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Postgame Notes #50: Sharks Toothless in Denver, Shut Out 3-0

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Credit: NBCS Bay Area

Period 1

3 in: Good patience by Barabanov. Breakout opportunity, but takes his time, cuts back, lures in sole Avs forechecker, then gives it to San Jose Sharks d-man.

First San Jose Sharks PP: Not to make it all about Barabanov, but I’m mostly watching the new guys anyway. He keeps standing out, a couple examples of moving puck efficiently though under duress there.

On Hedican’s criticism of Karlsson’s pass – it is a tough pass, but Burns looks like he has enough time to execute a better pass himself. The Avalanche PK wasn’t exactly on top of Burns. Not criticizing either myself – plays like this happen, but I do not get criticizing Karlsson there.

2 left: When True gets going, his speed is okay. Good example there on the forecheck.

Period 2

First shift: Not sure if it was Barabanov who turned puck back on Landeskog trying to chip puck up, maybe? But I think he might be an underrated forechecker – smart, puck seems to not go where offense wants when he’s forechecking.

Yeah, not to be too hard on Chekhovich, but he goes offside there, 5 minutes in, as Meier roaring in.

That’s a tough D-to-D pass by Burns, leads to Ferraro taking down Rantanen, another Colorado power play.

Not sure why Rantanen gets away unscathed after elbowing Kane – did Rantanen apologize or something? I get you don’t just jump a skill guy like Rantanen, sort of against hockey code, but no one is responding to the hit in any sort of way. Wonder if Kane will later? If he does later, that’ll make you wonder more why San Jose Sharks teammates like Couture, Karlsson, and Knyzhov stood around here.

1 left: Slick stickhandling from Barabanov

Period 3

Chekhovich now moved down to fourth line. Been a rough debut. He seemed nervous in the morning, so it wouldn’t surprise me if some of this is jitters. Hope he gets another look, shows a better version of himself tomorrow.

That’s too bad: A decade ago, that’s a power play goal and we’re feting Barabanov for his hustle there, keeping it in. Good play by him, even if it didn’t work out.

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whiskerz

Barabanov seems like he will be a fantastic 3rd liner next season if we can bring in a top 6 right shot winger. Going to be an interesting summer team building wise

timorous me

Barabanov is a UFA, so DW will have to re-sign him. But he really does look like he belongs and could be a decent top-nine contributor. This team could certainly use some more high-end offensive talent, but to stumble on first Balcers and now Barabanov is one positive from this season.

Joe

At least Mckinnon stuck up for his player. We seem to not do that consistently. I hate McKinnon by the way. Our power play is brutal. EK65 still afraid to shoot and is a non factor for the money. DW better work hard this off season. Meier has been a disappointment. Barabanov shows promise. Balcers also. Our bright spots besides EK9 are fringe guys that were available for nothing. Doesn’t speak highly of our current state.

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