SAN JOSE — Brent Burns is getting used to seeing uncommon milestones in particular person.
He watched Joe Thornton swimsuit up for his 1,500th recreation on Nov. 8. 5 days later, he watched Thornton rating his 400th objective to clinch a comeback win over the Nashville Predators. Final month, he reached his personal milestone, enjoying in recreation No. 1,000 on Dec. 27.
However Burns acknowledged that being on the ice for the Sharks 1,000th franchise win in Las Vegas Thursday was fairly “particular.” The Sharks hit the mark in recreation No. 2,112, the third-fastest group to succeed in the milestone.
“Enjoying with Jumbo, you see some loopy milestones. This can be a particular one to be part of,” the Sharks defenseman mentioned. “It was good doing it in a constructing that’s given us robust video games.”
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The win additionally allowed the Sharks to leapfrog the Vegas Golden Knights within the Pacific Division standings and transfer into second place. On the draw back, Erik Karlsson’s 14-game level streak got here to an finish as he logged 30:09 of ice time with Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun sidelined by accidents. The Sharks improved to 4-Zero with out their top-shutdown pairing.
Right here’s what we realized because the Sharks profitable streak reached 5 video games with a 3-2 win in Sin Metropolis.
1. Martin Jones flashes elite stuff, out-dueling Marc-André Fleury.
As Jones spoke to reporters after his 36-save efficiency, the Sharks’ fathers celebrated his 29th birthday. The dads had been in Las Vegas for his or her annual “fathers’ journey” and so they serenaded Jones with a boozy rendition of “Completely satisfied Birthday.”
“It sound fairly (expletive),” Burns joked.
Jones’ efficiency within the objective crease was the precise reverse of the fathers’ choral debut.
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Goaltending is the Sharks No. 1 query mark heading towards the stretch run and Jones confirmed the Sharks what they’ll want Thursday. The Sharks entered the day’s motion ranked 31st in even power save proportion (89.98 p.c), Jones was 39th (.899), numbers that gained’t lower it within the playoffs, particularly while you’re squaring off in opposition to the very best goalies, comparable to Fleury.
Together with his finest displaying of the season, Jones flashed the stuff that’s made him an elite-playoff goalie throughout his tenure with the Sharks. It’s the primary time this season that Jones has stolen a recreation.
In the midst of the primary, he closed the pads on Oscar Lindberg’s open look from the slot. Jones thwarted Jonathan Marchessault along with his proper pad within the opening minute of the second, the primary of 12 saves within the interval that stored the Sharks in a tie recreation. He made 12 extra saves within the third, together with a exceptional five-hole squeeze on a redirection with 93 seconds left on the clock.
“Should you’re going to (win) in buildings on the highway, you’re goalie’s going to must be superb,” head coach Pete DeBoer mentioned. “He was glorious tonight on the proper instances. You want that sort of goaltending heading down the stretch. He’s given it to us in my time right here.”
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It’s the kind of efficiency that might propel Jones to some ahead momentum after a forgettable first half. Jones is unquestionably beginning to pattern in the precise path, recording a .922 save proportion in his first 4 begins of the brand new yr.
Thursday’s efficiency additionally put a smile on his father’s face.
“It’s fairly cool,” Harvey Jones mentioned. “I’ve seen a number of wins in some essential video games on his birthday, however this one is correct up there.”
2. The Sharks keep away from a Groundhog Day situation.
This time, when Ned Ryerson approached the Sharks on the road, they wound up and punched him within the face.
The primary 10 minutes of Thursday’s recreation definitely regarded like Groundhog Day with the Golden Knights swarming across the Sharks just like the annoying former-classmate who accosted Invoice Murray day after day earlier than he lastly snapped and fed him a knuckle sandwich.
After spending the morning preaching concerning the significance of placing collectively a powerful begin, the Sharks surrendered the opening objective simply 94 seconds into the sport. Tomas Nosek buried the rebound of a Ryan Reaves shot, triggering flashbacks of the Sharks first journey to Las Vegas on Nov. 24 when William Karlsson scored 14 seconds into the primary and the Golden Knights carried a 4-Zero lead into the primary intermission.
The Sharks additionally coughed up 4 first interval targets to the Golden Knights in Sport 1 of final yr’s second-round playoff collection and so they fell behind 4-1 of their first-ever assembly with their Pacific Division rivals at T-Cell Area on Nov. 24, 2017.
On Thursday, the Sharks stopped the early adversity from snowballing right into a blowout. Jones performed a giant hand in that, making 12 saves within the interval. Tomas Hertl ultimately broke via with an unassisted objective at 14:05 of the second, and after Jon Merrill gave the Knights a 2-1 lead simply 2:16 into the third, Melker Karlsson and Joonas Donskoi scored targets 39 seconds aside to catapult the Sharks to victory.
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“We talked about it yesterday,” DeBoer mentioned. “As a substitute of permitting it to get to 2-Zero or 3-0, we obtained some saves and we confirmed extra composure, just a little extra pushback in that scenario.
“We didn’t need to let the sport get away from us once more.”
3. One other spectacular win so as to add to the resumé.
The Sharks are actually bolstering their resumé this month, leaving little question that they’ve thrust themselves again into the Stanley Cup dialog.
After they ended the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 16-game factors streak final weekend, the Sharks performed spoilers once more, snapping the Vegas Golden Knights seven-game profitable streak, 10-game factors streak and 12-game house factors streak.
The win is the Sharks first in Las Vegas in 4 common season tries and their first regulation win at T-Cell Area in seven video games.
Exercising the Vegas demons ought to give the Sharks some confidence in the event that they return for a probable playoff collection within the spring.
“We all know we are able to play right here. We all know we are able to play with them,” Joe Pavelski mentioned. “This wasn’t something we didn’t count on that we might do. However it was about doing it.”