San Jose wasted no time getting started went on to dominate the pace of the game against a frustrated Capitals team. Special teams saw a significant amount of ice time. The Sharks power play scored early, but was silenced by Washington's penalty killers for the remainder of the night. San Jose's penalty kill was effective all night, ultimately rendering the Capitals 0/4 with the man-advantage.
Here is Joe Thornton's power play goal in the 1st period.
The Sharks third and fourth lines both notched goals tonight, another good sign for Peter DeBoer's plans to "enforce a four-line identity." After returning from injury and experiencing a sophomore slump last year, Tomas Hertl looks to be right at home in his role as the Sharks third line center.
Here is Mike Brown (and his fabulous mustache) giving the Sharks a 2-0 lead.
Mike Brown goal pic.twitter.com/3gHalltWtJ— Stephanie (@myregularface) October 14, 2015
And Tomas Hertl's heads-up goal.
Hertl goal pic.twitter.com/2x2FxRBN1C— Stephanie (@myregularface) October 14, 2015
Behind the bench, Peter DeBoer is doing all sorts of things right. With a dash of luck and some help from the Toronto Video Review Room, netminder Martin Jones continued his impressive streak between the pipes. For the first time ever, and to the shock of Sharks fans across the league, San Jose won their first coaches challenge to preserve Jones' 31-save shut out.
Here is a look at the controversial (no) goal, eventually overturned after video review revealed goaltender interference.
overhead on the goal currently being reviewed pic.twitter.com/T3EOg67FSy— Stephanie (@myregularface) October 14, 2015
Matt Nieto and Chris Tierney tacked on two empty-netters to complete the Sharks dominant outing against the Washington Capitals.
The Sharks are 3-0-0 now, and I couldn't be happier with the way this team is playing. All four lines are producing, Jones is silencing doubters, and I'm past cautious optimism and diving head first into whatever this Sharks team has to offer.
Sharks Goal (Assists): Joe Thornton (Brent Burns, Joe Pavleksi), Mike Brown (Chris Tierney, Barclay Goodrow), Tomas Hertl (Tommy Wingels, Matt Nieto), Matt Nieto (Unassisted), Chris Tierney (Barclay Goodrow)
Sharks Saves: Martin Jones - 31