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Sleepy Sharks hit new low in loss to Buffalo

Cody Hodgson, Antti Niemi

Buffalo Sabres’ Cody Hodgson (19) scores the game-winning goal past San Jose Sharks’ Antti Niemi, of Finland, during the shootout of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. Buffalo won 5-4. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres was supposed to be a confidence-booster for the San Jose Sharks. Instead, the Sharks hit a new low in 2014-15 as Buffalo beat them 2-1, handing San Jose its fourth consecutive regulation loss.

If you want an idea of how glum things were, just take a look at some of the observations that came when the game was merely tied 0-0 heading into the third period:

As the only “matinee” game on Saturday, many in the hockey world witnessed the Sharks sleepwalking through much of this contest. While it’s true that San Jose carried a 14-9 shot advantage through two periods, it’s difficult to deny the impression that they didn’t really “turn things on” until Buffalo opened up scoring.

For all the talk of Alex Stalock unseating Antti Niemi, it’s reasonable to say that he’d like one (if not both) of these goals back:

Jeremy Roenick did not give the Sharks a good review:

This fact via the Mercury News’ David Pollak adds wallet-based injury to all the insults:

With four losses in a row and five defeats in their last six games, the Sharks’ season-opening three-game winning streak feels like a distant memory. The rest of October doesn’t look very friendly, either, with these three road games coming up:

Sunday: at Anaheim
Tuesday: at Colorado
Thursday: at Minnesota

One positive spin on the upcoming challenge:

Is it too early to wonder if the next organizational meltdown is coming?

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