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Road trip ends with shootout loss
Blackhawks win it in 9th round
1/16/2024 - By Mike Lee

The NHL's 32nd ranked San Jose Sharks made a stop in Chicago to face the 31st ranked Blackhawks on Tuesday night. It was a grand display of bad hockey, showcasing two teams that can't score or generate much excitement in a game that's made to be exciting. When regulation expired, the game was knotted at 1-1, then neither team could score in overtime. In the end, the Sharks would fall 2-1 in the shootout when Boris Katchouk slipped a puck past Mackenzie Blackwood in the 9th round of the skills competition. No, not Connor Bedard, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews or Stan Makita. Boris Katchouk.

For San Jose, it put an end to a miserable 5-game road trip, that netted the Sharks 3 of 10 possible points in the standings. By losing in the shootout, the Blackhawks created a point of separation between them and the Sharks for worst record in the NHL. Chicago's 28 points are 4 better than San Jose, who fell to 10-31-4 on the season.

It was another miserable display that was excruciating to watch. Save for a pair of fights, it would not have been inappropriate to call in a doctor to see if either team had a pulse.

The Sharks limp home from a trip that should have ended with better results. The opponents were bottom of barrel variety, but as the league's cellar dweller, San Jose proved they are the worse team in the league b a considerable margin.

The Sharks got themselves into hot water early, taking a pair of penalties 4 minutes apart. They killed the first, but a slashing penalty to Ryan Carpenter would prove costly. Southern California native Cole Guttman jammed a rebound over the goal line after former Sharks Ryan Donato pushed a shot to the front of the net.

San Jose would out-shoot the Blackhawks 9-5 in the opening frame, but they had little to speak of in terms of quality scoring chances.

Rookie William Eklund has hit a wall in this season. Call it an absence of luck or the rookie doldrums, but his struggles were one full display in this one. After missing on a wide open net chance in the 1st period, he missed on an even better chance 5 minutes into the 2nd period when his attempt from 10 feet out at an undefended goal clanked off the crossbar.

A Sharks 2-on-1 chance to start the 3rd period was turned aside by Blackhawks goaltender Petr Mrazek, to extend a perfect string of saves on the Sharks. That string would last 29 shots before San Jose finally got to him.

Ryan Carpenter converted on a one-time chance from the area to the right of the crease. Justin Bailey gathered a Mike Hoffman feed while skating behind the Blackhawks net, then delivered the puck to Carpenter out in front of the net.

In the overtime, Mario Ferraro was called for holding just 45 seconds into the extra period. San Jose did a good job to kill the penalty.

Game Notes:

* The NHL's #1 overall pick in last year's NHL Draft, Connor Bedard, did not play in the game as he continues to nurse the broken jaw he sustained in December.

* Forward Mikael Granlund was injured from an open ice hit early in the 3rd period. Mackenzie Entwistle caught Granlund up high near the Blackhawks zone. Granlund skated off holding his right shoulder and headed straight to the locker room. He did not return to the game.

* Ryan Carpenter's NHL Career began by signing with the Sharks as an undrafted free agent in 2014, but he played three seasons in Chicago after he was released by the Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights.

* The Sharks remain mum on Logan Couture's status. He traveled with the team on the current 50game trip and was expected to make his season debut, but that did not come to fruition. It's unclear if he will return to the lineup when the Sharks return home on Saturday when they face Anaheim.

* San Jose will play a single home game before hitting the road again. They will play Anaheim on Saturday then fly to Los Angeles to play the Kings on January 22nd. They then return home for three games. They will return to Southern California to play the Ducks before the NHL All Star break.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 0 0 1 0 0 1
CHI 1 0 0 0 1 2
1st period - 1, CHI, Guttman, 4 (Donato, Korchinski), 10:39, (pp).
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 2, SJ, Carpenter 2 (Bailey, Hoffman), 5:13.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - CHI: Kurashev (miss), Donato (miss), Pitlick (goal), Reichel (miss), Dickinson (miss), Guttman (miss), Raddysh (miss), Sanford (miss), Katchouk (goal). SJ: Zetterlund (miss), Labanc (goal), Hertl (miss), Hoffman (miss), Kunin (miss), Eklund (miss), Thrun (miss), Barabanov (miss), Zadina (miss).
1st period - Barabanov, SJ (tripping), 4:46; Carpenter, SJ (slashing), 8:51; Megna, CHI (interference), 11:46.
2nd period - Zetterlund, SJ (tripping), 1:28; Burroughs, SJ (boarding), 9:25; Burroughs, SJ (fighting major), 9:25; Guttman, CHI (roughing), 9:25; Guttman, CHI (fighting major), 9:25; Sabourin, SJ (fighting major), 11:59; Tinordi, CHI (fighting major), 11:59; Katchouk, CHI (hooking), 14:43.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - Ferraro, SJ (holding), 0:45.
Shots Saves
SJ - Blackwood 25 24
CHI - Mrazek 38 37
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 9 15 12 2 38
CHI 5 9 8 3 25
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
CHI 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Petr Mrazek
Boris Katcouk
Cole Guttman
United Center - 16,401,
Referees: #31 Michael Markovic, #38 Peter MacDougall. Linesmen: #85 Bevan Mills, #68 CJ Murray.

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