- Editor's note: Sheng Peng will be a regular contributor to NBC Sports California's Sharks coverage for the 2021-22 season. You can read more of his coverage on San Jose Hockey Now, listen to him on the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast, and follow him on Twitter at Sheng_Peng.
The San Jose Sharks were cruising early in the second period.
So much so, Jake Middleton had just scored to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead over New Jersey. That was a good sign that things were going San Jose’s way — even in juniors, Middleton’s season-high for goals was just seven, for the 2015-16 Ottawa 67’s
“If you ask [my partner Erik Karlsson], I’ve had about 30 Grade-A chances — passes from him. He’ll be happy I put one of those in finally,” Middleton quipped. “Nice to score on a goalie too, finally, in this league.”