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Theme of the year: Sharks lose
Not enough weapons to compete with Edmonton in 5-2 loss
4/13/2023 - By Mike Lee

The season of pain is officially over. The Sharks closed out one of their worst campaign's in franchise history, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place in Alberta on Thursday night. Edmonton was motivated to get the win as they were positioned to win the Pacific Division and the Western Conference if the stars aligned.

The Oilers had the opportunity to clinch the division and conference if they won in any fashion and the Vegas Golden Knights lost in regulation. Vegas would clinch the division and conference if they recorded one point against the Seattle Kraken or if the Oilers lost to the Sharks in regulation, overtime or the shootout.

Edmonton did what they needed to do, so it came down to the outcome of the Knights game against Seattle.

For the Sharks, it was just another harsh lesson in how to put on a straight face after a beating was administered by a superior team.

The Sharks were chasing the Oilers all night. Edmonton opened the first two periods with a pair of goals that the Sharks would respond to with lone goals. Trailing 4-2 heading into the final period, former Shark Evander Kane scored his 16th goal of the season to pour a little vinegar into the open wound that was the last loss of the season.

The loss would result in a .365 points percentage for the year, which would rank the 4th lowest in franchise history. The only seasons with a worse percentage came in 1992-93 (.142), 1991-92 (.243), and 1995-96 (.286). They recorded a .437 percentage in the COVID shortened 2020-21 season and a .469 last season.

It's no secret that the roster is absent the firepower to compete at the NHL level. Players like William Eklund, Thomas Bordeleau, Ozzy Weisblatt and Henry Thrun will likely be cast into the fire next season. The team has not reason to protect them, and they are out of opportunities to preserve years of service on their rookie contracts.

The jury is still out on head coach David Quinn. He really didn't have the tools net many positive results, but he will be under the microscope if his young players don't develop the next couple of years.

San Jose can't afford to make any more roster mistakes. It's time to start developing guys or else the painful outcomes this team produced this season will become the norm.

Game Notes:

* Per Darin Stephens: Steven Lorentz scores his first career power play goal on his 27th birthday. Other Sharks to score PP goals on their birthday: Johan Garpenlov (1992), Steve Guolla (1997), Nils Ekman (2004) & Justin Braun (2012).

* Also from Stephens: The Sharks lost 33 games in which they led or were tied in the 3rd period (including OT/SO losses) this season.

* Erik Karlsson did not finish the game with the rest of his teammates. The defenseman was missing from the bench over the last several minutes. It's not clear if Karlsson sustained an injury or not.

* Karlsson and Nico Sturm both finished the game with a plus/minus of -3 each.

* The Sharks have a media scrum scheduled for Saturday at SAP Center to close the books on the 2022-23 season.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 0 2
EDM 2 2 1 5
1st period - 1, EDM, Janmark 9 (Ekholm, Skinner), 4:16. 2, EDM, Draisaitl 52 (Nugent-Hopkins, McDavid), 6:56, (pp). 3, SJ, Gregor 10 (Bordeleau, Lorentz), 9:44.
2nd period - 4, EDM, Bouchard 8 (Draisaitl, Yamamoto), 5:02. 5, EDM, Janmark 10 (Ryan), 14:04, (sh). 6, SJ, Lorentz 10 (Hertl, Peterson), 18:48, (pp).
3rd period - 7, EDM, Kane 16 (Draisaitl, Ceci), 15:55.
1st period - Labanc, SJ (boarding), 5:27; Foegele, EDM (tripping), 15:01; Hertl, SJ (holding), 17:52.
2nd period - Kane, EDM (interference), 12:45; Kostin, EDM (tripping), 16:49.
3rd period - Kane, EDM (cross checking), 0:18; Karlsson, SJ (hooking), 6:12.
Shots Saves
SJ - Reimer 36 31
EDM - Skinner 29 27
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 14 12 3 29
EDM 13 4 19 36
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 4
EDM 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Mattias Janmark
Leon Draisaitl
Derek Ryan
Rogers Place - 18,347
Referees: #3 Chris Schlenker, #5 Chris Rooney. Linesmen: #77 Caleb Apperson, #79 Kiel Murchison.

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