SAN JOSE – Erik Karlsson has not had a large impact on the result, but he still could taste a little revenge against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Its the San Jose Sharks have won a gain of 4-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 17, 562 fans at the SAP Center, preventing the men from Guy Boucher to sweep a series of three parties in California for the first time since February 2015, when Andrew “Hamburglar” Hammond had begun to work its magic.
The Senators (17-24-5) had defeated the Sharks 6-2 at Ottawa on 1 December last year when the number 65 was back in his hometown adopted for the first time since the trade that sent him to the Silicon Valley on the first day of training camp in September.
The other defender featuring Sharks, Brent Burns, took advantage of this match in which his club has stressed the 1000th career game as he has recently played in to count the winning goal, his shot along the band veering towards the leg of the defender rookie Senators Christian Jaros in the seventh minute of the third. He also obtained a pass.
Ryan Dzingel has replicated to this goal 27 seconds later by reaching the top corner after taking a pass from Bobby Ryan in the enclave. For the latter, it was a seventh game in a row with at least a point.
“It was special to play against them. It was weird, it’s probably going to be weird as long as I’m playing elsewhere, but it is like that. The guys here were tired and we did what we needed to do to get a win, that’s what counts. This was not a game very beautiful to see, but in the end, the two points are huge for us,” commented Karlsson after this game where he played almost 25 minutes.
The guardian Senators, Anders Nilsson, put to the test 32 times in his third straight start, has delivered a good duel to his vis-à-vis Martin Jones for the occasion.
He gave way to Joe Pavelski, who is brought into the enclave to take a precise shot to the side of the mitten, at the very end of the second period. Karlsson, who has seen a sequence of 14 games with a point come to an end Thursday in Las Vegas, was on the ice at that time and in addition to this “more”, it hit a pole in the beginning of the second period and it has been causing the insurance goal from Joe Thornton late in the game, even if he has not got to mention assistance on that.
Before the goal by Pavelski, Jones, who made 27 saves, was shown in front of Brady Tkachuk and Chris Tierney during a numerical advantage of visitors. It has also frustrated Mark Stone when he was brought alone before him in the first period.
The other Karlsson, Melker, sealed the outcome of the game in an empty net.
The Senators have allowed just six goals in three matches during this California trip, after the signing of the gains of 2-1 to Anaheim and 4-1 to Los Angeles.
“I am proud of our players, we had a very good trip. They have had the bonds in their side for this match and we have not had. But we had a good structure, the effort was excellent, and several guys are in full growth, especially within our brigade defensive. We had a rookie on each pair at the defense and they all played well, there are a lot of positives to pull from it,” said head coach Guy Boucher after the game.
The start of the match was delayed for ten minutes while the Sharks have pointed to the 1000th match that Burns has played recently. Among the gifts which were offered, there was a fossilized tooth of megalodon (a sort of shark) and two antelope to the ranch where he has his summer residence in Texas ! At the first commercial break, the Sharks have also pointed to the return to the city of their three elders, Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, and Mikkel Boedker.
The Senators will return home Sunday, and they will have a few days to catch their breath while the Colorado Avalanche will visit their home Wednesday at the Centre Canadian Tire. The center Matt Duchene (paternity leave) will definitely be back for this match, while goalie Craig Anderson and defenceman Thomas Chabot represent opportunities.