San Jose not only routed Philadelphia in the 6-1 victory Saturday night, but they played the type of hockey that Team Teal needs to play. Saturday night’s victory pulled the Sharks within one point of first place Anaheim.
“It was a good start compared to how we played on the road,” said Mike Grier. “Coach let us know about it and we got back to the basics.”
Patrick Rissmiller, who registered his first multi-point game of the season, opened the scoring for San Jose and Milan Michalek followed up with the game winner less than five minutes into the contests.
Six different Sharks scored goals and 12 different players were on the scoresheet.
“We usually rely on one or two lines, but tonight we spread it around,” said McLaren.
“We did a lot of the little things right,” said Grier. “Driving the net, putting pucks on net. We were making it hard for the other team.”
The large victory allowed Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson to ease up on some high minute players.
“When we made it four and five to one, it let us spread the ice time around,” said Wilson. “Different guys took advantage of that.
The Flyers California trip was perfect from the Sharks view point. Philadelphia took all four points from Anaheim and Los Angeles, but left two on the table in San Jose.
“They are a better team than their record,” said Wilson.
On the night, Vesa Toskala had a relatively easy night, but when it was important, he came up huge. With the lead only 3-1, and Toskala down on the ice, a Philadelphia shot appeared headed upstairs – until Toskala lifted his blocker and make the miracle save.
“It is nice to have those, but I don’t like them,” said Toskala. “That means I was desperate. If felt it, but I got lucky.”
“At that point, it was only 3-1,” said Wilson. “You don’t want the game going back and forth and that save let us go into the first intermission up 3-1 and not 3-2.
Milan Michalek’s goal extended his personal best point scoring streak to seven contests (2-8=10).
JUST TWO AWAY
Mike Grier scored his first shorthanded goal of the season, his fifth goal overall. He is just two goals shy of matching his season total from last season when he scored seven goals in 81 games.
CARLE ENJOYS TRIP
Matt Carle spent Friday night at Denver University was he was honored for being the university’s first every Hobey Baker winner.
“I skated with the trophy on the ice and left after one period to catch my plane,” said Carle. “It was good to see the guys. I’ve only been gone since March, but it seems like it’s been a while. It was an honor to bring the Hobey Baker back there.”
OFFENSE FROM DEFENSE
San Jose continues to get offense from the blueline and Kyle McLaren scored the defensive goal Saturday night. He now has six points (3-3=6) in the last 8 games. With the assist on Clowe’s goal, Steve Bernier tied his career high by extended his consecutive points streak to five games (3-4=7).
San Jose will finally get their first chance at Pacific Division leading Anaheim Tuesday night in Southern California. The game will be aired on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.
“The next team leads the division and we have to play the same style we did tonight,” said McLaren.
“Everyone knows where they are and where we are,” said Rissmiller. “That is great for the fans. For us, it is just another game to try and get two points.”