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Reimer Makes 37 Saves, But Sharks Lose It 3-2 in Shootout

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LOS ANGELES — The San Jose Sharks visit Crypto.com Arena to take on the Los Angeles Kings. Timo Meier made it 1-1 in the first and Kevin Labanc added another,

Period 1

5 in: Reimer doesn’t allow a rebound, but bailed Hertl out a little. Hertl, crossing the blueline, tries a pass to the trailer that’s sniffed out. That’s a kind of play that Quinn is trying to take out of San Jose Sharks’ repertoire, not a good sign that’s how Sharks start.

Danault goal: Megna tries to reach, gives Danault a little window to backhand it. Reimer wants that one back though, I think. One on one backhands don’t normally beat you.

Sharks really needed that break, been outshot 10-2 so far.

Good cycle from Couture line, that’s what they need more of.

10 left: Timing of a Karlsson stretch pass is always a wonder to watch. Consistent in his ability to deliver a pass in stride, as the receiver is hitting an opening. Hertl does a little more with it too, pull and drag, gains the slot. Best Sharks chances so far.

Meier goal: Good net front from Couture and Meier. Couture able to get it over to open Meier for slam dunk. Karlsson draws the penalty from Kupari, he’s been very active so far tonight.

Bonino with a strong stick on Arvidsson high.

Megna penalty: Starts with a Karlsson turnover, tries a pass up the middle as he gains zone. Don’t blame Megna, Karlsson was beat on 2-on-1, was a 2-on-0, until Megna took a necessary penalty on Danault. Not a good Karlsson shift.

4 left: Kaliyev shanks a one-timer that’s probably going on, had Reimer side to side. Sharks luck out there.

Last shift: That’s a good forechecking shift from the Sharks, no offense, but Kings can’t exit for the last 30 or so seconds there. More of that, Sharks will make this a game.

Period 2

4 in: Reimer under siege so far. Vilardi hits the post, and San Jose Sharks not establishing themselves on forecheck, winning enough battles.

5 in: Credit to Labanc, Megna pinched, Labanc played defense, he separated Danault from puck crossing blueline. Maybe Danault thought he had more time challenging a forward playing defense.

Hertl post: Pretty puck movement from Karlsson, Meier, and others.

10 left: Gregor makes a good read, heads off Kaliyev going to net. I think switch had basically Gregor as the center.

Svechnikov penalty: While not sure what Evgeny that went too far, an unnecessary OZ penalty.

9 left: Good bounce pass by Bonino to spring Lorentz on PK. Kings have it covered, so not a great chance, but good effort.

7 left: Outstanding Barabanov effort, bounces off Anderson check, finds Bonino in front, Bonino just sends it high.

Labanc goal: Meier pickpockets Kaliyev for the puck on forecheck, then the youngster overreacts, he chases Meier instead of leaving him to Durzi. Labanc all alone.

Anderson-Dolan goal: Sharks didn’t actually defend that terribly, Simek does a good job boxing out JAD on Anderson shot. But Reimer leaves a rebound in front, Vlasic maybe overreacts? Think it was all Sharks in front, could’ve gone with a cover. But Vlasic essentially passes it to JAD, and Reimer has no idea where puck is.

2 left: What a save on Kaliyev by Reimer. All started by Svechnikov NZ turnover, Sharks getting caught up trying to trade chances with Kings.

1 left: Now Simek with I think a hope stretch pass, turnover, Kings end period with puck. Sharks showing they’re not disciplined enough to hang with a better team, in my mind. They don’t have the overall talent, and that’s really OK. But gotta be smarter.

NST likes Sharks period better than I do, they’re getting chances, but to me, it’s not sustainable hockey for this particular team.

Period 3

Better period so far for San Jose Sharks in my mind through 5, doing a better job of forcing LA to play their game. Bonino just had a good chance coming down slot.

7 in: Bad Benning giveaway behind net, but credit Sharks, a lot of teal, nothing comes of it.

8 in: Bonino defends Kempe well one on one there. Like. Stick check as Kempe about to fire.

9 in: Gregor tries to get away with a hook, doesn’t get away with it. Off of Karlsson turnover.

8 left: Long shift for Meier, but don’t like that end-of-shift pass up middle, just a giveaway, ahead of his guy.

5 left: But Meier then draws a big penalty on fellow Swiss star Fiala. Big power play for the San Jose Sharks here.

Sharks don’t score off it, but smart, I think, coaches save their one TO too much I think.

3 in: Like, Karlsson holds on stretch pass that isn’t there.

Well-earned point for Sharks.

OT

Hertl-Meier-Karlsson to start OT. And Meier draws another call.

 

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