Meier’s hat trick not enough as Sharks have defensive meltdown in loss to Kraken

San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores a goal as the puck passes Seattle Kraken goaltender Martin Jones (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Timo Meier scored the fourth hat trick of his career but the San Jose Sharks couldn’t overcome their own mistakes or slow down the Seattle Kraken, who scored two goals less than a minute apart early in the third period to help earn an 8-5 win on Wednesday at Climate Pledge Arena.

With the game tied 4-4 after an Alexander Baranbanov goal, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Jaden Schwartz scored goals 59 seconds apart to give the Kraken a 6-4 lead.

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

But the Kraken got that goal back as Matty Beniers beat goalie Kaapo Kahkonen on an odd-man rush for his sixth goal of the season with 4:44 left in regulation time, helping to hand the Sharks their third loss in the last four games. The eight goals allowed by the Sharks were a season-high.

Logan Couture had a goal and an assist and Tomas Hertl added two assists for the Sharks, who now return home for two games, as they play the Los Angeles Kings on…

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