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Game #12 LIVE: Period 1 Notes, Sharks Did A Lot Right, Need a Save

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That looks clean for Kopitar power play goal or barely grazes Karlsson’s leg.

It’s just two games, but I haven’t seen anything from Doughty during this series that suggests he needs to be on Canada’s Olympic team. Much like Karlsson, they still have obvious elite skills, but it’s fair to question if they’re really 25-minute plus, 11-million dollar defenseman anymore.

Two back-to-back strong forecheck shifts from the Sharks, good carry-over from Tuesday. Meier does a good job to bully his way from behind the goal line toward slot, then almost finds Donato for a Grade-A. Then Leonard-Marleau-Gregor flash that speed, Marleau has a good chance.

Yuck. Feels like when San Jose Sharks made mistake, going right past Martin Jones. They’ve had good chances and a quality forecheck. But this time, Anderson-Dolan swallows up Ferraro on forecheck. Then Vlasic throws soft backhand up the middle, in fairness, Moore was on him, turnover and goal.

Great Sharks power play, but out of box, Wagner has breakaway. Goal. Definitely doesn’t feel like a 3-0 game, but scoreboard. At some point – and haven’t we said this a ton over the years? – good LA chances but need a clutch Jones save at some point. Maybe Melnichuk does make his NHL debut tonight?

On should Karlsson shoot more debate? I wrote about this a couple days ago – and I know Boughner and Bret Hedican have weighed in. But I think you’re paying him to be a hockey genius, despite his struggles this year, let him find his way, his way. I’m sure there’s always going to be a time or two where he will regret his decision, but all in all, I would put my trust in the two-time Norris winner’s hockey instincts. He wants to shoot? Shoot. He wants to pass? Pass.

Wow, Knyzhov can skate. Hertl gets a fortunate bounce, but importantly, he capitalizes. Much-needed goal.

I wrote about San Jose Sharks showing more response this year as opposed to last year when faced with adversity. Putting that to the test tonight.

Per Natural Stat Trick, San Jose Sharks had 11-2 Scoring Chances edge at 5-on-5.

Kings have 6-1 stretch pass edge after 20, according to SPORTLOGiQ. Something to clean up. On other hand, Sharks had 3:56-1:31 OZ Possession Time advantage, which is exactly out of Boughner’s playbook, need more of that.

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