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Kings Comeback Win Keep Sharks Down

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: December 28, 2019, 6:50 am ET

Any hope that the Christmas break might restart the San Jose Sharks wasn’t realized last night. San Jose did establish a 2-0 lead in the second period of their contest against Los Angeles. However, the Kings rallied in the third period to tie the game and Jeff Carter pushed Los Angeles past the Sharks in overtime.

At least San Jose got a consolation point, but this means the Sharks have lost four straight games and 10 of its last 11 games. With that, the Sharks are 16-20-3 this season. They have gone from being regarded as a potential Stanley Cup contender going into the campaign to being last in the Western Conference. There’s still time to bounce back, just ask the St. Louis Blues, but stories like the 2018-19 Blues are the exception rather than the rule. In other words, the Sharks can bounce back, but the odds are stacked against them at this point and every missed opportunity like this one only makes their prospects bleaker.

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BOSTON 3 BUFFALO 0

Jaroslav Halak stopped all 26 Sabres shots to earn his third shutout of the season. He has a 9-3-4 record, 2.22 GAA, and .928 save percentage in 16 starts.

Conor Sheary fired a team-high five shots on Halak. He has five goals on 54 shots this season.

Patrice Bergeron scored a pair of goals, including the game winner. He has 17 goals and 34 points in 30 contests in 2019-20.

All of Boston’s goals were assisted on by Brad Marchand. He’s up to 19 goals and 57 points in 39 games.

Linus Ullmark saved 22 of 24 shots on Friday. He’s 11-9-3 with a 2.79 GAA and .914 save percentage in 23 starts.

TORONTO 5 NEW JERSEY 4 (OT)

William Nylander scored the overtime winner and registered two assists. That gives him 15 goals and 31 points in 39 contests.

John Tavares also had a goal and two helpers for the Maple Leafs. He has 15 goals and 32 points in 32 games.

New Jersey’s Kyle Palmieri scored a goal and recorded two assists. He’s up to 15 goals and 26 points in 37 contests.

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 32 of 37 Maple Leafs shots. He has an 11-10-5 record, 2.89 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 28 contests.

At the other end of the ice, Michael Hutchinson kicked out 24 of 28 shots. That gives him a 2-5-1 record, 4.03 GAA, and .883 save percentage in nine games.

NY RANGERS 5 CAROLINA 3

Mika Zibanejad led the Rangers with two goals and an assist. He has 14 goals and 29 points in 24 contests.

Artemi Panarin contributed a goal and two assists for the Rangers. He’s up to 21 goals and 48 points in 37 games.

Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 39 of 42 Hurricanes shots. He has a 9-8-3 record, 3.11 GAA, and .911 save percentage in 22 contests.

Carolina’s Lucas Wallmark had a goal and an assist. That gives him seven goals and 17 points in 38 games.

James Reimer saved 19 of 24 shots last night. He has an 8-6-0 record, 2.69 GAA, and .914 save percentage in 16 contests.

WASHINGTON 2 COLUMBUS 1 (OT)

T.J. Oshie scored the overtime winner. It was his 15th marker and 27th point in 39 games.

Washington’s other goal was scored by Carl Hagelin. He has a goal and eight points in 28 contests.

Jakob Lilja’s marker was scored by Columbus. It was his first goal and third point in 13 games.

Joonas Korpisalo stopped 34 of 36 shots Friday night. That ended his five-game winning streak.

Ilya Samsonov kicked out 27 of 27 Blue Jackets shots. He has a 10-2-1 record, 2.28 GAA, and .918 save percentage in 14 games.

MINNESOTA 6 COLORADO 4

Victor Rask scored the game-winning goal. It was his fourth goal and 10th point in 29 contests.

Ryan Suter also found the back of the net for the Wild. That gives him five goals and 25 points in 39 games.

Matt Calvert netted a pair of goals for Colorado. He has 10 goals and 21 points in 31 games.

Pavel Francouz stopped 27 of 32 Wild shots. He won his previous four starts.

