Sharks start De­cem­ber with ugly loss

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Cur­tis Pashelka

SAN JOSE — Novem­ber ended with a bang for the San Jose Sharks. De­cem­ber be­gan with a face­plant.

The Sharks were no match Tues­day for the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals, who scored three goals in the first pe­riod and added two more in the sec­ond to help cruise to 5-2 win at SAP Cen­ter.

Melker Karls­son scored at the 2:33 mark of the first pe­riod for the game’s open­ing goal, but the Cap­i­tals quickly took over. Gar­net Hath­away, Jakub Vrana and John Carl­son all scored in a three minute and one sec­ond span to put the Sharks in a hole they couldn’t es­cape.

Hath­away and Vrana also added sec­ond-pe­riod goals as the Cap­i­tals scored five times — all at even strength — on their first 22 shots. Start­ing goalie Martin Jones was pulled for just the sec­ond time this sea­son, as he was re­placed by Aaron Dell for the third pe­riod.

Evan­der Kane also scored for the Sharks at the 13:07 mark of the third pe­riod, snap­ping a nine-game goal drought.

Kane, though, might be fac­ing sup­ple­men­tal dis­ci­pline from the NHL for an in­ci­dent with Cap­i­tals de­fense­man Radko Gu­das with 5:01 left in the third pe­riod. Kane ap­peared to get Gu­das in the head with his right hand, or per­haps the end of his stick, as the two chased af­ter a puck near the Cap­i­tals bench.

Af­ter an of­fi­cials re­view, Kane was given a five-minute ma­jor for el­bow­ing and a game mis­con­duct.

The Sharks came back to beat the Ari­zona Coy­otes 4-2 on Satur­day, clos­ing out Novem­ber with an 11-4-0 record. Fol­low­ing three of those four losses — to Van­cou­ver, Ed­mon­ton and Winnipeg — the Sharks re­sponded with wins in their fol­low­ing game.

That’ll be harder to do this time, as the Sharks be­gin a fourgame road trip Thurs­day in Carolina against the Hur­ri­canes. The trip con­tin­ues with stops in Tampa Bay, Florida and Nashville.

To­mas Hertl left the game af­ter his first shift of the third pe­riod, as he tum­bled awk­wardly into the end boards on a check on Cap­i­tals de­fense­man Nick Jones.

Hertl, who missed four games from Nov. 21-27 with a lower body in­jury, also left Satur­day’s game with Los An­ge­les in the third pe­riod for pre­cau­tion­ary rea­sons.

The Sharks trailed by two af­ter the first pe­riod.

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