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SAN JOSE -- Sharks interim head coach Bob Boughner told reporters before Saturday's battle against the Flyers (21-12-5) that his team had been put on notice after their collapse against the Kings on Friday night.

Clearly, the players got the message.

San Jose (17-20-3) got plenty of contributions from their young guns and avoided the dreaded late-game meltdown as they dominated the visiting Philadelphia squad 6-1.

Here are three takeaways from Saturday's game at SAP Center.

The kids are alright

The Sharks have needed their younger players to step up and contribute, and they did just that on Saturday with a pair of milestone goals. Both Mario Ferraro and Joel Kellman found the back of the net for the first time in their individual NHL careers, helping to give San Jose a nice lead over the visiting Philly squad.

And while Timo Meier didn't score his first NHL marker, he did tally his first career hat trick. Following a series of games where he has struggled, it was nice to see No. 28 have some success.

No third-period collapse this time

Surely, fans were feeling those "here we go again" vibes when Ivan Provorov scored a power-play goal for the Flyers to start the final frame. But in a positive turn of events, the Sharks responded immediately with a goal Meier, his second of the night.

Welcome back, Martin Jones

Of course, everyone began to sweat when No. 31 gave up that PPG to open up the third period. But, in his first game back in net after the holiday break, Jones did a pretty darn good job.

 

Jones wasn't challenged much in the first 40 minutes of Saturday's game, especially in the second period when the Flyers spent the bulk of the time hemmed in their own zone. He tightened up after giving up Philly's lone marker and made some key saves late to prevent another third-period collapse.