Mitchell and Marleau both had looks for a third tally, but would have to settle for the easy win. It seems to be routine now for Mitchell and his linemates to be involved in the scoring column.
“We’re just playing well together,” Mitchell said of he, Joe Pavelski
and Kyle Wellwood. “Someone from the group just finds a way to keep scoring lately. We seem to be feeding off each other and we’ve got some chemistry from each other.”
Mitchell’s first goal came without Pavelski and Wellwood as he was on the ice with Jamal Mayers and Joe Thornton
. Thornton started things by sending the puck in deep with Mitchell as full speed. Mayers eventually garnered control and fed Mitchell driving the net.
“Jammer did a nice job on the forecheck,” Mitchell said. “I managed to get the puck over to him and beat my guy to the inside and he did a nice job getting it over.”
So how was the trio on the ice as when it wasn’t a scheduled unit?
“Actually, I think Eager had something wrong with his strap, it would have been his first shift of the game,” Mitchell. “I was going out with Desjardins and Mayers and Joe was still on the ice at the end of his shift.”
How confident is Mitchell right now after posting his first two-goal game? Mitchell finished +2 on the evening and now has goals in three of his last four games and points in seven of his last nine contests (5+4=9).
“I feel great. Probably the best I’ve felt in my career to be honest,” Mitchell said.
lived an unforgettable moment when he scored his first career NHL goal.
“It feels good. You dream as a little kid to score an NHL goal and the dream came true tonight,” Desjardins said. “It was great to get the first one.”
There was no luck involved on this tally as Desjardins carried the puck through all three zones before firing a laser inside the post. Not bad either that he beat a Vezina caliber goaltender in Miikka Kiprusoff. Desjardins was likely looking at some calls and texts as soon as he returned to the change room.
“The boys back home, my mom and my whole family have been watching every game,” Desjardins said. “I’m pretty sure they’re all pretty excited as well.”Marc-Edouard Vlasic
was the man who retrieved the souvenir puck for the rookie.
Marleau has more goals than any player in Sharks history, but he had fun watching Desjardins light the lamp for the first time.
“It’s great. Even the fans had a loud roar for him. It was a nice play and a really nice goal,” Marleau said.
With their win and Detroit’s loss, the Sharks are now trailing the Red Wings by just one point for second place in the Western Conference.
“We saw that. Were glad we could gain some ground on Detroit with a big win,” Mitchell said.
“The games come on early so you get to see the score and we knew they lost,” Ryane Clowe
said. “They are definitely within striking distance with an opportunity to jump to second and get that home ice. It gives us something to strive for.”
4 FOR 4
All four Sharks lines registered a goal on the night and that makes any team dangerous.
“It’s great when all four lines are scoring,” Logan Couture
said. “The fourth line doesn’t get as much ice time as the other lines, so (it’s nice) when they can chip in.”
“It’s great to have everyone contribute, we’re going to need more of that coming down the stretch,” Marleau said. “It’s the way we’re built and everybody should have fun scoring goals.”
With the early lead and every line hot, McLellan was able to roll four lines which will help with the back-to-back situation in Los Angeles Thursday night.
The Sharks tied their season high for goals in a period with four first period tallies (MR: 3/1/5/11 at Dallas).
Marleau extended his team lead with his 30th and 31st goals. This is Marleau’s fifth career 30-goal campaign. He now has points in nine of his last 10 games (7+7=14).
GIVE ME 5Joe Pavelski
extended his point streak to five games with two assists (3+10=13). Pavelski also won 18 of 23 draws (78%).
SHARKS HEAD COACH TODD MCLELLAN
“The outcome was great. Anytime you score four goals in a period you’ve gotta be pleased. We were a little bit loose for a little while. But we’re coaches. We’re never happy.”
“It was a pretty good effort from a lot of guys. I thought Jumbo’s line had a real good night against their top players. They really shut them down.”
“We’ve been playing those types of teams for the past two months and the last 8 games here are going to be the exact same type of situation. This is nothing new for us. I’d like to think that we are also one of those desperate teams that are playing for our lives and for position overall. This is playoff hockey and it’s started already.”
FLAMES HEAD COACH BRENT SUTTER
“It wasn’t a good first period. We didn’t do a lot of things right, and we got off our game. They are a very good hockey team, and they took advantage of it. We can’t play that way, obviously.”
“Everyone is so focused on the end, instead of the present. The present is to take it game by game. Everyone is looking at how many points you need to have and what you have to do from here on in. We just have to win one game. That has to be our focus. We need to focus on one game and try to win and then go from there.”
The Sharks quickly boarded a flight after the game for a Los Angeles contest Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The battle will be on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.