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Sharks Pummeled by Preds 8-0



The San Jose Sharks welcome the Nashville Predators into SAP Center. They also welcomed fan favorite Alex Stalock back into the NHL for his first game since Aug. 2020, but it wasn’t much of a welcome, as the Preds stomped them 8-0.

Period 1

Alex Stalock gets a warm reception when he’s announced as part of the starting line-up. Another round of applause when they focus on him on jumbotron.

McCarron goal: Starts with a hope Balcers’s pass to Hertl — Hertl was across the ice. Maybe Hertl needed to be closer to help. But then Tomasino goes at Merkley on counterattack, Merkley’s gap is poor. Then the McCarron shot finds a short side hole, Stalock will want that back.

Six left: What a Couture cross-slot pass to Dzingel. Post. Quietly, I think Couture has raised his game a bit recently. Not enough, of course.

Four left: Good effort by Nieto to draw a penalty along the boards.

Another Meier one-timer on PP.

Duchene goal: That’s another one that can’t go in on Stalock.

SPORTLOGiQ had it 2 Slot Shots apiece, that doesn’t sound bad. On the other hand, Natural Stat Trick had it 4-1 High-Danger ATTEMPTS at 5v5 for Nashville. Preds were definitely in Stalock’s kitchen more. That said, best chance of period was probably Dzingel’s post and Stalock let in two bad ones.

Period 2

Boughner, in my mind, is auditioning for his job. Through the All-Star break, I thought he had done a really good job of getting guys to buy in, getting the San Jose Sharks to play a certain way. It’s obviously slipped. The Sharks aren’t making the playoffs, but can Boughner show that he can still get a response out of his guys?

1 in: Dzingel with an opportune stick lift on Carrier, who has an open net.

Still don’t know who scored there for Nashville. But one thing of note is the traffic: The San Jose Sharks are terrible at sustaining possession of the puck, they don’t have the soldiers for that, so they rarely have that kind of traffic. Looks like Josi shot just hit a Shark. Actually, Tomasino.

For Boughner, another bad bounce, how do you keep guys up and going?

Actually think Forsberg had a point there, Couture interfered with him. But Sharks get a break.

8 in: Good feed by Burns to Middleton who was down low. Burns had everyone thinking shot from point.

10 in: Barabanov put Forsberg through spin cycle. Good work.

7 left: Stalock! What a toe save.

2 left: What a stretch pass from Burns to Hertl for breakaway. Saros! Hertl hasn’t scored since Jan. 29.

Luff goal: That’s the third goal tonight by Nashville’s 4th line.

The San Jose Sharks have actually had the best scoring chances tonight, I think. But poor goaltending, a team not good enough to drive play (to keep Nashville from peppering Stalock from all sides), this is what you get.

Period 3

Trenin goal: Wow. Vlasic just get pickpocketed. He also got burned on the Duchene goal.


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