The Sharks are on a roll on the road, taking their second straight road game and third win in a row Friday night against the Florida Panthers, winning 2-1. C Joe Pavelski scored his 300th goal in the second period and Chris Tierney scored the winning goal at 7:13 of the third period against Roberto” Louie” Luongo on a crash bang play.
Stingy defense, great goaltending and timely scoring are the recipe for winning this season, as the Sharks lowered their league leading GAA to 2.12. Marc Eduard Vlasic, Justin Braun and the rest of the D corp are smothering opponents every night. It doesn’t hurt to have Martin Jones in net with his .930 save % and his backup Aaron Dell is sporting a gaudy .933 save %.
San Jose has 7-2-1 road record as they seem very comfortable away from the Shark Tank. Their home record is a little fishy at 7-6-1, leading this writer to be cautious when considering attending a home game.
The Sharks won without Jonas Donskoi, their Flashy Finn catalyst, as he nurses an injury incurred against a dirty and frustrated Flyers team on Tuesday night past. He is listed as day to day with a “mid to lower body injury.” Goalie Martin Jones’s injury status is also day to day with an injury suffered against the Winnipeg Jets last Saturday night, but is on the trip.
San Jose continues to fly under the radar in the NHL, with almost no mention of their play on the NHL Network or any other hockey website. Perhaps its because they win with defense, or play on the West Coast but the Hockey Proletariat continues to yawn regarding the Sharks. Its OK, just win baby.