is one of three Newfoundlanders in the NHL and he scored one goal for each member of the province, notching his first career hat trick. Thus, Saturday following the Sharks 5-2 victory against Columbus, he was the center of media attention.
“I’m not complaining about it,” said Clowe, who now has five goals in two games.
All three tallies came on the power play, and while not at the NHL level, Clowe knows what to do on special teams.
“He is impossible to move down there,” said Ron Wilson.
“I did it in Cleveland a couple of years ago and scored 10-15 goals like that in the lockout,” said Clowe.
“Like that” refers to standing in front of the net and banging home loose change.
“Obviously they’re not pretty, but they count,” said Clowe.
Clowe was out there in the third period and knew his teammates were looking for him.
“They knew I was in front,” said Clowe.
Clowe also knew that even though it was late, his likely had a few fans watching back home.
“Every game they know I’m playing, I know they’re watching,” said Clowe.
Names like Marleau, Thornton and Cheechoo are used to the headlines, but those players especially enjoy seeing players like Clowe rewarded.
“He played a great game and scored tough goals,” said Thornton. “To get two and now three, we’ll expect that every time.”
San Jose has now scored 11 power play goals in the last two games.
“We’re not (waiting for the power play) like when we started the season,” said Clowe. “Now, we’re using our five-on-five play to create power plays. We have to keep playing hard.”
GORDIE HOWE HAT TRICK
It is not an official NHL stat, but every NHL player knows that a goal, assist and fight equals a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. On Saturday night, Christian Ehrhoff posted his first and the ninth in Sharks history.
It marked the first time a Sharks player had a goal, assist and fight in the same game since Nov. 25, 2002 when Brad Stuart accomplished it. Other Sharks to make the mark are Matt Bradley, Marleau, Ron Stern, Owen Nolan (twice), Jim Kyte and Link Gaetz, who recorded the first one in San Jose inaugural season on Jan. 25, 1991.
The Gordie Howe Hat Trick is not the most common accomplishment in Ehrhoff’s native Germany.
“I was familiar with it through Canadians playing in Germany,” said Ehrhoff. “It is not popular over there. If you fight, you get kicked out for the game.”
Ehrhoff is a strong setup man and is quickly learning the right way to score, but fighting will never be his strong suit. However, something needed to be done when Ole-Kristian Tollefsen was running around looking for trouble and Ehrhoff landed a couple of blows and took the Norwegian down in a headlock.
“Fighting doesn’t happen often for me,” said Ehrhoff. “It’s the first fight since I came to America. “I had a couple in Germany, but I don’t count those.”
With the first goal of the night, Patrick Marleau
tied the franchise record for goals with 206. He currently shares the mark with Owen Nolan. Marleau now holds the franchise marks for goals, assists and points. The Sharks Captain also added three helpers on the night.
played in his 100th game with San Jose and is red hot. Jumbo Joe now has seven assists in his last two games.
GAINING GROUND IN THE RACE FOR THE PACIFIC
With the Sharks earning the 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets, San Jose pulled within six points of the idle Anaheim Ducks. The two teams still have five meetings remaining, two in San Jose and three in Anaheim.
An on-ice officiating error provided San Jose with an unusual situation, allowing Team Teal to score twice on one power player. To the NHL’s credit, they stepped up and accepted responsibility.
“The officials erred in the application of the rule following San Jose’s first power play goal,” according to Stephen Walkom, NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating. “The officials admitted the error to the Columbus club prior to the start of the second period.”
The United States earned a 2-1 victory over Sweden to claim the bronze medal at the 31st annual International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship today. It was the fifth medal for the U.S. in the event.
“What you saw today is the culmination of a team coming together and representing themselves and their country with tremendous heart and pride,” said U.S. Head Coach Ron Rolston (Fenton, Mich.). “I couldn’t be more proud of this group of players and our staff.”