Are the San Jose Sharks on their way to being considered one of the worst teams in NHL history? The question really deserves to be asked.
San Jose conceded its 10e back-to-back setbacks to start the season, and this one was particularly embarrassing. The Sharks conceded around ten goals without reply to suffer further humiliation in front of their fans by a score of 10 to 1.
Still not convinced how mediocre the Sharks are? In 10 games this season, the team led by David Quinn has scored only 10 goals… as many as they allowed in this single meeting.
Sharks could tie NHL record with 11e setbacks in a row to start a season. For the occasion, their former defenseman Erik Karlsson and the Pittsburgh Penguins will be in San Jose on Friday evening.
“There are so many things… bad,” Nico Sturm admitted after the defeat. It’s hard to know where to start. When I look at my own game, I just have to be better. This is a situation where things are truly… terrible. ”
“I have never been in a situation like this. To be honest, I don’t think anyone here has experienced anything like this,” Sturm continued.
On the other hand, the Canucks (7-2-1) and their explosive attack continue their strong start to the season.
Mackenzie Blackwood gave up four times on 14 shots in 23 min 58 sec before giving way to Kaapo Kahkonen who didn’t look much better allowing six goals on 19 shots.
The Canucks took the opportunity to improve their offensive record. Quinn Hughes was the best of his team with a goal and four assists.
Brock Boeser (2 goals and 1 assist), Elias Pettersson (3 assists) and JT Miller (1 goal and 2 assists) all had three points in the victory.
Anthony Beauvillier opened his account with the Canucks by scoring a double. Carson Soucy and Filip Hronek also had two points. It was the 500th NHL game for the Quebec forward.
Fabian Zetterlund scored the Sharks’ only goal at the very end of the match.
Former Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Hoffman was left out of the matchup. He was limited to one assist in nine games.