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Sharks in a giving mood as they fall 7-1
11/22/2023 - By Mike Lee

After the Sharks allowed 10 goals on back to back games in early November, the Sharks seemed to take note and started to show signs of rebounding from those setbacks. A scolding by GM Mike Grier seemed to hit home. After dropping a 7-1 decision to the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday night, Grier may be getting ready for another tongue lashing. More than a handful of players were simply late to the party and the Sharks paid for it with another embarrassing loss.

Similar to the 10-1 loss to Vancouver on November 2nd, the Sharks fell behind 4-0 to the Kraken. The lack of effort was blatantly obvious and Seattle pounced.

San Jose recorded a single shot in the 2nd period and didn't generate their first shot of the 3rd period until the 7:47 mark. I was an about face from the progress the team showed in their win over St Louis and their 3-1 loss to Vancouver on Monday night.

The Kraken grabbed the lead just 88 seconds into the game when Brandon Tanev converted on a break up the ice. The Kraken forward was even with defenseman Jan Rutta at the midline, but he accelerated past the Sharks defenseman before angling to his left in the slot and dragging the puck past goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen for his 2nd goal of the season.

Seattle appeared to score goal when Matty Beniers beat Kahkonen in tight, but the Sharks elected to challenge the play for offside. A video review confirmed that Beniers was early to cross the blueline, negating the goal.

Oliver Bjorkstrand would get the Kraken their 2nd goal, scoring at 10:36. Eeli Tolvanen and Yanni Gourde found themselves on a 2-on-1 break after goaltender Joey Daccord ffired a puck up ice by banking it off the right wing glass. Gourde's shot attempt skipped past the Sharks goal, bouncing off the end boards and floating towards the right post. Rookie defenseman Nikita Okhotiuk over-skated the puck, allowing it to find Bjorkstrand's stick for an easy deposit into an unattended net.

A Jordan Eberle pass to Jared McCann in front of the Sharks net missed its mark, but the puck deflected out to Adam Larsson who lifted a shot over Kahkonen's glove for a 3-0 lead just 31 seconds after Bjorkstrand's goal.

Seattle really broke the Sharks back with 1:15 remaining in the period when Gourde converted for his 4th of the season on a fortuitous deflection. Will Borgen fed Gourde down low on the right side, preceding what appeared to be a pass through the crease. Problem is, the puck clipped Kahkonen on the inside of his right leg pad and redirecting into the Sharks net for a 4-0 lead.

With few motivational options at his disposal, Sharks head coach David Quinn inserted MacKenzie Blackwood in net to start the 2nd period.

Filip Zadina took the 2nd of his two penalties at 2:12 of the 2nd period after he allegedly hooked Beniers. The Kraken made quick work of San Jose on the power play when Jared McCann ripped a shot from the top of the left circle, beating Blackwood.

The Sharks would keep the Kraken from scoring over the remaining 16 minutes of the period and actually held Seattle to a paltry 4 shots in the period. The issue is they only generated a single shot themselves in the period. Kraken goaltender Joey Daccord might have been confused for a lampshade, as he had to make little effort to move in his barren Seattle defensive zone.

Tolvanen added a 6th goal 2:22 into the 3rd period. Bjorkstrand fired a shot from the high slot, but it kicked off the end boards and bounced right to Tolvanen who squeezed a backhand chance between Blackwood and the right post.

Mike Hoffman ruined Daccord's night by snapping the shutout bid when he snapped a rebound from the right end line at 15:32.

The Sharks got to celebrate for 14 seconds, once Tolvanen put his 2nd goal of the night past Blackwood to make a 7-1 contest.

Game Notes:

* Jan Rutta was injured in the 1st period, when he went into the corner boards. He did not return.

* Tomas Hertl went awkwardly into the boards in the 3rd period with the Sharks down 6-0. He tangled skates with Matty Beniers before going injuring what appeared to be his left knee.

* San Jose has been outscored 82-28 this season. The Washington Capitals have scored 41 goals this season, which is the second worst output in the league. Columbus and Edmonton have both allowed 72 goals this season.

* Oliver Bjorkstrand had a 4 point night with a goal and 3 assists. Eeli Tovanen had a 2 goal, 1 assist night. Ty Emberson had a -4 night for the Sharks. San Jose was a collective -25

* The Sharks are now 0-4 all time at Climate Change Arena.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 1 1
SEA 4 1 2 7
1st period - 1, SEA, Tanev 2 (WEnnberg, Oleksiak), 1:28. 2, SEA, Bjorkstrand 7 (Gourde, Tolvanen), 10:36. 3, SEA, Larsson 1 (McCann, Eberle), 11:07. 4, SEA, Gourde 4 (Borgen, Bjorkstrand), 18:45.
2nd period - 5, SEA, McCann 9 (Schultz, Bjorkstrand), 3:36, (pp).
3rd period - 6, SEA, Tolvanan 4 (Bjorkstrand), 2:22. 7, SJ, Hoffman 4 (Okhotiuk, Burroughs), 15:32. 8, SEA, Tolvanen 5 (Olesiak), 15:46.
1st period - Zadina, SJ (tripping), 11:52; Kartye, SEA (high sticking), 19:00.
2nd period - Zadina, SJ (hooking), 2:12; Burroughs, SJ (fighting major), 18:07; Tanev, SEA (fighting major), 18:07.
3rd period - Schultz, SEA (slashing), 7:50; Okhotiuk, SJ (hooking), 12:03.
Shots Saves
SJ - Kahkonen 17 13
SJ - Blackwood 13 10
SEA - Daccord 14 13
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 7 1 6 14
SEA 17 4 9 30
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
SEA 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
OLiver Bjorkstrand
Eeli Tolvanen
Jared McCann
Climate Pledge Arena - 17,151
Referees: #7 Garrett Rank, #48 Beau Halkidis. Linesmen: #79 Kiel Murchison, #80 Jonathan Deschamps.

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