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Quick Bite: Sharks Get Early Start, Hang On to Beat Blue Jackets

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Mikkel Boedker scored his first goal with the team, and the Sharks hung on to beat the Blue Jackets 3-2.

San Jose Sharks v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Well, that was close. On Saturday night, the Sharks defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 thanks to an early first period start. That early start gave way to a lead throughout the entire game, but they almost let it slip away at the end.

Early on in the first period, The Sharks had a four minute power-play opportunity after Brent Burns took a scary high stick near the eye. The Sharks were never really ever to set up that powerplay, ultimately leading to a failed attempt.

Not long after that, Mikkel Boedker got a juicy rebound off Bobrovsky right in front of the net, and buried it for his first goal as a Shark. Boedker was left wide open and wasted no time in getting the early lead.

Later on in the first, Brent Burns inched down the boards and delivered a perfect one time pass across the goal crease to Joel Ward, who put it in the back of the net.

That gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead in what was a dominant first period (Shots were 11-2 Sharks).

The second period was, well, pretty boring. Each team had a power play chance early on and couldn’t convert. Although they were outshot 19-10 in the second period, Columbus slowly started to crawl back in the game. Bobrovsky had a bounce back period for Columbus, which lead to a shift in offensive chances as well. Neither team scored in that period, and we entered the third with the Sharks having a somewhat comfortable 2-0 lead.

In the third, Columbus really picked up the pace and turned on their jets. They got a power-play opportunity just a few minutes in, and scored in just 9 seconds. Rookie Zach Werenski shot one from the point that got past traffic in front and Jones, earning his first career NHL goal.

Columbus continued to pour shots towards Jones. They outshot the Sharks 16-8 in the final frame, a big improvement from the previous two periods. Bobrovsky also was solid in net, keeping the Blue Jackets in the game.

But that comeback ultimately wasn’t enough. The Blue Jackets took a costly penalty with 2:08 left, and Patrick Marleau scored on an empty net while on the power play with under a minute left.

Josh Andersen scored for the Blue Jackets with 23 seconds left to make things interesting but the Sharks held on to win the game 3-2.

Notes

  • The Sharks special teams were not all that great tonight. They allowed a power-play goal, and when they had the power play, they couldn’t seem to set it up that often. They did get a power-play goal from Marleau, but it was an empty netter in the final seconds. That’s something they’ll want to improve on as this road trip goes on.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky was a big reason why the Blue Jackets remained in this game. He had 35 saves and made some really big saves when they mattered most.

So, 2-0 to start the season. Not bad. Tonight’s game wasn’t pretty at the end, but they got the job done. The Sharks have a day off before taking on the Rangers in New York on Monday.

Fear The Fin Three Stars

  1. Mikkel Boedker
  2. Brent Burns
  3. Martin Jones