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Blackwood posts 1st shutout in 2-0 win
Sharks score a pair of 3d period goals to beat Kraken
1/30/2024 - By Mike Lee

Back in November, the Sharks traveled to Seattle to play the Kraken, and ended up limping home after getting spanked 7-1 at Climate Change Arena. The Kraken made their first of two trips to SAP Center on Tuesday night and the Sharks exacted a little revenge. Fueled by a 32 save performance by goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood, the Sharks held off a team on the cusp of a wild card spot in a 2-0. The shutout was the first for the Sharks this season.

Blackwood was calm and collected all night, which allowed the Sharks to wait out a Kraken team that entered play just 2 points our of a playoff spot. With 30ish games to play, these are the games that Seattle needed if they want to seriously contend for a spot in the second season.

Shakir Mukhamadullin was called for a questionable tipping call 8:06 into the contest to put the Kraken on the power play. San Jose's penalty kill did a nice job of keeping the puck on the perimeter, and clogging up shooting lanes. What was most notable was that all 4 defenders were on the ice for the full 2 minute power play.

Seattle would out-shoot the Sharks 13-3 in the opening period, but the deft penalty kill and solid play in net by Mackenzie Blackwood kept the game scoreless.

Jamie Oleksiak hauled down Anthony Duclair at 9:25 of the middle frame, setting up the Sharks on the power play. It took 11 plus minutes and the man advantage for the Sharks to record their first shot of the period.

Seattle would still hold a 19-8 edge in shots after 40 minutes, but neither team could get a puck over their opponent's goal line.

The Sharks would finally break the ice 7:27 into the 3rd period when Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored his 4th goal of the season with a long shot from the left side. Vlasic's shot appeared to clip Kraken Defenseman Justin Schultz's jersey, which altered the trajectory of the shot to cross up goaltender Joey Daccord.

William Eklund set the table for Vlasic by deeking several Kraken defenders in order to gain the zone before the puck was eventually moved to the Sharks defenseman.

Kraken head coach Dave Hekstol pulled Daccord with just under 2 minutes to play. The Sharks haven't been very effective at scoring on the empty net this season, but they took a couple of cracks at shots that traversed the length of the ice.

Fabian Zetterlund's chance clipped the right post, but didn't convert. Jan Rutta's chance from behind the Sharks own end line sailed the distance and found twine to put the game away.

Game Notes:

* Jacob MacDonald returned to the lineup after missing the last 15 games with a lower body injury.

* The Sharks were without Tomas Hertl who is dealing with a lower body issue. His status for the All Star Game is unknown.

* Shakir Mukhamadullin continued to impress in his 2nd NHL game. The big defenseman turned in a solid 22 minutes of ice time and change on 20 shifts. He was credited with 3 of the Sharks 16 blocked shots in the game.

* Luke Kunin took exception to a play by Will Borgen and engaged the defenseman 3:$5 into the 3rd period. The move may have jump started a Sharks offense that was doing little up to that point.

* The Sharks travel to Southern California for a quick turnaround as they will play the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night. The team will then enjoy a 2-week break as they will not resume play until February 14th.


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1 2 3 T
SEA 0 0 0 0
SJ 0 0 2 2
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 1, SJ, Vlasic 4 (Eklund, Emberson), 7:27. 2, SJ, Rutta 3 (Eklund), 19:39, (en).
1st period - Mukhamadullin, SJ (tripping), 8:06.
2nd period - Oleksiak, SEA (holding), 9:25.
3rd period - Borgen, SEA (fighting major), 3:45; Kunin, SJ (fighting major), 3:45.
Shots Saves
SEA - Daccord 21 20
SEA - empty net 1 0
SJ - Blackwood 32 32
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SEA 13 5 14 32
SJ 3 5 14 22
Power Play Conversion
SEA 0 of 1
SJ 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Mackenzie Blackwood
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
William Eklund
SAP Center - 10,988
Referees: #3 Chris Schlenker, #18 Tom Chmielewski. Linesmen: #79 Kiel Murchison, #67 Travis Gawryletz.

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