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True grit pays off in big win
Sharks exact some revenge on Canucks in 4-3 victory
11/25/2023 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks aren't likely to win many games this season, but their 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night may go down as one of the fun ones. The Sharks scored a pair of 3rd period goals to break a 2-2 tie, then held after a wild final 4 minutes of the contest. Kaapo Kahkonen made 32 saves to earn his 2nd win of the season. The Sharks played what was arguably their best team game of the season. It was a chippy affair, which brought the team together for a much needed 2 points.

In what has become an extreme rarity for the Sharks this season, then never trailed in the game. That coming against the game that destroyed them 10-1 on November 2nd made it even more rewarding.

Sam Lafferty appeared to score at 3:33 when he redirected a pass from the doorstep, but San Jose challenged the score for goaltender interference. That turned out to be the right call as Lafferty clipped Kahkonen

The Sharks would actually score the game's 1st goal, when rookie defenseman Ty Emberson converted his 1st career NHL goal at 9:58. The youngster fired a shot in on goal from the right point, weaving the shot through traffic to beat Canucks goaltender Casey DeSmith.

San Jose's lead would last 5 minutes. Kyle Burroughs was called for a holding penalty at 14:35, then Filip Hronek tapped home a loose puck from the doorstep on the ensuing power play. The goal was the 20th power play goal allowed by the Sharks this season in 72 chances.

Fabian Zetterlund helped San Jose reclaim the lead at 14:05 of the 2nd period when he fired a shot past DeSmith from inside the right circle. Tomas Hertl skated the puck around the back of the net from left to right, then feathered a pass to Zetterlund for the one time chance that found its way between DeSmith and the right post.

Hertl was called for a high stick when his errant twig brushed Canucks captain Quinn Hughes. The embellishment by Hughes helped referees Carter Sandlak and Trevor Hanson send the Sharks to the penalty box for the third time of the night.

It would be a costly trip for San Jose when Brock Boeser punched home a loose puck in from of the net with 21 seconds remaining in the period.

Things got chippy right before the horn to end the period when Dakota Joshua and Hertl started to mix it up. Both were assessed roughing minors, which carried over to the 3rd period.

Skating 4-on-4, Mikael Granlund showed flashes of his former self by stick-handling through traffic and putting a backhand shot past De Smith for his 1st goal as a Shark just 22 seconds into the final frame.

With the slim 3-2 lead, the Sharks then enjoyed their first power play of the game when Tyler Myers was sent off for high sticking William Eklund at the 1:00 minute mark. That helped San Jose to a 2-goal lead when Mike Hoffman deposited a rebound from the doorstep on the ensuing power play.

The Canucks were awarded a power play at 5:40 after Elias Pettersson launchd himself into Calen Addison with a hit along the side boards. Matt Benning earned a roughing and cross checking minors during the scrum that ensued, while Addison was assessed a 10 minute misconduct. Sam Lafferty drew a roughing minor, along with Mark Friedman who was given a misconduct.

San Jose killed the Canucks power play to maintain their lead.

Boeser scored his 2nd goal of the game with 3:11 to play after the Canucks pulled DeSmith. The Canucks forward was lurking on the right side when a JT Miller shot caromed over to him. Boeser lifted a shot as Kahkonen tried to cover the left side of the net.

Vancouver was forced to pull DeSmith again late in the game, then they turned the Sharks defensive zone into a shooting gallery. Kahkonen turned aside all 15 shots he would face in teh period, most coming in the final 4 minutes of the game.

Nico Sturm and Mike Hoffman missed on empty net chances, but San Jose held on for their 4th win of the season over the team that embarrassed them on SAP Center ice 24 days earlier.

Game Notes:

* Filip Zadina skated 5 shifts on Friday night in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Canadiens, then missed the rest of the game due to injury. He was an injury scratch on Saturday night.

* Kevin Labanc was back in the lineup after suffering an injury on Wednesday after being slew-footed.

* In addition to Ty Emberson scoring his 1st NHL goal in the contest, it was the first goal by a Sharks defenseman this season.

* To say this wasn't a fun one would be an understatement. The two teams combined for 38 minutes of penalties.

* The Sharks will host the Washington Capitals on Monday night and then they head out for a 6-game road trip.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
VAN 1 1 1 3
SJ 1 1 2 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Emberson (HErtl, Hoffman), 9:58. 2, VAN, Hronek 2 (Miller, Hughes), 15:37, (pp).
2nd period - 3, SJ, Zetterlund 5 (Hertl), 14:05. 4, VAN, Boeser 14 (Miller, Hronek), 19:38, (pp).
3rd period - 5, SJ, Granlund 1 (Addison, Ferraro), 0:22. 6, SJ, Hoffman 6 (Granlund, Addison), 1:48, (pp). 7, VAN, Boeser 15 (Miller, Pettersson), 16:49.
Penalties
1st period - Burroughs, SJ (holding), 14:35.
2nd period - Vlasic, SJ (tripping), 11:40; Hertl, SJ (high sticking), 18:58; Joshua, VAN (roughing), 19:58; Hertl, SJ (roughing), 19:58.
3rd period - Myers, VAN (high sticking), 1:00; Lafferty, VAN (roughing), 5:40; Friedman, VAN (10 min misconduct), 5:40; Benning, SJ (cross checking), 5:40; Benning, SJ (roughing), 5:40; Addison, SJ (10 min misconduct), 5:40.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
VAN - DeSmith 22 18
SJ - Khakonen 34 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
VAN 9 10 15 34
SJ 10 5 7 22
Power Play Conversion
VAN 2 of 4
SJ 1 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Mikael Granlund
Tomas Hertl
Mike Hoffman
Attendance
SAP Center - 15,538
Officials
Referees: #29 Carter Sandlak, #14 Trevor Hanson . Linesmen: #89 Joe Mahon, #77 Caleb Apperson .





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