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Nothing slick about Sharks in 5-0 loss
Edmonton makes quick work of San Jose
12/28/2023 - By Mike Lee

If the Sharks were serious about snapping their current losing streak, they had a funny way of showing it on Thursday night. Entering play, the Sharks had lost 6 straight games and have floundered after their promising turn to start the month. The Edmonton Oilers extended that to 7 games with a 4-goal 1st period en route to a 5-0 pasting of San Jose at SAP Center.

With mistakes and turnovers the central reason for San Jose's woes, this one turned out to be a simple beat down by a team that was more talented and motivated. When the Oilers last visited San Jose, they had dropped a 3-2 decision to the Sharks, which was the last game that Jay Woodcroft would coach for the Oilers. He was fired shortly thereafter.

Edmonton had something to prove on their return, and prove it they did.

The Oilers scored a minute into the contest, then went on to add 4 more unanswered while the Sharks continue to stumble through games.

Kaapo Kahkonen started in LA on Wednesday night and with Mackenzie Blackwood on the shelf with an illness, the Sharks turned to goaltending prospect Magnus Chrona to start against the Oilers. It was probably not the outcome the young netminder had dreamed of. Chrona surrendered all 4 goals in the opening period and was subsequently pulled by Sharks head coach David Quinn to start the 2nd period.

Ryan McLeod effectively ended the game 60 seconds in by collecting the puck in the high slot before side stepping Anthony Duclair on the left side and snapping a shot that beat Chrona inside the right post.

Zach Hyman tipped home a Connor McDavid feed form the doorstep at 10:15. McDavid carried the puck up the left wing and held it as Hyman got position on Fabian Zetterlund. Hyman chipped at McDavid's pass from just outside the crease, lifting it past Chrona for his 20th of the season.

Evan Bouchard made it a 3-0 game 4 minutes later off a blast from the top of the left circle. Chrona had James Hamblin completely obscuring the shot as he was parked at the top of the crease. The Sharks goaltender could only guess where Bouchard's shot was headed. He guessed wrong.

Leon Draisaitl added his 15th goal of the season with 2:28 remaining in the period. Warren Foegele collected the puck along the end line on the right side, then dished it to a spot in front of the net were Draisaitl immediately put past Chrona.

David Quinn mercifully pulled Chrona to start the 2nd period, and inserted Kahkonen in net. The goaltender would still allow an Edmonton goal, but he limited the damage to the single tally.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins bagged his 9th of the season midway through the middle frame, redirecting a Cody Ceci shot. The puck appeared to hit Kyle Burroughs as he tried tying up Hyman, but changed the trajectory on Kahkonen.

Stuart Skinner stopped all 25 shots he faced for the shutout.

Game Notes:

* Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Kevin Labanc joined Mackenzie Blackwood as scratches. Blackwood continues to fight an undisclosed illness.

* Magnus Chrona made his first NHL start. It was not his first NHL game. That came earlier this year when he played in relief during the Sharks 10-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Chrona allowed 4 goals in that game as well.

* Kyle Burroughs finished the game with a -5 performance. Mario Ferraro was a -4. Not great performances from your top 2 defenders. Four Oilers skaters were a +3.

* William Eklund led San Jose with 6 shots on goal.

* The game marked the last game of the year on SAP Center ice. San Jose will return to home ice on January 2nd when Detroit comes calling.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
EDM 4 1 0 5
SJ 0 0 0 0
1st period - 1, EDM, McLeod 6 (Hyman, Bouchard), 1:00. 2, EDM, Hyman 20 (McDavid, Nurse), 10:15. 3, EDM, Bouchard 9 (Ekholm, Brown), 14:55. 4, EDM, Draisaitl 15 (Foegele, McLeod), 17:32.
2nd period - 5, EDM, Nugent-Hopkins 9 (Ceci, Nurse), 9:07.
3rd period - None.
Penalties
1st period - None.
2nd period - Ferraro, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 3:05; Hyman, EDM (interference), 3:21.
3rd period - Nurse, EDM (high sticking), 1:42; Draisaitl, EDM (high sticking), 16:31.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
EDM - Skinner 26 26
SJ - Chrona 11 7
SJ - Khakonen 18 17
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
EDM 12 10 8 30
SJ 7 12 7 26
Power Play Conversion
EDM 0 of 1
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Stuart Skinner
Connor McDavid
Zach Hyman
Attendance
SAP Center - 17,435
Officials
Referees: #34 Brandon Schrader, #26 Jake Brenk. Linesmen: #52 Shandor Alphonso, #89 Joe Mahon.





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