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Failure to finish costs Sharks
Montreal overcomes 2-0 deficit and wins 3-2 in a shootout
11/24/2023 - By Mike Lee

Another game, another tough lesson for the San Jose Sharks on Friday after at SAP Center. The Montreal Canadiens erased 2-0 deficit, before beating the Sharks 3-2 in the shootout. San Jose carried a 2-1 lead into the 3rd period, but couldn't hold the lead. The Sharks had given up a goal late in the 2nd period, allowing the comeback feasible against a team that simply doesn't know how to put opposing teams away. This one was another example of a team that really doesn't know how to win, but the loss came against a marginal opponent.

The Canadiens controlled the first 10 minutes of play, out-shooting San Jose 6-3 through the first half of the opening period. The Sharks turned things around after killing a delay of game penalty to Mike Hoffman. The Sharks seemed to find their legs and leveraged a Mike Matheson holding penalty at 16:29.

San Jose did everything but score on the ensuing power play, and finished the period by putting 8 of their 11 shots on goal over the final 3 minutes of the period.

Mike Hoffman put the Sharks in front 5:06 into the 2nd period with a one-time chance from just inside the right circle. William Eklund skated the puck out of the left corner, cruising behind the Montreal net before sliding a pass out front to Hoffman.

A Justin Barron tripping penalty on Fabian Zetterlund setup a second Sharks goal at 12:30. Eklund converted his 3rd power play goal of the season and 4th overall just 4 seconds into the ensuing power play. The equation was simple. Tomas Hertl wins the faceoff on the left side, pulls it back to Calen Addison, who then slides it over to the top of the right circle where Eklund one-timed it past Primeau for the 2-0 lead.

Montreal turned up the heat late in the period and cashed in when Jonathan Kovacevic scored with 1:58 remaining in the frame. The defenseman collected a Jayden Struble pass along the blueline, then walked the puck to a spot between the circles and fired a shot that found the upper left corner.

The Canadiens tied the game 3:26 into the 3rd period when Cole Caufield converted on a counter attack after the Sharks missed on a scoring change deep in the Montreal zone. Juraj Slafkovsky collected a rebound in the right corner, then sent a long pass up ice to Caufield who had Christian Dvorak on his left side as part of a 2-on-1 break. Nikita Okhotiuk split the two Canadiens forwards, so Caufield picked the same spot as Kovacevic and beat MacKenzie Blackwood high to the left.

The game would go to overtime where things started precariously for San Jose. Montreal could have easily ended things within the first 10 seconds of the extra period when Caufield had only daylight between him and Blackwood, but the Sharks goaltender bailed out his teammates.

The game would go to the shootout where Eklund started things off with a goal, then San Jose sent 5 more shooters to the ice to fail. Canadiens captain Nick Suzuki matched Eklund in the 1st round, then Jesse Ylonen ended the game in the 6th round by deeking Blackwood left and firing a shot home.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks celebrated long time radio play-by-play man Dan Rusanowsky in a pre-game ceremony recognizing his receipt of the Foster Hewett Memorial Award and subsequent enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

* Montreal goaltender is the nephew of former Shark forward Keith Primeau. The elder Primeau is best known by Sharks fans as being one of the outgoing pieces in the trade that brought Joe Thornton to San Jose in November of 2005.

* The loss wasn't the 7-1 embarrassment that the Sharks took on the chin on Wednesday night, but it was still a loss. The Sharks have lost both games that have gone beyond regulation play. They dropped a 2-1 shootout loss to Colorado in early October.

* Tomas Hertl had the secondary assists on both Sharks goals. Hertl has 3 goals and 6 assists over his last 10 games.

* In a rarity this season, the Sharks out-shot their opponent 33-24. Fabian Zetterlund led the Sharks with 7 shots. Cole Caufield led Montreal with 6 of their 24 shots.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
MTL 0 1 1 0 1 3
SJ 0 2 0 0 0 2
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Hoffman 5 (Eklund, Hertl), 5:06. 2, SJ, Eklund 4 (Addison, Hertl), 12:30, (pp). 3, MTL, Kovacevic 3 (Struble, Caufield), 18:02.
3rd period - 4, MTL, Caufield 6 (Slafkovsky), 3:25.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - SJ: Eklund (goal), Zetterlund (miss), Hoffman (miss), Granlund (miss), Hertl (miss), Duclair (miss), (goal/miss). MTL: Suzuki (goal), Caufield (miss), Slafkovsky (miss), Dvorak (miss), Monahan (miss), Ylonen (goal).
1st period - Hoffman, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 12:34; Matheson, MTL (holding), 16:29.
2nd period - Barron, MTL (tripping), 12:26.
3rd period - Ferraro, SJ (hooking), 9:12.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
MTL - Primeau 33 31
SJ - Blackwood 24 22
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
MTL 9 9 4 2 24
SJ 12 11 7 3 33
Power Play Conversion
MTL 0 of 2
SJ 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Cole Caufield
Tomas Hertl
William Eklund
SAP Center - 16,897
Referees: #29 Carter Sandlak, #37 Pierre Lambert . Linesmen: #79 Kiel Murchison, #74 Trent Knorr.

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