SAN JOSE — The Sharks got the effort they wanted Friday night after a discouraging end to a five-game road trip.
But even their most dominating performance of the season so far couldn’t prevent another loss.
With the Sharks scrambling in their own end, Nikolaj Ehlers took a pass from Jack Roslovic and rifled a shot past Martin Jones with 1:24 left in the third period to give the Winnipeg Jets a 3-2 win at SAP Center.
It was the fourth straight regulation time loss for the Sharks, who out shot the Jets 53-19.
Tomas Hertl scored 49 seconds into the third period to tie the game, but the Sharks could not get the go-ahead goal despite 13 other shots in the third period on Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck. Barclay Goodrow also scored for the Sharks and Jones finished with 16 saves.
The Sharks knew this would be a huge month if they had hopes of turning their season around.
A 1-3-1 road trip, which included three straight regulation time losses to Toronto, Ottawa and Boston, left the Sharks with a 4-8-1 record and in seventh place in the Pacific Division.
Friday’s game was the first of a six-game homestand for the Sharks, who play the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
After Goodrow scored at the 3:18 mark of the second period to tie the game 1-1, the Sharks thought they had the go-ahead goal as Evander Kane chipped one past Hellebuyck at the side of the net.
But the Jets challenged for goalie interference, and after a brief review by the NHL’s Situation Room, it was determined that Kevin Labanc’s stick pushed Hellebuyck’s pad, impairing his ability to play his position in the crease.
Per the NHL, the decision was made in accordance with Rule 69.3 which states, in part, “If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed.”
The Sharks had not owned the lead after eight consecutive periods coming into Friday, and that streak grew after 20 minutes against the Jets.
After being outscored 14-4 and outshot 91-70 over the last three games of the road trip, the Sharks outshot the Jets 11-6 in the first period Friday. They still, though, trailed by a goal.
Erik Karlsson went pack to collect a puck in the slot near the front of the Sharks net, but his pass toward Brent Burns was off target. Burns went to retrieve it in the corner, by the puck was taken away by Kyle Connor.
With two Sharks players skating toward Connor, Gabriel Bourque was left open as he entered the Sharks’ zone. Conner found him, and Bourque beat Martin Jones clean with a wrist shot to the glove side at the 13:34 mark of the first period.
Jonny Brodzinsk, playing in just his third game this season for the Sharks, assisted on Goodrow’s goal for his first point in a San Jose uniform. Brodzinski skated on the fourth line with Goodrow and Noah Gregor.
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports