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Hurricanes sink Sharks with big 3rd period
Blackwood makes 36 saves in 6-3 loss
10/17/2023 - By Mike Lee

After a remarkable 51 save performance on Saturday, MacKenzie Blackwood turned in another nice performance against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes at SAP Center on Tuesday night. The Sharks carried a 3-2 lead into the 3rd period before imploding by allowing 4 goals in the final frame to drop a 6-3 game. Blackwood makes 36 saves, and only 2 even strength goals in the loss.

It was a painful reminder of last season's awful season, blowing their second 3rd period lead in their first three games so far this year. San Jose blew 14 3rd period leads last season, but this one was particularly unnerving.

A loaded Hurricanes roster really had no business trailing the Sharks after out-shooting them 30-11 though the first two periods. They potted their 4 goals in the final frame on 12 more shots on Blackwood.

Carolina finished the contest 3 of 7 on the power play, which was really San Jose's undoing.

The Sharks jumped out to a 1-0 lead 3:14 into the contest when Tomas Hertl sprung Fabian Zetterlund with a lead pass that evolved to a breakaway chance. Zetterlund lifted a shot past Frederik Andersen for his 1st goal as a Shark.

Nikolai Knyzhov promptly took a cross checking penalty off the ensuing faceoff to put the Sharks on the man advantage. Carolina would capitalize on a series of odd deflections that ended with Seth Jarvis punching home a shot from the top of the crease. Michael Bunting threw a puck to the left side, where it kicked off Matt Benning. The puck then shot over to the right side where it hit defenseman Mario Ferraro and dropped at Jarvis' feet for the easy deposit.

Andersen was forced to leave the game at 5:27 when a shot hit him in the mask. Antti Raanta replaced him in net.

Filip Zadina would take a roughing penalty after he responded to what should have been a cross checking penalty on Jalen Chatfield, who stuck Hertl into the board head first. San Jose killed the penalty, but it was a big reason the Hurricanes out-shot San Jose 18-5 in the period.

San Jose opened the middle period by taking a pair of penalties. Anthony Duclair took a cross checking penalty 18 seconds into the period, then Alexander Barabanov took a hooking penalty at 5:54.

Carolina would negate Barabanov's penalty when Jesperi Kotkaniemi was called for holding at 7:26. The Hurricanes would still manage to put a puck past Blackwood when Jaccob Slavin raced up ice on a short-handed breakaway. Blackwood made the first save on Slavin, but Mike Hoffman opted to tried and defend a follow up chance with his stick. That proved pointless as Slavin bagged his 2nd goal of the season.
BR> Filip Zadina would tie the game 17 seconds later as the Sharks continued with their power play.

San Jose would go back on the power play at 14:10 when Brady Skjei was whistled for holding. William Eklund cashed in for San Jose with his 1st goal of the season. The young forward was parked on the right post when defenseman Henry Thrun through a puck on net that missed right but kicked off the end boards back to Eklund for the put back.

Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour challenged the play for goaltender interference, but that was overruled. Carolina went back on the penalty kill for the failed challenge, but Duclair was sent off for an iffy hooking penalty.

Blackwood turned in the save of the game with 14 minutes remaining in regulation on a chance by Slavin from the doorstep.

Hertl took a tripping penalty at 7:08, which gave the Hurricanes the crack they needed. Former Shark Stefan Noesen converted on the power play right as the penalty was set to expire.

Mario Ferraro took a cross checking penalty at 10:57 to put Carolina right back on the power play. As if on script, the Hurricanes grabbed the lead on the ensuing power play when Jarvis potted his 2nd of the game.

The flood gates opened up in the final 5 minutes. First Martin Necas raced up the right side then wrapped the puck around the left post, hitting Blackwood in the left skate for his 2nd goal of the season.

Kotkaniemi added his 2nd of the season at 15:07 when his shot deflected off Ferraro's skate, fooling Blackwood to make it a 6-3 game.

Game Notes:

* Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was scratched as he nurses an undisclosed injury that was suffered in the loss to Colorado on Saturday night. Henry Thrun made his return to the lineup after being scratched on Saturday.

* Sebastien Aho was also a medical scratch. He suffered an injury in Carolina's win over the Los Angeles Kings last weekend.

* The announced attendance was 10,378, but the building looked more like 7,000 fans present.

* MacKenzie Blackwood set a franchise record for saves in his first two games as a Sharks. The netminder combined for 87 saves over the two games he has started. His goals against average ballooned to 3.37 and his save percentage fell to .926.

* Anthony Duclair finished the game a -3. Hard to do when the opponent scores 3 goals on the power play.


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1 2 3 T
CAR 1 1 4 6
SJ 1 2 0 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Zetterlund 1 (Hertl), 3:14. 2, CAR, Jarvis 1 (Bunting, Teravainen), 4:05, (pp).
2nd period - 3, CAR, Slavin 2 (unassisted), 8:52, (sh). 4, SJ, Zadina 2 (Zetterlund), 9:11, (pp). 5, SJ, Eklund 1 (Thrun, Hertl), 16:06, (pp).
3rd period - Noesen, CAR (Kotkaniemi, Skjei), 9:08, (pp). 7, CAR, Jarvis 2 (Necas, Burns), 11:51, (pp). 8, CAR, Necas 2 (Bunting)), 14:51. 9, CAR, Kotkaniemi 2 (Pesce, Noesen), 15:07.
1st period - Knyzhov, SJ (cross checking), 3:29; Stall, CAR (hooking), 4:17; Zadina, SJ (roughing), 10:01.
2nd period - Duclair, SJ (cross checking), 0:18; Barabanov, SJ (hooking), 5:54; Kotkaniemi, CAR (holding), 7:26; Orlov, CAR (hooking), 11:51; Skjei, CAR (holding), 14:10; Bench, CAR (delay of game - unsuccessful challenge), 3:54; Duclair, SJ (hooking), 16:45; DeAngelo, CAR (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:30, DeAngelo, CAR (10-minute misconduct), 20:00.
3rd period - Hertl, SJ (tripping), 7:08; Ferraro, SJ (cross checking), 10:57.
Shots Saves
CAR - Andersen 2 1
CAR - Raanta 14 12
SJ - Blackwood 42 36
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CAR 18 12 12 42
SJ 5 6 5 16
Power Play Conversion
CAR 3 of 7
SJ 2 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Seth Jarvis
Martin Necas
Jesperi Kotkaniemi
SAP Center - 10,378
Referees: #45 Cody Beach, #24 Graham Skilliter . Linesmen: #59 Steve Barton, #64 Brandon Gawryletz .

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