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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Sharks don’t panic, but there is cause for concern: “Our will to win must grow.”

SAN JOSE. Sharks coach Bob Baunner did not panic at losing a bit in the playoffs this week, especially with 52 games remaining in the regular season.

However, he has several reasons for concern.

With a 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, the Sharks have scored just seven goals in their last four games. If one of the goalkeepers resists, the Sharks usually do not create enough attacks to make up for the difference. In addition, injuries sustained by seasoned strikers this month have shown just how strong the organization is.

So what was originally seen as a time to pick up steam ahead of the Christmas break is now starting to look more like a missed opportunity: two consecutive losses to teams below them in the Pacific Division standings.

The Sharks are now 2-3-0 in their seven-game seasonal arena as they enter a four-day hiatus between games tied for fifth in the division with the Los Angeles Kings. On Friday, they came out five points behind third-place Vegas Golden Knights and three behind the Edmonton Oilers, finishing second and last in the Western Conference.

There is nothing that cannot be overcome. But the Sharks (15-14-1), who have won three wins in eight games this month, should be back on track soon.

“We just have to be even more desperate,” Sharks striker Andrew Cogliano said. “Right now we are in a situation where we have played back a few games and we are in a race in which there are many teams. Our will to win here has to grow, because we play with teams that are in the same position as us, and right now this is simply not enough. ”

SAN JOSE, CA – DEC 16: Brock Bozer (6) of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates his goal with Tanner Pearson of the Vancouver Canucks (70) against San Jose Sharks goalkeeper Adin Hill (33) in the second period at the SAP Center in San Jose , California, Thursday, December 16, 2021 (Nhat W. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

Other takeaways from Thursday’s game.

SHARKS NEED SAVINGS: Adin Hill is 6-9-0 this season with a 0.900 shooting percentage and a 2.90 goal average – numbers the Sharks did not expect him at this stage.

Hill struggled on Thursday, conceding three goals from 15 shots in his first two periods.

James Raymer stopped 61 of 64 shots in the Sharks’ last two games until Thursday, but Bouner decided to start against the Canucks knowing he would need both goalkeepers after the Christmas break, with his team playing three times in four days and five times. after nine days.

Hill wasn’t always helped by the skaters in front of him on Thursday, but he also needed to be sharper at certain points.

With Brock Bozer’s goal in the second period, Hill needed to improve the game behind his goal as the Canucks were already forechecked by the time he tried to pass the puck to Mario Ferraro. Tanner Pearson got the puck away from Ferraro and JT Miller passed the puck to Bozer. who interrupted him over Hill’s shoulder and brought the Canucks ahead 3: 1.

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After the Sharks scored a goal at the end of the third period, Miller intercepted Erik Carlsson’s pass in the neutral zone, crossed the blue line and shot past Hill from the top of the circle, making the Canucks 4-2. Lead. Game over.

“I was happy with the way we played, but we just didn’t do it,” Baunner said. “We didn’t benefit, and we probably needed salvation earlier that we didn’t receive. Sometimes it is also demoralizing when you sit on the bench thinking that you are playing on your hands and chasing the game. ”

The Sharks are 15-3-1 this season when they concede three or fewer goals, and 0-11-0 when they allow four or more.

Sharks don't panic, but there is cause for concern: "Our will to win must grow."
SAN JOSE, CA – DEC 16: Timo Meyer (28) of the San Jose Sharks shoots goal against Justin Dowling of the Vancouver Canucks (73) in the first period at the SAP Center in San Jose, California on Thursday 16 December. , 2021. (Nhat W. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

FIRST GROUP: Even before the season it always seemed like the Sharks needed another striker to help the players take their places. Evander Kane did not fit early in the season for Shark and does not seem to fit right now.

So when the injuries of Rudolf Balzers and Kevin Labank are added to that, the depth of organization from the perspective of highly skilled players really starts to be tested.

Thomas Hertl struggled to attack from mid-November to early December, before Timo Meyer was transferred to his wing, then things went up for him. The problem was that the Sharks robbed Peter to pay Paul, since the top line of Shark with Logan Couture and Jonathan Dalen was not so productive back then without Meyer.

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