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Watch Erik Karlsson score first playoff goal with Sharks in Game 3

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Watch Erik Karlsson score first playoff goal with Sharks in Game 3

Erik Karlsson's goal-scoring drought is over. 

For the first time in 2019, the Sharks defenseman found the back of the net. Karlsson scored for the first time since Dec. 29, 2018 with 6:23 remaining in the first period of Game 3 of the Western Conference final, giving San Jose a 1-0 lead over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. 

The goal was Karlsson's first in his last 32 regular-season and playoff games, as well as his first in 138 days. In between his goal on Dec. 29 and his tally at Enterprise Center on Wednesday, Karlsson took 81 shots on goal and did not score. 

Joe Thornton did not have to wait nearly as long to bust his own slump, scoring his first goal since April 26 to double the Sharks' first-period lead just over three minutes after Karlsson scored. 

Thanks to both goals, the Sharks skated into the first intermission with a lead for the first time since Saturday's Game 1 win. 

Sharks' Tomas Hertl wasn't even a finalist for NHL All-Star Game MVP

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Sharks' Tomas Hertl wasn't even a finalist for NHL All-Star Game MVP

Tomas Hertl put on a show for the fans during the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis on Saturday night, but he won't be bringing the game's MVP award back with him to San Jose.

That's in large part because the Sharks center wasn't even one of the four finalists for the away.

A few minutes before Hertl scored the game-winning goal for the Pacific Division, the NHL posted a poll question on Twitter asking who the MVP of the game should be.

Keep in mind that the game was tied 4-4 at the time of the poll question. Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl, Ottawa's Anthony Duclair, Boston's David Pastrnak and Calgary's Matthew Tkachuk were the four players nominated for the award.

Hertl's game-winner was his fifth goal of the night, which led all scorers. In the Pacific Division's semifinal win over the Central Division, Hertl netted four goals, including the final three of that game.

Pastrnak won the award with 36 percent of the vote, but we're guessing Hertl would have gotten a higher percentage had he been a finalist.

After the night's festivities were over, Hertl met with the media in the dressing room and was asked if he was disappointed he didn't win All-Star Game MVP.

"No," Hertl said. "I think [Sharks assistant coach] Mike Ricci was the first one to text me that hopefully I got for him a new car, but it's all good. I'm happy we won and we won the prize, so it's exciting."

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The 11 Pacific Division players will split the $1 million prize money for winning the tournament. Before taxes, each player will take home $90,909.

If Hertl was at all privately bummed he didn't win the MVP, that check he's going home with will make him feel a lot better.

Watch Sharks' Tomas Hertl score 2020 NHL All-Star Game-winning goal

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Watch Sharks' Tomas Hertl score 2020 NHL All-Star Game-winning goal

Tomas Hertl was pretty quiet for a majority of the NHL All-Star Game Final.

But with 2:36 remaining in the final period, Hertl gave the Pacific Division a 5-4 lead with a breakaway goal.

The Pacific would hang on to beat the Atlantic Division by that same score, taking home the $1 million dollar prize.

The goal was Hertl's only marker of the All-Star Game Final, but his fifth of the night as he scored four in the semifinal game.

Despite Hertl's gaudy numbers and game-winning goal, he didn't take home the All-Star Game MVP. That went to Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak.

Hertl will receive a hero's welcome when he returns to San Jose on Sunday. The Sharks open the second half of the season at home Monday night against the Anaheim Ducks.

Hopefully for the Sharks, Hertl can carry the momentum into the final few months of the season.