Ottawa, Ontario, Canada-With waiting 10 games to start his first ever NHL game all eyes were on Sharks backup goaltender Alex Stalock.
After being off the scoresheet since the Ottawa game in San Jose, Sharks forward Tomaš Hertl opened the scoring at 1:16 mark. Hertl’s tally made it his eight goal on the season. Following Hertl’s goal, the Senators gave the Sharks some serious push back putting pressure in their end of the ice and nearly tied it up but backup goaltender Alex Stalock denied the hosts the equalizer. Later in the first, San Jose’s fourth line forward Andrew Desjardins fired an awesome backhander past Anderson to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead. That goal was courtesy of Brad Stuart’s excellent wrist shot opportunity in which created the rebound for Desjardins to cash in making it his first of the season.
At 11:07 of the first, Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson cut the Sharks lead in half as he fired a blazing snapshot past Alex Stalock and made 2-1 San Jose. Over seven minutes following the Karlsson goal, San Jose was penalized when Mike Brown was caught with interfering with Senators Kyle Turris. While being shorthanded, San Jose saw an opportunity when Ottawa mismanaged the puck and it was Logan Couture who collected the loose rubber and went it on breakaway. His scoring attempt was stopped by Anderson, however, he coughed of up the puck and Tommy Wingels wasted no time in putting it into the net, thus restoring San Jose’s two goal lead.
In the early stages of the second stanza, the Ottawa Senators put enormous pressure on the Sharks forcing Alex Stalock to be sharp in his crease. While the Senators forced the issue against San Jose their over zealousness got the best of them when Captain Jason Spezza tripped up Joe Thornton of the Sharks. Unfortunately San Jose did not do much on their first man advantage and that was courtesy of excellent penalty killing from the Senators. Not long after the completion of the Sharks first power play of the game, they ended up with a sloppy line change caused a too many men on the ice penalty. Like San Jose opportunity on the power play, Ottawa weren’t at their sharpest, keeping the score at 3-1 Sharks.
Midway in the second period, Ottawa closed the gap once again when Jason Spezza drew a penalty against San Jose, thus putting the extra attacker on the ice. During the extra man session, the Senators scored as Mark Methot fired a slapshot that went far side top corner and beat Stalock making it 3-2 Sharks. Another power play opportunity presented itself for San Jose as Senators veteran defenseman Joe Corvo tangled up with Joe Pavelski giving the Sharks their second man advantage of the game. However, San Jose did not make much of it and the scored remained at 3-2 Sharks.
Within the first 2 minutes of the last period, San Jose restored their two goal lead when Joe Thornton found James Sheppard in front of Anderson to put it upstairs. That goal by Sheppard was his first of the season and his second as a San Jose Sharks. San Jose continued their attack at the 7:59 mark when Joe Pavelski pumped it home on a sweet Justin Braun pass and gave San Jose it’s first three goal lead of the game and made it 5-2 Sharks. The score would hold as San Jose recorded it’s 10th win on the season. Alex Stalock was superb in net tonight as he closed out the game with 38 of 40 shots.
3 Stars of The Game
1st Star: SJS Joe Pavelski
2nd Star: OTT Erik Karlsson
3rd Star: Tomas Hertl
Ryan Bayer Bay Sport Report Sharks Reporter @81Bayer
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