After a troubling weekend for Northern Californians, the San Jose Sharks put the skinny jean hipsters from Los Angeles in their place. The Sharks, who were struggling earlier this season, have found a way to score goals and win games and after tonight’s win have clinched the division. The Sharks must have been watching the defending World Series Champion Giants’ opening series against the Dodgers and from the way they played, must have been a little upset. San Jose came out ready to send Los Angeles a message about what goes on in the Bay, scoring the first goal of the game just under two minutes into the game. Joe Pavelski started the rout 1:47 into the first period with a wrister. Then 8:26 in, Vlassic comes in from the back-side and fires a wrist shot top shelf passed Bernier. The Kings show some life at the start of the second when Michael Handzus flips a backhander passed Niemi, but that would be the only goal allowed by Antti Niemi tonight (32 Saves). The Sharks, especially Kyle Wellwood, were not happy about giving up the shutout because just 21 seconds following the Kings goal, Wellwood scores a beautiful tip-in (2:19). San Jose takes control of the game from here scoring three more goals in the second period: Wristshot by Boyle (5:33):
Joe Thornton’s lazer (9:20):
and Devin Setoguchi caps of the night with a strong wrist shot (19:33). And just to add insult to injury the Sharks decide to make a final statement with just under three minutes left in the third period. Behind the Sharks net, Murray crushes Brad Richards and after holding his ground against Kyle Clifford, Dan Boyle comes to Murray’s aid creating a 2 v. 2 battle. Boyle wins his fight and after a few solid blows by Murray the refs come in to break it up.
First Star: Kyle Wellwood (1 Goal, 2 Assts. +/- 3)
Second Star: Joe Thornton (1 Goal, 1 Assts. +/- 2)
Third Star: M. Vlassic (1 Goal, 1 Assts. +/-3)