SAN JOSE – Robbie Gould’s 45-yard goal went through vertical posts at Lambeau Field just minutes before Sharks defender Jaycob Megna’s shot went past Tampa Bay Lightning goalkeeper Brian Elliott.
When the final score of the 49ers’ playoff game against the Green Bay Packers was displayed on SAP Center’s JumboTron, a 13-10 win in San Francisco, cheers from the announced crowd of 14,193 were just as loud. like Megna’s goal, or whatever else the Sharks did on Saturday night.
The Sharks had their worst first time of the season, conceding four goals in the 12:32th minute in a game that resulted in a modest 7-1 loss to the defending champions Stanley Cup. twice as Lightning.
The Sharks let Ross Colton, Steven Stamkos, Mathieu Joseph and Corey Perry score in the first period before coach Bob Boughner benevolently withdrew goalkeeper James Reimer for his shortest start of the season.
Megna scored at the 16:40 mark of the first opening to take Lightning’s lead down to three, giving the Sharks some life going into the first half. But Brayden Point scored thanks to a Nikita Kucherov assist against Sharks reserve keeper Adin Hill in the 6:24th minute of the second half to lead Lightning 5-1, all but ending any hope. Hope for a miracle comeback of San Jose.
Alex Killorn and Colton scored 33 seconds apart in the third inning as the Sharks suffered their heaviest loss since they were sucked 6-0 by the Vegas Golden Knights last May in the final game of the 2020-2021 season.
The Sharks (21-19-2) had a goal recalled by Timo Meier at 8:37 of the second half after the replay determined that he had used a distinct kick to deliver the ball. The ball went into the net after a scramble in the Fold Lightning.
It doesn’t matter much anyway, as the Sharks lost 3-2 to the Seattle Kraken Open on Thursday simply past Lightning, a team currently at the top of the NHL standings with a record of 29. -8-3.
Two things worked against the Sharks on Saturday. They are without Erik Karlsson and the Lightning will lose 5-1 to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.
Karlsson missed Saturday’s game with an upper-body injury that could keep him out of next week’s road trip against some of the Eastern Conference’s strongest teams.
Sharks coach Bob Boughner said Karlsson has been dealing with the injury “for a while, and it’s not getting any better”. Boughner said Karlsson is considered of the day for now but added that the Sharks will soon gain a better understanding of what time two-time champion defender Norris Trophy might have to miss.
The Sharks’ next game is on Wednesday against the Washington Capitals. Karlsson has 26 points from 33 games this season, surpassing last season’s total of 22, and is third among all Sharks skaters with an average time on the ice of just over 23 minutes per game.
Karlsson played 23:36 in the Sharks’ 3-2 loss to the Seattle Kraken on Thursday, when he had three shots in the net and a minus 2. He and defensive partner Jaycob Megna were on the ice during all three strong targets against.
“You could tell the last game that he was not 100%,” Boughner said. “He was trying to get through it and he couldn’t go today.”
Radim Simek is back on the Sharks roster but he’s ranked minus 3.
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