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Sharks Can’t Reverse Up-And-Down Goaltending Trend, Lose 5-2

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The San Jose Sharks welcome the Los Angeles Kings into SAP Center for the debut of their Reverse Retro jerseys. Kevin Labanc got the Sharks on the board, and Alexander Barabanov added another, but they couldn’t overcome poor netminding and lost 5-2.

Period 1

It’s offsides, but there’s no forward helping out in the slot, leaving the defenseman on a 2-on-1 island. That would’ve counted against the Golden Seals, but the Sharks are in the future and have video replay.

1 in: Keep moving your legs, Gregor draws a penalty.

Patient set up, gets Quick moving, he comes across on Meier.

5 in: Another great chance for Meier, Hertl on top of Durzi, forces a turnover in NZ.

6 in: Why play Bonino? He’s still good along the walls, keeps it away from Kupari, gives it to Vlasic for exit. But then, Gregor makes an errant exit pass, Kings recover, Kunin takes a boarding.

8 in: Nieto breaks out on a possible set SH DZ faceoff win play, but Megna rim doesn’t have the mustard, Nieto off side. Believe Sharks still have no high-danger SH chances for this year.

Anderson-Dolan goal: Just goes off Ferraro.

Labanc goal: Hertl has just been a dog on the bone after the puck tonight. Takes it from Kempe trying to advance out.

5 left: Fiala gives Barabanov an extra bump after the whistle, Kunin comes around off to the side, looks like he’s just making sure there’s no trouble. Cool hand Luke, that’s a good teammate.

Simek penalty: Not a good one, reaching in, he goes straight off without a second thought.

Danault goal: That’s good puck movement, Sharks PK’ing with gusto, but eventually, they find Danault where he can step in and beat Reimer.

2 left: Karlsson evades Kempe beautifully to advance it into zone. Before faceoff, they showed EK65 on scoreboard, smirking, twirling his stick. Playing with a lot of confidence right now, obviously.

SPORTLOGiQ likes San Jose Sharks’ opening frame and I agree: 4-2 Slot Shots Even Strength, 2-0 on PP. Just keep it up.

Period 2

3 in: Don’t know if I’ve seen that before. Karlsson at center ice, sprawled out, twirling and whirling twice to keep it away from Fiala. Works too.

Arvidsson goal: Looks leaky by Reimer. Doesn’t appear to hit anything. Can’t happen.

8 in: Karlsson too matador there, commit to hitting JAD if you’re going to step in front of him at the blueline. Instead, Anderson-Dolan skates by without a care.

If San Jose Sharks lose, they’ve lost all four of their sellout home games so far this year. Not a way to show your wares. FYI they did win their lone SAP Center sellout last year against the Hawks, courtesy Josh Frojelin.

2 left: Bonino line bends, doesn’t break, but no easy exits for this line. Then Bonino ices it.

Barabanov goal: Durzi is talented, but he’s been on the other side of some ugly giveaways this year. Sharks get a gift goal for once.

Period 3

2 in: Good work by Ferraro to outfight Kings in DZ to puck. These are his small plays that matter.

Kupari goal: Woof.

9 in: Barabanov gets away with an obvious high stick on Arvidsson.

10 in: Of many Sharks problems, not the biggest, but again, a fairly impact-free performance by the Sharks’ fourth line.

Barabanov, by the way, strong effort tonight.

9 left: Reimer does pick it on a rush Kempe one-timer. Nice-looking stop.

Karlsson arguing something on Kopitar empty-netter — Remenda says it was a slash by Kempe that cause turnover. Karlsson is right.

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