Three takeaways from Sharks' 3-1 win over Blue Jackets
Protecting home ice
The Sharks remained perfect at home with a 3-1 win over Columbus at SAP Center on Thursday, behind a pair of goals from Tomas Hertl and another from Joonas Donskoi...
Second PP unit leads the way
The Sharks are having tremendous trouble scoring at even strength right now, with no five-on-five goals in a manned net in their last three games. Fortunately for them the power play has been working, including a pair of goals from the second unit by Joonas Donskoi and Tomas Hertl that won them the game. "We’ve had some chances, but nice to finally see a couple go in,” said David Schlemko, who assisted on both goals and is proving to be a nice addition to the defense corps, including on the offensive end.
The game had a pair of delays, making the night a strange one at SAP Center. First, the lights went out with 2:42 to go in the second period, and the referees sent the teams to the dressing rooms before playing what was essentially a longer third period. Then in the third, Brenden Dillon’s apparent goal was waived off – after a near seven-minute delay – after it was finally determined the play was offside. Regarding that delay, DeBoer said: "I think we all want them to get it right. If it takes an extra minute, I know it's uncomfortable for the fans and I do think guys go a little bit cold, but you want them to get it right.”
Goalies on their game
Martin Jones had a quiet but effective night, winning his second straight start and moving his record back above .500 (4-3-0). He was the team’s best penalty killer, particularly early when Columbus had a pair of first period advantages. “We did a good job with our structure,” Jones said. “We gave up a few point shots, and that's what you've got to give up on power plays."
Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky kept his team in the game in the second period, denying Joel Ward on an early breakaway and Brent Burns about 10 minutes later. But he was still outdueled at the other end, though.