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Postgame Notes #52: Sharks Miss Playoffs, Lose 5-4 in OT

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Period 1

Kane goal: Another nice play from Barabanov, a couple of them. First, he starts breakout, receives puck, stops up along wall, deceiving Colorado forecheck, putting it in place for Hertl to skate into. Then, he jumps an ill-advised Nichushkin pass, throws it in front, then Kane beats Avs up slot.

Rantanen goal: Burns, who was trying to block shot, is a step slow on Rantanen and rebound there. Between he and Ferraro, that can’t happen.

8 left: Jaros gets in front of Kadri and takes it away from him in the corner. Impressive individual defensive effort against a legit top-6 forward. He’s, as the expression goes, a guy who looks great off the bus, maybe we’re starting to see some of that come together?

7 left: Great wheels and move by Gregor to evade MacKinnon, get it out. He should be an asset on the rush for years to come.

Period 2

Opening shift: Strong shift by Meier, just churning forward with puck toward net. San Jose Sharks want more of that.

Next shift: Smart play by flat-footed Labanc to serve up Gregor and his speed.

Hertl made Nemeth look real bad there. First, Nemeth breakout pass was into Jost’s skate. Then he overcommitted on Tommy and got himself embarrassed.

15 left: Landeskog gets away with a pick on Jaros. Basically, Jaros is up top trying to contain point, puck leaves that area, Landeskog skates right into Jaros. Then Jaros holds Rantanen off, away from puck behind Jones – impressive – but needs Vlasic’s help on clear.

Kane goal: It’s Barabanov that stands up Landeskog, doesn’t allow the Avs captain through to puck. Solidly built, basically runs a legal pick there. Then Hertl hits Kane for the breakaway.

Following shift by Hertl line, another great Barabanov shift. Finds Karlsson for one-timer, then wraparound chance. Getting to the point that every time Barabanov has the puck, I expect something positive, small or big, to happen. He executes and his puck distribution has touch, he’s not just firing passes in general areas.

10 left: Another Jaros pin. This time on Sherwood, who can’t move.

6 left: Donato draws another penalty. He’s had a nice year in that department, think he leads San Jose Sharks in goal differential.

Period 3

Jost picks Couture, I think that should’ve been called — it isn’t, Avs cut it to 3-2.

2 in: Barabanov can’t get the pass over to Kane, so he’s human.

3 in: Jaros has good job of identifying his man and stapling himself to his man since he’s been back. This time, was on Sherwood, hands off Sherwood to Vlasic, then walls off Compher.

4 in: What a Barabanov pass to Knyzhov. Did he see him, did Knyzhov call for it? Wow.

Landeskog goal: But then Ferraro gives it up, leads to Landeskog goal. Been an overall tough series for him. Jones probably wants that back too.

9 left: Big save by Jones there though. Hertl, end of long, long shift, can’t turn corner on Toews, puck stays in. Shot down slot, Jones sucks it up.

7 left: Nothing fantastic, but once again, a series of quality puck touches from Barabanov.

I’ve liked Jaros tonight, but looks like he’s getting the 3rd period treatment from San Jose Sharks bench boss Boughner. Only 2 shifts in this frame.

Kadri goal: Burns heels the indirect, too soft, has to get out. Then Jones gives up I don’t know what. Goal should read Kadri (Jones, Burns). That’s terrible in a one-goal game with 4 minutes left.

OT

Grand opening, grand closing.

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Tony Tiger

OT goal was classic Jones. A high school goalie could have stopped that. It’s time to cut him loose. Really, we do need a reset in some ways. Time to sack Doug, Boughner and Jones.

And why the heck didn’t Boughner start the hot line players in OT, like KANE and Hertl?? What an idiot. He’ll be coaching Jones in a beer league soon enough.

Alaskan_ice

I’m praying that teal lottery ball falls last. We actually deserve some good luck.

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