SAN JOSE – The Sharks once again spent a lot of time in power play in Friday's 5-3 series defeat against the Vegas Golden Knights in the second game of the first round.
But again, San Jose was able to match Vegas' performance only on the men's advantage, with each team finishing the night with a power play goal. This time, the Golden Knights scored off 5-on-5 and power play, scoring shorthand goals in the first and third periods. Each scorer conferred a two-goal advantage on the second-year franchise, and the second counted for the second game.
In all, the Sharks are only 2-in-13 on the power play through two games. According to Natural Stat Trick, they gave up two very risky opportunities on these opportunities and found themselves on the back of their net on Friday.
"It is difficult to win at this time of year if you do not win the special teams," said the Sharks coach after the loss. "And when you fall, you give up the first three goals of the match and you lose that battle, you play with fire, it was disappointing."
The Sharks' eight power play opportunities on Friday included a 5-on-3 minute in the first period. San Jose led 1-0, but only managed one shot on goal.
But when Colin Miller's penalty expired, he came out of the box to intercept Erik Karlsson's pass to defenseman Brent Burns, and scored in the ensuing international race.
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The Knights of Gold again capitalized in the third period. Vegas striker Reilly Smith grabbed a puck when Joe Thornton's shot was wide and let out a pass to his compatriot William Karlsson, who had only the reserve keeper of Sharks, Aaron Dell.
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Since the end of the regular season, the Sharks have allowed four shorthanded goals in their last five games and six in their last 11. At least Friday, San Jose winger Evander Kane thought the Sharks' game problems were powerful. could be summed up quite easily.
"We just worked extra-ordinary," said Kane. "Clearly, you can not give up two shorthanded goals and expect to win in the playoffs."
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-André Fleury, who stopped every 12 shots he had to shoot at the penalty kick, congratulated his teammates for quickly losing pucks and blocking shots. behind him. The Sharks made a total of 27 shots on all eight power play opportunities, but 15 were blocked or completely missed.
But San Jose has not been able to systematically establish zone time in the offensive zone. Logan Couture noted that the entrances to the Sharks' area were "correct", but that they seemed to pass too many times, and the Knights of Gold were able to erase the danger. Joe Pavelski agreed and said the Sharks needed more shots in Fleury.
"I think sometimes it was probably not direct enough," said the Sharks captain. "… we were spinning backwards and trying to get to the top of the game, then they'd take it off and they'd be out of the area, so it could be a little cleaner, a little faster. A little more direct, and go from there. "
Pavelski said Friday morning that the Sharks "can not rely on power games", especially as the playoffs continue. The Sharks averaged half as many on the powerplay (4.5) in the second round last year against the Golden Knights, and more than three under (3.25) in four regular season games .
San Jose's 5-on-5 game was strong again on Friday, but the conversion to the digital advantage will become even more important if the opportunities are not so plentiful. The Sharks did not have much luck in the second game, and it cost them.