San Jose Sharks’ 3rd Period Woes Are Back with a Vengeance

January 4th, 2011 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the San Jose Sharks suffered back-to-back disappointing road losses to the Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars as they watched two-goal leads disappear in the third period of each game, only to lose in overtime. The result salvaged a virtual split on the brief road trip, and the Sharks returned home to stifle the Chicago Blackhawks, leaving many to brush the occurrence off as a simple bump in the road.

But was it?

Just seven weeks later, the Sharks have seen their third-period issues re-emerge. More troubling—they have been unable to even salvage single points this time around.

The Sharks entered the Christmas break by amassing their first four-game win streak of the season, but since then have gone just 2-3-0. A record of 6-3-0 over nine games is perfectly acceptable, except for the troubling manner in which the Sharks lost the three games.

In each case, the Sharks led or held a tie at the second intermission. One can take a little solace in the fact that the first loss was most egregious—where the Sharks surrendered four goals in the third period of an otherwise scoreless game to los ...

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