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Sharks fade in the 3rd, fall in Pittsburgh
SJ contains Pens big guns, but can't score late
3/14/2024 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks continued their tour of Pennsylvania on Thursday night with a stop in Pittsburgh. San Jose hung on for 40 minutes, but would allow three 3rd period goals to fall 6-3 to the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. Magnus Chrona made 25 saves in the loss. Klim Kostin, MArc-EDouard Vlasic and Mikael Granlund all had 2-point games.

The Penguins drew first blood shortly after a Filip Zadina hooking penalty expired. Former Sharks Erik Karlsson fired a shot on net from the blueline, banking it off teammate Noel Acciari at 10:28. Granlund had missed on a short-handed chances 30 seconds earlier.

San Jose tied the game 4 minutes later when Fabian Zetterlund pushed a shot from the doorstep into a wide open net after Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry was caught on the right side. Calen Addison put a shot off Jarry, but the rebound didn't carry any farther than the edge of the crease.

Vlasic scored the most improbable goal in the final minute of the period. The defenseman was carrying the puck near the left corner when he decided to throw it at the net. The puck deflected off Jarry, then hit defenseman Marcus Pettersson before redirecting into the Pittsburgh net.

Jeff Carter tapped home a Emil Bemstrom feed off the left post after slipping his defender Justin Bailey. The Sharks forward likely would not have offered much opposition even if he was even with Carter as he skated without a stick.

Evgeni Malkin put the Penguins up 3-2 at the 11:34 mark with a put back chance from outside the right post. The Penguins carried the puck up ice before Drew O'Connor pumped a shot on goal from the high slot. The rebound kicked right to Malkin was skating past the post.

It looked as if the Sharks would trail by a goal heading to the 2nd intermission, because they couldn't get anything going offensively. Kostin reversed course by scoring his 1st goal as a Shark with 1:18 remaining in the period. Vlasic started the scoring sequence with a shot from the top of the left circle. Jarry stopped it, but Granlund retained possession for the Sharks with his back to the net. Granlund spotted Kostin floating toward goal on the right side, finding him with a pass that the new Shark pumped past Jarry to tie it up at 3-3.

An absence of luck early in the 3rd period decided this one for San Jose. The Penguins scored a pair of goals off long shots 2 minutes apart to grab a 5-3 lead.

John Ludvig cranked a blast from the left point that found a seam through a sea of legs to beat Chrona for his 2nd goal of the season.

Former Duck Rickard Rakell was credited with a goal at 4:38 after Pierre-Olivier Joseph fired a shot from the high slot. Joseph's shot clipped Rakell in the shin pad, changing the trajectory enough to get it past Chrona for his 10th marker of the season.

Game Notes:

* The Penguins have struggled this season, but could things get any worse than having to tell your fans that they would not be issuing bobble heads on Jaromir Jagn Night, with Jagr in attendance. The lot of bobble heads was stolen from the port of call in California after they arrived from an overseas manufacturer.

* Mikael Granlund had to be helped off the ice after he injured his right knee 13 minutes into the 2nd period. Granlund became tangled with Bryan Rust in the left corner before Rust fell on Granlund, bending the leg awkwardly. He remarkably missed two shifts then returned to the game.


n it get any worse than having Jaromir Jagr's bobble heads stolen, thereby ruining Jagr Night in Pittsburgh. Ironically, the shipment of bobble heads was stolen after they were delivered in California. * By scoring against the Penguins, Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic has only the Islanders, Bruins and Devils left to cover the entire NHL.

* It was the 22nd time Sydney Crosby has faced the Sharks. He has a meager 4 goals against them. He was credited with the secondary assist on Bryan Rust's empty net goal in this game.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 0 3
PIT 1 2 3 6
1st period - 1, PIT, Acciari 4 (Karlsson), 10:28. 2, SJ, Zetterlund 17 (Addison, Thrun), 14:31. 3, SJ, Vlasic 6 (Kostin, Granlund), 19:01.
2nd period - 4, PIT, Carter 9 (BEmstrom), 4:11. 5, PIT, Malkin 19 (O'Connor), 11:34. 6, SJ, Kostin 4 (Granlund, Vlasic), 18:42.
3rd period - 7, PIT, Ludvig 2 (Joseph, Smith), 2:38. 8, PIT, Rakell 10 (Joseph, Ludvig), 4:38. 9, PIT, Rust 19 (Letang, Crosby), 18:04, (en).
1st period - Rust, PIT (Slashing), 3:41; Zadina, SJ (hooking), 8:06; Addison, SJ (hooking), 16:17.
2nd period - Burroughs, SJ (high sticking), 0:37; Bunting, PIT (hooking), 0:37.
3rd period - Malkin, PIT (hooking), 7:02.
Shots Saves
SJ - Chrona 30 25
SJ - empty net 1 0
PIT - Jarry 33 30
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 10 10 13 33
PIT 10 17 4 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
PIT 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
John Ludvig
Drew O'Connor
Pierre-Olivier Joseph
PPG Paints Arena - 17,027
Referees: #39 Brandon Blandina, #19 Gord Dwyer. Linesmen: #96 David Brisebois, #68 CJ Murray.

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