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Hurricanes blow past Sharks in third period

Dec 6, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

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After losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Thursday, the San Jose Sharks described opposing goalie Marc-Andre Fleury as “shaky” and that he was “fighting it.” One could argue the same might be said about the Sharks, as they also lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 5-3 on Friday.

That’s 10 goals allowed over two nights (although Carolina’s fifth tally was an empty-netter). The Sharks built a 2-0 lead in the first period but weren’t able to protect it against the Canes tonight.

One wouldn’t expect that sort of work from “the best team in hockey,” which is how Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma described the Sharks before Thursday’s game. Maybe Bylsma would say his proclamation was “shaky” and that he was “fighting it” in retrospect.

(Of course, it’s a long season, so a tough pair of games here and there doesn’t condemn the Sharks big-picture.)

The Sharks unraveled in particular in the third period tonight, as a 2-1 lead turned into a 5-3 defeat. While San Jose showered Fleury with 45 shots but still lost yesterday, the numbers imply that they petered out in back-to-back games, as Carolina fired 10 more shots on goal (35-25).

While it’s easy (and, admittedly, pretty fun) to latch onto a few Sharks statements after this defeat, the Hurricanes deserve credit for the win. Carolina is showing signs of life with a three-game winning streak and five wins in their last seven games, pushing them above .500 (13-12-5) on the season. This could be an important confidence boost as they’re heading out for a four-game Western road trip beginning on Monday.

San Jose remains among the NHL’s elite at 19-5-5, but perhaps games like tonight might humble them a bit.

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    To quote myself from another post-

    This is backwards week. The Stars beat the Blackhawks. The Wild blew out the Blackhawks. Columbus blew out the Wild. The Penguins destroyed the Sharks. The Hurricanes just beat the Sharks, and Nashville. Florida beat Winnipeg. Edmonton blew out Colorado. The Flames blew out Phoenix, and, if the score holds, The Flames will beat Colorado as well. Something strange is a’ brewin’.

    I’m probably missing some. That was off the top of my head, but ga’ damn. Hell of a week for me betting on one day Fantasy lineups.

    • blomfeld - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      There’s one team not included on your list of ‘despair’ and I’ll give you a clue who that might be … K _ _ _ S ? :)

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:39 PM

        Are you referencing The Flames beating The Kings? I did forget that one. If you’re talking about The Kings beating St. Louis, or The Kings beating Anaheim,I don’t really count those as too-too backwards, although the latter surely felt that way as they outshot the Ducks most of the game by a pretty large margin. The fact they had a rookie goalie in for his first start was also pretty big, not to mention how many rounds the shootout went with him grabbing the win over Hiller.

  2. steelers88 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Cam Ward looked “So shaky tonight” the Sharks should have won. I can’t believe they didn’t win.

    • drone501 - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      yeah, played against 2 shaky goalies in 2 games. whats the chances of that. sharks think a lot of themselves. lol

  3. sjsharks66 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Might want to check your facts while trashing the Sharks. They were never up 1-0 against the Pens.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      Yeah, in fact, if I remember correctly Hertl didn’t even get the Sharks their first goal until halfway through the second, correct? The first period was scoreless, and I remember the first goal overall was 27 seconds into the 2nd when Dupuis tipped one in. I could be slightly wrong on times, although I usually have pretty good memory.

    • 19to77 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      If that’s the case, maybe the Sharks should check the facts before trashing Marc-Andre Fleury.

    • James O'Brien - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Corrected that. Thanks.

  4. btlpper68 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Asa sharks fan we sucked tonight in evry category car won every battle all good teams go though a rough patch just regroup get ready for a good opponent in the wild

  5. sjsharks66 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    The Sharks did not trash Flower. Two players had an opinion on how they played. Last time i checked NHL teams are not made up of two players.

    I could understand being upset if Tmac, Wilson or the team as a whole said it. They did not though. Quit beating a dead horse.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      When read in context it really doesn’t sound quite as bad as how it does if you read the comments on their own. They were trashing themselves by basically saying, “We pounded him with pucks, and they should of went in. He was shaky on a few. Its our faults for not capitalizing”. I’m also sure in retrospect after reading their comments back they now see they probably came across as sounding worse than they intended them to be. I’m not a fan of either team, so that is just my unbiased opinion and interpretation.

  6. hammerhead5573 - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    @sjsharks, last time I checked 1 or 2 people do not speak got an entire fan base but you sure as heck like lumping them all together when it fits your twisted logic. Look no further than just a few days ago. If it hurts your feelings that someone lumped all Sharks players in some comments than perhaps you shouldn’t throw stones yourself.

  7. sjsharks66 - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    @hammerhead,

    I think you may have me confused for the Sharks fan that said “I speak for all Sharks fans” the other night. Maybe you just like talking out of your ass. Who knows?

  8. blomfeld - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    A HOUSE OF SAND ?

    We Kings view the Sharks as our most ‘legitimate’ threat in terms of emerging as the WC champions again (2012) … and so we’re not exactly sure what to make of this? Are the Sharks ‘that’ which we were lead to believe, or are they a fraud? I personally like the Sharks and I know that most people hold them in high regard. So perhaps this is just one of those inevitable bumps along the ‘long & winding’ 82 x game road ? … or is it ?

  9. sjsharks66 - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Thanks James! No hard feelings by the way. I enjoy all your articles. :)

  10. hammerhead5573 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    @sjsharks- umm if you had read my comment all the way through the other day, you would know that is not at all what I said. But hey, teaching the dumb to read is harder than I thought it would be.

  11. joey4id - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Will the Caines be another the team the Flyers will have to chase? WSH, NYR, Caines. The more teams ahead of them the more the task will be difficult.

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