Takeaways: Aaron Dell is the Sharks best goalie right now

NEW YORK — Another night of puck-possession dominance, another night in which a regulation win eludes the Sharks.

The New York Rangers ripped a point out of the Sharks (2-2-1) hands Thursday night, tying the game with 2:39 remaining in the third period and winning the game just 37 seconds into overtime.

As a result, the Sharks find themselves sitting at .500 even though they’ve tilted the ice throughout the first five games of the 2018-19 season.

Here’s what we learned in the Sharks 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

1. The Sharks are still looking for some finish.

That’s finish, as in goal-scoring, not to be confused with Finnish. The Sharks have a couple Finns, Antti Suomela and Joonas Donskoi, and they connected on the team’s second goal at 4:59 of the second period.

Beyond that 3-on-1 tally, and Marcus Sorensen’s dazzling-shorthanded goal at 4:31 of the first, the Sharks struggled to put the puck in the net again Thursday even though they threw 43 pucks at Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Wash your hands, @sorensenmarcus, because they are FILTHY. pic.twitter.com/DaTNB3QWj5

— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) October 11, 2018

Heading into the season, many pundits crowned the Sharks as favorites to win the Western Conference. After the team traded for Erik Karlsson, some went even further, saying that this season is Stanley Cup or bust.

But NBC Sports analyst Eddie Olczyk played the role of contrarian in his annual preseason teleconference with reporters, questioning whether the team has enough scoring punch to go all the way.

“When I look at San Jose up front, do they have enough — do they have enough offensive finish would be the question,” Olczyk said. “Do they have enough goal scoring, that’s probably the best way to put it.”

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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