Jets no match for Sharks

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Winnipeg Jets liked their quickness and their speed in winning their season-opener in Arizona on Thursday.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Winnipeg Jets liked their quickness and their speed in winning their season-opener in Arizona on Thursday.

They now have a model by which to judge those qualities, being schooled to the tune of 3-0 by the San Jose Sharks Saturday night before 17,562 at SAP Center.

The Sharks are off to a 2-0 start after the colossal disappointment of 2013-14 and whether or not you thought referees Dan O’Halloran and Dan O’Rourke were wearing teal-coloured glasses — the power plays were eight to two in favour of the home team — the Jets were clearly the second-best outfit in this competition.

Marcio Jose Sanchez / The Associated Press San Jose Sharks goalie Alex Stalock makes a save.

They generated just three shots on goal and nine at goal in the first period, when the game got away from them quickly.

San Jose jumped to a 2-0 lead before six minutes were gone and all the penalty-killing time eventually became counter-productive and momentum-killing in the brief moments the Jets thought they might be getting some.

The Jets, now 1-1, are down the coast and into Staples Center tonight for a game against the L.A. Kings (9 p.m., TSN 3, TSN 1290).

Evander update

The Jets tried to make bad news good news on Saturday by spinning the Evander Kane knee injury update — he was hurt early in Thursday night’s game — as better than they expected.

Kane will be evaulated again in two weeks, coach Paul Maurice said. “After that it’ll be on a week-to-week basis,” he said.

That takes Kane’s absence into November and maybe beyond.

“There’s a big area on how long it takes to heal these things up,” Maurice said. “So, to be quite honest with you, it was better news than I was expecting. I really was not hopeful yesterday and that’s why it’s good you don’t say anything about it. So, better news, but he is going to be out of our lineup for the near future.”

Adjustments

With Kane’s absence, the adjusting began early in Thursday’s game and continued Saturday night, with Dustin Byfuglien remaining on the left wing with centre Mark Scheifele and right-winger Blake Wheeler. Matt Halischuk came from the pressbox after being a first-game scratch to playing on the right with Mathieu Perreault and Adam Lowry.

“Regardless who was playing on the (Mathieu) Perreault line, it was gonig to be a new line,” Maurice said, discounting a Saturday question about the loss of chemistry.

Digging the hole

The Jets had the game’s first good scoring opportunity but Andrew Ladd couldn’t bury it.

The Sharks then clicked for a pair 1:50 apart, first getting Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s point shot to count, a puck that might have hit Mark Stuart before it slithered through Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

Then on a quick rush, Tomas Hertl fired a shot and by sticking his stick into the impact on the puck, Toby Enstrom may have hindered his own netminder’s chance of making the save from close range.

Patrick Marleau added a killer breakaway goal in the second period’s final minute after the Jets had some good stretches in the San Jose zone.

Killing zone

When the Jets look for silver linings, it won’t be their spurts of pressure during garbage time or that the Sharks didn’t get any shots at all to their net in the third period.

It should be their penalty-killing, which stood up well to the talented Sharks, nullifying all eight home-team power plays. That’s 11 straight kills to start this season.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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