Instant Replay: Sharks' offense soars past Stars in blowout win

Instant Replay: Sharks' offense soars past Stars in blowout win


SAN JOSE – The Sharks scored four unanswered goals, including a pair by Joe Pavelski, in cruising past the goaltending-impaired Dallas Stars on Sunday at SAP Center, 5-1.
San Jose improved to 2-1-0 on its season-long six-game homestand, and remains seven points ahead of second place Anaheim in the Pacific Division.
Pavelski put the Sharks up to stay with a late first period goal, breaking a 1-1 tie. On a two-on-one with new linemate Jannik Hansen, the captain took the shot himself, whizzing it past Kari Lehtonen at 17:14.
Joel Ward added to the lead early in the second, getting free in the slot and whamming in a one-timer from Logan Couture at 2:46. Patrick Marleau helped generate the score by hustling to a loose puck on the wall and winning a board battle before giving it to Paul Martin at the point. 
There was some confusion on the Dallas bench after that, as coach Lindy Ruff seemingly wanted to remove Lehtonen from the game for Antti Niemi. The former Sharks goalie was nowhere to be found, though, and one of the Stars had to leave the ice to go find Niemi as play resumed.
Niemi entered at the next stoppage, and surrendered Pavelski’s second of the evening, shorthanded, at 12:26 of the second. Pavelski raced in on a breakaway after Esa Lindell fanned on a puck at Dallas’ offensive blue line.
Chris Tierney’s first goal in 16 games capped the scoring, as he deposited a Dylan DeMelo rebound at 3:04 of the third period.
Couture and Martin each finished with two assists.
The Sharks improved to 9-2-1 in their last 12 meetings against Dallas in San Jose. The Stars, already out of playoff contention, dropped their second in a row in kicking off a four-game road trip.
The Sharks took an early lead on Marleau’s 23rd goal. Couture gained control of the puck below the line from Dan Hamhuis, and found Marleau all alone in front of the net. The Sharks’ all-time leading scorer picked the top far corner at 3:56.
San Jose let up after that, not recording a shot on goal for more than 10 minutes. In that time, Remi Elie scored his first NHL goal when the Sharks were caught scrambling in their own end at 12:54.
That was all Aaron Dell would surrender, though, as the backup recorded his 10th win with 29 saves.
The Sharks will visit Dallas twice later this month, on March 20 and 24, on the same road trip.
San Jose is 5-0-1 in its last six games in the second of a back-to-back, and 9-3-1 this season. The Sharks hosted and lost to Nashville on Saturday, 3-1.
Special teams 
The Sharks finished 0-for-5 on the power play, and killed off both Stars advantages. San Jose is 9-for-9 in its last three games on the PK, and 29-for-33 in its last 13 (87.8 percent).
Pavelski’s second marker was the Sharks’ sixth shorthanded goal of the season.
In goal
Dell has now given up two or fewer goals in 10 of his 13 starts this season. It was his first career game against the Stars.
Dallas has been forced to use both of its goaltenders a league-leading 12 times, according to Elias. The Stars entered the night last in the NHL in team save percentage.
Lehtonen allowed three goals on eight shots before he was pulled for the second straight game, while Niemi gave up the final two Sharks goals on 18 shots.
Melker Karlsson did not play with a lower body injury that is not believed to be serious. Rookie Marcus Sorensen returned to the lineup, skating on the fourth line and notching an assist on Tierney’s goal.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic played in his 800th career game, all with San Jose.
Up next
The Sabres make their only SAP Center appearance on Tuesday. In the first meeting on Feb. 7 in Buffalo, the Sabres erased a three-goal third period deficit and won 5-4 in overtime. They are 10-0-1 against the Sharks in the last 11 meetings.

Where does Evander Kane's four-goal game rank in Sharks history?

Where does Evander Kane's four-goal game rank in Sharks history?

Sharks winger Evander Kane returns to his hometown of Vancouver on Saturday, fresh off of doing something a Vancouver-born player had not done in nearly 30 years. 

On Friday, Kane became the first such player to score four goals in an NHL game since Hockey Hall of Famer Glenn Anderson, who scored four goals with the Edmonton Oilers against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 19, 1988. It was also the first hat-trick of Kane's career, and just the fourth four-goal game in Sharks history. 

The latter point got us thinking, where does Kane's four-goal effort rank among those games? Using a rigorous, highly scientific process (read: the thoughts of this writer), we've come up with the definitive ranking. 

Without further adieu, we start with another power forward acquired in a midseason trade. 

4. Owen Nolan (Dec. 19, 1995 at Anaheim)

The Final Line: Four goals (Three power play goals), One assist, Six shots on goal

You never forget your first, so we begin with Owen Nolan, the first player to accomplish the feat in franchise history. If not for Kane and another entrant on this list (no spoilers), Nolan would still be the fastest to do it, scoring four goals in just his 27th game and just under two months after the Sharks acquired him from the Colorado Avalanche.

Nolan struck quickly throughout. He opened the scoring just 1:22 into the game against the then-Mighty Ducks, then scored his second only 57 seconds into the second period. His third and fourth, both on the power play, came 34 seconds apart in that same period. 

