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Florida end Sharks win streak
Struggling Panthers beat SJ 5-3
2/17/20 - By Mike Lee -

Two steps forward, one step back for the San Jose Sharks. Not that we should be expecting much more from a team that's been decimated by injury, but the ability to win back to back games on the road still leaves that glimmer of hope. Check that. That reality of their ills was exposed on Monday as the Sharks returned home for an odd one-game homestand against the Florida Panthers. The Sharks lack of defensive depth was exposed, as Florida bit the Sharks in a 5-3 loss at SAP Center.

The rare 1:00pm mid-week start left the Sharks in unfamiliar territory. They were late to the bell, and were forced to play catch up all day long.

Evgenii Dadonov staked the Panthers to a 1-0 lead at 4:52 of the 1st period after he took a Frank Vatrano pass at the top of the crease and jammed it past Aaron Dell. Sharks defenseman Tim Heed lost track of Dadonov, allowing the Panthers forward to park on the Sharks doorstep and work unencumbered. The goal was Dadonov's 24th of the season.

Dylan Gambrell tied things up at 11:30, when he took an Antti Suomela feed while parked in the slot before sniping a shot that caught the upper right corner of the net, beating Sergei Bobrovsky for his 4th goal of the season.

The Sharks battled penalty issues all afternoon, and Joel Kellman led the charge with a pair of separate minor penalties in the opening period.

Mike Hoffman helped Florida reclaim the lead 11:00 into the 2nd period. Hoffman timed a poor pass by Brent Burns along the Panthers blueline, intercepting it before racing up the ice on a fast break. The forward slipped the puck past Dell after deeking him to the right for his 22nd goal of the season.

Colton Sceviour made it a two goal lead for Florida midway through the 3rd period when he sent a shot in from the inside of the right circle that Dell stopped, but the rebound kicked back out to the slot where the Panthers forward was able to shove the rebound home. Defenseman Tim Heed did little to stop Sceviour, even though he had position on the Panthers forward.

A Denis Malgin cross-checking penalty put the Sharks on the power play for the fourth time in the game. This time, San Jose converted when Kevin Labanc fired a shot that Mackenzie Weegar deflected when it hit his skate. The puck arched over Bobrovsky, looping home for Labanc's 14th goal of the season.

Anton Stralman fired a puck from the high slot at 17:06 that beat Dell, after Heed screened his netminder trying to get in front of the shot.

Tim Meier cut the Panthers lead to single goal once again with 1:40 left in regulation. Meier corralled a bouncing feed from Joe Thornton on the right wing before lifting it between Bobrovsky and the right post.

Vincent Trocheck ended things with an empty net goal late.

Game Notes:

* Defenseman Brendan Dillon broke down in front of reporters after the game when asked about the possibility of being traded this week as the NHL's trade deadline looms. Dillon excused himself from the interview after he was visibly shaken by the question.

* Evander Kane served the second game of his two-game suspension.

* Even with his goal, Kevin Labanc finished the game with a -3 plus/minus. Dylan Gambrell and Antti Suomela were the only Sharks that finished the game with a positive plus/minus.

* Stefan Noesen led all skaters with 8 shots on goal. Noesen made the most of his chances on the ice.

* The Panters had lost 8 of their prior 9 games, before beating the Sharks. They have fallen out of the playoff hunt with that skid.


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1 2 3 T
FLA 1 1 3 5
SJ 1 0 2 3
1st period - 1, FLA, Dadonov 24 (Vatrano, Ekblad), 4:52. 2, SJ, Gambrell 4 (Suomela, True), 11:30.
2nd period - 3, FLA, Hoffman 22 (unassisted). 11:00.
3rd period - 4, FLA, Scevior 6 (unassisted), 10:04. 5, SJ, Labanc 14 (Burns), 14:34, (pp). 6, FLA, Stralman 5 (Huberdeau, Barkov), 17:06. 7, SJ, Meier 20(Thornton, Burns), 18:20. 8, FLA, Trocheck 9 (unassisted), 19:55, (en).
1st period - Yandle, FLA (interference), 7:13; Kellman, SJ (hooking), 12:58; Kellman, SJ (tripping), 17:57; Trocheck, FLA (interference), 18:33.
2nd period - Sorensen, SJ (hooking), 3:38; M. Karlsson, SJ (tripping), 11:41; Pysyk, FLA (tripping), 16:07.
3rd period - Malgin, FLA (cross checking), 14:13.
Shots Saves
FLA - Bobrovsky 32 28
SJ - Dell 27 23
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
FLA 9 8 10 27
SJ 12 13 7 32
Power Play Conversion
FLA 0 of 4
SJ 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Aaron Ekblad
Colton Sceviour
Dylan Gambrell
SAP Center - 16,510
Referees: Walsh, Schlenker. Linesmen: Mach, Gibbons.

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