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25th Year In Teal: Turning Point of the Season

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

In 2015-16 the San Jose Sharks celebrated their 25th anniversary season. It was also the best season in franchise history, including the team's first-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final. To commemorate, we're taking a look back at the 25 most memorable, funny, and best moments of the 25th anniversary.

The morning of January 9, the Sharks were not in a great spot. With a record of 18-18-2, the team was flirting with a sub-.500 record and near the bottom of the league's standings. Really, only the Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, and Columbus Blue Jackets had fewer points than San Jose did at that point in the season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, with one more point than the Sharks, were in town to play an afternoon match on Hockey Night in Canada. This was an important matchup - a loss of any sort would give the Sharks a losing record, while a win would give them a boost in the standings.

And win the Sharks did. They beat the Maple Leafs 7-0, the largest margin victory of the season.

Brent Burns started off the scoring in the second period, with the definition of a highlight reel goal. And then the floodgates were opened. Nieto, Pavelski, and Hertl also scored in the second period, while Karlsson, Donskoi, and Hertl again scored in the third.

This win proved to be a turning point for the rest of the season. It kicked off an 8-0-2 points streak. The Sharks went 28-12-4 the rest of the way, a 111 point pace.

As a bonus, Joe Thornton had the most points in the NHL from January 9 until the end of the season (12G, 42A)

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