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Sharks were unlucky and poor in Saturday's loss to Kings

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Sharks were unlucky and poor in Saturday's loss to Kings

It’s better to be lucky than good, but it’s worse to be unlucky and bad. The San Jose Sharks were both in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings’ third goal was textbook. Well, it was if we’re talking about a physics class. as the puck bounced off of Brenden Dillon’s stick, Joe Thornton’s jersey and past Jones. The fourth might as well have been set to “Yakety Sax” when Jones dropped a dump-in and left the puck on a platter for ... Sharks forward Melker Karlsson?

Two weird goals in less than two minutes ended Martin Jones’ night and all but sealed San Jose’s second loss of the season. It’d be tempting to chalk it up to bad luck, but that does not paint the whole picture.

The Kings may have been lucky, but they were also very good.

They outshot the Sharks 39-25 in all situations, including a 27-23 advantage at even strength. The ice was tilted well in Los Angeles’ favor, and they spent extended stretches in San Jose’s defensive zone.

Frankly, it could have been worse. Luck may not have been on San Jose’s side all night, but it certainly was on the penalty kill. The Sharks pressured the puck down a man, but the Kings were able to mitigate that pressure easily and generate plenty of chances. An inch here or there, and perhaps Jones is pulled sooner.

The Sharks weren’t inches away from getting back in the game. They didn’t do much at even strength, and they did even less on the power play.

It was an area in which the team struggled last season, and one they don’t appear much better in after two games. They scored twice with the man advantage in Wednesday’s season opener, albeit off of a broken play and a deflected pass. That process doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, even if the results do.

Luckily, the Sharks don’t play again until Thursday. There’s time to diagnose what’s ailed them, and to overcome their first 0-2 start since 2005, when Joe Thornton was still in Boston. The Sharks won’t need to turn back the clock that far to find solutions, but it’s clear they need to do something differently.

So sure, the Sharks were unlucky to allow some of the goals they gave up on Saturday. The loss still could have been worse. And if they don’t manage to improve their play, luck will be the least of their concerns.

Sharks hang on to beat Blues and open road trip with win

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Sharks hang on to beat Blues and open road trip with win

BOX SCORE

ST. LOUIS -- Logan Couture and Mikkel Boedker each had a goal and an assist, sending the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the slumping St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

Joonas Donskoi also scored and Martin Jones made 30 saves for San Jose, which has won five of its last six games.

Ivan Barbashev and Vladimir Tarasenko had the goals for the Blues, who have lost a season-high four straight.

After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for five goals in the second.

San Jose took a 1-0 lead when Couture knocked in a loose puck at 6:35. Boedker fired in a shot from the point that goalie Carter Hutton blocked but couldn't corral. Couture was on the spot and scored his 24th of the season.

St. Louis answered at 8:23 when Barbashev scored on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that sailed over Jones' arm.

Donskoi beat Hutton on a wrist shot from the left circle at 12:05. Couture assisted on Donskoi's first goal in 17 games.

Boedker gave San Jose a 3-1 lead at 15:54 when he scored from the left side of the net. Boedker has five goals in his last four games.

Tarasenko cut the margin to 3-2 on a power play when he fired in the rebound of a shot by Vince Dunn at 19:36 for his 24th of the season. Tarasenko has 10 points in his last nine games (four goals, six assists) against the Sharks.

San Jose's Brent Burns prevented a goal with less than five minutes left. During a scramble in front of the net, the puck hit the post and was sliding along the goal line when Burns knocked it out.

This was the first meeting between St. Louis and San Jose this season. The Blues swept the three-game season series last year, outscoring the Sharks 11-3 overall, and had won four straight against the Sharks.

Hutton made his second start in the last five games and stopped 20 shots. Previously against the Sharks, he was 4-0-1 with a 0.98 goals-against average, a .968 save percentage and two shutouts in five career starts.

NOTES: The Sharks acquired C Eric Fehr from Toronto for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft. ... Blues C Vladimir Sobotka was out of the lineup with an illness. It was the first game he has missed this season. ... The Blues have recalled forward Sammy Blais from the AHL for the fourth time this season. Blais, who leads the San Antonio Rampage with 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists), last played for St. Louis on Dec. 16, when he got hurt against Winnipeg. ... San Jose forward Tomas Hertl missed another game with an upper-body injury.

UP NEXT

Sharks: At the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Blues: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.

Sharks pick up first win of homestand as Burns moves back to blueline

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Sharks pick up first win of homestand as Burns moves back to blueline

BOX SCORE

SAN JOSE --Brent Burns and Chris Tierney each had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Thursday for their third win in four games.

Mikkel Boedker and Marcus Sorensen also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 3-0-1 against the Canucks this season. Martin Jones stopped 29 shots.

Daniel Sedin scored for the Canucks, who lost their sixth in seven games. Anders Nilsson made 40 stops.

Boedker scored at 8:41 of the first period, picking up a soft rebound from Tierney's shot.

Burns scored his 10th goal, tops among NHL defensemen, taking a pass from Joakim Ryan and sending a laser shot into the net just under five minutes into the second.

Sorensen scored his first goal since Dec. 23, punching it in with an assist from Justin Braun at 3:06 into the third. Marc-Edouard Vlasic had an assist in his third straight game, getting the second assist on Sorensen's goal.

Sedin scored at 6:43, taking a nice pass from Thomas Vanek that gave him clear shot into the net. It was Sedin's 14th goal, one shy of his total last season.

Tierney made it 4-1 after taking a nice pass from Burns with 7 1/2 minutes remaining.

NOTES:Tim Heed was recalled from the AHL and joined a makeshift Sharks lineup, allowing Burns to play up front at times. ... Sharks C Logan Couture has points in four of his last five games. ... Boedker recorded games in consecutive games for the second time this season, and the first since Jan. 15-16. ... Sedin has five points against the Sharks this season and 45 in 69 games. He's recorded points in three straight.

UP NEXT

Canucks: Host Boston on Saturday.

Sharks: Host Dallas on Sunday.