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Magic trip ends with a little more magic
Sharks salvage a point with another 3rd period comeback
12/10/2023 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks haven't had any home cooking in 13 days. They wrapped up their season-long 6-game road trip on Sunday night in Vegas as they closed out the trip with a 5-4 shootout loss to the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena. The Sharks battled back from another 2-goal deficit in the 3rd period to earn a point, but they would run out of magic in the shootout.

After their dismal start to their season, San Jose rallied for a 3rd consecutive comeback, overcoming 3rd period deficits in each of those games. They finished the trip by earning 7 out of 12 points in the standings to revive their season. A comeback here or there is one thing, but to do it three straight nights after their start was nothing short of remarkable.

Doing it against the defending Stanley Cup Champions shows that the Sharks may be closer than many believed after their winless October.

The Sharks decided to get things rolling early in Sunday nights game, scoring on the first shot of the game just 29 seconds in. San Jose cycled the puck around the perimeter to Mario Ferraro at the left point. The defenseman wound up on a shot that found its way past goaltender Jiri Patera who was a call up after former Shark Adin Hill was unable to go.

Ferraro's goal was his 1st of the season and only the 2nd for a Sharks defenseman this season.

San Jose held a slim 9-8 advantage in shots after the 1st period, but it was the goal that mattered.

Jonathan Marchessault knotted the game at 5:34 of the 2nd period, converting on a 2-on-1 chance. Calen Addison failure to control the puck in the offensive zone was magnified by the fact that Marchessault was already past him. The Golden Knights forward gathered the puck and raced up the left wing before snapping a shot short side past Kaapo Kahkonen for his 13th goal of the season.

San Jose made things difficult themselves by taking a pair of penalties in the frame. A holding penalty to Henry Thrun would eventually bite San Jose when Chandler Stephenson redirected an Alex Pietrangelo shot past Kahkonen at 15:44.

Brayden McNabb made things more difficult for the Sharks when he took advantage of some loose defense by San Jose. The Golden Knights forward weaved around a defender before snapping a shot from the bottom of the left circle that caught the upper right corner of the net.

An interference penalty to Zach Whitecloud setup a power play goal by Mike Hoffman at 3:56 of the period. The Sharks forward gathered a Granlund feed on the right wing before skating toward the net and flipping a backhand shot that deflected off Kaedan Korczak's stick and past Patera to make it a 3-2 game. Kahkonen was credited with the secondary assist on the goal.

Marchessault added his 2nd goal of the night at 9:23 when he swept a Stephenson feed past Kahkonen from the slot. The Golden Knights forward was the benefactor of a non-call on a takedown of Addison.

Addison made it a 4-3 game by scoring his 1st goal as a Shark with 3:46 to play. It was his 1st goal in 54 games dating back to last season when he was with the Minnesota Wild. Filip Zadina and Justin Bailey exchanged the puck as the Sharks entered the Knights zone. Bailey dropped the puck to the trailing Addison, who snapped the puck over Patera's shoulder.

The Sharks pulled Kahkonen with 2:33 to play, which would work once again. Hoffman converted with 39 seconds remaining in regulation on a tic-tac-toe thing of beauty. Alex Barabanov carried the puck to the top of the left circle before hitting Tomas Hertl below the end line on the left side. Hertl one-touched Barabanov's feed with a pass to the slot where Hoffman punched it home for his 8th of the season.

In the overtime period Mario Ferraro missed on a chance after crashing the net, which was quickly countered by Jack Eichel breakaway that Kahkonen stopped. Jacob MacDonald unleashed a shot right at the buzzer that Patera got a piece of to get the game to the shootout.

In the skills competition Eichel and Marchessault buried their chances where Kevin Labanc and Mikael Granlund didn't.

Game Notes:

* William Eklund was a late scratch with what the Sharks are calling a lower body injury. the Rookie forward was on the ice for the pre-game skate, but was shelved right before the start of the game. Givani Smith got back into the lineup as a result of Eklund's issue.

* Marc-Edouard Vlasic was a scratch so that he could attend to a personal matter. HEnry Thrun was recalled on Saturday and took Vlasic's spot among the defensive corps.

* Anthony Duclair was injured when Keegan Kolisar through a shoulder into the side of the Shark forward's head in the 2nd period. Duclair was clearly in discomfort after making his way to the bench. He did not return.

* San Jose out-shot an opponent once again. Jacob MacDonald, Fabian Zetterlund and Kevin Labanc all had 4 shots to lead San Jose.

* The Sharks dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 39 of 62 draws for a 63% edge.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 1 0 3 0 0 4
VGK 0 2 2 0 1 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Ferraro 1 (Burroughs, Granlund), 0:29.
2nd period - 1, VGK, Marchessault 13 (Hutton), 5:34. 3, VGK, Stephenson 4 (Pietrangelo, Stone), 15:44, (pp).
3rd period - 4, VGK, McNabb 2 (Eichel, Korczak), 1:43. 5, SJ, Hoffman 7 (Granlund, Kahkonen), 3:56, (pp). 6, VGK, Marchessault 14 (Stephenson, Whitecloud), 9:23. 7, SJ, Addison 1 (Bailey, Zadina), 16:14. 8, SJ, Hoffman 8 (Hertl, Barabanov), 19:21.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - VGK: Roy (miss), Eichel (goal), Marchessault (goal). SJ: Labanc (miss), Granlund (miss).
1st period - Burroughs, SJ (tripping), 16:28.
2nd period - Sturm, SJ (high sticking), 6:56; Barbashev, VGK (hooking), 10:39; Thrun, SJ (holding), 14:31.
3rd period - Whitecloud, VGK (interference), 1:59; Karlsson, VGK (tripping), 9:49; MacDonald, SJ (elbowing), 11:27.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Kahkonen 27 23
VGK - Patera 38 34
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 9 11 17 2 39
VGK 8 10 8 1 27
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
VGK 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Jonathan Marcehssault
Mike Hoffman
Jack Eichel
T-Mobile Arena - 17,849
Referees: #4 Wes McCauley, #6 Francis Charron. Linesmen: #55 Kyle Flemington, #83 Matt MacPherson.

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