Strong opening shift from Karlsson: Always like the pretend to touch puck, leave it for teammate move — that lures FC with you and away from teammate. There’s then razzle-dazzle through Mete.
Middleton 10-9 over Watson.
Three in: Good one-on-one battle between Ferraro and Chabot. Meier can’t let the forward crash like that, has to be more nimble.
Six in: Good battle shown by Vlasic so far today.
Nieto goal: Wow, nice bounce pass from Reimer to Karlsson to start rush. Maybe Nieto shot a knuckler that evades Murray.
Eight in: Burns plays three-on-two well there, doesn’t get sucked into one guy. Between Balcers and Meier, somebody needs to identify Norris, who has a chance in the slot. San Jose Sharks have been lax in coverage today.
Ten in: Nice job by Gregor on PP to slow down at half wall, not give it to Burns as expected, and find Couture on weak side.
Norris goal: Karlsson slow to rotate on Norris. Like a lot of the San Jose Sharks today, seems invested offensively, but not as much defensively. Maybe a little not taking opponent seriously? They gone through a tough group of opponents recently, then there’s also the six-game Sharkcuda effort. The last game that they didn’t feel like underdogs going in might have been the first Montreal game at home, before COVID struck.
Three left: Burns probably got away with a punch, but he defended very well on that shift.
One left: Good stickhandling in a box by Ferraro. I think that’s one of his improvements this year. Better, more confident with the puck.
Hertl goal: Nice job, once again, by Meier to draw in forechecker, find the open man in Hertl. Murray probably wants that one back.
Not just Karlsson on Norris, but I haven't liked SJS defensive engagement so far. Getting beat to blue paint too often — SPORTLOGiQ has it OTT 8-6 Slot Shots, 5-0 Odd-Man Rushes in first. They're getting away with it so far
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) November 25, 2021
And speaking of, a too many men on the ice on the San Jose Sharks.
Eight in: Balcers disturbing on forecheck. Good to see.
Nine in: Good job by Nieto to hunt down puck, get it back to point. Burns fires, Reedy in front, classic San Jose Sharks hockey.
Insistent defensive effort by Karlsson up high on Sanford, then beauty rush set-up to Barabanov. That’s great hockey by Karlsson.
Eight left: What an escape by Karlsson up high, find Middleton down the middle.
Seven left: You want Timo to shoot that coming down slot on PP — and obviously, bad trip by Gregor. That’s going off PP script.
Brown goal: The San Jose Sharks aren’t good enough to D up like this and win games.
Good quick shovel pass by Meier into slot sets up Bonino. If Meier doesn’t one-touch it, that’s picked off probably. You could tell how much his teammates wanted that for him — they were jubilant.
Two in: Get it in deep, Timo. Don’t go one on three. Wasted PP there.
Six in: Nifty Bonino pass to Barabanov breaking out.
Seven in: Ferraro forces that NZ pass, intercepted. Do not like. Leads to San Jose Sharks icing the puck. Good one on one battle win by Ferraro versus Tkachuk to get it out though. That’s responding to a mistake.
Eight in: Looks like a firmer collapse defense down low. No free sticks.
Ten in: Bonino sons Tierney in corner for puck. Shades of 2016?
Meier goal: Timo is at the point that he can have a rough game and still pop in three points. Balcers a terror on that forecheck and a pretty pass to Timo.
Eight left: Pop-up un front of Reimer, Karlsson bats it out, a line drive. That’s a small, high-skill play.
Four left: Tough defense by Simek on Norris.
Two left: Urgent D by Karlsson, love seeing that.
Couture ENG: Great job on the forecheck by Couture and Balcers.
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