San Jose Sharks Monday game wrap: Five Different Goal Scorers Push Sharks Over Jets 5-2

January 16, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks’ Timo Meier (28) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By Matthew T.F Harrington

SAN JOSE–The goal for the San Jose Sharks heading into the offseason was to find a way to match the team that eliminated them in the Stanley Cup Final. In an attempt to replicate the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Sharks looked to make a deep roster that could have every line contribute. Monday afternoon at the SAP Center, the blueprint was actualized, with five different Sharks scoring and nine different skaters collecting points in a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

Chris Tierney, Joel Ward and Timo Meier each had a goal and an assist and Brent Burns and Joe Thornton also scored for the home team. Mark Scheifele and Josh Morissey were the only two Jets to beat Sharks net minder Martin Jones in a 26-save performance.

Ward opened the scoring with 8:06 remaining in the first period. Ward skated down the ring wing, going opposite corner to beat Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson for his 4th goal of the season. Justin Braun grabbed the lone helper on the goal.

Ward started the next Sharks goal in the second period, taking a hit in the defensive zone to move the puck up the boards to Tierney. Tierney then spun a backhander to Meier breaking out over the center ice logo for a breakaway. The Swiss Rookie converted for his second goal of his career and a 2-0 lead just under three minutes into the second.

Despite being the Sharks goal-scorer with the most goals of the five, Brent Burns’ power play tally 7:08 into the period was anything but picturesque. Burns’ point shot went wide of the net, bouncing off the boards off Hutchinson’s backside for a 3-0 lead. Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marlene assisted on the goal.

The Meier-Tierney-Ward line got a goal from its center 11:41 into the third putting the game out of reach after Tierney picked up a Meier rebound for his fifth strike of the season.

Jones would be denied the shutout with 2:36 left in regulation after Morissey beat the All-star for his 2nd goal of the year after a number of players gathered by the net front.

If there was nothing Jones could do on the Jets first goal, the opposite could be said of their second. After coach Paul Maurice emptied the Winnipeg net in favor of an extra attacker, Jones saw an opportunity to fire a puck on the vacant cage and join the few goalies with an NHL goal. Scheifele had other ideas, blocking the shot and sending it into the sharks goal for a two-goal deficit with 19 seconds left.

Joe Thornton would continue his goal to not score on a goalie this year, instead putting his third empty net goal into the net with ten seconds left for a 5-2 win.

The Sharks travel to Southern California to face the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night for Rivalry Night before returning home Thursday night to face the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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