Three takeaways from Sharks' 3-2 win over Islanders
Sharks bounce back
The Sharks won for the third time in four games this season thanks to a timely goal by the captain and 21 saves from their new backup goalie...
Dell gets the job done
In his NHL debut, Aaron Dell made 21 saves and looked calm and comfortable in the crease. He was also the beneficiary of a much better effort defensively from his teammates, who dropped a 7-4 game to the Rangers on Monday while giving up far too many easy scores. “The way we play, it should never get to the point it was the other night,” Joe Pavelski said. “It’s just a commitment level. It wasn’t there the other night, it was there tonight.”
Dell wasn’t forced to make a whole lot of difficult saves, but he played well nonetheless.
Top line clicking
The Sharks’ top line of Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl had easily its best game of the young season, generating a pair of goals. Hertl’s score at the end of the second period was his first of the season, and Thornton – who had been noticeably off for the first three games – recorded his first two primary assists, including on Pavelski’s game-winner. “[The] third period was probably the best for our line,” Hertl said. “We had a lot of chances, [and] we scored a goal.”
New fourth line contributes
Pete DeBoer looked like a genius early in the game when newcomer Micheal Haley got an assist on Melker Karlsson’s goal, set up by Tommy Wingels. DeBoer made the decision to put Haley in for a healthy Matt Nieto, and the forward logged three hits to go with his assist in nine minutes. Whether Haley stays in for the Penguins on Thursday or the speedy Nieto gets back in there has yet to be determined, but Haley could very well have a bigger role on the team this season.