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Game Notes #28: Binnington Stretches Out Toe, Blues Top Sharks 2-1 in Shootout

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Period 1

6 minutes, Knzyhov has great step-up on Tarasenko in neutral zone, forces turnover. Ensuing faceoff, Karlsson blows by forechecking Tarasenko, slings a beaut one-arm pass to Labanc on entry.

After a couple San Jose Sharks icings, good individual work by Labanc to win puck up top, get it out.

10 minutes left: Like Leonard’s offensive instincts, as I’ve said many times. Just has good sense of right play at right time. For example, he’s coming off left wall, wants to pass it to Gambrell standing behind net. Perfect velocity of pass, hard enough to elude defense, soft enough so Gambrell can easily catch it.

This game marks the halfway point of San Jose season. How many wins do they get rest of season? Call me optimistic, I’ll say 15. The team is OK, better than last year’s, but they won’t have enough for post-season. But enough for Doug Wilson to declare progress during the end-of-season press conference haha.

2 minutes left: Love this Ferraro play, skating behind his own net, toward Burns, Sundqvist between them expecting the pass, Ferraro stops up and reverses, keeping the puck. Sundqvist wipes out.

Big Jones save on Kyrou with seconds left after Karlsson misses slapping out puck in slot. If Dubnyk gets dealt, expect more of Jones and who?

Period 2

That corner to slot aerial pass by Karlsson was gorgeous: Thought he was just okay last three games, but I’ve loved him tonight.

2 minutes in: Good responsibility by Leonard, has a chance to pinch on puck in OZ, but he’s covering for D, looks back, goes back.

3 minutes in: Little plays like this is where Gabriel needs to get better. Chance to get it out, relatively easy pass to Karlsson, but clanks it off Karlsson’s feet. Gabriel skates well and is an intimidating forechecker, but he’s not an asset if he’s gumming up San Jose Sharks’ breakout.

7 minutes in: Good work by Karlsson and Knyzhov, both containing and pinning Schenn. Boughner has pointed this out, Karlsson defending harder. That’s a good sign of his engagement. He will never be a physical monster, but he has to compete.

10 minutes left: Karlsson jukes O’Reilly to skate it out himself. He’s been fun to watch tonight.

Second too many men on the ice tonight for Sharks. What in the world? This will not put a smile on Bob’s face, he called out last game’s too many men first thing post-game, and earlier this season, he bench Gregor for offense.

Donato goal: Sorensen does nice job to recognize Donato out of box is fresh, drops it to the slumping sniper. Donato fires right when backcheck arrives. Been getting assists but snaps 20-game goalless slump.

4 minutes left, liked Ferraro’s work. Makes a step to pinch in NZ, misses, quick turn, good gap on incoming Tarasenko and takes puck along wall. St. Louis forecheck on top of Ferraro as he circles net with puck, Tarasenko behind, Schenn in front, but Ferraro holds, waits out Schenn, able to get it to now-open Burns, exit.

3 minutes left: Bortuzzo trying to come down with puck, Simek just plants himself in front of him, separates. Two strong guys getting together, Simek wins battle.

Period 3

2 minutes in: Good job by Gabriel to establish position in front, get a tip.

4 minutes in: So Knyzhov, in position like Leonard was earlier, just doesn’t get enough mustard on pass to Karlsson. Knyxhov had right idea, poor execution. Luckily, Sanford runs into Jones, goalie interference.

Clifford takes it off Couture’s stick behind net, then off Bozak’s body and in. Not a good San Jose Sharks PP. Part of messiness was Bortuzzo borderline late hit on Kane. But just borderline, not really that bad. Lethargic PP.

Gabriel called for 10-minute misconduct there, why? Something said to officials? No ensuing PP for Blues, so no harm, no foul, I guess?

7 minutes left: Defending Kane intercepts puck up high, but it skips, so he can’t go on breakaway. Bangs his stick against boards.

4 minutes left: Good energy by Sorensen to flag down puck, help keep it in zone for Vlasic shot. He’s had good, useful wheels tonight.

Ugly: Per SPORTLOGiQ, San Jose Sharks ceded 20 Slot Shots on Net tonight, All Situations, to Blues in first three periods. Only had seven such shots themselves.

OT

Couture-Kane-Karlsson-Burns to start 4-on-3 PP after timeout. Snapshot of what Bob thinks is his go-to need a goal crew.

What was Karlsson doing there on that offside, 5 seconds left?

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Alaskanice

What I like the most about this is the highlights on Leonard, Knyzhov and Donato. Ferraro has shown his mettle but these young guys need to pull up their pants and start scoring. Our big boys need the help.
Good game from Jones.

Go Sharks!!

timorous me

I wouldn’t mind seeing Knyzhov get a game or two in the press box for Jaros. Not that he’s been bad, but it would be good to see what Jaros has to offer, and a little break to watch from up high and maybe learn some things to apply to his game could benefit Knyzhov, since he’s really been thrown into the deep end unexpectedly this year.

david barnard

Jaros is RD. besides, would rather sit MEV.

timorous me

I was thinking Simek could move up to play with Karlsson in this case. And I can’t argue with your second point, but I don’t see that happening yet. (And I do think it could help Knyzhov to watch from upstairs for a game or two and then get back in there.)

david barnard

Sundqvist out for the rest of the season with ACL tear.

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