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Offense misses start to trip
Sharks fall 1-0 in Winnipeg after lengthy break
2/14/2024 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks returned from their lengthy 2-week break by hitting the road with a stop in Winnipeg. San Jose's offense may have missed the trip from San Jose, as Connor Hellebuyck shutout the Sharks with an 18 save performance. Kappo Kahkonen made 39 saves in the 1-0 loss.

Playing without Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture, the Sharks offense was non-existent. The Sharks would fall for the 38th time in 52 games this season. Kahkonen was the lone bright spot in the defeat. The only goal he would surrender came off a double reflection.

The Sharks got out of the gate with some inspired skating, putting the first 4 shots of the game on net. Then someone flipped a switch and it turned a different game. The Jets sent the next 15 in the direction of Kahkonen, including a Neal Pionk attempt that hit Morgan Barron deflecting home for a 1-0 Jets lead.

The Jest had a pair of golden chances 12 minutes into the 2nd period when Nino Niederreiter skated in on a breakaway, and then pulled the trigger on a point blank chance off another rush. In both cases, Kahkonen denied the Jets forward to keep the Sharks close.

San Jose missed on a chance that went to video review after Anthony Duclair flipped a puck on net that was stopped when defenseman Mark Scheifele stepped behind Hellebuyck to block the net. Duclair's shot hit Scheifele in the knee.

Nico Sturm was injured midway through the 3rd period when he fell backwards following a check and hit his head on the ice. The forward was able to skate off on his own, but he was done for the night.

The Sharks looked to pull Kahkonen with a minute remaining in regulation, but he was injured on a scrum in front of his own net. The Sharks goaltender had to drag himself off the ice and over the boards.

It was all moot as San Jose could not get the puck anywhere near Hellebuyck, extra skater or not.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks returned from the long break without Tomas Hertl, who will miss several weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee to clean up loose cartilage.

* Logan Couture was a medical scratch as he nurses a groin issue. Couture missed the first 45 games of the season. He returned for the next 6, recording 1 assist.

* Mario Ferraro returned to the lineup after missing the last 4 games with an ankle issue. Mikael Granlund also returned after missing 6 games with a shoulder injury.

* Ferraro notched 300 career NHL games with his appearance on Wednesday night.

* Sharks head coach David Quinn had hip replacement surgery last week and was on the bench in Winnipeg. Nobody can call hockey players soft.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 0 0
WPG 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, WPG, Barron 9 (Lowry, Pionk), 17:47.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - None.
1st period - Granlund, SJ (hooking), 14:40.
2nd period - Granlund, SJ (holding), 0:10; Perfetti, WPG (slashing), 5:27.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Kahkonen 40 39
WPG - Hellebuyck 17 17
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 4 8 5 17
WPG 15 16 9 40
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 1
WPG 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Kappo Kahkonen
Mark Scheifele
Dylan Samberg
Canada Life Centre - 13,786
Referees: #2 Jon McIsaac, #16 Brian Pochmara. Linesmen: #64 Brandon Gawryletz, #52 Shandor Alphonso.

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