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Sharks come up short in overtime loss to Penguins

January 16, 2022, 5:07 PM ET [1 Comments]
Ben Shelley
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The San Jose Sharks fell 2-1 in overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins last night.

The Sharks were buzzing early, throwing a lot of pucks on net early and sustaining some pressure in Pittsburgh’s end. San Jose did manage to get on the board first, as Erik Karlsson sent a perfect pass to Rudolfs Balcers in front, who redirected the puck past Louis Domingue. However, the Penguins would respond, as Kris Letang beat Mario Ferraro and took the puck to the net, backhanding a shot past Adin Hill. It was a strong frame for the Sharks overall, outshooting Pittsburgh 11-4, but it remained 1-1 after 20 minutes.

San Jose continued to generate some quality chances in the second period and outshot the Penguins 17-8 in the frame. However, they weren’t able to extend the lead and the game stayed tied heading into the second intermission.

The tides turned a bit in the third period, with Pittsburgh outshooting San Jose by a 14-13 margin. The Penguins ended up controlling a lot of the frame and getting the better chances but Adin Hill made some key saves and the game went to overtime.

In the extra frame the Penguins ended it fairly early, as Sidney Crosby cut to the middle of the ice and put a pass right to Jake Guentzel in front, who tapped the puck in for the win.

I don’t think you can fault San Jose’s performance in this one – they fired 41 shots at Louis Domingue and had the better chances through a lot of the game. Despite the loss, this was a positive game for the Sharks against a good team.

That said, letting extra points slip away (especially at home) is something the Sharks can’t afford right now. They sit 12th in the Western Conference in points percentage and need to string together some wins to get back into the playoff race.

San Jose’s next game comes tomorrow against the Los Angeles Kings.

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