Eriah Hayes breaks the San Jose Sharks’ 8 period scoring drought


Jan 16, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing

Eriah Hayes

(76) skates in the third period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB

As of late, the Sharks have been playing games that have involved a team getting shutout. Alex Stalock‘s franchise record for the longest time without giving up a goal was just broken at 170 minutes and 58 seconds. Ironically, after that record was broken the Sharks failed to score a goal for 8 straight periods, a 1-0 loss to the Kings, a 59 save shutout for Ben Scrivens and the Edmonton Oilers, and 2 scoreless periods against the Calgary Flames. Ask anyone, the Sharks have suddenly struggled to score goals once Joe Pavelski‘s torrid scoring pace slowed down a bit.

Not only was this Eriah Hayes‘ first career National Hockey League goal, but it was the one that ended the Sharks’ painful goal scoring drought at 160 minutes.

The fact that this goal was scored by the fourth line also is a bit of a consolation since the Sharks have struggled lately in the depth department due to their seemingly endless injured reserve.

For Hayes, he will always remember his first NHL goal as the one that ended the Sharks’ drought. And hopefully, the team, without the drought in the back of their minds will begin to fill out the scoresheet like we know the Sharks can do.