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Karlsson & Meier Keep Scoring, But Sharks Keep Losing

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The San Jose Sharks visit the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena for their first game after the holiday break. Timo Meier scored twice, but the Canucks clocked the Sharks 6-2.

Period 1

Horvat goal: Bonino pinches when maybe he shouldn’t? Mikheyev gets a step on Hertl back. 3-on-2 the other way.

4 in: Canucks will give you chances. San Jose Sharks come right back with their own mini 3-on-2, Nieto seams it to Gregor, but no dice.

Pettersson goal: Karlsson tries to tie up Pederson, but Pettersson beats Sturm to the front.

Meier goal: Greatest thing that Pederson ever did for Sharks, that penalty? Just a joke. But I know Sharks liked him, that’s why they gave up a fourth, albeit well in the future. Maybe it clicks for him with Canucks?

Period 2

San Jose Sharks are a little slow: Miller pops from behind net with loose puck a tick faster than Megna, gets a jam.

Bonino penalty: Not sure why? Bonino and Quinn look confused too. But it doesn’t matter, you have to rise above.

Mikheyev goal: Bad line change. After Couture and Benning sacrifice bodies on kill.

Hughes goal: Sigh. That’s so San Jose Sharks. Hughes skates around, nobody can kill play. He beats all three Sharks forwards, then Reimer gives up one to regret maybe.

5 left: Sturm separates Pederson from puck after Karlsson turnover.

1 left: Sturm does a nice job covering for pinching Megna, but then his stretch pass intercepted by Myers. Just not enough good total hockey by the San Jose Sharks.

Period 3

Bad turnover by Megna to start period. Wonder if he’s a candidate to sit again? Granted, a lot of Sharks haven’t been sharp tonight.

2 in: Good to see Lindblom with some offensive confidence? Though maybe coaching staff will just want to see him play more direct and shoot instead of a drop pass there.

4 in: Looks like Vlasic gets beat to NZ puck by Boeser, frees up Mikheyev and odd-man. Ugly hockey.

7 in: Hertl has an open net, but looks like puck rolls up Hughes’s stick, and Martin able to get in the way. Hertl looks very frustrated. I wonder what Sharks think of that, last year, I remember Boughner talked to Hertl about his body language. We know Hertl cares, but wonder if you want more on-the-ice positivity.

Horvat goal: Ugly. Nieto, I know Sharks are down, but blind NZ pass, turnover, goal. I think Karlsson had one of those blind ones too.

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