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Sharks match league mark for futility
SJ allows 20 goals in last two games
11/4/2023 - By Mike Lee

After giving up 10 goals to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night, the San Jose Sharks surrendered another 10 tallies to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins at SAP Center on Saturday night, falling 10-2. Erik Karlsson made his return to San Jose after being traded to Pittsburgh over the summer and put up a paltry 2-point night against his former employer, both assists. The Sharks have given up a combined 20 goals in the last 48 hours, and are now averaging 4.91 goals per game.

The last time an NHL team gave up 10 goals in consecutive games was December of 1965. That feat has only happened 4 times in NHL history.

The Sharks learned nothing from Nico Sturm's early penalty against Vancouver on Thursday, when Anthony Duclair took a roughing penalty just 49 seconds into the game. Pittsburgh took advantage, scoring on the power play when Reilly Smith snapped a shot from the inside of the left circle. Jake Guentzel screened goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood on the shot, giving the Penguins the quick 1-0 lead.

Smith struck again 12 minutes later after the Sharks Mike Hoffman missed on a golden scoring chance in the Penguins zone. Pittsburgh moved the puck up ice and seemed to confuse the defensive coverage by moving the puck with a series of passes that ended with Marcus Pettersson sliding it to the right post where Smith was parked for the easy deposit.

Guentzel took a slashing penalty on William Eklund at 16:10, then Petterson tripped Duclair to setup 51 seconds of 5-on-3 power play time for the Sharks. San Jose would squander the opportunity, generating only a single shot on goal.

Guentzel made it a 3-0 game 3:21 into the 2nd period when he and Bryan Rust bum rushed the San Jose defense, scoring on a quick shot that Blackwood missed.

Vinnie Hinostroza scored 65 seconds later. The centerman was skating near the left corner when a Sharks clearing attempt landed on his stick. He simply flicked it at Blackwood from the end line, bounding it off the Shark goaltender's skate an into the net.

The Sharks finally got on the board at 8:34 after Sydney Crosby was whistled for hooking. Tomas Hertl setup Duclair's goal by skating the puck out of the left corner and faking a shot, before sliding it over to the right side for the one-timer.

San Jose answered that by napping and allowing Pittsburgh to score a pair of quick goals. The first came on the shift following the Duclair goal when Evgeni Malkin pushed a shot past Blackwood.

Kris Letang scored on a tap in from the left side after Crosby setup him up with a pretty feed at 9:27. Crosby drew two defenders to the right side, before dropping the puck in the slot to the Penguins defenseman who was cutting toward the left post.

Blackwood's night was done after the Letang goal. Sharks head coach inserted rookie Magnus Chrona, who made his NHL debut after being called up on Friday to replace the injured Kaapo Kahkonen.

Chrona didn't fare any better than Blackwood. Former Shark Matt Nieto scored his 1st goal for the Penguins at 11:53. Nieto raced up ice on a 2-on-1 chance, sliding a pass to his right for Noel Acciari. The centerman put the puck on Chrona, who gave up a fat rebound that landed on Nieto's stick for the easy put back.

Bryan Rust got in on the action 49 seconds in to the 3rd period when he grabbed a puck off the end boards, then used a Crosby screen before backhanding a shot past Chrona from the top of the crease.

Jacob MacDonald scored the Sharsk 2nd goal of the game

Malkin added his 2nd goal of the night at 11:02 on the Penguins 4th power play of the night after Luke Kunin was sent off for slashing in the offensive zone. Smith setup the tap in goal with a slick pass through a Shark defender's skates and the crease to Malkin on the right post.

Game Notes:

* Erik Karlsson, Bryan Rust and Marcus Pettersson led the Penguins by each recording +5 nights. The Penguins were a collective +40 for the game.

* Jacob MacDonald, Tomas Hertl, Nikita Okhotiuk and Jan Rutta were all a -4. The Sharks were a collective -40.

* Rookie goaltender Magnus Chrona's NHL debut was a baptism by molten lava. He finished with 30:13 of ice time, giving up 4 goals on 17 shots.

* David Quinn was merciful on MacKenzie Blackwood, pulling him after 29 minutes of pain. Blackwood surrendered 6 goals on 18 shots.

* Pittsburgh scored their 10 goals on only 35 shots. 17 of those came in the 2nd period alone. San Jose actually out-shot the Penguins 9-8 in the opening period.


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1 2 3 T
PIT 2 5 3 10
SJ 0 1 1 2
1st period - 1, PIT, Smith 5 (Karlsson, Guentzel), 1:30, (pp). 2, PIT, Smith 6 (Pettersson, Rust), 12:55.
2nd period - 3, PIT, Guentzel 3 (Rust), 3:21. 4, PIT, Hinostroza 1 (unassisted), 4:26. 5, SJ, Duclair 2 (Hertl, MacDonald), 8:34, (pp). 6, PIT, Malkin 6 (Smith, Rakell), 9:12. 7, PIT, Letang 1 (Crosby, Rust), 9:27. 8, PIT, Nieto 1 (Acciari, Hinostroza), 11:53.
3rd period - 9, PIT, Rust 6 (Guentzel, Karlsson), 0:49. 10, SJ, MacDonald 1 (Hertl, Duclair), 9:20, (pp). 11, PIT, Malkin 7 (Smith, Rakell), 11:02, (pp). 12, PIT, Guentzel 4 (Rust, Shea), 12:09.
1st period - Duclair, SJ (roughing), 0:49; Guentzel, PIT (slashing), 16:10; Pettersson, PIT (tripping), 17:19.
2nd period - Crosby, PIT (hooking), 7:04; Malkin, PIT (trippping), 12:41; Knyzhov, SJ (high sticking), 17:06; Karlsson, PIT (hooking), 18:18.
3rd period - Kunin, SJ (cross checking), 2:40; Hinostroza, PIT (hooking), 8:30; Kunin, SJ (slashing), 10:14.
Shots Saves
PIT - Jarry 26 24
SJ - Blackwood 18 12
SJ - Chrona 17 13
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
PIT 8 17 10 35
SJ 9 8 9 26
Power Play Conversion
PIT 2 of 4
SJ 2 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Bryan Rust
Reilly Smith
Jake Guentzel
SAP Center - 17,435
Referees: #23 Corey Syvret, #10 Kyle Rehman . Linesmen: #58 Ryan Gibbons, #98 Dan Kelly.

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