With a 38-24-6 record, the Sharks continue to pursure their Southern California rivals for position in the Pacific.
The San Jose Sharks capped off another week of exciting hockey action with a big 5-2 victory over the best team in the NHL, the Washington Capitals. It was one of their best performances of the season as the Sharks look to tighten up their game with the playoffs quickly approaching.
With 14 games remaining in the regular season, San Jose trails the Los Angeles Kings by three points, while trailing Anaheim by one as both teams have a game in hand on team teal.
Get caught up on all the latest Sharks news and notes in this week’s roundup:
– San Jose began the week with a trip up to Canada as the Sharks looked to complete the Alberta sweep. Luckily for the Sharks, Martin Jones made the trip as he was remarkable in making a career-high 47 saves as San Jose somehow managed to pull out a 2-1 overtime victory over the Calgary Flames as Joe Pavelski scored the game-winner.
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– The next night, the Sharks turned to James Reimer as San Jose traveled to Edmonton. In his second start in teal, Reimer was on his game in making 31 saves as he shutout the Oilers by a 3-0 final behind a pair of first-period tallies from Logan Couture.
– After improving to a league-best 25 road victories following their wins over the Flames and Oilers, the Sharks returned home as they looked to re-establish their home-ice presence at SAP Center as they’ve struggled for much of the year.
– Despite dominating for much of the contest, San Jose opened their three-game home stand, all against Eastern Conference opposition, by falling to the New Jersey Devils by a 3-0 final as Keith Kinkaid made 30 stops for New Jersey.
– As compared with seasons past, the Sharks are a much deeper hockey team. However, two of their veteran pieces need to ramp up their play with the playoffs approaching. Patrick Marleau and Joel Ward are two key cogs for San Jose in order to make a deep postseason run this spring.
– Finally, the Sharks aren’t the only San Jose team gearing up for a playoff run as the Barracuda continue their march towards the Calder Cup playoffs in their inaugural season. The Barracuda were able to hold a three-point lead over Bakersfield for the final playoff spot after splitting a pair of games with the Condors last week.
San Jose returns to the ice tomorrow night as they wrap up their three-game home stand by hosting the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins as the Sharks look to build off their last outing against Washington.