It took an extra frame and a shootout, but the San Jose Sharks can still call themselves perfect.
The Sharks improved to a 7-0-0 record on the young NHL season Thursday night, knocking off the Edmonton Oilers for the second time in less than 10 days, this time in San Jose. They are now the only team left in the league with an unblemished record, as the Chicago Blackhawks dropped their first game to the Minnesota Wild in a Wednesday night shootout.
The win didn’t come easy, as San Jose blew an early two-goal lead, but was able to score twice in the shootout, securing the win.
“That’s what good teams do, but we cannot make a habit of it,” Michal Handzus said, via ESPN.com. “Obviously, we’ve got to be better than the last two games. We’ve got to work on it. The wins matter, for sure, but you cannot let it slide. You’ve got to still play well.”
The Sharks became only the third team in NHL history to win the first five games of the season by two goals or more, but they’ve had to earn these last two the hard way – in shootouts – showing a resilience that they will likely need come later in the season.
The loss is a tough one to swallow for Edmonton, who falls to 4-2-1 on the season, but the Oilers were proud of the fact that they battled back and at least earned a point out of the trip to San Jose, and a hard-earned point it was against one of the finest teams in the league.
“When you are on the road and you come back from 2-0, you’ll take the point for sure,” said Taylor Hall, who tied the game at 2-2 with a goal in the first minute of the third period. “They are a team that’s not going to give away many points at home. It seems there have been parts of our game this year where we let up for several shifts and you saw that tonight where they got the two quick goals.”
The Bay Area is loving its sports teams at the moment, as the Sharks are only one team in the area that is seeing success recently. The Giants are the reigning World Series champions, the Warriors are playing much better than expected in the NBA and are looking at a playoff berth, and of course, the 49ers will playing in the Super Bowl in a few short days.
After Logan Couture scored for the Sharks in the second, he couldn’t help but show some love to the Bay, as he kissed his bicep in celebration – a move patented by 49ers star QB Colin Kaepernick.
“It’s a Bay Area team that’s in the Super Bowl,” Couture said. “Just show some support for those guys.”
If the Sharks keep playing the way they are, maybe other athletes will be paying tribute to them soon enough.
Needless to say, now is a good time to jump on the San Jose bandwagon, that is if you don’t already have a seat. Keep putting those wagers down in favor of the Sharks until they show some weakness.