By the numbers: Game 65 vs. Montreal

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Scoring chances, zone entries, zone exits and more from the Sharks' 4-0 win over Montreal on Saturday night.

Scoring Chances

Complete scoring chance summary

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 17:35 Wingels rebound from Couture, goal (4v5 SH) 5 27 31 39 57 11 30 51 67 76 79 4v5
Away 1 8:56 Subban one-timer from Galchenyuk, save 5 10 31 37 52 81 17 24 27 30 48 76 5v5
Away 1 6:02 Vanek deflection from Subban, save (5v4 PP) 10 27 31 37 61 20 27 30 51 76 79 4v5
Home 1 2:06 Torres rebound from Irwin, save (5v4 PP) 5 13 19 31 52 83 21 24 30 53 79 5v4
Home 2 19:34 Couture breakaway from Marleau, goalpost 5 12 31 39 44 83 17 27 30 74 79 81 5v5
Home 2 18:37 Hannan from Thornton on 2on1, save 8 19 27 31 61 88 6 14 20 21 30 43 5v5
Home 2 18:19 Wingels deflection from Irwin, save 13 15 22 31 52 57 11 24 30 51 67 76 5v5
Home 2 18:17 Wingels rebound, miss 13 15 22 31 52 57 11 24 30 51 67 76 5v5
Home 2 18:07 Wingels deflection from Irwin, goal 13 15 22 31 52 57 11 24 30 51 67 76 5v5
Home 2 15:35 Couture from Wingels, save 12 22 31 39 52 57 11 35 51 67 74 79 5v5
Home 2 12:18 Nieto one-timer from Marleau, goal 12 22 31 39 52 83 6 21 27 35 43 81 5v5
Away 2 10:36 Gallagher from Pacioretty, save 5 12 31 39 44 83 6 11 35 51 67 76 5v5
Away 2 10:33 Pacioretty rebound from Gallagher, save 5 12 31 39 44 83 6 11 35 51 67 76 5v5
Home 2 8:25 Desjardins backhand from Thornton, save 10 19 22 31 44 88 11 35 51 67 76 79 5v5
Home 2 7:31 Pavelski from Thornton, miss 5 8 19 31 44 88 14 20 21 35 74 79 5v5
Home 2 7:10 Burns deflection from Pavelski, miss 8 19 27 31 61 88 14 20 21 35 74 76 5v5
Home 2 5:20 Marleau off turnover, save 12 22 27 31 39 83 11 35 43 51 67 79 5v5
Home 2 4:39 Wingels rebound, save 5 12 15 31 44 57 17 27 35 43 79 81 5v5
Home 2 4:07 Wingels from Torres, save 5 13 15 31 44 57 17 27 35 43 79 81 5v5
Away 3 19:18 Couture backhand from Nieto, goal 5 12 31 39 44 83 11 35 51 67 74 79 5v5
Home 3 19:04 Burns deflection from Thornton, save 8 19 27 31 61 88 6 14 20 21 35 76 5v5
Home 3 17:18 Marleau from Kennedy, miss 5 12 31 39 44 83 6 17 27 35 74 81 5v5
Home 3 8:24 Couture breakaway from Kennedy, miss 12 22 31 39 52 81 6 32 35 43 48 53 5v5
Away 3 4:39 Plekanec on 2on1, save (4v5 SH) 13 15 22 31 52 57 14 32 35 74 79 5v4

On-ice scoring chances, for and against

# Player EV PP SH
5 DEMERS, JASON 13:09 5 4 04:11 1 0 03:14 1 0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 11:28 4 0 03:30 0 0 02:03 0 0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 09:15 1 1 00:00 0 0 03:22 0 1
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 11:26 7 3 04:59 0 0 01:54 0 0
13 TORRES, RAFFI 07:38 4 0 02:50 1 1 00:00 0 0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 10:48 5 0 01:44 0 1 00:00 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 12:52 5 0 03:59 1 0 00:14 0 0
22 BOYLE, DAN 11:23 8 0 04:29 0 1 01:23 0 0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 16:22 4 0 00:51 0 0 04:27 1 1
31 NIEMI, ANTTI 16 4 1 1 1 1
37 BURISH, ADAM 08:44 0 1 00:00 0 0 03:17 0 1
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 10:49 6 3 04:28 0 0 02:16 1 0
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 13:22 6 3 00:26 0 0 02:18 0 0
52 IRWIN, MATT 11:55 6 1 04:58 1 1 00:28 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 10:19 6 0 03:41 0 1 02:21 1 0
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 17:59 3 0 01:01 0 0 04:26 0 1
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 09:31 1 1 00:33 0 0 00:00 0 0
83 NIETO, MATT 09:06 4 3 03:37 1 0 00:49 0 0
88 BURNS, BRENT 12:57 5 0 03:08 0 0 00:00 0 0

Team scoring chance totals

Period Totals EV 5v4 PP 5v3 PP 4v5 SH 3v5 SH
1 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
2 13 2 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 2 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ovr 18 6 16 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0

Head-to-head scoring chances

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There was a time earlier in the season when the Sharks were routinely criticized for dismal second period efforts (although I argued at the time, and still would, that it was more a result of them sitting on the sizable first-period leads they were opening up rather than any type of shift in strategy endemic to the second period) but, lately, they've been feasting on opponents in the middle frame. That was the case again last night as the Sharks lit up the Canadiens to the tune of a 13-2 scoring chance advantage in the second. It was good to see Antti Niemi get the shutout but, frankly, he wasn't asked to do a whole lot; San Jose allowed just two scoring chances per period for a total of six.

