Sharks just finished a five game home streak, with another three games in four nights against three of the top teams in the league.
It began with a Wednesday night game against the Los Angeles Kings. The infamous rivalry between the two teams proved for an intense game. Captain Joe Thornton acknowledged that “Both teams compete hard against each other. You knew it was going to come down to overtime or a shootout, and it did. You’re just happy to get the two points.” It is never a boring game when these two teams faceoff.
With a 2-2 tie going in to overtime, the game ended in an eight round shootout, where the captain himself scored the winning goal. Jumbo hadn’t scored in a shootout since December 2007 and never gets chosen any more to try. Despite this, Coach Todd McLellan knew it was time and Jumbo was able to get the two points for the team.
Next the Sharks battled the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. This was an epic game, with the Sharks leading the game 4-0 by the end of the first period. The Blues were able to come back a bit, scoring three goals throughout the remainder of the game. However, the Sharks managed to cream the Blues with a final score of 6-3.
The highlight of the game, Bent Burns scored his first career hat trick! With Burnzie in the lineup, the Sharks are now 11-0-1. When asked about it, the man was incredibly modest, not taking any of the credit. This was also the first hat trick against the Blues in regular season play in franchise history, making it a pretty epic experience for Burns.
The final home game was on Saturday night against the Anaheim Ducks. Losing a two goal lead in the final ten minutes of the game, the Sharks were able to keep the Ducks from scoring in OT and won in yet another shootout. These two teams are fighting to be number one in the Pacific Division at the moment and both teams came in to Saturday’s game with 39 points. These two points were essential and now the Sharks are first in the Pacific Division!