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New year, same poor results
Sharks blow 3rd period lead and fall to Red Wings
1/2/2024 - By Mike Lee

Back on December 7th, the Sharks overcame a 3-0 deficit against the Detroit Red Wings, eventually winning in overtime. As the Sharks start 2024, they returned the favor to Detroit who overcame a 3-2 Sharks lead in the 3rd period before San Jose let the game slip through their fingers. More rest and a home game against a team that had to travel across the country to play didn't provide any benefit to the Sharks who have lost 9 games in a row.

With an 11 game losing streak already under their belts, the Sharks look a lot like a team that is incapable of winning. That's a bad look when you have a 3rd period lead at home, but the Sharks seemingly find ways to gag up games of late.

This one was a combination of weak goaltending and special teams play that is woefully inadequate.

Detroit took advantage of a Calen Addison tripping penalty that was committed at 4:18 of the opening frame. Daniel Sprong collected a Lucas Raymond feed parked in the slot and fired a shot that squeezed through Kaapo Kahkonen for his 10th goal of the season.

The Sharks leveled things up at 16:50 when Fabian Zetterlund jammed a puck past Red Wings goaltender Alex Lyon. The puck worked past Lyon, then sat precariously perched behind him but a few inches in front of the goal line. When he tried to reach back and grab the puck, he lost the handle on it pushing it into his own goal.

Kahkonen put his team in a hole at the 6:07 mark of the 2nd period when he let a soft one get past him. J.T. Compher carried the puck to the top of the right circle and sent a routine shot at the Sharks net. Kahkonen was late to react to the shot, allowing it to squeeze past him for the 2-1 Red Wings lead.

Justin Bailey helped the Sharks get to the 2nd intermission tied by scoring his 2nd goal of the season with 66 seconds left in the period. San Jose worked the puck out of the left corner out to the left point where Mario Ferraro sent a shot in on net. Bailey was skating toward the net from the left dot where he redirected the shot downward with his stick blade. The Puck bounced off the ice, then skid passed Lyon to make it a 2-2 game.

Alexander Barabanov gave the Sharks their first lead of the night 9:24 into the 3rd period. The Sharks forward pursued a puck along the end boards near the right corner, then skated out to the bottom of the right circle before pivoting back to face the net and unleash a shot. Lyon was screened by Jack Studnicka and never saw Baranaov's shot.

Jan Rutta was called for a suspect hold at 9:53, setting up the Red Wings 3rd power play of the night. Detroit would cash in a second time on the man advantage when David Perron scored on a one-time chance from the left circle.

Dylan Larkin was sent for slashing Addison at 11:18, but the Sharks special teams had an unproductive game.

William Eklund was called for high sticking Jake Walman when his shot caught the Red Wings defenseman on the follow through of a shot. Oddly the on-ice officials reviewed the play to confirm the call.

Detroit grabbed the lead that counted at 18:30 when Perron through the puck at the front of the net from the right wing boards. The puck hit Sharks defender Kyle Burroughs as he was fighting off Larkin, deflecting it past Kahkonen for the 4-3 Red Wings lead.

Game Notes:

* Mario Ferraro played after he was knocked out of the Sharks game versus Colorado on New Year's Eve. Ferraro suffered a rib injury after Nathan McKinnon hit him in the 1st period of the Sharks 3-1 loss to Colorado.

* Mackenzie Blackwood was the backup for the second straight game, after being a medical scratch against Los Angeles and Edmonton. It's not clear if Blackwood is still feeling the effects of the illness that he's been battling.

* The Sharks have allowed 41 goals over their current 9-game losing streak, which is an average of 4.55 goals per game.

* Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Kevin Labanc and Nikita Okhotiuk were scratched. It was the 18th healthy scratch of the season for Vlasic.

* Defenseman Ty Emberson was a +3 on the night. William Eklund was a -3.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
DET 1 1 3 5
SJ 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, DET, Sprong 10 (Raymond, Gostisbehere), 6:11, (pp). 2, SJ, Zetterlund 11 (Granlund, Hoffman), 16:50.
2nd period - 3, DET, Compher 9 (Holl, Maatta), 6:07. 4, SJ, Bailey 2 (Ferraro), 18:54.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Barabanov 2 (Addison, Emberson), 9:24. 6, DET, Perron 8 (Sprong, Raymond), 10:55, (pp). 7, Perron 9 (Raymond), 18:30. 8, DET, Rasmussen 8 (unassisted), 19:54, (en).
Penalties
1st period - Addison, SJ (tripping), 4:18.
2nd period - Raymond, DET (unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:12; Addison, SJ (cross checking), 4:12; Emberson, SJ (roughing), 7:11.
3rd period - Holl, DET (tripping), 1:56; Rutta, SJ (holding), 9:53; Larkin, DET (slashing), 11:18; Eklund, SJ (high sticking), 15:41.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
DET - Lyon 27 24
SJ - Khakonen 30 26
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DET 8 14 9 31
SJ 11 8 8 27
Power Play Conversion
DET 2 of 4
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
David Perron
Mario Ferraro
Justin Bailey
Attendance
SAP Center - 12,195
Officials
Referees: #14 Trevor Hanson, #13 Furman South. Linesmen: #62 Mitch Hunt, #60 Libor Suchanek.





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