On the other side of the ledger, six of the Sharks' eighteen scoring chances in this game came off the stick of Tommy Wingels, who I thought was the best player on the ice. It's a huge bonus that the Sharks have been able to get the production out of him that they have this season; icing a third line of Raffi Torres, James Sheppard and Wingels last season would have probably been a disaster but the development of the latter two has allowed that line to not only hold its own but contribute offense.

5v5 Zone Entries


# Player Overall Entries Shots Per Overall Entry Controlled Entries Shots Per Controlled Entry % Of Entries With Control
5 DEMERS, JASON 1 1 0 0 0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 7 0.71 6 0.83 85.7
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 5 1 4 0.75 80
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 11 0.45 7 0.71 63.6
13 TORRES, RAFFI 2 0 2 0 100
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 9 0.56 6 0.33 66.7
19 THORNTON, JOE 7 0.29 4 0.5 57.1
22 BOYLE, DAN 2 0.5 2 0.5 100
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 0 0 0 0 0
37 BURISH, ADAM 0 0 0 0 0
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 5 0.4 5 0.4 100
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 0 0 0 0 0
52 IRWIN, MATT 2 0 0 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 5 0.8 1 2 20
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 2 0 0 0 0
81 KENNEDY, TLER 6 0.5 3 1 50
83 NIETO, MATT 5 0.2 2 0.5 40
88 BURNS, BRENT 4 0.5 1 0 25
Sharks Overall 73 0.49 43 0.6 58.9
Canadiens Overall 48 0.35 28 0.32 58.3

Ed. note: Exit and entry charts are sortable by column now.

Both teams carried the puck into the offensive zone on about the same percentage of their entries; the difference was the Canadiens entered the offensive zone in any fashion 25 fewer times than the Sharks did. Especially considering San Jose led for nearly the entire game and held a multi-goal lead for more than half of it, that's a pretty dominant performance in the neutral zone and a big reason Montreal generated next-to-nothing offensively.

By eye, the Marleau/Couture/Nieto line was flying last night and the zone entry numbers back that observation up; Couture entered the offensive zone with control on all five of his entries while Marleau went seven-for-eleven in that department, generating a crapload of offense (not the least of which was Nieto's one-timer goal from the slot) with his controlled entries.

5v5 Zone Exits


# Player Touches In-Zone Passes Carry-Out Pass-Out Turnover Icing Overall Success % Exit Success %
5 DEMERS, JASON 13 9 1 1 2 0 15.4 50.0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 7 2 3 2 0 0 71.4 100.0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 5 2 0 0 3 0 0.0 0.0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 5 0 2 2 1 0 80.0 80.0
13 TORRES, RAFFI 4 3 0 0 2 0 0.0 0.0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 13 2 7 2 2 0 69.2 81.8
19 THORNTON, JOE 10 4 2 1 2 0 30.0 50.0
22 BOYLE, DAN 8 3 1 3 1 0 50.0 80.0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 14 9 0 3 2 0 21.4 60.0
37 BURISH, ADAM 5 0 0 2 2 1 40.0 40.0
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 2 1 1 0 0 0 50.0 100.0
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 13 5 0 6 1 1 46.2 75.0
52 IRWIN, MATT 14 6 0 6 2 0 42.9 75.0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 7 3 1 0 3 0 14.3 25.0
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 23 8 1 8 5 1 39.1 60.0
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 6 0 3 2 1 0 83.3 83.3
83 NIETO, MATT 4 0 0 2 2 0 50.0 50.0
88 BURNS, BRENT 5 1 1 2 1 0 60.0 75.0
Overall 158 58 23 42 32 3 40 65

If James Sheppard could take fewer minor penalties, he'd be the perfect bottom six forward. He seldom makes the wrong play in any area of the ice, including the defensive zone from where he carried the puck into the neutral zone on seven of his thirteen touches last night and successfully passed it clear on two others. On the whole, the Sharks exited the defensive zone on 65% of their attempts to, which is a pretty solid recipe for spending as little time in your own end as possible.

Not to harp on Adam Burish but he was the only Shark to finish with a negative scoring chance differential last night, the only forward to not generate a single zone entry, either turned the puck over or iced it on three of his five defensive-zone touches and finished with the lowest Corsi% on the team. I'm not entirely sure he's done anything since signing in San Jose to prove he's much more than a good AHL player these days. As much as I wouldn't expect Marty Havlat to be all that effective with Andrew Desjardins and Tyler Kennedy as his linemates, I'd rather have him in that spot than Burish at this point.

For more on what scoring chances, zone entries and zone exits are, how they're tracked, and why they matter, read this post.

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