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Sloppy loss snaps win streak
Red Wings score 4 goals in big 3rd period to win 7-4
11/17/2022 - By Mike Lee

The winning streak is no more. The Sharks returned home on Thursday night, and brought back their abysmal home ice play to drop a 7-4 decision to the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Sloppy play afforded the Red Wings too many easy goals, especially late in the 3rd period where Detroit scored 4 times to hand the Sharks their 9th loss on home ice in 10 games this season.

San Jose overcame a 4-2 deficit in that 3rd period, but then mistakes and turnovers doomed San Jose.

The Sharks staked themselves to the early lead when Kevin Labanc unloaded on a drop pass from Erik Karlsson at 6:56 of the opening period. Karlsson carried the puck up the right side but had no angle as a Red Wings defender cutoff a path to the goal, so he h sent a blind backhand pass to the inside of the right circle, where Labanc stepped into it to score his 3rd goal of the season.

Detroit answered just under 3 minutes later when Filip Hronek lifted a puck from a tight angle near the right end line, beating James Reimer to tie the game at 1-1.

Matt Nieto scored a highlight reel goal with 7 minutes remaining in the period. The Sharks forward split a pair of defenders before flipping the puck on net. The shot appeared to hit goaltender Ville Husso in the right shoulder and bounced into the Red Wings net for Nieto's 3rd of the season.

The Red Wings out played the Sharks in the 2nd period, motivated by their deficit. That would eventually result in another game tying goal. Dylan Larkin fired a shot from the left of the high slot that hit David Perron in the skate enough to change the directory on the shot and push past Reimer.

Jake Walman gave the Red Wings the lead with his 1st goal of the season with 3:16 left in the middle period. The defenseman sent a blast from the left point that found the top right corner of the net as Reimer was screened by three skaters and had to guess on the shot's location. He guessed wrong.

San Jose let the Red Wings extend their lead in the 3rd period, when Joe Veleno pushed the score to 4-2 after pulling a puck off the end boards and tucking the puck around the right post with three Shark defenders staring at him. The goal was Veleno's 3rd of the season and came 4:58 into the period.

Logan Couture cut the Red Wings lead to a single goal at 8:58 when he slammed home a shot from the right side to give the Sharks captain 8 tallies on the season.

Karlsson bagged his 11th of the season less than 3 minutes later on a shot from the left wing boards that hit Andrew Kopp in the posterior before bouncing over the goal line to help San Jose re-tie the game at 4-4.

Mortiz Seider helped Detroit reclaim the lead 2:23 later, firing a shot from the right dot that Reimer was late to react to.

For all his offensive heroics, Karlsson's defense was simply awful on Thursday night. There was no better example than his play on a loose puck that rolled out of the Red Wings zone. The Sharks defenseman lolly-gagged back for the puck, allowing Pius Suter to skate right past him and then deposit his 4th goal of the season after Reimer tried to come out and play the puck.

Dominik Kubalik added an empty net goal to cap the game's scoring.

Game Notes:

* Former Sharks head coach Bob Boughner made his return to SAP Center as an assistant coach with the Red Wings on Thursday night. The Sharks recognized him on the center-ice video scoreboard in the 2nd period.

* Nick Cicek recorded his 1st NHL assist and point on Matt Nieto's 1st period goal. The rookie made his NHL debut on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

* The Sharks honored cancer survivors before and during the game. The opening puck was dropped by Layla Malone, who receives her last dose of chemotherapy for Leukemia next week. Malone's father works for the Sharks.

* Erik Karlsson was on the ice for 9 of the 11 goals scored in the game. Unfortunately, 5 of them were Detroit goals.

* James Reimer's goals against average and save percentage took a beating on Thursday night. Reimer gave up 6 goals on 20 shots.


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1 2 3 T
DET 1 2 4 7
SJ 2 0 2 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Labanc 3 (Karlsson, Meier), 6:56. 2, DET, Hronek 2 (Perron), 9:39. 3, SJ, Nieto 3 (Karlsson, Cicek), 12:52.
2nd period - 4, DET, Perron 6 (Larkin, Kubalik), 11:27. 5, DET, Walman 1 (Rasmussen, Erne), 16:44.
3rd period - 6, DET, Veleno 3 (Suter, Berggren), 4:58. 7, SJ, Couture 8 (Barabanov, Karlsson), 8:58. 8, SJ, Karlsson 11 (Labanc, Hertl), 11:31. 9, DET, Seider 1 (Perron, Chiarot), 13:54. 10, DET, Suter 4 (unassisted), 16:23. 11, DET, Kubalik 8 (Larkin), 18:45, (en).
1st period - Velano, DET (boarding), 2:58; Kunin, SJ (tripping), 10:05; Barabanok, SJ (interference), 15:47.
2nd period - Bonino, SJ (hooking), 7:37.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
DET - Husso 24 20
SJ - Reimer 20 14
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DET 4 9 8 21
SJ 9 8 7 24
Power Play Conversion
DET 0 of 3
SJ 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
David Perron
Erik Karlsson
Kevin Labanc
SAP Center - 14,134
Referees: #40 Steve Kozari, #47 Carter Sandlak . Linesmen: #76 Michel Cormier, #95 Jonny Murray.

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