Instant Replay: Sharks stunned by Wild in high-scoring affair

Instant Replay: Sharks stunned by Wild in high-scoring affair


SAN JOSE – Minnesota reeled off three unanswered goals in a wide open third period, and erased a pair of two-goal deficits to stun the Sharks at SAP Center on Thursday night, 5-4.

The Sharks led 2-1 after two when the goals started flowing early in the third. The teams combined for four goals – two each – in just a two minute and 58 second span.

It took 2:08 into the final frame for the Wild to tie it up at 2-2. Nino Niederreiter slid a shot towards the net from a sharp angle, and it rebounded to a charging Zach Parise, who roofed it over Martin Jones.

San Jose responded less than two minutes later. Joel Ward got in front of the net and slipped home a Brent Burns rebound at 3:49 after an offensive zone faceoff win by Ward moments earlier. Ward assisted on Patrick Marleau’s goal just 32 seconds later, feathering a pass into the offensive zone, where Marleau gathered it and zipped it through Devan Dubnyk’s five hole to increase San Jose’s lead to 4-2.

The Wild took over from there.

The comeback began when Justin Braun and Logan Couture failed to clear the puck out of the slot. It ended up on Parise’s stick, and after he put it on net, Eric Staal was able to corral the rebound the put it through at 5:06.

Mikko Koivu scored the next two to give the Wild their first lead.

On the tying goal that made it 4-4, Jones left Koivu a juicy rebound on a shot by Mikael Granlund at 8:23, and the Wild captain easily whacked it in.

The game-winner came less than two minutes later, when Koivu buzzed in a slap shot from the top of the circle after the Sharks were scrambling around their own zone at 10:18.

The Sharks lost their third straight game, while Minnesota improved to 13-1-0 its last 14.

San Jose makes two visits to St. Paul later this season, on March 5 and March 21.

The Sharks struck twice in the second period jump ahead, 2-0.

Joonas Donskoi’s goal at 8:22 opened the scoring. Brenden Dillon brought the puck into the zone and handed it off to Kevin Labanc, who laid it out perfectly for Donskoi. The Finnish winger lifted a wrist shot into the nearside top corner for his fifth of the season.

After Minnesota had a few glorious opportunities to tie it on a power play less than two minutes later, Matt Dumba’s holding minor nullified the remaining 15 seconds of the advantage. Joe Pavelski won the ensuing four-on-four faceoff to Brent Burns, and swooped in towards the net to poke through the rebound of Burns’ point shot which had settled just outside of the crease in front of Dubnyk at 11:27.

Minnesota cut the lead in half before the break, though, after Dylan DeMelo was whistled for interference. Staal whirred in a wrist shot from the high slot at 18:59 to make it a 2-1 game at the second intermission.

Staal and Parise had three points apiece to lead the Wild.

Struggling forward Mikkel Boedker, benched for most the third period against Los Angeles on Tuesday and without a goal for the past 28 games, was a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

Special teams

The Sharks had just one power play, failing to register a shot on the advantage. San Jose is just 14-for-97 since Nov. 1 (14.4 percent).

Minnesota went 1-for-3. The Sharks have allowed one power play goal against in each of their last three games (8-for-11).

In goal

Jones surrendered a season high five goals on just 26 shots, and has been in the net for the three losses in a row.

Dubnyk entered the game with the NHL’s best goals-against average and save percentage, but has allowed four goals in each of his last three appearances. He got the win, though, with 30 saves.


Marc-Edouard Vlaisc missed his third straight game with a facial injury, while David Schlemko (upper body) missed his second straight. The Sharks recalled defenseman Tim Heed from the Barracuda on Thursday morning, but he did not play.

Tommy Wingels returned after five games as a scratch in place of Boedker. Matt Nieto, waived by the organization on Wednesday, was claimed by Colorado on Thursday morning.

Labanc has a four-game point streak (1g, 3a).

Up next

The Red Wings make their only appearance of the season at SAP Center on Saturday. Detroit beat the Sharks in San Jose’s final game at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 22, 3-0, behind 30 saves by Jimmy Howard.


Sharks overcome early deficit, injuries to finish road trip with third straight win


Sharks overcome early deficit, injuries to finish road trip with third straight win

VANCOUVER --Timo Meier's second goal of the game snapped a third-period tie and the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc each had a goal and an assist, and Tomas Hertl scored into an empty net with 25 seconds remaining for the Sharks, who are 7-2-0 in their last nine games.

Nikolay Goldobin, Alex Edler and Bo Horvat scored power-play goals and Sam Gagner had two assists for the Canucks, who lost their sixth consecutive game - their longest losing streak of the season.

Goldobin's goal at 10:48 of the first period snapped a scoreless streak of 222 minutes, 57 minutes for the Canucks, who had been shut out in three consecutive losses.

The Sharks had allowed just two power-play goals in their previous 17 games, but gave up three against Vancouver. The only other time San Jose allowed three power-play goals in a game was in an opening-night loss to Philadelphia.

Aaron Dell, making his first start since Feb. 22, made 28 saves for the Sharks. Vancouver's Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots.

Meier put the Sharks ahead at 6:07 of the third with a shot from the faceoff circle that went under Markstrom's blocker. The Canucks came close with just over six minutes left, but Hertl scooped a loose puck off the goal line.

Vancouver scored twice with the man-advantage in the second period to tie the game at 3.

The Sharks took a 3-1 lead just 1:47 into the period when Meier tipped in Brenden Dillion's shot from the point.

Horvat started Vancouver's comeback, scoring just 6 seconds into a power play. Dell stopped Gagner's slap shot but Horvat jammed home the rebound. Edler tied it with a blast from the point at 11:48. It was his first power-play goal in 88 games dating to Feb. 17, 2017.

The Sharks scored 1:10 apart in the first period to erase a 1-0 deficit.

Goldobin opened the scoring when he took a pass from defenseman Derrick Pouilot and snapped a shot from the face-off circle that sailed over Dell's shoulder. The San Jose goalie was screened by Jake Virtanen.

Labanc tied it on a power play at 14:48. Joe Pavelski's shot was stopped by Markstrom, but he managed to get his own rebound and passed it to Labanc at the side of the net.

The Sharks went ahead on Couture's 29th of the season at 16:08. He took a feed from Hertl, fought off a check by Virtanen and chipped the puck past Markstrom.

NOTES: Defenseman Chris Tanev returned to Vancouver lineup for his first game since breaking his leg Feb. 8 against Tampa Bay ... San Jose center Melker Karlsson went to the dressing favoring his right leg early in the first period after blocking a shot. ... San Jose's Marc-Edouard Vlasic left in the second period after being hit in the chest by a puck. ... The Canucks' franchise record for a scoring drought is 234 minutes, 52 seconds, set March 16-24, 2016. ... The longest goal drought by a team in the expansion era is 262 minutes, 3 seconds, set by the Minnesota North Stars from Jan. 28-Feb. 6, 1988.


Sharks: vs. New Jersey on Tuesday night.

Canucks: at Vegas on Tuesday night.

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."