The San Jose Sharks remained winless on their highway journey in opposition to Japanese Convention groups, as Andrew Copp scored 25 seconds into additional time to carry the Detroit Pink Wings to a 3-2 at Little Caesars Enviornment on Tuesday.
Goalie James Reimer made 27 saves in regulation time and three extra in additional time earlier than Copp’s purpose, because the Sharks fell to 0-2-1 on their five-game highway journey that concludes with video games in opposition to Carolina on Friday and Pittsburgh on Saturday.
The Sharks (14-25-10) started the journey with regulation-time losses to Columbus and Boston on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The Sharks and Pink Wings have been tied 2-2 after the primary two durations as Erik Karlsson assisted on even-strength targets by Timo Meier and Logan Couture.
Meier scored his twenty eighth of the season on the 7:58 mark of the second interval. His first shot after he acquired a go from Karlsson was stopped by Detroit goalie Ville Husso, however he collected the rebound, skated across the Pink Wings’ internet, and scored on a wraparound strive, giving him his fourth purpose in 5 video games.
The Sharks have been down 2-1 late within the second interval earlier than they despatched a flurry of pucks towards Husso. After a Karlsson shot try was blocked, Couture, stationed to the left of the web, batted the rebound previous Husso with 6.9 seconds left within the interval for his seventeenth purpose of the season.
Karlsson now has 49 assists and 64 factors in 49 video games this season.
Reimer, making his fourth begin within the final 5 video games, had 17 saves within the first two durations.
In 5 begins this month, Reimer earlier than Tuesday had a 1-3-1 report in 5 video games this month. However in these 5 video games, Reimer had a .891 save share, a slight enchancment from final season when he had a .879 save share in six video games.
Sharks winger Kevin Labanc had seven shot makes an attempt within the first two durations Tuesday as he performed his first sport since Jan. 13, when the Sharks have been blasted 7-1 by Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.
After that loss, Labanc, 27, sat out the Sharks’ subsequent sport in opposition to the New Jersey Devils three days later, as he was changed on the second line by Mikey Eyssimont.
Labanc was additionally scratched for video games in opposition to Dallas, Columbus, and Boston, and the Sharks went 1-2-1 in his absence – outscored 16-11 in these 4 video games and going a mixed 2-for-9 with the person benefit.
It was probably the most consecutive wholesome scratches Labanc has had within the NHL since his professional profession started in 2016.
“I’m nonetheless a part of the staff,” Labanc mentioned final week. “I do know that I can put the puck within the internet and I do know I may help the staff win. So it’s only a matter of time.”
Labanc, who has 10 targets and 25 factors in 43 video games this season, began Tuesday’s sport with acquainted linemates Tomas Hertl and Meier.
After their 4-0 loss to Bruins on Sunday, the Sharks additionally had wingers Eyssimont and Alexander Barabanov with Couture, and Steven Lorentz on a line with Noah Gregor and Oskar Lindblom. Nico Sturm was with Nick Bonino and Matt Nieto.
The Sharks scratched forwards Jonah Gadjovich and Evgeny Svechnikov and defenseman Scott Harrington. Defenseman Matt Benning, who was beneath the climate Sunday and didn’t play in opposition to the Bruins, re-entered the lineup and was paired with Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
The Pink Wings (20-18-8) had received simply one in all their final 5 video games earlier than Tuesday.
Autor Curtis Pashelka