It was not the prettiest game the San Jose Sharks have played this season, but they keep their winning record with three of the top four centers healthy and in the lineup, as they overcome the Seattle Kraken by a final score of 2-0 at the Shark Tank. It was a game in which the Sharks needed Mackenzie Blackwood to be excellent, and the former New Jersey Devil answered the call, to shut the Kraken out.
As for the Sharks, their first goal would come in the third as William Eklund would dance into the offensive zone. Getting hooked on the entry and rushing towards the right corner before getting it back to the point for Ty Emberson. Emberson got the puck over to his defense partner, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and Pickles would just blast it past the Kraken from the point to give the San Jose Sharks a lead in a game that did not have a lot happening.
The second goal of the game would come for Jan Rutta after the Kraken has pulled the goalie trying to get back into this one. A shot from the point went wide and died on the line next to Mackenzie Blackwood. Rutta picked it up and hurled it down the ice into the empty net for the dagger. It means that the San Jose Sharks will be going into the all-star break with a win in their final game at the Tank.
This was the first half of a back-to-back, but it was a good game nonetheless. It was not the prettiest, but a win is a win and those have been few and far between so far this season. Without Tomas Hertl, Mikael Granlund, Mario Ferraro, and a whole host of others, to keep winning games like this is impressive in itself. Now, to move to Orange County tomorrow night and beat those webbed foot Quackers.