The Sharks wanted to get off to a good start this season after struggling through the first month of last year. A 6-3 drubbing against Phoenix in game one got them going in the right direction.
Tonight's loss against St. Louis however, on the heels of last night's 1-0 fall to the rival Ducks, has derailed the chance for any early season momentum.
As was the case in Anaheim, the Sharks allowed the first goal after a four-on-four stretch seemed to disrupt the flow of the offense. It was an unfortunate situation, as San Jose should have had a power play instead. Ryane Clowe, however, was called for a late rouging penalty that didn't have to be taken after he jumped in to defend a teammate.
The Sharks beat up the puck a bit all night, and committed more than their fair share of turnovers. Matt D'Agostini's goal was evidence of this, as Jason Demers sent the puck right to D'Agostini who walked in and put one past Thomas Greiss.
The Sharks would get the equalizer in the first; Michael Handzus fought for a bouncing puck in front of Brian Elliot and lifted it over the pads for a power play goal. The power play has been a bright spot so far, clicking at 30%. Little victories, right?
In the second, Brent Burns would put the Sharks ahead for only the second time this season, scoring his first goal as a member of his new team. Burns made some huge mistakes on the defensive end of the ice tonight, as he has most of the early season. However, his shot from the point is a huge asset, and it showed tonight. A blast from the blue line squeaked through Elliot and ended up in the net.
With a 2-1 lead, the Sharks headed into the third in a great spot. However, the Blues would go on to score three unanswered. First, Kent Huskins, of all people, scored a beautiful goal on a wrister that beat Greiss high. Five minutes later, Alex Steen, Alex Pietrangelo and Jason Arnott converted on a 3 on 2 rush that Burns played poorly. A empty netter sealed the Sharks fate.
All if that adds up to a loss, and a poor 1-2-0 record for San Jose. However, if we've learned anything, the first few weeks of the season aren't the best indication of what's to come. Still, the last thing the Sharks want to do is relive past mistakes. They'll get a chance to show what they've learned Monday.