Even though the 2015-2016 San Jose Sharks overall was a great season and a success but there were some ugly and painful losses patched in the twenty-fifth anniversary season for San Jose. Please note that this is my personal opinion. So here we go!
10.November 10, 2015 against Columbus Blue Jackets
We start off at a game where the Sharks debuted their new heritage jerseys and boy did they look like the team that went 11-71-2 in 1992-1993. It started off with Brandon Saad scoring first and then the Sharks and Blue Jackets traded goals and it was 2-2 halfway through the Second Period. Until the Blue Jackets late in the Second scoring 2 goals in 30 to seconds. The Sharks ended up losing 5-2. Thoughts of the team missing the playoffs again was looming in the fans of sharks fans after this nightmare game.
9. December 9, 2015 against Edmonton Oilers
This was the second of back-to-backs for the sharks, who lost to Calgary the night before. It started frustrating as the Sharks were down 1 after 2 intermissions but the Sharks turned it around scoring 3 in the Third period but the Oilers responded with the tying goal by Iiro Pakarinen with 4 minutes to go. In OT, Taylor Hall ended the night on a 2-on-1 goal with Brent Burns sliding and that’s how that night was for the Sharks. By the way, Pucknology After Dark talked about how Joe Thornton was in the game and I agree that this was a terrible game for Joe Thornton. If you’re looking for something positive it’s that maybe that’s where jumbo changed his season. Thornton had 16 points on the end of that night, he would end up having 82 points at the end of the regular season.
8. February 11, 2016 against Calgary Flames
In a 1980’s style game, the final score would be 6-5 with 13 goals hitting the back of the net (3 in the shootout). It was a game where the Sharks realized they needed a better back-up as Alex Stalock would allow 4 goals in 8 minutes and 8 seconds but this game also showed the Sharks resilience coming back from a 3-goal deficit with Dylan DeMelo scoring the go-ahead goal in the Third period making it a 5-4 Sharks lead. But the Sharks would give up the tying goal to Kris Russell on the power play with 12 minutes to go in the 3rd period. Late in the game the Flames would commit 2 penalties in the same sequence with a Sam Bennett elbowing penalty and a tripping call to Flames Captain Mark Giordano. The Sharks had a full 2 minute 5 on 3 Power Play against the Flames. Also to note, on the tripping call on Mark Giordano, he tripped Joonas Donskoi into Karri Ramo and on that play it ended Ramo’s season and in came Sharks nemesis Jonas Hiller. The Sharks had a full 2 minute 5-on-3 Power Play and they blew it, not getting enough grade-A chances and the game went into Overtime. In OT, the Sharks dominated but couldn’t find the back of the net. The Sharks best chance was Logan Couture getting a rebound with an open-net and he “towed” it. In the shootout, it went to a fourth round and Jiri Hudler would net the game winner. Even though the Sharks came back from a 3-goal lead and got a point, it felt like a “hollow” loss.
7.May 21, 2016 vs St.Louis Blues (Game 4)
The first playoff game on the list and this one was very disappointing. After an impressive and dominating 3-0 win over the Blues in game 3, Sharks fans had real big confidence heading into game 4. The Sharks came out flat and it cost them as an early power play goal by St.Louis set the tone for the rest of the night. After a heavy forecheck and aggressive play by St.Louis
they would have a 4 goal lead into the 2nd intermission. Even though the Sharks scored 3 goals in the Third , the Blues scored 2 and they took it 6-3. A very disappointing game that had very high hopes.
6.June 6, 2016 vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Game 4)
After a huge emotional Overtime victory in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final by San Jose it was crucial they made a statement in game 4 as they still hadn’t played a A-game in the Final yet. But it never happened….for the fourth consecutive time in the series Pittsburgh scored first and they would add to it in the second with a Evgeni Malkin power play goal. In the Third, the Sharks played how they should’ve to start game 4 but it was too little too late even a Melker Karlsson goal cutting the Pens lead in half midway through the 3rd wouldn’t do it as Eric Fehr scored the dagger cutting right through the middle of the ice and scoring at 17:57 of the 3rd period. The Penguins would win the game 3-1 and take a 3-1 series lead.
