San Jose now has the most road victories in the NHL with 22 after downing Vancouver.
The San Jose Sharks are still figuring out how to play at SAP Center, but their road performances are still tops in the league. San Jose exploded for four goals in the third period to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Sunday night as the Sharks snapped their brief two-game losing streak.
It was yet another slow start for team teal as the Sharks were slow and lethargic in generating any sort of consistent offense. Luckily, Martin Jones was able to hold the fort long enough for San Jose’s forwards to wake up in the final 20 minutes of play. Jones made 23 saves in picking up his 30th victory of the year, the fifth Sharks netminder to reach that milestone in one season.
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After a fairly pedestrian first period, Vancouver would strike first at the 3:03 mark of the second as Daniel Sedin would stuff home his 23rd goal of the year just as Justin Braun’s penalty expired. Jones was able to make the initial save, but the puck snuck through as the Sharks found themselves trailing after two periods.
However, San Jose would respond in the third as their captain would get them on the board. Joe Pavelski would take the puck off Luca Sbisa along the boards and back hand one past Ryan Miller for his 27th of the season to tie things up at one. It was a great individual effort from Pavelski and the Sharks seemed to feed off the momentum from that point onward.
Then, the top line would find the back of the net less than three minutes later as Braun would take an innocent looking wrist shot that Tomas Hertl would deflect past Miller for his 15th goal of the year.
San Jose would put this one away as they would find themselves with a 5-on-3 advantage following a pair of slashing calls against Markus Granlund and Dan Hamhuis. On the ensuing power play, Patrick Marleau would blast home his 18th of the season to give the Sharks a two-goal advantage with only 5:51 left in the contest.
Braun added an empty-net tally as San Jose got back on the right track following a lackluster effort against Buffalo. It was a big comeback for the Sharks after playing so poorly to begin the game as team teal tries to remain in the Pacific Division race.
The Sharks won’t have long to dwell on this one as they welcome the Montreal Canadiens to SAP Center tomorrow night. Let’s see if San Jose can carry over anything from their third period to help them secure two points on home ice.