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Sharks start roadie with 3-2 loss
Flyers pot break 3rd period tie to split season series with SJ
3/12/2024 - By Mike Lee

As the post trade deadline fog begins to lift and the Sharks try to get to the finish line of this lost 2023-24 NHL season, the Sharks hit the road for the first of five games away from SAP Center with a stop in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Not unlike most games this season, the Sharks can't outscore their opponent and fall for the 41st time in regulation by dropping a 3-2 decision at Wells Fargo Center.

The Sharks auditions continued to feature Magnus Chrona in net with Mackenzie Blackwood on the injured list and Kaapo Kahkonen shipped off to New Jersey. Chrona was one of the bright spots in the close lose, stopping 39 shots which is his career high.

The Flyers grabbed the early lead when Joel Farabee scored just 3:29 into the contest, after he slipped behind Marc-Edouard Vlasic and took a Morgan Frost feed up ice and raced in on a breakaway. Farabee split Magnus Chrona's pads on the breakaway for his 19th goal of the season.

Filip Zadina scored the first of two power play goals on the night with just 41 seconds remaining in the period. The two teams overloaded on the right side where Luke Kunin possessed the puck along the side boards after entering the Flyers zone. Kunin spotted Zadina cutting on the off wing and promptly sent the puck over to his linemate who put it past Samuel Ersson for his 11th of the season.

Frost would score his own power play goal at 9:20 of the middle period after the Sharks were whistled for too many men. Frost lifted a second chance attempt after Travis Konecny bounced a shot off Chrona. Frost was in lurking on the right side and was perfectly positioned for the big rebound.

Zadina scored his second goal at 13:34 after Garnet Hathaway was sent off for elbowing Jacob MacDonald. Zadina finished a nice puck movement sequence that was started by Alexander Barabanov in the left corner. The Russian winger fed newly acquired forward Klim Kostin, who then promptly fed it to Kunin. With Zadina left unattended on the right side, Kunin made the feed from down low for the easy deposit.

The Flyers converted at 5:09 of the 3rd period off a delayed penalty to San Jose. Owen Tippet put Philadelphia back on top when he cut toward the net on the right side when Koncny spotted him and sent a setup feed through the slot from the left wing boards. Tippett simply had to tap the puck past Chrona who was late to cover the right side of the net.

Defenseman Henry Thrun learned something about NHL Rules when he was sent off for "throwing equipment" after he tried passing Chrona the goaltender his stick after it was knocked out of his hands and made its way to the side boards. Thrun skated to the twig and used his own stick to shovel it back to the Sharks net, which is illegal.

Nothing came of the ensuing penalty, but it killed valuable time in the final period.

Game Notes:

* Klim Kostin recorded his first point as a Shark with the secondary assist on Filip Zadina's 2nd goal.

* Flyers head coach John Tortorella was serving the first of his 2 games after he was suspended for his actions in Saturday's big loss to Tampa Bay.

* William Eklund and Fabian Zetterlund had 3-game assist streaks snapped. Thomas Bordeleau's 2-game goal scoring streak also came to an end.

* San Jose was 20-for-60 on draws for a paltry 33% conversion rate. That was most evident in the 3rd period when they could not gain possession of the puck when they needed it most.

* The Sharks move on to Pittsburgh where they will face former defenseman Erik Karlsson. The Penguins are reeling of late, sitting 8 points out of a playoff spot.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 0 2
PHI 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, PHI, Farabee 19 (Frost), 3:29. 2, SJ, Zadina 11 (Kunin, Barabanov), 19:19, (pp).
2nd period - 3, PHI, Frost 10 (Konecny), 9:20, (pp). 4, SJ, Zadina 12 (Kunin, Kostin), 13:34, (pp).
3rd period - 5, PHI, Tippett 23 (Konecny), 5:09.
1st period - Zetterlund, SJ (holding), 0:43; Smith, SJ (roughing), 4:39; Laughton, PHI (roughing), 4:39; Frost, PHI (hooking), 11:00; Foerster, PHI (tripping), 17:32.
2nd period - Bordeleau, SJ (hooking), 2:42; Koneckny, PHI (roughing), 6:24; Bench, SJ (too many men), 9:00; Zamula, PHI (hooking), 9:52; Hathaway, PHI (elbowing), 11:41.
3rd period - Thrun, SJ (throwing equipment), 6:40.
Shots Saves
SJ - Chrona 42 39
PHI - Ersson 29 27
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 10 10 9 29
PHI 11 16 15 42
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 5
PHI 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Morgan Frost
Filip Zadina
Owen Tippett
Wells Fargo Center - 18,289
Referees: #38 Peter MacDougall, #8 Francois StLaurent. Linesmen: #80 Jonathan Deschamps, #92 Mark Shewchyk.

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