VANCOUVER, British Columbia — From not even near greatest within the west in simply 10 weeks.
The Sharks moved into first place within the Pacific Division and the Western Convention on Monday, leapfrogging the Calgary Flames and the Winnipeg Jets with 75 factors by incomes a 7-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. With the win, the Sharks accomplished their four-game street swing by Western Canada with an ideal report.
The Sharks transfer into the Western Convention’s penthouse places an exclamation mark on a exceptional turnaround that began on Dec. 2 after the Sharks bought thumped by the woeful Ottawa Senators in Erik Karlsson’s homecoming to his “endlessly metropolis.”
Earlier in that journey, Logan Couture stated the Sharks weren’t even near being within the Stanley Cup dialog following a loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 28. Now, they’re on the forefront of these talks, posting a 22-6-2 since Dec. 2, main the NHL in scoring by averaging four.27 objectives per recreation throughout that span.
The Sharks present six-game profitable streak is much more spectacular contemplating that the group is taking part in with out Karlsson, who missed his eighth straight recreation on Monday with what head coach Pete DeBoer is asking a “muscle harm” in his decrease physique. The Sharks are 7-2-1 on the season with out Karlsson.
Joe Thornton continued to depart his imprint on the NHL’s report books on Monday. By establishing Kevin Labanc’s fourth objective in two video games at 17:30 of the second, Thornton collected his 1,050th profession helper, passing Gordie Howe to maneuver into ninth place on the NHL’s all-time assists record. Within the course of, he additionally tied Teemu Selanne for 15th place on the NHL’s all-time scoring record, selecting up his 1,457th profession level.
Evander Kane stayed pink scorching, as nicely, scoring two extra objectives to offer him 26 on the 12 months, 15 since Jan. 1, which is tied for tops within the NHL, and 5 on the Sharks four-game street swing by Western Canada.
Kane’s linemate, Tomas Hertl, additionally made his presence felt, scoring his 26th within the second, his fourth objective of the journey.
Joe Pavelski turned the 10th NHL participant to attain 30 objectives this season, reaching the mark at 14:05 of the third.
Timo Meier is hoping to hitch Kane, Hertl and Pavelski within the hot-scorers membership. He opened the scoring simply 1:04 into the sport, recording simply his second objective in 23 video games after beginning the season with 18 in 30 video games.
Melker Karlsson additionally bought in on the enjoyable, displaying his well being by worming his manner onto the objective sheet. Melker Karlsson, who left Saturday’s win over the Edmonton Oilers with an obvious shoulder harm, scored his ninth of the season by redirecting a Brent Burns shot from the purpose within the first.
Burns and Couture every collected a pair of assists whereas Hertl and Melker Karlsson recorded multi-point video games by selecting up helpers to go together with their objectives. Fourteen of 18 Sharks place gamers discovered their manner onto the scoresheet because the group exploited 19-year-old netminder Michael DiPietro, who was making his NHL debut.
DiPietro bought the beginning as a result of No. 1 goalie Jacob Markstrom is sidelined with lower-body tightness and backup Thatcher Demko suffered an harm final week.
Bo Horvat scored the Canucks first objective with 6.four seconds left within the first. Derrick Pouliot added a objective in rubbish time within the third. Martin Jones made 25 saves on 27 photographs, enhancing to Eight-1-1 towards his hometown group.
The Sharks will return to motion at SAP Middle on Thursday, kicking off a three-game homestand towards the Washington Capitals.