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Sharks blow 3-goal 3rd period lead, lose in OT
3/5/2024 - By Mike Lee

When the Sharks dropped their 3-2 shootout decision to the Dallas Stars on Saturday it planted a seed of belief. It proved they could compete with top tier teams. They got their chance to build on that on Tuesday night as Dallas came calling. That seed was doused in oil, wrapped in gasoline and blown up with a stick of dynamite as San Jose let a 3-goal 3rd period lead slip through their fingers to eventually fall 7-6 in overtime on a Roope Hintz goal.

It's hard to describe how a gut punch feels, but the Sharks have endured so many of them the past three seasons that it's pretty clear that this one stings as bad many of the other come from ahead losses.

After allowing the Stars to tie the game with three unanswered goals with 7 minutes to play, a little bad luck struck the Sharks in overtime. William Eklund was hit in the ankle rendering him useless in the modified 3-on-3 format. Dallas took full advantage, working the puck away from the other two defenders before Hintz put a shot past Kappo Kahkonen.

The Sharks netminder would surrender 7 goals on 41 shots. It was a massive missed opportunity as Kahkonen's counterpart Jake Hints allowed 6 goals on only 20 shots.

Anthony Duclair staked the Sharks to the early 1-0 lead after Miro Heiskanen was sent for tripping. The Sharks worked a pretty three pass sequence that ended with Fabian Zetterlund feeding Duclair for the one-time chance off the end boards. Duclair split Jake Oettinger's pads with the ice hugging shot that helped the Sharks winger earn a share of the team lead in goals scored with 15.

Duclair returned the favor 9 minutes later with a setup from the right wing boards. Duclair chased down a partial dump in, then did a 270 degree turn to face the off wing where he saw Zetterlund cutting toward the net. A subsequent pass hit Zetterlund in stride, but the Sharks forward knuckled the shot to cross up Oettinger.

Things looked like they were going swimmingly for San Jose as the end of the period approached, but the wheels fell off when Kyle Burroughs and Mikael Granlund took penalties 17 seconds apart.

Dallas converted between the two penalties when Jamie Benn tipped a Heiskanen shot past Kahkonen at 18:38.

Logan Stankoven converted on Granlund's penalty with a put back attempt on the left side after Kahkonen failed to seal off that side of the net.

Ryan Carpenter put the sharks back on top 4:39 into the 2nd period on a put back chance of his own. Marc-Edouard Vlasic ripped a shot from the blueline that Oettinger denied, but Nico Sturm got a stick on it, deflecting it over to the space near the bottom of the right circle where Carpenter was lurking for a shot attempt that converted for the forward's 4th goal of the season.

Dallas re-tied the game at 8:46 when Wyatt Johnston converted his 20th of the season on a tap in from the right side. Benn carried the puck up the right side before doing a 360 on the left side and feeding his young linemate for the Stars 3rd goal of the night.

Former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski aided his old team at 15:25 by taking a tripping penalty. That would setup Duclair's 2nd tally of the night. The Sharks forward fought off a gaggle of bodies, taking a couple of hacks at the loose puck in front of the net before punching it home.

Filip Zadina scored his 10th goal of the season at 17:50 on a point blank chance after mike Hoffman fed him the puck with a bullet pass out of the right corner. Zadina was setup at the top of the crease where he collected the Hoffman assist and lifted it past Oettinger for the 5-3 lead.

Mikael Granlund got in on the act 3 minutes into the 3rd period with a snipe from right side. Duclair forced the issue with some strong puck work down low. He would make the feed out to Granlund out front for the quick wrist shot that beat Oettinger.

Logan Stankoven worked a shot past Kahkonen at 12:58 to cut the Sharks lead to 2 goals. His shot squirted between the goaltender's torso and right arm, but it was actually Kahkonen who kicked the puck across his own goal line.

It turned into nail biting time when Johnston added his 2nd of the night just 43 seconds later.

The 20 year-old Johnston recorded his first career hat trick 2 minutes later by punching home a rebound off a Heiskanen shot. Once again Kahkonen was late to get a post covered and Johnston made the Sharks pay.

The overtime frame was short and painful. Extremely painful.

Game Notes:

* William Eklund returned to the Sharks lineup after missing the Sharks 4-3 loss to Minnesota on Sunday.

* Ty Emberson, Kevin Labanc and Nikita Okhotiuk were all scratched on Tuesday night.

* Anthony Duclair has 5 goals in his last 4 games, and 8 in his last 11 contests. His 4-point night tied a career high.

* Filip Zadina set a career high in goals scored with 10 goals with his 2nd period goal. Zadina has racked up 5 goals in his last 9 games.

* Several reports indicate that the Sharks are not getting much interest from other teams as the NHL Trade Deadline approaches. That deadline ends at noon on Friday, but San Jose's trade worthy players are all carrying contracts big enough to scare off teams. San Jose has one option remaining salary deferral option available, but it's unlikely they will use is this season. They're already paying part of Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson's contract, which consumes 2 of their 3 deferrals.


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1 2 3 OT T
DAL 2 1 3 1 7
SJ 2 3 1 0 6
1st period - 1, SJ, Duclair 15 (Zetterlund, Eklund), 3:22, (pp). 2, SJ, Zetterlund 16 (Duclair, Rutta), 11:50. 3, DAL, Benn 10 (Heiskanen, Robertson), 18:38, (pp). 4, DAL, Stankoven 4 (Heiskanen, Johnstone), 19:27, (pp).
2nd period - 5, SJ, Carpenter 4 (Sturm, Vlasic), 4:39. 6, DAL, Johnston 20 (Benn, Dellandrea), 8:46. 7, SJ, Duclair 16 (Zetterlund, Granlund), 15:48, (pp). 8, SJ, Zadina 10 (Hoffman, Addison), 17:50.
3rd period - 9, SJ, Granlund 9 (Duclair), 3:02. 10, DAL, Stankoven 5 (Johnston), 12:58. 11, DAL, Johnston 21 (Stankoven, Benn), 13:41. 12, DAL, Johnston 22 (Heiskanen, Harley), 15:42.
Overtime - 13, DAL, Hintz 25 (unassisted), 1:48. .
1st period - Heiskanen, DAL (tripping), 3:06; Burroughs, SJ (hooking), 18:30; Granlund, SJ (tripping), 18:47.
2nd period - Benn, DAL (cross checking), 1:43; Heiskanen, DAL (slashing), 5:12; Granlund, SJ (hooking), 5:37; Pavelski, DAL (tripping), 15:25.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
DAL - Oettinger 20 14
SJ - Khakonen 41 34
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
DAL 20 5 14 2 41
SJ 6 9 5 0 20
Power Play Conversion
DAL 2 of 3
SJ 2 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Wyatt Johnston
Anthony Duclair
Fabian Zetterlund
SAP Center - 10,070
Referees: #21 TJ Luxmore, #15 Jean Hebert. Linesmen: #88 Tyson Baker, #55 Kyle Flemington.

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