Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price looks down at the puck as San Jose Sharks players celebrate a goal by teammate Melker Karlsson during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
By Barbara Mason
Friday night the San Jose Sharks continued their road trip in Montreal looking for their fourth straight win. The Sharks have looked sharp on the road their offense coming to life playing on par with their defense. The San Jose goaltending has been off the charts with Martin Jones playing at a very high level as San Jose chalked up a win at the Bell Centre in Montreal 4-2 over the Canadiens.
The first period was about as perfect a period as one could ask for. It was a total offensive domination by the Sharks with San Jose scoring not one but two power play goals. The first one coming at 6:50 off the stick of David Schlemko for his first goal of the season. Schlemko was assisted by Mikkel Boedker and Joonas Donskoi for the 1-0 lead. At 9:00 Patrick Marleau scored a second power play goal assisted by Brent Burns and Joe Thornton to increase the lead to 2-0. The Sharks were not finished with the Canadiens scoring at 13:19. It was Timo Meier with his first goal of the season. David Schlemko and Joonas Donskoi assisted on the goal for a 3-0 lead. The fast start by the Sharks had the flat-footed Canadiens scrambling trying to find a way to fend off the assault.
The Sharks did not take their foot off the pedal scoring in the second period. San Jose’s Melker Karlsson scored his third goal of the season assisted by Micheal Haley. The Sharks led by 4-0 as the period came to an end. It looked as if the Sharks had this game all wrapped up.
The third period brought an unexpected turn around for the Sharks. The Canadiens brought some great energy into the period. That energy translated into a goal for Montreal at 10:28 by Brian Flynn for his third goal of the season. The crowd was all of a sudden into this game. They were not disappointed when at 13:48 Jeff Petry scored his 5th goal of the season and the Canadiens had cut the Shark’s lead in half. The surging energy could be felt throughout the building. At 2:50 Montreal emptied their net.
The Montreal Canadians gave the Sharks all they could handle in the third period. It was just too little too late. They did skate an excellent period. Once again Martin Jones was making tremendous saves over and over in the final two minutes. He had 26 saves in the game. “Our power play was sharp from the beginning. We played really well. We knew they would make a push in the third period,” said Martin Jones after the game. “I am getting to play a lot of games,” he said which is giving him a chance to create a great tempo.
The final was 4-2 handing the Sharks their fourth win in a row.
On Sunday the Sharks will take on a very touch Chicago Blackhawk team