The Sharks had a decent final two periods but gave up a late goal and then overtime was a disaster, as the Sharks took a penalty and the Blues managed 10 shots in overtime, before David Perron finally beat Martin Jones.
Jones made some great saves on Thursday and had to be sharp to keep the Sharks in the game at times. He stopped breakaways, along with players being left alone in front of the net and kept San Jose alive in overtime on a couple different occasions. Jones is certainly inconsistent but has been very good at times this season.
Up front, Noah Gregor looked really good and works well with Matt Nieto. The fourth line was really good against the Blues and generated quite a few chances for the Sharks on the rush.
I think Nicolas Meloche has also looked good defensively. It’s a small sample size but he’s been fairly reliable with his positioning and in winning battles.
It wasn’t a bad effort from the Sharks but a late goal made the difference and then the Blues took over in overtime. The second game of the series is tonight and Devan Dubnyk is expected to start.
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Are you happy with how Nicolas Meloche has performed with the Sharks so far?