This seems to be a trend now.
The Sharks out-shoot their opponent almost 2-1 and then run into a hot goaltender — this time in the form of Henrik Lundqvist — and lose. The Sharks showed how they can dominate the New York Rangers, out shooting them 33-15 and then getting out-shot 12-10 in the third period and overtime.
However before the third, there was two beautiful goals. In the first period, a filthy goal was netted by Marcus Sorensen shorthanded to open scoring and give the Sharks the lead:
Then later in the second, a Finn-to-Finn goal, with a great pass from Antti Suomela to Joonas Donskoi to put the Sharks back on top after a goal we’ll get to in a minute:
Some nice Finnish on this 2-on-1. pic.twitter.com/SeylATiytz— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) October 12, 2018
The Sharks have shown the skill have with two great goals from depth players, and the amount of chance the Sharks had shows what they will be able to do, when they are lucky enough to score.
But then it when to the worst. For the last five minutes of the game, the Sharks will not able to break out their zone and the Rangers made them pay for it with Brendan Smith’s tying goal and then Brady Skjei’s winning goal 37 seconds into overtime. The Sharks didn’t even get the chance to win it in overtime. The puck dropped, Rangers won the faceoff, and that’s it on the night.
The point where things may have changed for the Rangers was the tying goal by Howden, that Pete DeBoer challenged as being offside. First, let’s just say: this is a tricky goal, going between his own legs to go five-hole on Aaron Dell, who in all likelihood, could not have predicted that little maneuver:
Howden scores beauty, but the Sharks challenge that it was offside. pic.twitter.com/yHV8auhaXI— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) October 11, 2018
The Sharks challenged that Chris Kreider was offside to start this play, and it was a challenge that, after lengthy discussion, was lost. This put the Sharks on the penalty kill in a new rule that is meant to lessen offside challenges being used functionally as timeouts by penalizing failed challenges.
Here’s the determination from the situation room, from Rule 83.1: “A player actually controlling the puck who shall cross the line ahead of the puck shall not be considered “off-side,” provided he had possession and control of the puck prior to his skates crossing the blue line.”
Did anything major happen on that Rangers power play? Not really. But could the game have been different going into the second period with a 1-0 lead? Could those two minutes have built on something else if the Sharks weren’t busy with a penalty kill? It’s difficult to say.
It feels like we’ve been repeating this, but the Sharks should’ve won this game. Fun fact: The Sharks have had 30-plus shots in each of their five games so far this season. This game was no different. They put up 43 shots, the second highest shot total this year so far.
The Sharks dominated the shot counter, again, but yet again this seem to not mean too much. They put up most of their shots in the first 50 minutes and according to Natural Stat Trick ended the game with a 58.65 Corsi for percent.
Besides the shots and the goals of the game there was a slight scare during the third as Tomas Hertl had to go to the room.
Tomas Hertl went into the glass hard, got up and was holding his face as he went to the bench. He left the game and is in the dressing room now likely getting looked at.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) October 12, 2018
Tomas Hertl is back with 2:51 remaining in the third period.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) October 12, 2018
One big positive to come out of this was that Hertl was able to come back. When he returned to the ice in the last few minutes, it looked like there were a few stitches on his cheek, so it didn’t look like it was something too serious.