Playing shorthanded caught up with the Sharks on Monday.
Minnesota came into empty SAP Center — a couple of San Jose’s defensemen among the missing — and skated out with a 6-2 victory.
Brent Burns scored 45 seconds after the opening face-off, and captain Logan Couture scored his team-leading 10th later, but Minnesota ran wild against a depleted blue line to rack up a season-high number of goals.
“Our start was good, then 30-40 seconds, we come out of our structure,” head coach Bob Boughner said of surrendering two goals in 11 seconds later in the first period. “We had plenty of chances. We just couldn’t find a goal at the right time.”
The Sharks learned beforehand they’ll have to forge on with a patchwork blue line at least a little longer. Erik Karlsson has gone from day-to-day to week-to-week and Radim Simek missed a fourth straight game, too.
Karlsson’s groin injury, unrelated to any of his number of previous ailments, will keep him out of the lineup until Saturday at the earliest. And don’t be surprised if it’s longer. He won’t won’t skate again until midweek, Boughner said.
“We talked about getting as many points as we can while he gets healthy,” Boughner said. “He wants to come back and knows he can be a difference-maker instead of playing as a seven-out-of-10 player.”
Karlsson was already off to a slow start — no goals, four points and minus-5 in…