There were many, many stars in the Sharks’ 8-2 win over the Flyers on Tuesday evening.
Of course, Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane scoring two goals a piece was a big boost for the Sharks offensive attack. And the power play finally getting on the board with not one, but two markers, helped push their efforts over the limit.
But behind the goal-scorers themselves was an impressive supporting cast that made a huge impact. A whopping 13 players got on the scoresheet throughout the evening, with three different players notching multiple assists on the evening. Tuesday’s tilt was, without a doubt, a full team effort from the San Jose Sharks.
After the win, Pavelski told NBC Sports’ Keith Jones the team’s success on Tuesday could be attributed to pucks bouncing in the Sharks’ favor, and the fact that “guys made a few plays along the way.” Plays, for example, like when linemate Kevin Labanc set the captain himself up for a goal up close early in the game. That assist sent Labanc on his way to pitching in as a helper a team-leading four times. According to @SharksStats, that makes 22-year-old forward the youngest player in Sharks history to tally four assists in a single game.
#SJSharks Kevin Labanc (22 years, 301 days) youngest player in SJ history with a 4-assist game. Previous: Johan Garpenlov (24-351 on 3/7/93 vs Oilers). 2nd career game in which Labanc had 3 primary assists (Jan. 25, 2018 vs #NYR )— Darin Stephens (@SharksStats) October 10, 2018
The Sharks blueline, which hadn’t quite met the high expectations placed on it at the start of the season, also contributed to the offensive attack against Philadelphia. Marc-Edouard Vlasic contributed to Pavelski’s first goal and set up Kane’s second, and ended the night with a plus-3. Offensive defensmen Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson set up Tomas Hertl’s goal on the power play, helping to give the Sharks top power play unit not just a goal but a boost of confidence as the road trip continues.
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San Jose’s special teams in general hit plenty of high notes, with two power play goals on the evening and a short-handed marker from Barclay Goodrow and Marcus Sorensen, both of whom scored their first points on the season.
Pavelski contributed the scoring surge to getting on the scoreboard early, as opposed to Monday’s loss to the Islanders when San Jose got into the 1-0 hole early and continued playing on their heels. “(New York) got rolling, scored, we were playing from behind, we just couldn’t put anything in the net,” he relayed to Jones. But when Logan Couture found the back of the net early in the first frame in Tuesday’s tilt, “that kind of got us going. It got the team going.”
It didn’t just get the team going. It got multiple players on the scoresheet that night.