Scoring Chances: Game 11 vs. Montreal

Richard Wolowicz

Our look at the head-to-head, team totals and on-ice scoring chances from the Sharks' 2-0 win over Montreal on Saturday night.

Complete scoring chance summary

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 14:22 Vlasic one-timer from Thornton, miss 14 31 45 76 79 82 19 31 44 48 61 75 5v5
Home 1 12:58 Moen from Bourque, miss 17 26 31 32 51 61 5 10 27 31 43 57 5v5
Away 1 12:29 Nieto rebound from Braun, save 17 26 27 31 51 61 8 31 44 57 61 83 5v5
Home 1 10:57 Plekanec from Gionta on 2on1, save (4v5 SH) 14 21 31 55 79 5 8 12 19 31 39 4v5
Away 1 8:49 Sheppard wraparound, save 17 31 32 51 76 79 5 10 15 27 31 43 5v5
Away 1 7:31 Couture from Kennedy, save 14 21 26 31 49 61 7 12 31 39 52 81 5v5
Home 1 5:43 Desharnais backhand from Bourque, save 17 31 32 40 51 55 7 12 31 39 52 57 5v5
Home 1 5:42 Desharnais rebound, save 17 31 32 40 51 55 7 12 31 39 52 57 5v5
Away 1 4:54 Hamilton from Thornton, miss 11 27 31 76 79 81 19 31 43 44 61 75 5v5
Away 1 2:33 Kennedy from Demers, miss 14 21 31 49 76 79 5 12 27 31 39 81 5v5
Home 2 17:35 Bourque from Desharnais, miss 17 31 32 40 51 55 5 8 27 31 57 83 5v5
Away 2 14:54 Nieto breakaway from Pavelski, save 17 31 32 40 51 55 8 31 44 57 61 83 5v5
Away 2 13:41 Couture from Thornton, goal (5v4 PP) 26 31 32 53 61 5 12 19 31 39 61 4v5
Home 2 9:16 Eller from Gallagher, save 11 27 31 76 79 81 19 31 44 48 61 75 5v5
Home 2 8:27 Gionta deflection from Diaz, miss 14 21 26 31 49 61 7 12 31 39 52 81 5v5
Home 2 7:49 Markov from Desharnais, save 17 31 32 51 76 79 7 8 31 52 57 83 5v5
Home 2 7:40 Desharnais from Bourque, miss 17 31 32 51 76 79 7 8 31 52 57 83 5v5
Away 2 6:09 Sheppard from Hannan, miss 11 26 27 31 55 81 5 10 12 15 27 43 5v5
Home 2 2:32 Moen deflection from Subban, miss 14 17 26 32 51 76 7 8 31 44 57 81 5v5
Home 2 2:30 Bourque from Desharnais, miss 14 17 26 32 51 76 7 8 31 44 57 81 5v5
Away 2 0:17 Stuart from Marleau, save 11 27 31 40 76 81 5 7 12 31 39 44 5v5
Home 3 18:45 Gallagher from Galchenyuk, save 11 27 31 76 79 81 5 19 27 31 48 75 5v5
Away 3 18:04 Nieto from Pavelski, save 17 31 32 40 51 55 8 31 44 57 61 83 5v5
Away 3 17:37 Nieto rebound from Wingels, save 17 31 32 40 51 55 8 31 44 57 61 83 5v5
Away 3 15:52 Couture, goal 14 21 26 31 49 61 12 31 39 44 61 81 5v5
Away 3 15:10 Nieto from Pavelski, save 11 27 31 55 76 81 5 8 27 31 57 83 5v5
Away 3 12:55 Hertl breakaway from Demers, save 14 21 31 49 76 79 5 19 27 31 48 75 5v5
Away 3 8:16 Marleau off turnover, miss 17 31 51 76 79 82 5 12 15 27 31 39 5v5

On-ice scoring chances for and against

# Player EV PP SH
5 DEMERS, JASON 15:12 7 3 04:03 1 1 00:35 0 0
7 STUART, BRAD 17:57 2 7 00:22 0 0 00:00 0 0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 14:54 5 5 03:29 0 1 00:38 0 0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 08:29 2 1 00:00 0 0 00:29 0 0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 15:36 6 3 04:09 1 1 00:53 0 0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 11:41 3 0 00:45 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 13:13 3 2 05:05 1 1 00:23 0 0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 15:00 6 3 00:21 0 0 01:25 0 0
31 NIEMI, ANTTI 14 11 1 1 0 0
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 15:29 5 3 04:49 1 1 00:53 0 0
43 MCCARTHY, JOHN 12:37 3 1 00:50 0 0 00:06 0 0
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 20:36 8 3 00:03 0 0 00:55 0 0
48 HERTL, TOMAS 08:27 2 2 01:52 0 0 00:00 0 0
52 IRWIN, MATT 15:37 1 5 02:40 0 0 00:00 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 14:14 5 8 01:15 0 0 00:38 0 0
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 17:31 7 1 03:12 1 0 01:05 0 0
75 HAMILTON, FREDDIE 08:57 3 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 16:05 3 3 01:31 0 0 00:00 0 0
83 NIETO, MATTHEW 13:34 5 3 00:59 0 0 00:00 0 0

Team scoring chance totals

Period Totals EV 5v4 PP 5v3 PP 4v5 SH 3v5 SH
1 6 4 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 4 7 3 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 6 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ovr 16 12 15 11 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Head-to-head scoring chances

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  • The scoring chance totals seem to reflect what transpired on the ice in this game for the most part: Montreal hung in there with San Jose through two periods, and were probably the better team in the second, but the final frame was one of the most dominant twenty-minute stretches the Sharks have had all season.
  • Logan Couture scored twice but, for my money, the best Shark on the ice was Matt Nieto. Five (five!) of the Sharks' fifteen even-strength chances came off his stick and the team outshot the Habs 16-5 when he was on the ice. Nieto really had his skating legs going and used them to challenge the Habs defensemen at their own blueline and on the forecheck. More games like this one and it's going to be impossible to send the kid back to the AHL even when everyone is healthy.
  • I think a key to the Sharks' success in this game was countering P.K. Subban in the neutral zone. Especially with Max Pacioretty injured, he's the engine driving the Habs' offense and the Sharks were able to deny him the time and space to catalyze Montreal's breakout.
  • Time for what's unfortunately become a standard feature of these posts: talking about how bad the Irwin/Stuart pairing was last night. In three full games together at even-strength now, they've started 63.6% of their non-neutral shifts in the offensive zone but the Sharks have earned just 44% of the shot attempts and just 25% of the scoring chances with Stuart on the ice, along with 40% of the attempts and 30% of the chances with Irwin on. They've been a trainwreck attempting to move the puck out of their own end and have struggled against second-tier opposing forwards. San Jose desperately needs Dan Boyle back.
  • Another reason Boyle is hopefully able to recover soon: the power play. Sharks managed just one scoring chance (and gave one up to the Habs' penalty kill) on four opportunities with the man-advantage. They scored on it, but that just isn't going to be good enough most nights.
  • I thought Jason Demers and James Sheppard had quietly excellent games and these numbers seem to support that. It's a good thing, too, because both of them deserve to keep their lineup spots going forward and hopefully this game made a case for that to the coaching staff. Demers should stay in over Stuart, Irwin or Hannan (it doesn't really matter which at this point) when Boyle gets healthy and Sheppard should never have to sit in favor of Mike Brown again.
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