It's now 10 straight defeats for the San Jose Sharks. It's the second time this season the team has endured a losing streak that has reached double digits. They lose the west side story battle as they fall 2-1 to the Winnipeg Jets. It's starting to get concerning how bad this team is playing right now. We're not even halfway through the season, and the Sharks have lost 10 games in a row twice.
Mackenzie Blackwood was the only reason that this game was close in the first period. He stopped the game from getting away from the Sharks early when their team just couldn't get going. When the Sharks finally started to get it going, Blackwood had already stopped 10 shots, and was trying to keep the team in teal swimming when the Jets were flying high. It was an ugly start for the organization.
San Jose would strike first in the second period when Kyle Burroughs would send William Eklund up the ice with a head of steam. Flying up the left wing, Eklund crashes into the zone and drives deep with his blistering speed. He plays a pass backwards to Alexander Barabanov, and Barby didn't disappoint as the Sharks took the lead. After a great start to the second period, making Connor Hellebuyck earn his pay check, the Sharks grabbed the lead.
Winnipeg would get it back just after the halfway point of the period. Neal Pionk fluttered a shot on from the point that Blackwood has no trouble stopping. It bounces off of Blackwood and off of Morgan Barron out in front and it trickles behind Blackwood and over the line and into the goal to tie the game up at one in a game that has been a pure netminders duel. It was disappointing because San Jose had been very good in this second period.
Moving into the third period, the Jets would score a pretty tic-tac-toe goal on the powerplay. Josh Morrissey and Mark Schiefele would play catch at the point before Morrissey fired a pass over to Nikolaj Ehlers. Ehlers hit a hard slap pass towards the net that Gabriel Vilardi just tipped in and the former Los Angeles King haunts the Sharks again as the Sharks would fall behind 2-1, and just never get back into it.
It's 10 straight defeats, but this so easily could have been a win for San Jose tonight. They were unable to solve Hellebuyck once again, and the Sharks got goalied. It sucks, but sometimes it just happens, and the Sharks once again struggled to solve the best netminders the NHL have to offer. This losing streak will not continue forever, but the Sharks know they cannot sustain this losing streak.