Sharks drop first game at Climate Pledge Arena 3-2 to Kraken

The San Jose Sharks traveled to Seattle for the first time in franchise history Thursday night, as they took on the Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena.

Alexander Barabanov returned to the lineup tonight after missing the past three games due to being placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. While the Sharks got Barabanov back from the protocol, Rudolfs Balcers was added to it yesterday, making him unavailable for tonight’s contest.

Tomas Hertl wasted no time scoring the Sharks first goal in franchise history at Climate Pledge Arena with his 21st tally of the season on the first shift of the game. Only 38 seconds into the game, Alexander Barabanov intercepted a pass in front of the Kraken net before deking past Alex Wennberg and then dishing out a beautiful pass to Hertl, who tapped the puck into the back of the net. With his goal tonight, Hertl became the first player in San Jose Sharks history to score a goal in five-straight road games.

Hertl’s early goal was the only time the puck hit the back of the net on either end of the ice in the opening frame. The Sharks took an 8-6 advantage in the shot department into the first intermission.

After a decent first period from the Sharks, the game would take a turn in favor of the Kraken. 4:18 into the second period, Carson Soucy netted his 5th goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1. Just over four minutes after Soucy’s game-tying goal, he added another one to give Seattle a 2-1 lead.

In a frustrating middle frame for the Sharks, where Seattle scored twice, San Jose outshot the Kraken 11-7. The Sharks had a power play opportunity during the second period, where they rang the post twice, but were unable to get the puck past Philipp Grubauer.

Starting off the third period, the Sharks created several decent scoring chances that were all saved by Grubauer. With San Jose pushing to tie the game, Calle Jarnkrok scored his 6th goal of the season to add to Seattle’s lead.

When it looked like the Kraken were going to start pulling away after taking a 3-1 lead, Timo Meier deposited his 21st goal of the season to get the Sharks right back into the game. While on the power play, Tomas Hertl won a battle against Adam Larsson, popping the puck out to Couture, who immediately sent a pass over to Meier for the one-timer.

After Meier’s 6th goal in the last two games, the Sharks were awarded two-straight power plays that were both unsuccessful. Grubauer made a couple of big saves to keep the Sharks from tying the game, which was the story of the night.

With time winding down in the game and the Sharks on a late power play, Grubauer made a couple of big saves to secure the win for Seattle. Philipp had a terrific game, finishing with 23 saves including a couple of robberies.

The Sharks power play had a rough game, going 1/6 with multiple chances on the man-advantage to tie the game in the third. While the power play needs improvement, San Jose’s penalty kill had a phenomenal game going a perfect 3/3.

Despite the loss, Alexander Barabanov had a great first game back, creating multiple scoring chances, including Hertl’s opening goal, off some beautiful setups. The Sharks first line of Barabanov-Hertl-Meier shined tonight, scoring both of San Jose’s goals while having a plethora of chances for more.

The Sharks return to home ice Saturday night when they take on the back-to-back Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

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  • I have been a huge hockey fan my entire life. I grew up in San Jose, California going to Sharks games all the time and am a die hard Sharks fan while also a huge Canucks fans. I started playing hockey my junior year of high school and continued to play through college at the University of Nevada, Reno. Being a goalie, my two favorite NHL player of all-time are Evgeni Nabokov and Roberto Luongo

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