San Jose Sharks lose to the Toronto Maple Leafs for eleventh straight loss

Jan 6, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) cannot
Jan 6, 2024; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) cannot / Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

It's now 11 straight losses for the San Jose Sharks. The Toronto Maple Leafs come into the Shark tank and defeat the team in teal by a final score of 4-1. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped this from being a double digit Leafs score tonight, and the goaltending department of the Sharks should be owed a steak dinner by every player on the team. This was another brutal performance from the Sharks

This game at home to the Toronto Maple Leafs did not start well. Toronto started extremely well, and they'd take the lead towards the end of the period. With Tomas Hertl in the box, Mikael Granlund gets called for two minutes after using his hand on a faceoff, and on the resulting five-on-three, Mitchell Marner scores to give the Leafs the lead. They had been the better team comfortably in the first 15 minutes.

Toronto would get a second one off of the blade of Calle Jarnkork. A spinning shot from the circle somehow leaks through Mackenzie Blackwood. In the final minute of the second period to send the Sharks into the third intermission. Blackwood was the only reason the Sharks had a shot in this game anyway, so you cannot blame it on him, but it would have been nice if that wasn't going in.

Toronto's third goal would be well worked. A pass up the ice from the defense would be tapped on by Tyler Bertuzzi, and it gave William Nylander a clear path to the net. He was able to rifle the puck home off the iron, and make it a 3-0 Toronto Maple Leafs lead. This was coming because the Leafs had been the dominant team in this game, and it just felt like this was going to keep coming.

San Jose would get one back eventually, though. Anthony Duclair would take the puck behind the net before spinning and sending it back to Ty Emberson at the point. His shot was stopped by former Shark Martin Jones in the Toronto net, but eventually, Fabian Zetterlund would recoup the rebound and send it over to Mikael Granlund, who tapped it home on the receiving end of a beautiful spinning pass.

Toronto would pour salt in the wound late. Tyler Bertuzzi sent a bouncing puck over to Nylander in front of the net all alone. He played a one-two in front of Blackwood with John Tavares before trying to roof it, but Blackwood denied the star Swede when he was all alone out in front. The problem was Nylander then banked the puck off the back of Blackwood and into the net to make it a 4-1 Leafs lead in the SAP Center.

That would be how the game ended. Disappointing effort from the San Jose Sharks, and they got dominated on home ice yet again. Part of this is due to the fact the teams coming in are better than the San Jose Sharks, there is no denying that. But there has to be some concern with these exaggerated defeats and bad performances at home. Two straight Canadian teams have come into the SAP Center and played the Sharks out of the building.