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Scoring Chances: Game 73 @ Los Angeles

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March 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (10) scores a goal past San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the first period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
March 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards (10) scores a goal past San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) during the first period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

The Sharks were outchanced 10-1 in the second period of this game, spending nearly the entire twenty minutes in their own end. I don't have period-by-period scoring chance numbers handy for the full season, but I'm pretty confident in saying that's the worst single-period chance differential they've posted all year long. I called Monday's 5-3 loss to the Ducks probably the Sharks' worst game of the season but I think this one tops it. San Jose was outchanced 16-9 at even strength and 23-11 overall. I'm not sure what makes an NHL team follow up a three-game stretch that featured some of their best hockey of the season with consecutive terrible efforts but hopefully it's something that can be reversed. And quickly.

Best EV Forward: Joe Thornton (+3)

Worst EV Forward: Patrick Marleau (-7)

Best EV Defenseman: Dan Boyle (+0)

Worst EV Defenseman: Douglas Murray (-4)

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 5 4 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 1 10 1 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 5 9 4 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 11 23 9 16 1 1 0 0 1 5 0 1

Team Period Time Note SJS Opponent
SJS 1 17:28 Vlasic P 2 22 31 44 69 78 7 8 13 24 32 71 5v5
LAK 1 15:43 Carter R 5 17 18 31 34 61 7 8 10 32 74 77 5v5
LAK 1 15:42 Carter R 5 17 18 31 34 61 7 8 10 32 74 77 5v5
SJS 1 15:16 Couture F 8 19 22 31 39 44 2 11 14 23 32 33 5v5
SJS 1 10:09 Moore R 3 9 18 22 31 34 22 25 26 27 28 32 5v5
SJS 1 6:55 Marleau P 5 9 12 29 31 61 7 8 22 25 28 32 5v5
LAK 1 4:35 Goal - Richards SH 8 12 19 22 31 39 2 10 32 33 77 5v4
SJS 1 4:12 Goal - Havlat PP 9 17 29 31 61 88 7 8 23 24 32 5v4
LAK 1 2:25 Voynov PP 3 17 31 34 88 14 23 26 27 28 32 4v5
LAK 2 15:48 Nolan F 3 9 12 29 31 88 13 24 26 32 33 71 5v5
SJS 2 12:26 Pavelski P 3 8 19 29 31 88 10 26 32 33 74 77 5v5
LAK 2 12:11 Lewis T 8 19 22 31 39 88 7 8 22 25 28 32 5v5
LAK 2 10:08 Fraser R 5 17 18 31 34 61 13 24 26 32 33 71 5v5
LAK 2 10:04 Carter P 9 12 22 29 31 44 7 8 10 32 74 77 5v5
LAK 2 9:43 Richards P 9 12 22 29 31 44 7 8 10 32 74 77 5v5
LAK 2 6:25 Lewis F 2 5 31 61 69 78 2 22 25 27 28 32 5v5
LAK 2 5:35 Richards T 9 12 22 29 31 44 7 8 10 32 74 77 5v5
LAK 2 4:58 Kopitar T 3 8 19 31 39 88 11 14 23 26 32 33 5v5
LAK 2 4:11 Goal - Martinez F 17 18 22 31 34 44 2 11 14 23 27 32 5v5
LAK 2 2:15 Carter S 2 5 31 44 69 78 13 24 26 32 33 77 5v5
LAK 3 18:40 Williams P 3 9 12 29 31 88 11 14 23 26 32 33 5v5
SJS 3 17:26 White SH 5 31 39 44 69 14 23 26 27 28 32 4v5
LAK 3 16:44 Doughty PP 3 8 31 88 8 10 11 23 32 3v4
LAK 3 16:42 Brown PP 3 8 31 88 8 10 11 23 32 3v4
LAK 3 16:00 Goal - Kopitar PP 3 8 31 88 8 10 11 23 32 3v4
LAK 3 15:16 Voynov PP 3 31 39 44 10 14 26 28 32 3v4
LAK 3 14:44 Richards PP 5 12 22 31 8 10 11 23 32 77 3v5
SJS 3 13:34 Boyle P 19 22 29 31 61 88 8 11 13 32 33 71 5v5
SJS 3 13:04 Goal - Boyle T 5 9 22 29 31 39 2 22 24 25 32 33 5v5
SJS 3 11:27 Boyle T 8 19 22 31 39 61 7 8 10 32 74 77 5v5
LAK 3 9:53 Penner T 3 9 12 29 31 88 22 25 26 28 32 33 5v5
LAK 3 5:45 Kopitar R 3 9 12 22 29 31 2 11 14 23 32 33 5v5
LAK 3 5:44 Williams R 3 9 12 22 29 31 2 11 14 23 32 33 5v5
SJS 3 3:26 Vlasic T 8 19 22 31 39 44 7 8 11 14 23 32 5v5

# Player EV PP SH
2 J. VANDERMEER 5:25 1 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
3 D. MURRAY 17:30 2 6 0:00 0 0 3:01 0 5
5 C. WHITE 10:21 2 5 0:00 0 0 1:50 1 0
8 J. PAVELSKI 17:05 4 2 0:52 0 1 2:05 0 3
9 M. HAVLAT 18:02 3 8 0:22 1 0 0:00 0 0
12 P. MARLEAU 17:36 1 8 0:52 0 1 0:44 0 0
17 T. MITCHELL 12:16 0 4 0:22 1 0 0:27 0 1
18 D. MOORE 11:33 1 4 0:00 0 0 0:18 0 0
19 J. THORNTON 18:57 5 2 0:52 0 1 0:26 0 0
22 D. BOYLE 22:31 7 7 0:52 0 1 0:07 0 0
29 R. CLOWE 18:54 4 8 0:22 1 0 0:07 0 0
31 A. NIEMI 50:36 9 16 1:14 1 1 4:55 1 5
34 D. WINNIK 9:44 1 4 0:00 0 0 0:24 0 1
39 L. COUTURE 15:34 4 2 0:52 0 1 2:20 1 1
44 M. VLASIC 20:23 3 5 0:00 0 0 2:22 1 1
61 J. BRAUN 13:02 3 4 0:22 1 0 0:04 0 0
69 A. DESJARDINS 6:07 1 2 0:00 0 0 0:59 1 0
78 B. FERRIERO 9:13 1 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
88 B. BURNS 21:05 2 5 0:22 1 0 2:26 0 4


Chance Types

Team Transition Odd-man Rebound Forecheck Possession Steal PP SH
San Jose 3 0 1 1 4 0 1 1
Los Angeles 4 0 5 3 3 1 6 1


Head-to-head scoring chances:

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Martin Havlat and Ryane Clowe helped set up the Boyle goal but apart from that play they, along with Marleau, were black holes in this game. The only positive here is that the Thornton line managed to stay in the black playing heavy minutes against the Kopitar line for L.A.

More stats from the game: Corsi/Fenwick, Shift Charts, H2H Ice Time, Zonestarts, Play-By-Play, Box Score