Sharks takeaways: What we learned from ugly 6-2 loss to Senators

Sharks takeaways: What we learned from ugly 6-2 loss to Senators

With the spotlight so firmly centered on Erik Karlsson’s return to Ottawa, everyone might have briefly forgotten the San Jose Sharks still had a game to play on Saturday.

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The Karlsson Reunion Game became the Mikkel Boedker Revenge Game as Team Teal’s road woes continued in Canada’s capitol. San Jose’s former teammate had a three-point night as the Senators beat the Sharks 4-1.
Here are three takeaways from the matinee match at Canadian Tire Centre:
What’s going on with the second period?

After Thursday’s loss to the Maple Leafs, Logan Couture told the media the team was only playing well in spurts. For whatever reason, those spurts are fewer and far between in the second stanza of Sharks’ games.
The wheels came off in second period of Saturday’s game as well, as San Jose surrendered three goals to Ottawa. As @SharksStats pointed out during the second intermission, the Sharks have now surrendered a league-worst 12 goals in the second frame alone. If the Sharks are going to stop this losing skid, they can’t keep getting on their heels halfway through a game. 
The response from Marcus Sorensen was perfection

If it seems like we’ve been talking about Marcus Sorensen a lot lately, it’s because he’s been one of the bright spots through San Jose’s tough road trip. He added another angle to his dominant play in the second period when he went after Justin Faulk for his hit on Joe Thornton.
It’s the kind of reaction you want to see – a young skater standing up for his veteran teammate. It’s also the kind of response you want to see from a frustrated team in need of a boost. 
More speed through 60 could help this team turn things around

Okay, this is a loaded question. There are plenty of things the Sharks could do to turn things around. But something was brought up on the Sharks’ broadcast that can definitely be doubled-down on – San Jose’s overall game could use more speed. 
When the Sharks have won games this season, they’ve been the faster product on the ice. On Saturday, however, there were streaks during the game against Ottawa where the Sharks looked to be moving slower – and the Senators looked as though they were able to predict what the Sharks were going to do. San Jose is a team that can no doubt play a fast game.

Putting that speed into play right from the drop of the puck – and keeping it through that second period, no less – can help San Jose get back into the win column.

2020 NHL All-Star Game live stream: How to watch tournament online

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2020 NHL All-Star Game live stream: How to watch tournament online

The players put on a show at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in St. Louis on Friday night. On Saturday, they'll go head-to-head in the 2020 NHL All-Star Game at Enterprise Center.

Sharks forward Tomas Hertl didn't win any events on Friday, but he'll be one of the talks of the town heading into Saturday's exhibition due to the stunt he pulled against Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington in the Bud Light NHL Save Streak competition. It's unlikely he'll have a Justin Bieber mask stowed away under his jersey during Saturday's All-Star Game, but based on his personality, it wouldn't come as a shock if he had any other surprises in store.

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As San Jose's lone All-Star representative, Hertl will team up with the other members of the Pacific Division squad in an attempt to claim divisional supremacy over the rest of the league. The 2020 NHL All-Star Game will feature a two-round, three-game tournament in which the league's four divisions will square off. Each 20-minute game will be played 3-on-3, with teams changing sides at the 10-minute mark. Any game tied after 20 minutes of play will be decided by shootout.

In Round One, the two Eastern Conference divisions (Atlantic and Metropolitan) will face off, while the two Western Conference divisions (Central and Pacific) will battle in Round Two. The two winners then advance to Round Three where they'll face each other to determine the overall champion.

Here's how to watch the 2020 NHL All-Star Game online:

When: Saturday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. PT
Live Stream:

Sharks' Tomas Hertl brings the fun to NHL All-Star Skills Competition


Sharks' Tomas Hertl brings the fun to NHL All-Star Skills Competition

Leave it to Tomas Hertl to put a smile on everyone's face.

The self-described "smiley guy" is the Sharks' lone representative at NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, and he didn't take long to show the Enterprise Center crowd why he fills that role so well during the All-Star Skills Competition on Friday night.

Hertl participated in two events on the evening, and got the crowd on its feet both times. But it was his first event -- the Bud Light NHL Save Streak -- during which he created one of the highlights of the entire night.

The Save Streak competition pits goalies against one another to see how many consecutive breakaway saves they can make. Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy held the lead with nine consecutive stops with only the hometown Jordan Binnington left to go. The Blues goaltender recently challenged musician Justin Bieber to a breakaway competition on Twitter, in which he said he would die his hair platinum blonde if Bieber scored at least once on 10 breakaway attempts.

Clearly, Hertl was paying attention, because he had a surprise for Binnington on his own breakaway attempt.

See for yourself:

Hertl didn't score on his hilarious attempt, but it's tough to blame him for two reasons. For one -- and perhaps most importantly -- he had a gigantic Justin Bieber mask over his entire face. Secondly, Binnington would go on to stop six more shots in a row after Hertl to win the event with a streak of 10.

[RELATED: Sharks' Karlsson named to NHL's All-Decade Second Team]

The 26-year-old forward wasn't done for the night, though. He participated in the next event -- the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting -- as well.

The Accuracy Shooting competition involves a series of shooters attempting to hit five targets on a digital board. Hertl might have the best mits on the Sharks, and he wasted no time showing them off in St. Louis, knocking down four targets on his first four shot attempts. The crowd got louder and louder as it appeared Hertl might complete a perfect round in very short order, but unfortunately, the crescendo had to wait. Hertl struggled to hit the final target, requiring nine more attempts to close it out. Carolina's Jacob Slavvin ultimately won the event, hitting all five targets in only 9.505 seconds, considerably faster than Hertl's time of 17.161.

So, Hertl wasn't victorious in any one event at the Skills Competition, but he undoubtedly will be remembered as one of the big winners of the night. After all, as he likes to say, "Fun must be always."