A commanding 4-0 win at home had many key ingredients starting with a near perfect 1st period against a tough divisional contender. James Reimer got a shut-out in his comeback game after missing many games. Noah Gregor finished with a goal late in the 2nd period. Sharks never chased the game from behind and scored first.
Even Though the first period was scoreless, it set the tone for the things to come. Half way into the second period, Logan Couture partially won the faceoff in the offensive zone but the puck was just sitting between his legs. That is when the Kraken center pulled it back hard and the puck ended up in the Kraken’s net through some screen in the front. When Logan was asked about that play in the post game interview, he jokingly said that he won the faceoff and shot it bar-down. That’s the kind mood San Jose needed in the locker room for sometime now.
Sharks quickly followed that with a second goal. A failed clearing attempt by Seattle’s defender was intercepted by Evgeny Svechnikov on the top of the right circle. He cut through two defenders and scored from his own rebound. Late in the 3rd period, Noah Gregor scored with a wrister from the inside of the left circle to the short side.
The last and final goal of the game came from a tape to tape pass by Logan to Michael Eyssimont for a redirection into the net.
Tonight the Sharks led in Blocked Shots (15-7) while the Kraken led in Shots (26-23), Faceoffs (57%-43%), Hits (24-22), Takeaways (14-11) and Giveaways (3-8).
Three stars of the game:
1: James Reimer (26 Saves, Shutout)
2: Evgeny Svechnikov (1G, 1A)
3: Noah Gregor (1G, +2)
San Jose Sharks vs Nashville Predators on Thursday 02/23/23 at SAP Center