5. May 9, 2016 vs Nashville Predators (Game 6)
With a dominating game 5 victory over Nashville, the Sharks were within 1 game from the Conference Final. It started out fantastic as Chris Tierney would score 2 goals early in the First period. But it was the stingy Predators and they wouldn’t be denied as the Roman Josi would score with a couple minutes left in the First and Ryan Johansen would score early into the Second. The Sharks and Predators would trade goals in the Third and the series would go into Overtime for the 2nd time in the series. Even though the Sharks didn’t play a great game through 3 periods they had a chance in Overtime. But it never happened as Vixtor Arviddson would put Nashville into a Game 7. A very frustrating lose.
4. June 1, 2016 vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Game 2)
Brent Burns post game 1 “Now we know we’re in for. We’ll be better.” That’s what every Sharks fan expected for game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. After a mellow First period the Penguins would pick up the pace in the 2nd and that would lead to Phil Kessel’s goal that opened the scoring. The Sharks hit 4 posts but the Sharks weren’t close to playing their A game and heading into the 3rd the Sharks started with a Power Play and like the game it was boring, but the Sharks still needed 1 goal to tie it. With 4 minutes left the Sharks would find the back of the net as Justin Braun lit the lamp. It went to Overtime and just like game 6 against Nashville the Sharks had the chance to take a game they didn’t deserve to win. Connor Sheary would score the Overtime winner just 2:35 into OT and the Sharks would go down 2-0 in the series.
3. January 2, 2016 vs Winnipeg Jets
This pivotal game changed the Sharks 25th anniversary season……and for the good. As the Sharks entered the new year they were looking for back-to-back wins at home for the first time all season. The Sharks looked lethargic and they looked absolutely terrible in the First as they gave up a shorthanded goal and Martin Jones gave up a questionable early in the Second but the Sharks would get one on the Power Play thanks to a bomb from Brent Burns but that’s as close as the Sharks would get as the Jets added 1 more goal in the 2nd and a empty-netter in the 3rd. The aftermath of the disappointing lose is put all right here: http://www.csnbayarea.com/sharks/sharks-hold-monday-meetings-after-stinker-vs-jets cortusey of CSNBayArea.com
2. May 5, 2016 vs Nashville Predators (Game 4)
If there was 1 word to describe this game it would be: crazy. After a disappointing game 3 stinker against Nashville the Sharks were expected to bounce back. But 1 minute into the game Colin Wilson would put the Preds on the board first and the Sharks and Preds would score 1 more each in the First and in the Second Joonas Donskoi would score to the tie the game on a crazy tag-up play. In the Third, Brent Burns would score halfway through the Third and the Sharks had the lead but again the Preds would battle back and James Neal tied it and we headed to OT. The highlight of the first overtime was Joe Pavelski’s “No-goal” and in my opinion that should’ve been a goal but that’s none of my business. In the Second overtime the sharks best chance was Tomas Hertl going up the middle of the ice but Pekka Rinne stopped him and in Triple Overtime it was Mike Fisher and yes after that night everyone hated Carrie Underwood. But never-the-less that was a awesome game.
1.June 12, 2016 vs Pittsburgh Penguins (Game 6)
It was either this game or game 4 against Nashville but this one was the hardest loss to take out of all of the 10 and that’s why I choose it. Going into game 6 the Sharks and Sharks fans were all focused on forcing a game 7 and it never happened. Going into game 6 it was the final time SAP Center would be the venue in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final and boy was it loud as ever. But at the end of the day the Penguins players/fans would be the loudest. Every Sharks fan knows what happened in Game 6 so I don’t think I need to summarize this heart-breaking loss. You never want it to end and it did and that’s why it is so painful, the Sharks magical 25th anniversary season had vanished and it was over. It still hurts to see highlights of game 6 today as well but all you could do is now use it as motivation for the 2016-2017 season. This loss makes the Sharks and the fan base stronger.Hopefully next year it’s a different story!