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Leonard Scores First Career Goal Against Anaheim

by Missy Zielinski /

First of the year for the rookie!

On Monday, February 15, Sharks freshman John Leonard recorded his first career NHL goal at 9:43 of the first period on the power play.

It was just one game removed from him re-joining the lineup after a brief stint with the San Jose Barracuda.

There really was not a more fitting storyline than scoring with the help of his former UMass-turned-Sharks teammate Mario Ferraro.

"I wouldn't want it any other way," Leonard said.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: From UMass to #SJSharks teammates, these two besties were DIALED IN! @jleno09 | 🦈

After faking a shot, Ferraro passed to Leonard, who took a shot from the top of the right face-off circle. Ryan Donato provided the perfect screen of Ducks netminder John Gibson, allowing the goal to glide into the net on his glove-side.

Then, pure elation ensued.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Pure joy 🙂

The tally was a big one, as San Jose found themselves trailing Anaheim less than a minute into the game. After evening the score, the Sharks went on to defeat the Ducks 3-2.

Thus far, Leonard has appeared in nine games with the Sharks and has registered two assists to go along with Monday's goal.

The former Hobey Baker Finalist (2019-20) finished his collegiate career with 105 points (56 goals, 49 assists) in 106 games before agreeing to join Team Teal in March of 2020.

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