Santa Clara, CA–The start of the 2013-2014 NHL season was a bit deja vu for the San Jose Sharks. Last season they came out flying and posted an impressive 7-0-0 record. This season, they got off to another solid start with a 6-0-0 record, thus becoming the first NHL team in league history to start off back to back season by winning six in a row. By virtue, they were inserted into the Stanley Cup contenders conversation once again.
In the first week of the season, the Sharks looked to put their game seven lose against the LA Kings behind them. San Jose hosted the Vancouver Canucks for their home opener. It was the first time since the 2006-2007 (Marc Edouard-Vlasic) that the Sharks had teenager in their opening night lineup. That teenager so happened to be, Tomas Hertl at the age of 19. Hertl recorded his first ever NHL point when he assisted on Burnzie’s first goal of the season. The Sharks ended up defeating Vancouver by a 4-1 final.
Their second game, the Sharks 2012 first round draft pick, picked up right where he left off. It was a night a first’s for the Sharks teenager. Hertl recorded his first ever NHL goal when he beat Coyotes net minder Mike Smith in just 36 seconds into the contest. Later on in the game, Hertl added a second tally when he registered his first NHL power play goal as well as his first ever multi-goal game. San Jose came away beating Phoenix by the same score of 4-1.
It wasn’t till the third game into the season when the Sharks rookie sensation Tomas Hertl etched his name in the history books, both for the NHL and the San Jose Sharks against the New York Rangers. With his mom and girlfriend in the crowd Hertl put on an awesome show by scoring his first NHL hat trick and then adding a fourth goal that became the talk of the league on social media. That night, Hertl became the youngest player since Jimmy Carson of March 20, 1988 to achieve such a feat with four goals in a game. In addition, Tomas Hertl had tied Owen Nolan record, thus becoming the second Sharks player to knot four in one game. With that major milestone in his young NHL career, Hertl became the first in franchise history to record six goals within the first three games of and NHL season.
Another Sharks player also had a special night of his own. San Jose’s Matt Nieto recorded is first career goal and assist. Making the game vs. the New York Rangers his first multi-point game.
To be continued……..
Ryan Bayer Bay Sport Report Sharks Reporter @81Bayer
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