 3:23; Lindblom, SJ (tripping), 6:39; Morrissey, WPG (tripping), 16:29.
Shots Saves
WPG - Hellebuyck 29 26
SJ - Reimer 41 41
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
WPG 16 10 15 41
SJ 12 8 9 29
Power Play Conversion
WPG 0 of 3
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
James Reimer
Noah Gregor
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
SAP Center - 10,387
Referees: #16 Brian Pochmara, #38 Peter MacDougall . Linesmen: #53 Bevan Mills, #58 Ryan Gibbons .

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