SAN JOSE – The Sharks loved their most memorable win of the season over the weekend, rallying within the ultimate minutes in a playoff-type ambiance to assist hand the rival Vegas Golden Knights a loss that additional dimmed their already slim playoff hopes.
The trick for the Sharks shall be to attempt to replicate that form of emotion of their largely meaningless ultimate two video games.
Tuesday, the Sharks created sufficient probabilities to win of their ultimate dwelling recreation of the season. But as has been the case all through a lot of the yr, couldn’t discover the additional aim they wanted in what grew to become a 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks earlier than an introduced crowd of 13,378 at SAP Center.
Brent Burns and Scott Reedy each scored and goalie Kaapo Kahkonen completed with 25 saves as San Jose, which fell behind by three targets early within the second interval, completed the yr with a document of 18-18-5 at dwelling
“We played pretty well,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner mentioned. “We don’t have anything to show for it and it’s sort of (the) story of our year maybe.”
The Sharks finish the season with highway video games in opposition to Edmonton and Seattle on Thursday and Friday, respectively. The Oilers are locked into second place within the Pacific Division and the enlargement Kraken will end eighth and final.
“I know it doesn’t really mean anything, technically, but we have a lot to play for still and a lot of pride in that room,” Sharks winger Matt Nieto mentioned.
The Sharks, previous to Tuesday, had been 3-2-1 of their final six video games, together with a dramatic 5-4 shootout win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.
San Jose erased a 4-2 Vegas lead within the ultimate three minutes of regulation time, with Timo Meier scoring with 0.9 seconds left within the third interval to ship the sport into extra time. In the shootout, rookie heart Thomas Bordeleau was the one participant for both staff to attain because the Sharks snapped an 11-game shedding streak to the Golden Knights.
Vegas misplaced 3-2 in a shootout to Dallas on Tuesday to fall 4 factors behind the Stars with two video games to play. The Golden Knights should win their ultimate two video games and hope Dallas loses its ultimate two in regulation,
“Sunday was awesome,” Sharks winger Rudolfs Balcers mentioned. “It was a giant recreation for (Vegas) and clearly, we needed to return out and form of mess it up for them. So it was a enjoyable recreation.
“Today it was a frustrating one. We played pretty well and ended up losing on a couple of mistakes there. But we’ve got two more games left to finish off strong. We’ve got to go there and be motivated and just play hard.”
Kahkonen has break up time within the Sharks’ internet with James Reimer in current weeks as Boughner has largely gone forwards and backwards this month between his two goalies.
It’s an association that’s labored out nicely for Kahkonen, as he’s had a while to soak up the Sharks’ system and get to know his teammates as he works with goalie coach Evgeni Nabokov.
“For now, it’s been good,” Kahkonen mentioned Tuesday morning. “We play so many games in such a short period of time, so it almost feels like you are the starter even though you play every other night.”
Kahkonen, although, is coming into the stage of his professional profession the place he feels he’s able to being a No. 1 NHL goalie.
As a fourth-round draft alternative by the Minnesota Wild in 2014, Kahkonen spent many of the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 seasons with the staff’s AHL affiliate in Iowa. He then backed up Cam Talbot with the large membership the previous 1½ seasons, going 31-17-4 with a .907 save proportion.
The subsequent step for Kahkonen is to be a No. 1 with the Sharks, or a minimum of a 1A or 1B at the side of Reimer or Adin Hill, who’re each beneath contract for subsequent season. Kahkonen is a pending restricted free agent.
Kahkonen entered Tuesday with a 2-4-1 document and a .920 save proportion in 9 video games with the Sharks.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Kahkonen mentioned about being a No. 1. “That’s the goal and that’s what I want to want to accomplish here in the near future.”
Kahkonen, 25, has a busy summer time forward of him if he needs to be ready to play 50-to-55 video games subsequent season. The most video games he’s performed in any of the final 4 years since he got here to North America was 39 with Iowa in 2018-19.
“It’s the first full, real NHL season for me,” mentioned Kahkonen, including that he’ll alter his offseason coaching routine to prepare for a probably heavier workload.
“It’s not that I haven’t worked hard, but maybe work on different things instead of something I’ve worked in the past. Not thinking about it too much, but, obviously, there are always things that you can get better at.”