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Sharks lose goalie to injury, are embarrassed at home by New Jersey Devils

Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News on

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SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks goalie Mackenzie Blackwood was brilliant for the first 17 minutes of Tuesday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.

Then everything went wrong, for himself and the Sharks.

Blackwood was injured late in the first period and did not return, and the Sharks, after taking a brief lead, got completely outclassed in the final two periods in what became a 7-2 loss to the Devils before an announced crowd of 10,982 at SAP Center.

Kaapo Kahkonen, in relief of Blackwood, allowed three goals in the second period and four more in the second as the Sharks unraveled and, remarkably, lost by five goals or more for the seventh time this season.

Nico Hischier had a goal and three assists, Jack Hughes had a goal and two assists and Timo Meier, in his first visit to San Jose since being traded by the Sharks last February, had two assists.

Nico Sturm and Justin Bailey both scored for the Sharks, who have now lost four in a row and six of their last seven. Kahkonen finished with 24 saves, as San Jose now has a goal differential of -102 on the season.

 

The Sharks did not provide an official reason why Blackwood had to exit the game, but it appeared the goalie was injured making a save on Hughes.

After Blackwood made the save with 2:28 left in the first period, he got up and skated toward the Sharks bench during a television timeout. After he reached the bench, Blackwood walked toward the Sharks’ dressing room and threw his stick down in apparent frustration.

The Sharks took a 1-0 lead shortly after Blackwood left the game, as Nico Sturm scored his fourth of the season off an assist from Alexander Barabanov at the 18:17 mark of the first.

Blackwood did not come out of the Sharks dressing room to start the second period when the team announced that he would not return.

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