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Little mistakes cost SJ in BC
Canucks take 3-1 win at Rogers Arena
11/20/2023 - By Mike Lee

18 days ago, the Sharks were steam-rolled by the Vancouver Canucks 10-1 at SAP Center. On Monday night San Jose would lose again, but by a more respectable 3-1 deficit. Sadly, a 2-goal loss is considered respectable for a team that just doesn't have the pieces to compete with upper echelon teams these days. The Sharks held serve for more than 30 minutes before an overturned goal would ignite the Canucks.

It was more evidence that the Sharks have a mix of young inexperienced players that have to grow into professionals, and a gaggle of veteran castoffs that are roster fillers. The blend equates to a team that rarely competes for 60 minutes. Monday night was more of the underachieving hockey that has come to be San Jose's sad signature.

The Sharks passed a first test 5 minutes into the contest after Mario Ferraro was sent to the penalty box for cross checking. The Sharks were mauled by the Canucks power play back on November 2nd, but San Jose survived this attempt.

William Eklund just missed on a prime scoring chance right after Ferraro's penalty expired, taking a cross-ice feed from Tomas Hertl and lifting a shot over Thatcher Demko on a 2-on-1 rush.

The opening period was an about face for the Sharks, who didn't allow the Canucks to get on the board. They trailed 4-0 the last time these teams squared off, so a 0-0 period was a major step forward for San Jose.

Givani Smith was denied by Demko 2:20 into the 2nd period when the Sharks forward tried to drag a loose puck around the Canucks netminder.

The Sharks appeared to score the game's first goal 11 minutes into the 2nd period when William Eklund punched home a rebound from the doorstep. The goal was overturned after the Canucks challenged that Fabian Zetterlund had interfered with Demko.

Vancouver countered 2 minutes later when Quinn Hughes skated around the left side and snapped a shot from in deep that found the upper right corner of the Sharks goal for the 1-0 lead.

Things turned ugly when Nils Hoglander slew-footed Kevin Labanc at 18:31, causing the Sharks forward to crash to the ice on his shoulder. Referees Steve Kozari and Garrett Rank assessed Hoglander with a match penalty for intent to injure. That gave the Sharks a 5-minute power play.

The Sharks chose to use the 1:29 that remained in the period to rest themselves for the 3rd period, letting their foot up off the gas. That would be a costly mistake. Teddy Blueger and Sam Lafferty beat the Sharks with the forecheck in the Sharks zone, ending with Lafferty slamming a puck home for the 2-0 lead with 0.8 seconds left on the clock.

Hertl converted 48 seconds into the 3rd period on the carryover from Hoglander's major penalty. The Sharks forward punched home a rebound after Calen Addison pumped a shot on net from the high slot.

JT Miller made it a 3-1 game at 7:10 when he banged home a rebound off a Brock Boeser shot. Miller was crashing at the top of the crease when the puck fell right on his stick for his 12th goal of the season.

The Sharks pulled Blackwood with 2:30 to play, but a high sticking penalty by Mike Hoffman negated the extra attacker opportunity.

Game Notes:

* Jacob MacDonald made his return to the lineup after missing the last 6 games due to a lower body issue. The Sharks also added Nico Sturm to the injured reserve as he has left the team to deal with a personal matter. San Jose also returned Danil Gushchin to the San Jose Barracuda.

* Prince Harry made a surprise visit to Rogers Arena, dripping the puck for the ceremonial faceoff.

* Per Darin Stephens: The Sharks have now allowed 11 goals in the final 2 minutes of periods this season. Only Detroit (13), Montreal (12) and Minnesota (12) have allowed more.

* The Sharks lost for the 8th time on the road to start the season. San Jose actually had a better record on the road last season than at home.

* The Canucks out-shot the Sharks 40-28, meaning MacKenzie Blackwood continues to see more shots than he should. Opposing teams just wearing down the goaltending. Probability says they'll go in if you throw enough at the net, and the Sharks defense is obliging.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 1 1
VAN 0 2 1 3
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, VAN, Hughes 8 (Hoglander, Beauvillier), 13:07. 2, VAN, Lafferty 4 (Blueger), 19:59, (sh).
3rd period - 3, SJ, Hertl (Addison, Granlund), 0:48, (pp). 4, VAN, Miller 12 (Boeser, Hughes), 7:10.
1st period - Ferraro, SJ (cross checking), 5:00.
2nd period - Cole, VAN (interference), 14:32; Hoglander, VAN (match penalty - intent to injure), 18:31.
3rd period - Bench, SJ (too many men), 3:31; Hoffman, SJ (high sticking), 18:32.
Shots Saves
SJ - Blackwood 40 37
VAN - Demko 28 27
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 6 10 12 28
VAN 11 13 16 40
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
VAN 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Quinn Hughes
Thatcher Demko
JT Miller
Rogers Arena - 18,718
Referees: #40 Steve Kozari, #7 Garrett Rank. Linesmen: #77 Caleb Apperson, #80 Jonathan Deschamps .

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