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10 Straight Losses, 10 Goals Allowed: Sharks Show No Fight in Record-Setting Defeat



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The San Jose Sharks welcome the Vancouver Canucks into SAP Center, hoping to snap their season-opening nine-game losing streak.

But they won’t, not even close. They’re now 0-9-1, the worst start in franchise history.

Period 1

Boeser goal: Vlasic had it on his stick to clear, albeit on the backhand and under duress. But you’d like better, for sure. And aren’t the Canucks glad that they didn’t trade Boeser? He pounds it, a bullet.

Miller goal: Boeser again, what a pass. Emberson has to be more alert, he may not catch Miller, it was a perfect bounce pass, but he’s got be closer. Set play, a tough goal to give up. No matter how the 2023-24 Canucks season ends, you’re on their year-end highlight video.

Two quick PP goals off the Sturm penalty, will Sharks cave from that?

Hughes goal: Hoglander get it? A lot of traffic.

8 left: Not a lot of pushback from a stunned-looking San Jose Sharks. They have to pick themselves up, they have no option. Miller fires it, Kahkonen glove, draws a Bronx cheer from a minuscule crowd.

6 left: Carpenter line provides a pulse. Some forecheck. Gotta start somewhere.

Ferraro penalty: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Sharks about to have a clean breakout, Ferraro flubs a clean-looking pass, like a wide receiver who drops a ball with yards of open space in front of him. They can’t seem to get out of their own heads. Ends up tripping Miller. Ferraro knows it, slinks off to box.

Boeser goal: You have to laugh, right? Vlasic actually makes a good defensive play in front of the net, deflects the Kuzmenko cross-slot pass. But it pops in the air for Boeser to baseball swing in. You can’t even blame Vlasic or Kahkonen there.

Period 2

Mikheyev goal: Yuck. No one picks up trailing Soucy. Was there a late change or something? What a catch by Pettersson too, some circus stuff there from one of the best in the league.

Emberson gets puck taken off him high by Beauvillier in OZ. Then loses foot race, Beauvillier chance. He might get a seat next game.

San Jose Sharks power play was Burroughs-Eklund-Duclair-Granlund-Hertl, second unit was MacDonald-Sturm-Kunin-Zadina-Labanc.

Kuzmenko goal:

Lafferty goal: Off Ferraro far side. Into open net. There is some bad luck here. But also, a lot of bad play.

7 left: Eklund struggling to make an impact tonight. In tight, the much-bigger Soucy cuts him off too easy, and he loses puck. He’ll need to learn to negotiate that, at least get it past Soucy, make it a possible 50-50 in the corner.

Suter goal: I know it’s 7-0, but Zadina can’t do that. Gets trapped up high, no space, instead of getting puck deep, he just drops it off at blueline for Canucks to snack on, odd-man rush the other way.

2 left: Not singling him out, but Burroughs pass off Kunin’s skate. Not the first time a routine-looking pass just went off a Sharks skate tonight. Can’t even do the basic stuff tonight.

Period 3

Thinking about this game, inflection points are the San Jose Sharks’ collapse after the two quick power play goals given up, and also, nobody checking on Kahkonen after the Kuzmenko goal. Fragile and checked out.

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