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Postgame Notes #43: Wild Edge Sharks 3-2



Credit: NBCS Bay Area

Period 1

Bonino goal: Not a good turnover by Simek, but I think Jones has to stop that. That’s the kind of quality chance – but not a Grade-A – that you expect your goalie to snuff out. A team is obviously going to make mistakes, that’s one your goalie has to erase. But hasn’t that been the same old story with Jones for years?

Closer to the type of period that the San Jose Sharks would want: Close, but Sharks have 3-1 High-Danger and 8-4 Shots edge at 5-on-5.

Interesting SPORTLOGiQ stat: Wild lead 9-1 Completed Stretch Passes For, All Situations. Big picture, the Sharks probably do want Karlsson and Burns to play safer, but of course, that goes against the grain of their greatness.

Period 2

“Somehow, that one finds a hole.” That’s what Bret Hedican said about the Zuccarello goal, that’s the Martin Jones story. Crafty kick of puck by Rask over to Zuccarello though. Must be stopped, regardless.

Ferraro gets caught on the wrong side of the net, two Sharks covering one Wild – Simek had Sturm. Parise by himself. At least, Ferraro needs to communicate to Simek to rotate.

3 left: First good San Jose Sharks cycle of period? That’s bad. Wild are defending well, feels like they’re on top of everything that Sharks are trying to do.

2 left: Sorensen has first decent chance by Sharks in this period since Balcers’s breakaway.

1 left: Then, wow. Bad Meier turnover on breakout, but not all is lost, San Jose Sharks have numbers. Up top, Fiala has puck, Karlsson chases, no problem. Someone will cover for him, right? Wrong. Meier and Sorensen roam high – Meier, in particular, needs to identify Hartman walking down the slot. Sorensen is at least covering the middle of the ice, what’s Meier doing?

Period 3

2 in: Now that’s a productive dive by Labanc to get puck back to Burns at point. Good hustle there. Wrote about his misplaced exertion in Vegas a month ago, so thought I would mention the plus there.

Actually don’t think the San Jose Sharks have played that terribly: Not great, but they’ve been there with the Wild. It’s goaltending for me. It’s a 1-0 game if you take out the Hertl goal (probably Talbot wants that back) and the 2 questionable/bad ones by Jones.

8 in: Well, that was before the last 3-4 minutes, Sharks getting loose, looks like they’re pushing for a score. Again, what happens when good goaltending leaves you at the altar.

That’s a huge goal by Kane, argument that he’s been San Jose’s most consistent big-ticket player over the last couple years. Not necessarily a good thing – he’s still very hot and cold – but he’s been playing to his contract, full credit to him.

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