Despite picking up at least a point in the last three games, San Jose had dropped four of their last five games and also held a 6-6-1 struggling record on home ice. Meanwhile, the red hot Jets came into this match up winning six of their last seven games.
The game started off exactly how you’d expect, as San Jose was dealt a familiar misfortune — yes, another goal that was not a goal. Four minutes into the game, Joel Ward scored off a Brent Burns throw in but the goal was disallowed when the official blew the whistle before it crossed the line.
The unfortunate call wouldn’t stop the Sharks from finding the back of the net.
Joe Pavelski drew an interference penalty, which led to Tim Heed scoring the game’s first goal on a power play. Heed’s one-timer came off a behind the back setup pass from Kevin Labanc with 8:30 left in the first period.
The Sharks weren't done, as Couture then scored one of his two goals with 15.4 seconds left in the first period, off a rebound shot by Justin Braun.
In the second period, it was all Winnipeg who had three special teams opportunities. Despite the number four power play percentage team having those chances, it was the Sharks penalty kill unit (second in NHL) who capitalized.
San Jose killed off all three penalties, but not before Couture would score his second goal on a shorthanded breakaway with 6:47 minutes left in the period, extending the team’s lead to three.
Tomas Hertl iced the game on an empty netter with 3:10 left in the third period.
‘Joner’ was once again a brick wall, as the veteran goalie continued his dominance and received a career-high 38 saves in a shutout win. Winnipeg’s backup goalie Connor Hellebuyck replaced Steve Mason after the first period — the starter didn’t return due to an upper body injury — as they combined for 30 of 33 saves.
Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer said before the game that the team wanted to “finish this week off,” so mission accomplished.
Sharks will look to spark a string of wins starting Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers as the team begins a four-game east coast road trip.