San Jose come up short at the Tank as the Sharks fall to the Seattle Kraken

Apr 1, 2024; San Jose, California, USA;  San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) defends
Apr 1, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) defends / Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle opened the scoring when William Eklund couldn't clear the puck out of the defensive zone. Oliver Bjorkstrand was able to work the puck into the wheelhouse of Matty Berniers in the slot, and he fired it home 29 seconds into the game. A really bad start for the team in teal, and they had to chase the game if they were going to get anything from this one and build on the win in St Louis.

Seattle would strike again 7 minutes in, as they were able to create a bounce for Tye Kartye, whose shot went through a bevy of humanity in front of Mackenzie Blackwood and beat him. However, the Sharks decided to challenge this play for offside as one of the Kraken players entered the zone early, and the tally would come off the board as Brandon Tanev jumped the gun and entered the zone early.

Seattle would actually double their lead a little later when Matty Berniers and Eeli Tolvanen combine to get the puck into the high slot. Calen Addison scampers back to try and block the shot, but Oliver Bjorkstrand was able to find the corner of the net with his shot and get the puck home for his second primary point of the night, and the Kraken were just dominating the game. It was going to be a long night for the Sharks if they didn't pick it up.


San Jose's powerplay would get the Sharks on the board. Mikael Granlund was able to get the puck behind the net and find a pass into the wheelhouse of Fabian Zetterlund who rifles one home to cut into the Kraken lead. Suddenly, the Sharks are alive and the Shark Tank is coming to life. We had a game on our hands at this moment.

Seattle would restore their multiple goal lead when they created an odd-man rush. Mario Ferraro doesn't cut the pass or sit in the shooting lane, letting the Kraken work it back to the carrier into the zone, who was Shane Wright. He buries it for his first NHL goal of the year and the former projected first overall pick has the Sharks on the ropes once more in this game.

In the second period, the Sharks would get it back when Granlund again would be the driving force. Granlund got it back to the point for Fabian Zetterlund who sent it across to Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Vlasic let it fly from the point and Klim Kostin would tip it away from Philipp Grubauer and it would beat the German to cut the Kraken lead down to one.

But, the Kraken would just shut the game down. Jared McCann would be the one to hit the empty net, and the Sharks fall again. We're getting closer to the Sharks clinching last place in the standings and getting the best overall shot at Macklin Celebrini. It wasn't a bad performance outside of the first period, but it was bad enough for the Sharks to come up short in this game.