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Kunin's 3rd period tally wins it for SJ
Sharks extend point streak to 3 games
11/27/2023 - By Mike Lee

Back to back wins have been a rarity for the San Jose Sharks this season. Leading up to Monday night's contest with the Washington Capitals, the Sharks had one back to back games just once this season. They replicated that feat with a nice 2-1 win over the Capitals, extending their point streak to three consecutive games. Playing their 5th game in 8 days, it was a prime opportunity for the Sharks to lay down. Perhaps they're starting to enjoy winning enough to do the little things to collect 2 points that are there for the taking.

MacKenzie Blackwood made 33 saves for the Sharks to lead the team. While his teammates were trying to figure out how to generate some offense against Alex Ovechkin and company, Blackwood was making big saves. Especially in the opening period.

The Sharks netminder helped keep the Sharks even after a Kyle Burroughs hooking penalty 2:@4 into the contest, denying two quality chances for the Capitals on the power play. Tom Wilson had a wide open net as he received a pass while perched on the doorstep, but he didn't get enough on the redirect. That allowed Blackwood to sweep it away with his leg pad.

He would follow that up by squaring himself up to a point blank Anthony Manta one time chance on the same power play.

San Jose survived those Capitals chances, then grabbed the lead.

Fabian Zetterlund scored his 6th goal of the season, and 2nd in consecutive games to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead at 10:23. Zetterlund put a shot on Darcy Kuemper from the top of the right circle on the rush, but the puck was deflected back out to the front of the net where Nikita Okhotiuk kicked it out to the right side where Zetterlund collected it and lifted a shot over Darcy Kuemper.

Washington out-shot San Jose 13-11 in the opening period but had nothing to show for it.

The Sharks seem to have things in order defensively for most of the 2nd period, but a late lapse allowed the Capitals to tie the game at 16:25. With the Capitals finally buzzing around the Sharks net, Evgeny Kuznetsov converted from the doorstep after his shot attempt clipped Okhotiuk and deflected past Blackwood for the 1-1 tie.

Jacob MacDonald took the Sharks 3rd minor penalty of the night at 85 seconds later after he tripped John Carlson. Washington put two shots off goal posts on the ensuing power play, but that's as close as the Capitals power play unit would come.

Washington created problems for themselves by taking a pair of penalties in the 3rd period. First Joel Edmundson was sent off for interference, although he could have received a cross checking or boarding penalty for face planting Kevin Labanc into the end boards. The Capitals killed that penalty, but they wouldn't be so lucky on a high sticking penalty to Martin Fehervary.

Luke Kunin converted on the latter penalty with a one time shot from the inside edge of the left circle off a setup pass from newly signed Shark Justin Bailey. The goal came with 7:12 left in regulation, which forced the Capitals to push in the offensive zone.

The Capitals pull Kuemper with 1:15 to play, but it would not tilt the scoreboard in Washington's favor.

Game Notes:

* Tomas Hertl was an injury scratch after suffering what's being reported as a "mid-body" injury. No clue what that means, so make your own conclusions.

* The Sharks signed right wing Justin Bailey to a 1-year two-way contract on Monday afternoon, and he was in the lineup on Monday night. Bailey was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2013 and has bounced around the league, playing for three teams before inking a deal with the SJ Barracuda earlier this year. Bailey leads the Barracuda in goal scoring this season with 6 goals in 16 games.

* Filip Zadina was officially moved to the injured reserve. He did not play in San Jose's 4-3 win over Vancouver on Saturday night after he was injured in the Sharks shootout loss to Montreal on Friday.

* Fabian Zetterlund led the sharks with 6 shots on goal. Tom Wilson matched that number for Washington.

* The Sharks head out on the road for a season-long 6-game trip. They will play two 5-game sets away from SAP Center as well, but the upcoming sojourn will take them to Boston, New Jersey, Manhattan, Long Island, Detroit and Vegas.


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1 2 3 T
WAS 0 1 0 1
SJ 1 0 1 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Zetterlund 6 (Okhotiuk, Granlund), 10:22.
2nd period - 2, WAS, Kuznetsov 4 (Van Riemsdyk, Fehervary), 16:22.
3rd period - 3, SJ, Kunin 5 (Bailey, Emberson), 12:46, (pp).
1st period - Burroughs, SJ (hooking), 2:24; Sandin, WAS (tripping), 7:16.
2nd period - Okhotiuk, SJ (tripping), 1:40; MacDonald, SJ (tripping), 17:50.
3rd period - Edmundson, WAS (interference), 6:35; Fehervary, WAS (high sticking), 11:19.
Shots Saves
WAS - Kuemper 23 21
SJ - Blackwood 34 33
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
WAS 13 14 7 34
SJ 11 6 6 23
Power Play Conversion
WAS 0 of 3
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Luke Kunin
Fabian Zetterlund
MacKenzie Blackwood
SAP Center - 10,759
Referees: #23 Corey Syvret, #15 Jean Hebert . Linesmen: #91 Ben O'Quinn, #67 Travis Gawryletz .

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