By: Sean Vernon
The Sharks dropped two of their three road games last weekend as they learned that other teams can score too.
Things started off well enough – the Sharks handed New Jersey yet another loss, this time in the shootout. However, the 2-1 victory served to foreshadow potential offensive woes that seemed to appear in the next two games.
Not wanting to burn out Martin Jones, the Sharks started Alex Stalock in the next-day game against the Islanders. San Jose’s backup goalie proved unreliable, however, as he got blasted for six goals. While the Sharks still managed three of their own against the Islanders’ backup, Jaroslav Halak, this was not an example of the dominant play that characterized their first few games.
As the Sharks often do, they went into yesterday’s game looking to pick up steam and utterly failed. Their offense was disgraceful, managing to take only 22 shots, none for goals. Meanwhile, the Rangers consistently beat Martin Jones as he let in more goals than he had up to that point, including one assisted by- who else- former Shark Dan Boyle.
The Sharks also faced a big loss in Logan Couture, who was placed on the IR yesterday with a fractured fibula sustained in practice before the Devils game. Every cloud has a silver lining, though, and this should open up opportunities for Tomas Hertl to produce some points for my struggling fantasy team.
The Sharks will enjoy a three-game homestand starting Thursday against the Kings. And while they had a disappointing weekend, they are still doing pretty well for themselves- their 4-2-0 record puts them first in the Pacific (though nowhere near the dominant, 7-0 Canadiens).
Cover image: New York Rangers’ Jesper Fast (19) shoots the puck past San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in New York. The Rangers won 4-0. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)