Instant Replay: Thornton records game-winning, 1,000th assist, Sharks beat Jets

Instant Replay: Thornton records game-winning, 1,000th assist, Sharks beat Jets


When you can’t score on the power play, a shorthanded goal is a welcome development.

Mikkel Boedker’s breakaway conversion in the third period, with the Sharks down a man, put them up to stay in a 3-2 win over the Jets at MTS Centre on Monday night.

Joe Thornton recorded his 1,000th career assist on a late empty net goal by Joe Pavelski, just the 13th player in NHL history to reach the mark.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the third period, Logan Couture broke up a Jets pass high in the zone, and Boedker scooped up the loose puck and charged the other way. He flipped it high over Hellebuyck for his ninth of the season at 7:26.

The Jets pulled their goalie looking for the equalizer, but instead Thornton pushed the puck ahead to Pavelski, who managed to deposit it into the empty net -- his second goal of the night.

Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele scored with just seven seconds to go in regulation on the power play, capping the scoring.

San Jose improved to 6-1-3 in its last 10 games, and has not lost consecutive games in regulation since Jan. 11-14. The Sharks swept the three-game season series against the Jets.

The Jets, making a late push for the playoffs, lost for just the second time in regulation in the last nine games (5-2-2). They had scored at least three goals in their previous eight games.

The Sharks split their brief two-game back-to-back road trip after losing in Minnesota on Sunday, 3-1.

The teams split first period scores.

Pavelski’s 22nd goal gave the Sharks the lead. Brenden Dillon’s slap shot led to a scramble in front of the crease, and the captain knocked it into a vacated net at 9:45.

The goal was Pavelski’s first in a manned net since Feb. 15 against Florida.

Winnipeg quickly responded, when Josh Morrissey’s shot cleanly beat Aaron Dell, who may have been screened by Joel Ward at 11:27.

The Sharks outshot the Jets 16-7 in the second period, but the game remained deadlocked headed into the third.

The Sharks welcomed Joonas Donskoi back to the lineup after the forward had been out since Jan. 23 with what was believed to be a shoulder injury. He started on the third line with Tomas Hertl and Ward.

Special teams

The Sharks went 0-for-3 on the power play, and have just two power play goals in their last 11 games (2-for-23). Since Nov. 1, San Jose is 26-for-169 with a man advantage (15.3 percent).

Boedker’s score was the Sharks’ fifth shorthanded goal of the season, three of which have come against Winnipeg, which has allowed eight. It was Boedker’s first career shortie.

The Jets were 1-for-4 on the power play. The Sharks have allowed one power play goal against in each of the last four games.

In goal

Starting for the second time in the last three games, Dell improved to 9-3-1 on the season with 31 saves. He has allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his 12 starts.

Hellebucyk was the third Jets goalie to start a game against the Sharks this season, and allowed two goals on 29 shots.


David Schlemko missed his second straight game with a lower body injury, while rookie Kevin Labanc -- who is without a goal in the last 25 games -- was scratched. Melker Karlsson took Labanc’s place on the top line.

Dylan DeMelo played his second straight game on the third defense pair.

Up next

The Sharks open up their longest homestand of the season on Thursday with Washington. In the first meeting at Verizon Center back on Nov. 8, Martin Jones made 24 saves in a 3-0 shutout.

Nashville, Dallas, Buffalo, St. Louis and Anaheim also visit San Jose over the next two weeks.

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.