Sharks don sharp Seals-inspired uniforms. Their goalie, though, was anything but

Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News on

Published in Hockey

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Just in time for the holiday season, the San Jose Sharks threw it back to the 1970s on Friday night, donning new Reverse Retro jerseys that were inspired by the 1974-75 California Golden Seals.

To refresh, those Golden Seals had a record of 19-48-13 and missed the playoffs for what was then a sixth straight year.

The 2022-23 Sharks certainly look like they’re headed in that same direction, as goalie James Reimer had another off night in what became a 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings before an announced sellout crowd of 17,562 at SAP Center.

Sharks winger Alexander Barabanov scored a gift of a goal with 37 seconds left in the second period, as he intercepted a Sean Durzi pass in front of the Kings net and beat goalie Jonathan Quick to cut Los Angeles’ lead to 3-2.

But 2:51 into the third period, a Rasmus Kupari shot from near the top of the circle squeezed through Reimer and gave the Kings a 4-2 lead, and the Sharks went on to lose for the fourth time in five games.

Reimer allowed a similar goal to Viktor Arvidsson in the second period that gave the Kings a 3-1 lead. The Kings’ first four goals came on 22 shots.


Reimer was making his first start since Nov. 19, as he had been bothered by a lower-body injury earlier in the week. He’s been consistent throughout the season but had a .878 save percentage in his last eight periods before Saturday’s third period.

Kevin Labanc also scored for the Sharks (7-12-3), who host the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

Labanc’s goal, his fourth of the season, came in the first period off assists from Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl, but the Sharks trailed 2-1 after they allowed goals to Jaret Anderson-Dolan and Phillip Danault in the first 20 minutes.

The Sharks have been a much better offensive team of late. After scoring more than two goals just twice in their first nine games, the Sharks have scored fewer than three goals just once in their last 13 games.


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