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Reimer Snaps Sharks’ 9-Game Home Losing Streak, Shuts Out Jets

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The San Jose Sharks welcome the Winnipeg Jets to SAP Center in James Reimer’s first appearance at SAP Center since Pride Night. Noah Gregor potted a goal, as did Kevin Labanc and Martin Kaut, and Reimer led the Sharks to a 3-0 shutout win.

Also…

Period 1

Forecheck win by Zetterlund on Morrissey on opening shift. More of that from him.

1 in: Reimer handles puck for first time, yup, hear nothing. No reaction either way. Okay, moving on for tonight.

3 in: Zetterlund backcheck, I’ll watch again, but might have negated a Grade-A. Ah, but it was off a Zetterlund OZ turnover. Well, he tracked back hard at least.

Gregor goal: Silky feed by Peterson. Does a nice job pulling DeMelo to wrong side of net. Then Maenalanen slow to rotate on Gregor after Dillon shades toward Peterson.

Gregor, by the way, on a one-goal-a-month diet. One goal in every month since November, first since Feb. 20.

7 left: Reimer doesn’t like Lowry’s poke when Reimer had it covered, he starts jabbing hard at the Jet.

Next shift, Zetterlund gets his shot off one-on-one through DeMelo. Granted, no traffic and from outside. But like. But earlier, Niederreiter poked puck off Zetterlund on exit. Don’t like. Up-and-down period for Fabian.

6 left: Lindblom with a gorgeous bounce stretch pass through a Jet, right to Lorentz. 2-on-1 for Lorentz and Viel, but can’t convert.

5 left: Whoa, what a save by Reimer. San Jose Sharks leave Maenalanen all alone in the slot, Reimer flashes the glove. That’s for the highlight reel.

Peterson is slight, but he’s made some nice plays in tight spaces so far, like that little drop to Kaut, pushes Pionk back then gives it up to open man.

3 left: MacDonald tracks back hard to deny a Lowry breakaway, nice work. Zetterlund got bodied off by Appleton, high turnover, bad.

High-event opening frame, 7-7 Slot Shots, 6-6 at even strength. A lot of outstanding chances for both sides, meaning once again, defense optional. Or puck management is too expensive, nobody’s paying for that.

Period 2

Good Zetterlund dump and forecheck and separating the d-man getting the puck for Couture…but after Morrissey deked Zetterlund out his pants and rang the post. It is Morrissey. But also, been a maddening game for Zetterlund. But there is genuine good tonight.

5 in: Zetterlund draws a penalty, good effort.

9 in: Karlsson to Agozzino to Couture, nice up-ice puck movement leads to scoring chance. I’ve liked Agozzino probably more than any of the other AHL guys they’ve brought up, save Eklund. Skilled and conscientious. You see the flashes, like how he whipped that pass up to Couture, but he’s also likely just short in terms of size, speed, and strength to make a great NHL impact too, unfortunately.

6 left: That’s an example of the gap for Agozzino, unfortunately. Had a little daylight, coming down right lane, looking comfortable and confident with puck, but Niederreiter just overpowers him off puck. Just a pinch more of the three elements that I mentioned, Agozzino makes a play there and is also a permanent NHL’er. A lot to like about his game, but…

4 left: Amazing stick save by Reimer, whoa. Appleton had an open net but Reimer stretched out his stick. Also 100 percent not a shift going on the Karlsson For Your Consideration… Norris presentation.

1 left: Another good save by Reimer, Barron beats Gregor up the ice. Was a very long, almost 2-minute shift for Gregor.

Jets have a 12-10 Slot Shots edge now, certainly, the better of the chances. Reimer had an outstanding period.

Period 3

Labanc goal: Karlssson stepped up with good defensive anticipation to get the puck in deep, then Gregor with a good effort to take the puck off Scheifele exiting.

If Jets miss the playoffs, their two losses to the San Jose Sharks this month — assuming the Sharks pull this one out — will loom large. Of course, also the Sharks’ lone wins so far this month. Last win, non-Jets category, was Feb. 20 against Seattle.

8 left: Jets dissect Sharks’ in-zone defense, Ehlers gets a point-blank slot shot, but Reimer calmly blockers it away.

Reimer bails out Karlsson on that PP turnover. Karlsson does track back hard to make life challenging for Lowry, but Lowry still able to bang away for chances.

Kaut goal: Outstanding patience by Hertl to wait out Jets PK. Karlsson has 91 points.

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