Three takeaways from Sharks’ 3-2 win over Blue Jackets
The Sharks made it a perfect two-for-two on the season with a slim 3-2 win in Columbus on Saturday to kick off their five-game road trip. Here are three takeaways from the meeting with the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena…
Boedker on the board
Newcomer Mikkel Boedker scored his first goal as a Shark, powering a wrist shot through Sergei Bobrovsky to open the scoring in the first period.
His line with center Logan Couture and winger Joonas Donskoi has been the Sharks’ best through two games, generating one even strength goal in each, despite Boedker admitting after the game that he’s still feeling “a little lost ” at times as he adjusts to a his new surroundings and systems.
Letting them hang around
The Sharks were in full control in the second period while holding a 2-0 lead, but couldn’t find that third goal despite several prime chances. It almost cost them, as Columbus played its best period by far in the third, and coach Pete DeBoer sent a message after the game in saying he considered it a “sloppy road win.”
Martin Jones, who picked up his second win in net, said: “In the third I thought maybe we could have made a few more plays. We kind of got caught trying to chip the puck out, and [ended up] having them forecheck us for most of the third period."
Road trip starts with a W
Despite the late misadventures, the Sharks improved to 2-0 on the young season headed into their first back-to-back situation against the Rangers and Islanders on Monday and Tuesday.
Winning a game the day after a long flight with the three-hour time change is never easy, even if it’s against a young club that’s unlikely to make the postseason. Boedker said: “We created a lot of chances today. … We had a lot of shots, but their goalie played really well. It was a good road game for us.”