The San Jose Sharks continued their five-game road trip on Thursday night in Winnipeg, taking on the Jets.
For what looks like the last game that the Sharks will play without the seven players on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list, San Jose’s youth and inexperienced lineup looked to keep the team undefeated in Canada this season.
James Reimer was the man in the crease tonight, coming into the game with the NHL’s best goals against average (1.60) and the second best save percentage (.946).
Reimer started the game under siege, making some great saves in the first several minutes.
Andrew Cogliano scored his second goal of the season 6:28 into the game to give the Sharks an early 1-0 lead. Brent Burns set the play up by intercepting a Jets clearing attempt and then skating towards the net, dishing out a beautiful pass to Cogliano who buried a one-timer past Connor Hellebuyck.
Just over five minutes after Cogliano gave the Sharks the lead, Kyle Connor deposited a rebound past James Reimer to tie the game back up. Connor’s 10th goal of the season was also his 9th in his last 11 games.
Heading into the first intermission, both teams had 10 shots on goal. Reimer and Hellebuyck both had very good periods in net.
Coming out of the dressing room, James Reimer made several spectacular saves, including turning away Blake Wheeler on a breakaway.
The game turned physical as Jonah Gadjovich and Adam Lowry dropped the gloves, both landing some heavy blows, before Gadjovich took Lowry down to the ice. Ryan Merkley and Dominic Toninato shortly after, wrestled each other down to the ice, needing to be separated by the officials.
The Sharks and the officiating crew had several words exchanged during the middle frame after several fairly obvious penalties by Winnipeg went uncalled.
Nate Schmidt broke the tie with just under six minutes to go in the second period, scoring his first goal of the season. Schmidt blasted a slap shot past Reimer, directly after a face-off win.
With under a minute left in the middle frame, Jansen Harkins extended the lead for Winnipeg to 3-1. Harkins tapped in the puck past Reimer off a great pass from Adam Lowry on a 2-on-1 break.
The Jets came out and dominated the third period, adding another goal via the empty-net to seal a 4-1 victory over the Sharks.
James Reimer, despite the loss, had a very solid game in net. Reimer kept the Sharks within striking distance, making some spectacular saves.
The Sharks will look to get back in the win column on Saturday night in Colorado, where they face-off with the Avalanche.