First off, what an amazing finish to a game. Brent Burns, who has scored just one goal this season before tonight, scored a doozy of a second one. Take a moment just to enjoy.
Joe Pavelski held onto the puck just long enough for Burns to get in front of the net. Burnzie did the rest, putting the puck through the legs of Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward to win the game in overtime. Final score, 5-4 Sharks.
Prior to the game winner, the Sharks really took fans for a ride. Team teal seemed to show up late to work allowing three unanswered goals in the first period. Just nine minutes into the first period, Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho went behind the net and battled for the puck with Justin Braun. Aho won the battle and went straight to the side of the net, where he buried a pass. Braun watched the whole play unfold from behind the net.
Just 2:30 later, it was Victor Rask who caught the Sharks looking. There was no one in front of him as he fired a point blank shot over Jones’s shoulder and gave the Canes a 2-0 lead.
Aho added another tally at the 14:14 mark. He skated into the zone and no one seemed to pick him up until it was too late. The Sharks went into the dressing room down 3-0.
San Jose put on a push in the second period, finally getting on the board during the penalty kill. Chris Tierney and Melker Karlsson went into the Canes zone 2-on-1. Tierney waited until the very last moment to pass the puck to Karlsson, who finished things off and cut the score to 3-1.
Instead of closing the gap, it got larger a few minutes later. Burns failed to clear the zone and Jones made a series of saves before Jeff Skinner beat him. 4-1 Hurricanes.
The goal seemed to give San Jose another kick in the pants. Some hard work by Tomas Hertl led to a Sharks power play. May wonders never cease, it was Joe Thornton shooting the puck past Cam Ward. Hertl was there with the screen and it was 4-2 Hurricanes. The goal was Jumbo’s first against Carolina in 12 years.
Around the halfway point of the third period, the Sharks’ hard work earned them another power play. They didn’t waste any time, Thornton and Burns worked the puck around to Logan Couture, who rifled a shot past Cam Ward. 4-3 Hurricanes.
The Sharks continued to push the pace of play even on the penalty kill. It paid off. Jannik Hansen grabbed the puck in the neutral zone and made a perfect pass to Barclay Goodrow who finished off the shorthanded goal and tied the game at four apiece.
And then you saw what happened in overtime.
- Joe Thornton had a goal and two assists tonight, putting him all alone in 19th on the NHL’s all-time points list. He has 1,410 career points, passing Dale Halwerchuk (1,409).
- 11 Sharks had points in tonight’s game.
- Paul Martin was back in the line-up tonight after missing 24 games due to injury. Martin had 12:54 of ice time. He ended the night a minus-2.
- Brenden Dillon sat out tonight’s game. He was serving out his one game suspension for slashing Madison Bowey during Monday’s game against the Washington Capitals.
- If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a look at the Joe Thornton bobblehead that will be handed out at a game in March.