Timo Meyer and San Jose Sharks lose to the Seattle Kraken

Timo Meyer scored his fourth career NHL hat-trick but the San Jose Sharks couldn’t overcome their mistakes or slow the Seattle Kraken, who scored twice in less than a minute early in the third period to get an 8-5 win Wednesday at Climate Pledge Arena.

With the score tied at 4-4 after Aleksandr Baranbanov’s goal one minute into the third period, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Jaden Schwartz scored with goals 59 seconds apart to give the Kraken a 6-4 lead.

Schwartz’s goal, which came on a solo rush at the 3:47 mark of the third period, proved to be the game-winner as the Kraken gifted the Sharks their third loss in their last four games.

The Sharks now have a 1-4-0 overall record against the Kraken, who came in the NHL last season. They are also 0-3-0 in Seattle.

“We gave up a lot,” said Mayer, who is now tied for eighth in the NHL with 12 goals. “We were turning over a lot of pucks. I thought we did part of the games where we played well, but that wasn’t consistent for 60 minutes. That was a winnable game and we shot ourselves, the mistakes that cost us the game.”

Meyer, with goals in both the first and second periods, completed the hat-trick as he tapped into a pass from Kevin LaBank at the 8:58 mark of the third period to cut Seattle’s lead to 6-5.

But the Kraken got that goal back when Matti Benniers beat goaltender Kapu Kahkonen on a one-man rush for his sixth goal of the season with 4:44 left in normal time.

Schwartz added an empty net goal with 35 seconds left, and the eight goals the Sharks allowed set a new season high. San Jose allowed seven goals at home to the Detroit Red Wings on November 17.

“I don’t know if we really feel good about what happened last night or what,” Sharks trainer David Quinn said. “I didn’t like our practice (Tuesday), and I think it carried over into tonight.”

Kahkkonen, making his second straight start after making 37 saves in the Sharks’ 5-1 win over Ottawa on Monday, allowed seven goals on 26 shots. But Kahkkonen can’t be blamed for a number of them, as turnovers and mistakes fueled Seattle’s transfer game.

“He made some saves early in the second when I thought we were really on our heels,” Quinn said of Kahkonen. “It sounds crazy, he gave us a chance to get back at him and then we peg him early in the third and we feel good about the energy on the bench and what we’re doing.

“And then just turnovers in the offensive zone. We need to continue to know that every time you have a puck on your stick, you don’t have to force a play. Just play hockey. When we do that, we’re a very good team. I really think we’re a good hockey team when we do that “.

Yanni Gord (37) of the Seattle Kraken takes to the ice as San Jose Sharks defensive center Thomas Hertl (48) skates the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Logan Couture scored a goal and an assist, and Thomas Hertel added two assists for the Sharks, who are now back home in two games, facing the Los Angeles Kings on Friday and the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

According to NHL Stats, going back to the 2005-06 season, 76.3 percent of the teams in playoff position on American Thanksgiving made the playoffs.

The Sharks, after Wednesday’s loss, posted a record of 7-12-3 and a 0.386-point percentage, 15th-most in the 16-team Western Conference.

Meyer scored a powerful goal off an assist by Erik Carlson at the 18:53 mark of the first period, giving the Sharks a 2-1 lead. Carlson now has 30 points this season, becoming the 11th defenseman in NHL history to score 30 points in 22 games or fewer.

But the Kraken upped their game in the second, as Vince Dunn, Ryan Donato, and Jamie Oleksiak scored equally powerful goals past Kahkkonen to give Seattle a 4-2 lead.

“The first two goals, we had coverage, we had numbers and we didn’t connect,” said Sharks fullback Jacob Megna. Then obviously as the match went on, we stopped coming back and we stopped working for each other.

“They had four guys, three over two, all night, and it’s hard to ask our goalkeeper to stand there and stop those.”

Meyer scored his second goal of the game and his eleventh goal of the season with 6:21 to go into second.

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