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Sharks Can’t Get Out of Their Own Way, Lose 2-1



NEWARK, N.J. — The San Jose Sharks visit Prudential Center to battle the New Jersey Devils. Kevin Labanc got off the schneid with a goal, but New Jersey diced up the Sharks 2-1.

Period 1

1 in: Good play by Couture up high defensively, but San Jose Sharks off to a slow start. Kahkonen made a good early save, he’ll need a good game.

2 in: Tough spot for Lindblom to lose it, stripped trying to come out from DZ high slot. Be careful up the middle.

4 in: Svechnikov loses it in OZ, but does do a good job recovering defensively.

5 in: Great patience by Benning to wait for line change and Barabanov to get open. Devils may be fell asleep. Then I like Hertl just wrapping and stuffing it instead of pass back to point.

6 in: Off OZ draw, Labanc is high man in 2-3 attack.

7 in: Sharks now hemming Devils in, good work by Hertl line.

10 in: Sharks keep it along the wall, force it out. They have to keep on with that.

8 left: Kahkonen with the stretch pass to Sturm. Held my breath for a second there, but nicely done, Martin Brodeur would be proud.

7 left: Don’t like that from Nieto. Barely gets it out, and get what he’s doing, looking for more, but Devils able to turn back quick and draw a penalty.

5 left: Vlasic showing some wheels there on PK exit.

4 left: Awful turnover by Hertl. Telegraphed breakout pass, intercepted in DZ high slot. Those are the big mistakes that Quinn talked about. Sets off a chain reaction of Devils chances.

2 left: Good grind shift by Lorentz, Lindblom to restore some order. But then a Devil jumps on Bonino in front of Kahkonen. Now Meier with a soft guess pass up the middle in NZ…and it leads to a Hertl penalty. Sharks had found some momentum in the middle of the period, but they’re losing it. Poor puck management up the middle.

Period 2

1 in: Simek gets in front of Haula net front at end of PK. Good work.

3 in: Incredible Kahkonen save. I think Labanc doesn’t read it right, he goes for high man instead of staying with trailer. Feel like he’s pressing mentally. I think he’s a better player than this. Between he and Ferraro, someone has to recognize trailer.

6 in: Devils defense does a good job walling off Kunin and company on that Karlsson point shot.

7 in: Save for an early turnover, have liked Lindblom today. Around the puck, in front of net.

Hughes breakaway, another Kahkonen stop.

Hischier goal: Sharks deserved that. High forward Meier chases puck on PP, Devils have pretty clear possession, 2-on-1 the other way.

Sharangovich goal: Vlasic pickpocketed coming out. That was a long time coming for the San Jose Sharks, which have, drumroll, looked like a bad team in the second period. They’re still just down 1-0 though.

This is different than Thursday: I don’t see a consistent four-line commitment to getting the puck behind the defense, trying to grind like in the last game. They’re cheating more, I think.

6 left: I like Svechnikov’s idea, Sharks need to attack net more with puck, but you can’t do that.

Mercer goal: Sharks’ penalty kill wasn’t going to stay perfect. Now it’s been stained, can San Jose Sharks up other areas to make up? Tonight, the forecast says no.

Period 3

4 in: Hertl tries a 5-on-5 drop in NZ, easily sniffed out. Tough day for him.

9 left: Hughes misses, it looks like, an open net. San Jose Sharks are in the game, but it doesn’t quite feel like it.

PP1 is same as last game. Meier then shows spark with a between the legs shot to get an OZ faceoff.

3 left: Early, aggressive pull of KK by Quinn.


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