Just as Kane did on Friday, Nolan scored as many goals as the opposing team in a 7-4 win. It didn't quite have the same impact on the playoff race, however, as San Jose picked up its seventh win....of the entire season (in its 34th game) thanks to Nolan.

3. Patrick Marleau (Jan. 23, 2017 at Colorado)

The Final Line: Four goals (including the game-winner), Six shots on goal

The 1,459th time was the charm for the longest-tenured player in Sharks history, and the then-37-year-old Marleau became the second-oldest since 1987 to score four in a game. The oldest, Martin St. Louis, actually reached the feat against the Sharks as a 38-year-old in 2014. 

Marleau scored all four goals in a span of 13-and-a-half minutes in the third period, which began with the game tied at one. Three of those goals constituted a natural hat trick, in just a 7:42 stretch.

This game also jumpstarted Marleau's pursuit of a major milestone, as the goals were No. 494, 495, 496, and 497 of his career. He scored No. 500 a week-and-a-half later, but the four-goal game gave Marleau yet another signature moment in teal. 

2. Evander Kane (Mar. 16, 2018 at Calgary)

The Final Line: Four goals, Seven shots on goal 

Of all the players to score four goals in Sharks history, Kane certainly had the best timing. With San Jose in the thick of a playoff race and in need of a win, the newly-acquired forward delivered. 

He only needed eight games to score four goals for the first time in teal, but needed 565 for the first hat-trick of his career. The exuberance (and relief) was palpable after Kane scored his third, and that goal put the Sharks up by two. 

The desperate Flames, now four points out of the playoffs, would never get closer than that again, and Kane essentially put the game out of reach with his fourth goal 62 seconds into the third period. No Sharks player has scored four goals in a playoff game, but this one comes the closest. 

1. Tomas Hertl (Oct. 9, 2013 vs New York Rangers)

The Final Line: Four goals (One power play goal), Seven shots on goal

In just his third NHL game, and in front of his griflriend and mother visiting from the native Czech Republic, Tomas Hertl became then the fourth-youngest player in NHL history (now the sixth-youngest) to score a hat-trick-plus-one. If not for Auston Matthews scoring four in his debutHertl has arguably the most memorable four-goal game by a young player to his name. 

Of all the Sharks to score four in a game, Hertl did it the most efficiently. He only played 11:12 in that game against the Rangers, and still scored four goals on seven shots. 

Yes, it was in an October blowout, but no other four-goal game has had the same impact on the rest of the hockey world. From a fourth goal tailor-made to go viral, to the ensuing Hot Takes ("Hertl's disrespecting the game!") and subsequent jokes (Joe Thornton's still looking for four goals) it spawned, Hertl captivated the hockey world in a way no other Shark that's scored four has, and all by living his "dream, no reality."

Kane leads Sharks to critical win on four-goal night

Kane leads Sharks to critical win on four-goal night


CALGARY, Alberta -- Evander Kane scored four goals to lead the San Jose Sharks past the Calgary Flames 7-4 on Friday night.

Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who have won three straight and four of five. Kevin Lebanc and Eric Fehr also scored, and Martin Jones made 30 saves.

It was the first NHL hat trick for Kane, acquired from Buffalo just before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

Micheal Ferland had a goal and an assist for the Flames, who are four points out of a playoff spot. Troy BrouwerMark Jankowski and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for Calgary.

Three nights after stopping all 28 shots he faced against the Oilers, Calgary goalie Mike Smith had a rough outing as he made just 14 saves before being replaced by David Rittich early in the third period. Rittich went on to stop all seven shots he faced in a relief appearance.

The Sharks opened the scoring six minutes into the first period when Kane's wrist shot beat Smith to the glove side.

The Flames pulled even at 16:42 when Brouwer chipped a pass from Curtis Lazar into the top corner behind Jones. Matt Stajan stole the puck from Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon behind the San Jose net to get the play started.

Jankowski took a pass from linemate Garnet Hathaway and wired a shot to the top corner, glove side behind Jones to put Calgary up 2-1 at 2:10 of the second period.

Kane then redirected Dillon's point shot past Smith at 6:29 before Gaudreau cut into the slot and snapped a shot past Jones at 10:16 to put Calgary back up by a goal.

That lead lasted just 1:26 as Lebanc fired a shot from a sharp angle into the top corner past Smith to pull the Sharks into a 3-all tie.

Kane completed his hat trick at 16:32 when he swatted in his own rebound before Hertl poked the puck through Smith's legs with 1:58 remaining before the second intermission.

The Sharks added an insurance goal 62 seconds into the third when Kane redirected a pass from Joe Pavelski past Smith.

Ferland backhanded a shot past Jones to pull Calgary within two goals with 5:35 left in regulation and Rittich on the bench for an extra attacker. Fehr rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal 1:37 later.

NOTES: Jankowski suited up for the Flames after sitting out Tuesday's 1-0 win over Edmonton. Fellow forward Kris Versteeg returned to Calgary's lineup after missing the past 49 games with a hip injury. ... Gaudreau extended his point streak to six games (three goals, five assists).


Sharks: At the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Flames: At the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.