San Jose scored five unanswered goals to beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 in Wednesday's season opener.
Every member of the Joenass Brothers line scored a goal, including Joonas Donskoi's first NHL goal. The Brent Burns-Paul Martin pairing was terrific and the Sharks looked spectacular on special teams. It was a very complete performance for San Jose and it never hurts to do it against the Kings.
Los Angeles got on the board in under two minutes, but it was all San Jose for the next two periods. Both Joes scored, as did Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl on a nifty deflection of a Marc-Edouard Vlasic shot. The offense, and in particular the power play, looked electric, but this Dustin Brown hit on Logan Couture will be a major talking point tomorrow.
here's another look at Brown on Couture (real time slowed down so we can get a better look at it)...yikes pic.twitter.com/DVfViC6YXS— Stephanie (@myregularface) October 8, 2015
It wasn't the final altercation Couture would find himself in. He leveled Milan Lucic late in the third period and Lucic reacted about how you'd expect — making a beeline for the Sharks' bench for revenge.
Logan Couture also put a big hit on Milan Lucic late in the third, which may be the secret highlight of the game.
Couture hit on Lucic pic.twitter.com/8k8c1GxaSk— Stephanie (@myregularface) October 8, 2015
In other news, Martin Jones made this beauty of a save, one of 19 he made on the night:
And Joonas Donskoi opened his NHL account.
Official goal scoring change on the fifth goal goes from Pavs to Donskoi. That's a career first for Joonas! pic.twitter.com/xlgQIq18S9— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) October 8, 2015
Great start to the season for the Sharks. They'll be back in action on Saturday at home against Anaheim. We'll have a post up tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. further breaking down tonight's game.
Sharks Goal (Assists): Joe Thornton (Paul Martin), Joe Pavelski (Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau), Brent Burns (Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton), Tomas Hertl (Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Tommy Wingels), Joonas Donskoi (Joe Pavelski, Marc-Edouard Vlasic)
Sharks Saves: Martin Jones - 19
Fear the Fin Three Stars
1. Joe Pavelski
2. Joe Thornton
3. Paul Martin