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Win streak snapped after 5-2 loss
Buffalo muzzles Sharks in afternoon matchup
1/27/2024 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks entered Saturday's game with the Buffalo Sabres riding a season high 3-game win streak, and a hot start to the contest looked as if the Sharks might extend that streak. Struggling themselves this season, the Sabres had other ideas, so they dispatched the Sharks with 5 unanswered goals to take a 5-2 victory at SAP Center.

It was a Dr Jekyl - Mr Hyde performance by the Sharks who enjoyed a rare 2-goal lead to start a game. The Sabres would even things up by the end of the period, and then wore down San Jose.

The Sharks cracked the score sheet first 8:04 in to the contest when Marc-Edouard Vlasic found the back of the net with a shot from the left point. The Sharks defenseman used traffic in front of the net to screen Sabres goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen's vision. The puck slipped between Luukkonen and the left post low to the stick side.

San Jose's defense added more scoring when Jan Rutta scored less than 3 minutes later. The shot was aided by Sabres defenseman who tried to get his stick in front of the shot, but ended up altering its trajectory and crossed up Luukkonen.

JJ Peterka put a backhand shot past Kaapo Kahkonen after Dylan Cozen tried wrapping the puck around the right post. Cozen's attempt slipped through the crease to the left side where Peterka was able to get his stick on it, lifting it over Kahkonen's right pad.

Buffalo tied the game with just under 2 minutes remaining in the period when Jordan Greenway chipped a quick Alex Tuch feed past Kahkonen. Tuch was attacking the net off the right post, drawing Kahkonen's attention to that side. He dished to his left where Greenway fought off Kyle Burroughs for the tap in goal.

The Sabres took the lead 1:36 into the 2nd period when Tuch fired a shot from the high slot, using Greenway as a screen. The shot evaded Kahkonen by sliding just inside the left post.

Paterka landed a gut-punch goal 4:33 into the 3rd period off a 3-on-2 play that ended with a shot from the right dot. Kahkonen was square to the shot, but he was simply late to get a glove to the waist high shot.

The Sharks were presented with one last shot at getting back into the game when Kyle Okposo was whistled for interference. The play also included a bushel of roughing penalties after the Sharks took offense to Okposo's hit on Nikita Okhotiuk. San Jose would still have the mad advantage, but as has been the case all season, the Sharks power play has been irrelevant.

Offsetting penalties to Connor Clifton and William EKlund opened up the ice a bit so Sharks head coach David Quinn elected to pull Kahkonen for the extra skater. Buffalo simply used that scenario to pad their lead when DylanCozens converted the empty-net goal to cap the game's scoring. Game Notes:

* Defenseman Shakir Mukhamadullin made his NHL debut on Saturday with the Sharks. The young Russian was called up after San Jose placed Henry Thrun on the injured list. Mukhamadullin wore jersey number 85.

* Defenseman Ty Emberson returned from a 7 game absence after he dealt with an injury issue.

* Jan Rutta extended his game scoring streak to 4 games with his 1st period goal. Ryan Carpenter had his 4-game scoring streak snapped. Nico Sturm had his 3-game point streak ended.

* Buffalo out-shot the Sharks 36-25. They would limit San Jose to 7 shots in the critical 3rd period.

* San Jose held advantages in hits (9-7) and faceoff wins (38 of 69).


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1 2 3 T
BUF 2 1 2 5
SJ 2 0 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Vlasic 3 (Eklnd, Emberson), 8:04. 2, SJ, Rutta 2 (Eklund), 10:42. 3, BUF, Peterka 17 (Cozen, Power), 14:14. 4, BUF, Greenway 6 (Tuch, Mittelstadt), 18:01.
2nd period - 5, BUF, Tuch 14 (Mittelstadt), 1:36.
3rd period - 6, BUF, Paterka 18 (Cozen, Quinn), 4:31. 7, BUF, Cozen 10 (unassisted), 15:42, (en).
1st period - Hoffman, SJ (hooking), 3:33.
2nd period - Couture, SJ (tripping), 7:13; Jokiharju, BUF (interference), 16:43.
3rd period - Okposo, BUF (interference), 9:54; Skinner, BUF (roughing), 9:54; Okposo, BUF (roughing), 9:54; Burroughs, SJ (roughing), 9:54; Kunin, SJ (roughing), 9:54; Clifton, BUF (interference), ; Eklund, SJ (embelllishment), 14:56.
Shots Saves
BUF - Luukkonen 25 23
SJ - Khakonen 35 31
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
BUF 10 13 13 36
SJ 12 6 7 25
Power Play Conversion
BUF 0 of 2
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
JJ Peterka
Casey Mittelstadt
Jordan Greenway
SAP Center - 17,435
Referees: #10 Kyle Rehman, #14 Trevor Hanson. Linesmen: #58 Ryan Gibbons, #62 Mitch Hunt.

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