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Sharks finally win a game
SJ defeats Philadelphia in edgy 201 game
11/7/2023 - By Mike Lee

The losing streak is over. After dropping their first 11 games to open the season, the San Jose Sharks finally won a game. It went down to the last second, but the Sharks pulled out a gritty 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at SAP Center on Tuesday night. MacKenzie Blackwood stopped 38 shots to earn his first win in a teal sweater and San Jose finally puts 2 points up in the standings.

Anthony Duclair gave the Sharks a rare 1st period lead 1:43 into the contest on a shot from the bottom of the left circle. Kevin Labanc gathered a Mikael Granlund feed before carrying the puck up the right side and sliding a 25-foot pass through the slot to Duclair on the off wing. Flyers goaltender Samue Ersson was late to slide over to cover the left side of the net as Duclair's thigh-high shot caught twine.

The Sharks were faced with their first test of the game at 15:34 when Travis Konecny bulldozed goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood. Kaapo Kahkonen is sitting on the injured list after he was hit in the head against Vancouver following one of the Canucks 10 goals. No Shark responded to the Kahkonen play, but Luke Kunin was first to react to Koneckny's misdeed.

With Kahkonen on the shelf, the Sharks needed Blackwood to be on his A game. He responded by denying all 13 shots he faced in the opening period.

The period ended with a Jan Rutta penalty and the penalty trend was carried over to the 2nd period. A Mikael Granlund tripping penalty negated a Sharks power play, but then Travis Sanheim countered with a holding penalty at 16:01.

William Eklund gave the Sharks their first 2-goal lead of the season when he sniped a shot from the right dot with the Sharks on the 4-on-3 power play. Anthony Duclair was credited with the assist, giving him, 2 points on the night.

The Flyers cut the Sharks lead in half 2:31 later when Joel Farabee one-timed a shot from the right side. The initial goal on the ice was that Blackwood made the save, but the play was reviewed and overturned when it was judged that the puck crossed the goal line.

Mikael Granlund would take his 2nd minor penalty of the game at 1:25 of the 3rd period to give the Flyers their 4th power play chance of the night. San Jose was able to kill the infraction, which seemed ripe for another heartbreaking 3rd period moment.

Blackwood stood on his head in the 3rd period, stopping all 15 shots he faced. The game wasn't decided until the final second ticked off the clock. Philadelphia pushed to avoid being the first team in the league to fall to the sad sack Sharks, firing multiple shots on goal in the final minute, including a shot with 2.4 seconds remaining.

Konecny was frustrated enough to draw a 10 minute misconduct after time expired. He threw a tantrum on the ice, going after rookie Nikita Okhutiak who didn't back down and drew his own misconduct in response.

Nobody in teal could have cared less about Konecny's antics, because they finally had a win. They had 2 points in the standings.

Game Notes:

* Referee Tom Chmielewski worked his 500th NHL game.

* Philadelphia had gone more than 100 minutes without scoring a goal before Joel Farabee bagged his 2nd period tally.

* Even with the victory, the Sharks trail the second worst team in the Western Conference, the Edmonton Oilers, by 2 points in the standings. They will get the chance to match them on Thursday night as Edmonton comes calling

* The two teams combined for 74 minutes in penalties on 12 minor penalties, 2 fighting majors and 4 10 minute misconducts.

* The Flyers had 5 skaters with 4 or more shots each in the game.


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1 2 3 T
PHI 0 1 0 1
SJ 1 1 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Duclair 3 (Labanc, Granlund), 1:43.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Eklund 2 (Duclair), 16:!8, (pp). 3, PHI, Farabee 6 (Sanheim, Laughton), 18:51.
3rd period - None.
1st period - Deslauriers, PHI (fighting major), 4:06; Smith, SJ (fighting major), 4:06; Duclair, SJ (tripping), 5:24; Burroughs, SJ (interference), 15:04; Konecny, PHI (interference on goaltender), 15:34; Konecny, PHI (roughing), 15:34; Kunin, SJ (roughing), 15:34; York, PHI (tipping), 16:50; Rutta, SJ (high sticking), 19:17.
2nd period - Banch, PHI (too many men), 0:59; Zamula, PHI (interference), 14:33; Granlund, SJ (tripping), 15:12; Sanheim, PHI (holding), 16:01.
3rd period - Granlund, SJ (holding), 1:25; Laughton, PHI (10 min misconduct), 19:57; Duclair, SJ (10 min misconduct), 19:57; Konecny, PHI (10 min misconduct), 20:00; Okhotiuk, SJ (10 min misconduct), 20:00.
Shots Saves
PHI - Ersson 19 17
SJ - Blackwood 39 38
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
PHI 13 11 15 39
SJ 4 7 8 19
Power Play Conversion
PHI 0 of 4
SJ 1 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
MacKenzie Blackwood
Anthony Duclair
Joel Farabee
SAP Center - 10,074
Referees: #38 Peter MacDougall, #18 Tom Chmielewski . Linesmen: #96 David Brisebois, #76 Michel Cormier .

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