“It is embarrassing,” said recently named 2nd most overrated player in the NHL, Henrik Lundqvist, about losing 9-2 last night to the San Jose Sharks. The boys in teal continued their torrid start to the season with the lopsided dismantling of a New York Rangers team known for good defence. Thanks to Centre Ice‘s free preview, much of the hockey world was watching the 3rd period, as the Sharks repeatedly hammered goals behind a helpless Martin Biron.
Rookie sensation Tomas Hertl put up 4 on the Blueshirts. After his 4th, Sharks head coach Todd McLellan kept the young sniper on the bench for the rest of the 3rd, preventing him from becoming the first 5-goal scorer in a single game since Marian Gaborik accomplished the rare feat against the very same New York Rangers back in 2007.
The Sharks have scored 17 goals in three games to open the season. They’ve only allowed 4.
Depth is coming through for the Sharks so far in 2013-14. At last year’s trade deadline GM Doug Wilson moved veterans LW Ryane Clowe and D Douglas Murray, and still managed 2 rounds of playoffs. The Sharks have been able to replenish from within very well over the last few years. Maybe it’s time to start giving them more credit for their ability to draft well and develop effectively.
It’s a fun time to be a Sharks’ fan. If you are one, you’ve probably looked at the schedule a few times to see who the next victim is. Tomorrow night the Sharks play their sea creature logo having rivals the Vancouver Canucks, who they have owned lately. San Jose opened the season with a 4-1 victory over Vancouver, plus, they swept them out of the 1st round in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. I wonder how many goals Hertl will score on those guys.
The Sharks incredible start to the season is fun and exciting, but it’s meaningless for a club that yawns at regular season success. The Sharks have won their division 6 times over the last 12 seasons, including a Presidents Trophy back in 2008-09. It’s a Stanley Cup that will define this team’s run of success spanning the majority of the last decade.
Is this the year for the San Jose Sharks? Many have been waiting a long time to see Jumbo Joe Thornton hoist hockey’s holy grail. If they keep playing like last night, this might be the season the Sharks finally win the franchise’s first ever Stanley Cup championship.