Labanc does a nice job, as he usually does, on San Jose Sharks’ top power play unit of moving puck around quickly and accurately. That power play at least kept momentum, I think.
Bad, bad read by Burns to vacate his side to chase puck as Kopitar is skating up ice. That’s OK when you’re down 2, not when you’re up 2. Good job by San Jose Sharks to kill following Meier penalty though.
Nieto-Gambrell-Sorensen could be such a good fourth line. It’s not their fault they’re San Jose’s third line, which is stretching their abilities a bit. But a lot of quickness, grit, and smarts on this line. Kudos to Gambrell and Sorensen, who have bounced back from tough 2019-20 seasons to be positive impact players.
7 minutes left, Ferraro up on rush. He’s had a really good offensive game.
Another big PK coming up for San Jose Sharks. As good as they were in the first –8-1 High-Danger Chances at 5v5, per Natural Stat Trick — about to be undone.
Burns was a terror on the PK shift off Nieto penalty. In the “half court” setting of PK, where Burns doesn’t really have to think offense (where he got beat by Kopitar), he excels. One of the reasons to keep him on defense.
San Jose Sharks had a decent 5-on-5 second period in terms of holding serve with scoring chances, but just too many unnecessary penalties. Shooting yourself in the foot. Tied 2-2 because of unnecessary Burns pinch and too many men on the ice penalty.
A positive sign for Sharks: Per SPORTLOGiQ, despite LA’s multiple power plays, San Jose still held All Situations OZ Possession Time (4:06-2:50). Sharks are playing well at 5-on-5, doing well on forecheck and hanging onto puck, they need to stay out of box.
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