The Sharks were, of course, not satisfied that they could not stand Saber's winning streak during their visit to Buffalo.…
The Sharks were, of course, not satisfied that they could not stand Saber’s winning streak during their visit to Buffalo. The team subsequently confirmed that the game had some positive results. Heck, rallying to tie it up late in the third period certainly made things interesting – especially since San Jose did not make a goal on the way 183: 43 minutes.
Now, after falling to sabren 3-2 in overtime, the Sharks identify that they need not only to create good points but to follow through and capitalize on them.
“I thought there were some chances that we did not capitalize at an early stage,” Evander Kane told the media after losing, then added: “But it was a big effort to get back and tie the game and give us a shot.”
Brent Burns agreed. “I think we had some chances,” defenseman replied. “[Buffalo] just ended with a single.”
It was literally just a chance that made the difference in Tuesday’s competition. San Jose and Buffalo played a tight back and forth game for the better part of 60 minutes, with the sabras more of a pressure in the second period and the Sharks responded in the latter part of the third. Buffalo was on San Jose on the shot, just surpassing 38-31
at the end of the match. The Sharks blocked seven shots to Sabers five and won 55 percent of faceoffs in the evening. With both goaltenders making big savings at their respective ends of the ice, no teams could run away with the game.
“It felt like there was not much left for both sides,” Burns said.
It was the only possibility, however, created by Buffels Jeff Skinner in overtime, who gave the sabren victory.
Not that San Jose will completely dissolve its late gameplay or neglect applause to find the back of the net after having previously got trouble making points on the way. Joe Pavelski crushed both San José’s third period markers really contributed to the Shark gaining a step.
“There will apparently be times when goals are difficult to get away,” says San Jose Netminder Martin Jones. “So, to get a couple of late in the game tonight and take a point tonight was great.”
So how does the Sharks improve Tuesday’s effort?
“We need to do some better work to get some more traffic ahead of the net,” said Kane. “We had a good look that we did not stop and that was unfortunate.”
Sharks will have an immediate opportunity to take advantage of more chances, as they play again on Wednesday. While the contest is steep – they play Maple Leafs in Toronto on the tail end of a back-to-back – Sharks already know what they want to do better to improve their game against the saber.