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Notes #13: Jets Overpower Sharks 4-1



Credit: NBC Sports California

Period One

The San Jose Sharks need to be aware of the Jets’ cycle — that’s their greatest strength on offense.

Two in: Burns has a solo foray, Leonard does a good job to hang back.

Three in: But then, unacceptable Barabanov turnover at center ice. He’s been good overall, but he needs to watch that, that’s not the first time. Tries to force his way past a Jet, loses it.

Cogliano gets it in deep, that’s a start. Next shift.

Then Cogliano goal: Dump-in, N. Merkley with speed, he gets to it first, Weatherby forecheck forces Dillon to move it maybe faster than desired, pass eludes Connor, Burns capitalizes.

Eight in: Love that R. Merkley juke in NZ, shakes Jet FC, then he hits the San Jose Sharks player up the ice. He’s for sure comfortable with the puck at the NHL level.

Connor goal: Bonino has to be better. He assigns Meloche to middle lane, right move, but he can’t control Connor’s stick. Has to be frustrating for him. Will there, body not?

Three left: Ferraro does nice job to slow Dubois. Good job killing the play:


Two left: Bonino receives for breakout, pressure on top of him, but there’s gotta be a better outcome then a turnover up high from him.

Minute left: Barabanov has to do a way better job on Scheifele in front. It’s a mismatch, but you need a little more mustard from Barabanov there, a better effort for sure.

Period Two

The San Jose Sharks off to an awful start to start second: Connor lurks behind two Jets who picks the Sharks defenseman for a slot shot. Clever maneuver. Wheeler has a breakaway from blueline in, looks like a bad Sharks line change, a mess of people going on and off on both sides. But Reimer comes up huge again.

Four in: Wish Weatherby saw Hatakka streaking down middle.

Five in: Another fantastic Burns stretch pass, Balcers post. First Sharks chance of period is a great one.

Dahlen reminds me a little of Brandon Pirri. Talented goal scorer, want to see more from him in other areas of his game.

Six in: Sharks get a three-on-one off a lazy-looking Jets play. Ehlers loses it at Sharks blueline, defenseman Morrissey is up on the play, not reacting to fifty-fifty Ehlers puck.

Seven in: Ouch, Balcers. He doesn’t get it in deep, two-on-one the other way, Reimer again. No better illustration for why you have to get it in deep.

Nine in: Good work by Bonino on the PK.

Eight left: That’s taking the hit to make the play by Pederson. Stanley hits him hard but Pederson makes the play on the breakout. Hope he’s okay.

Three left: What is R. Merkley doing? Could’ve been a penalty either way, but has to keep better discipline.

Harkins goal: Lowry powers through Weatherby. Two-on-one. Meloche fails to stop the cross-ice pass. I don’t agree with spotlighting Megna there — he pinches up on his man, trusting Weatherby to stay with Lowry. It doesn’t look like a will thing, it’s a feet thing from Weatherby. San Jose has a big question at third-line center, in my mind.

Maybe there’s frustration about the calls, or lack thereof? No excuse, San Jose Sharks have to be better.

Period Three

Four in: But do like N. Merkley’s patience with the puck, though his bid for a rebound and stuff missed on the three-on-one.

Ten in: N. Merkley got a shift with Couture, but Bonino back up there now.

Nine left: Burns pinches when maybe he shouldn’t, R. Merkley actually breaks up the two-on-one, but Dahlen tosses a soft pass up the middle, intercepted, and he jumps off. Not a good shift from him. Example of tired or off-the-script Sharks team.

Next shift, too much individual hockey from R. Merkley then Weatherby. Yup, wheels are off.

Six left: Another Dahlen NZ pass picked off.



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