Sharks Fall 4-3 to Kings in Preseason Home Opener

SAN JOSE, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: Brent Burns #88 and William Eklund #72 of the San Jose Sharks celebrate scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center on September 28, 2021 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Kavin Mistry/NHLI via Getty Images)

The San Jose Sharks battled the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night in SAP Center, falling 4-3. While the Sharks ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard, William Eklund, Brent Burns, Mario Ferraro, Ryan Merkley, and Jonathan Dahlen all had standout games.

The Sharks started off the game by dominated the first period, outshooting the Kings 19 to 3 and holding possession a majority of the time. San Jose opened the scoring at the 13:39 mark of the first period when Timo Meier deflected Ryan Merkley’s shot from the blue line. Jonathan Dahlen also picked up an assist, as he deflected the shot before it got to Meier and set the play up with some great skating.

Team Teal headed into the dressing room with a 1-0 lead at the end of the first. James Reimer stood tall in the crease saving all three shots that he saw in the first 20 minutes of play.

Coming out of intermission, the Kings pushed back hard taking 7 out of the first 8 shots, including a goal scored by Jordan Spence at the 6:40 mark of the second. Spence sent a slap shot sizzling above Reimer’s glove and into the back of the net.

With just over a minute left in the second period and the score knotted up at one, things took an ugly turn for the Sharks, starting with a penalty called on Joachim Blichfeld for interference. With 45 seconds left to play in the period, Kale Clague scored off a nice pass from Vladimir Tkachev giving the Kings a 2-1 lead.

Just 27 second after Clague’s goal gave the Kings the lead, Austin Wagner scored unassisted off a Tomas Hertl turnover putting Los Angeles up by two with 15 seconds left before intermission.

To start off the third period, Alexei Melnichuk took over the duties in the crease for San Jose. James Reimer ended the night saving 18 of the 21 shots he faced.

Only two minutes into the third period, Lias Andersson put away a rebound off an Alex Iafallo shot on the power play to give the Kings a 4-1 lead. After this play, Melnichuk settled in and saved the final 10 shots that he faced in the game.

Brent Burns answered Andersson’s goal with one of his own 5:27 into the third, assisted by William Eklund and Tomas Hertl to cut the deficit to two. Eklund showed off his speed and playmaking ability getting the primary assist. Burns was a standout in this game tallying 7 shots to go along with his goal.

With time winding down in the third and Melnichuk on the bench for the extra attacker, Tomas Hertl scored off a beautiful pass from Eklund cutting the deficit to one. Eklund finished the game with three assists, showing his elite playmaking abilities, leaving Sharks fans excited about what the future could hold for the Sharks’ 2021 first-round pick.

The Sharks will be back in action on Thursday night as they travel to Anaheim to take on the Ducks.


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