At the other end of the ice, Devan Dubnyk saved 40 of 44 shots. He has a 7-8-2 record, 3.24 GAA, and .898 save percentage in 18 contests.

PITTSBURGH 5 NASHVILLE 2

Pekka Rinne stopped just three of six shots in 14:50 minutes of ice time. Juuse Saros stepped in and saved 17 of 19 shots the rest of the way.

Tristan Jarry kicked out 30 of 32 Predators shots. That extended his winning streak to five games.

Teddy Blueger scored the game-winning goal. It was his fifth marker and 11th point in 37 contests.

Alex Galchenyuk also found the back of the net for Pittsburgh. He has three goals and 11 points in 28 games.

Craig Smith contributed a goal for the Predators. That gives him six goals and 15 points in 37 games.

ST. LOUIS 5 WINNIPEG 4 (OT)

Jaden Schwartz assisted on three of St. Louis’ five goals. He’s up to 11 goals and 32 points in 39 contests in 2019-20.

Two of the Blues’ five markers were scored by Tyler Bozak. That gives him seven goals and 17 points in 38 games.

Jordan Binnington stopped 25 of 29 shots last night. He’s won five consecutive games, dating back to Dec. 12th.

Connor Hellebuyck allowed five goals on 35 Blues shots. He has a 17-10-3 record, 2.53 GAA, and .924 save percentage in 31 contests.

Kyle Connor scored a pair of goals for the Jets. He has 17 goals and 35 points in 38 games.

CHICAGO 5 NY ISLANDERS 2

Thomas Greiss stopped eight of 11 shots in 11:56 minutes before being pulled. Semyon Varlamov allowed two goals on 19 shots in relief.

Robin Lehner saved 38 of 40 shots Friday night. He has a 10-6-4 record, 2.82 GAA, and .925 save percentage in 22 games.

Casey Cizikas scored a shorthanded goal for the Islanders. It was his sixth goal and 10th point in 31 contests.

Dominik Kubalik netted the game-winning goal. He has 11 goals and 17 points in 37 games.

Alex DeBrincat found the back of the net for Chicago. That gives him nine goals and 26 points in 39 contests.

CALGARY 5 EDMONTON 1

Andrew Mangiapane scored a goal and registered two assists. He’s up to eight goals and 15 points in 38 games.

Elias Lindholm also had a goal and an assist for the Flames. That gives him 16 goals and 30 points in 40 contests.

David Rittich stopped 28 of 29 Oilers shots. He has a 17-8-5 record, 2.65 GAA, and .916 save percentage in 30 starts.

Edmonton’s lone goal was scored by Connor McDavid. It was his 22nd marker and 63rd point in 41 games.

Mikko Koskinen turned aside 20 of 24 shots for Edmonton. He was pulled late in the second period in favor of Mike Smith, who saved six of seven shots the rest of the way.

ANAHEIM 4 VEGAS 3

Nate Schmidt scored two goals for Vegas. He has four markers and 16 points in 29 contests.

Malcolm Subban stopped just 14 of 18 shots. Most of the damage came in the second period when he allowed three goals on nine shots.

Devin Shore scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist. That gives him two goals and six points in 22 contests.

Cam Fowler also had a goal and an assist for Anaheim. He’s up to eight goals and 20 points in 38 games.

John Gibson turned aside 26 of 29 shots on Friday. He has a 12-14-2 record, 2.88 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 28 starts.

LOS ANGELES 3 SAN JOSE 2 (OT)

Aaron Dell stopped 35 of 38 Kings shots. He’s allowed three goals in each of his last three starts and has lost all of those contests.

At the other end of the ice, Jack Campbell turned aside 22 of 24 shots. He improved to 6-6-2 with a 2.84 GAA and .894 save percentage in 14 starts.

Jeff Carter scored the overtime winner and registered two assists. He has 12 goals and 20 points in 40 games.

Los Angeles’ other two goals were scored by Martin Frk. He was making his NHL season debut.

Joe Thornton scored a goal and registered an assist for San Jose. That gives him a goal and 14 points in 39 contests.

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