That sound you hear is Mikkel Boedker breaking his slump into thousands of tiny pieces. The Dane entered Rogers Place with three goals in 39 games and at the time of this writing he now has six goals in 40 games. That brings his goals per game to 0.15, just 0.03 below his career average; it’s also the Sharks’ first hat trick since Logan Couture’s on March 29.
Boedker scored the first goal of the night by kicking this rebound down to his own stick and then roofing it. This nifty bit of footwork helped open the scoring and gave San Jose an early lead.
Brent Burns put the Sharks ahead 2-1 late in the first period, but Boedker helped increase San Jose’s advantage early in the third. This lifted his season total to five games and officially brought on the hat-trick watch.
At first glance this looked like Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s goal in his return from injury; but it ended up being Boedker’s first hat trick since joining the Sharks (obviously) and his sixth goal of the year. This tally doubled his goal total in one night and put the Sharks up 4-1.
And he’s not done yet... I hope.