Sharks Beat Leafs 3-1, Acquire Hansen in Eventful Tuesday Night

March 1, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

AP file photo: Former Vancouver Canucks right wing Jannik Hansen (36) fights for control of the puck with San Jose Sharks center Chris Tierney (50) during first-period NHL hockey game action Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, Feb 25, 2017. Hansen turned Shark in a deal that sent him to San Jose on Tuesday night (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

By Matthew T.F. Harrington

SAN JOSE–There was a moment Tuesday night where the only good news from the San Jose Sharks was the acquisition of Jannik Hansen from the Vancouver Canucks for Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional draft pick. While the mid-game trade made waves, it was Tomas Hertl’s game-winning goal with 1:24 left in regulation to give the Sharks the lead over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1. Joe Pavelski would add an empty netter for a final score of 3-1, with Joe Thornton picking up his 999th career assist in the National Hockey League. Calder trophy favorite for rookie of the year Auston Matthews scored for the Leafs in the loss. Martin Jones made 20 saves to hand Toronto its third loss in a row.

Matthews ever so briefly gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead in their lone visit to the SAP Center this year, beating Martin Jones on the power play 6:41 into the second period for his 31st goal of the season, the leading total for a rookie this season. The Sharks would answer back though, with Brendon Dillon ripping a rocket past Toronto’s Frederik Andersen, his second goal of the year. Sharks rookie Kevin Labanc and Pavelski assisted on the goal.

The Sharks dominated the third period, peppering Andersen with 15 shots to just 4 in the visitors’ favor, making it a matter of time before San Jose would convert. Despite the shot advantage, Hertl’s shot was anything but a beauty. The forward beat Andersen on his short side over the shoulder after taking a pass from Patrick Marleau. Marleau had fought off three Maple Leaf defenders to feed the trailing Hertl for the game winner with 18:36 gone in the period.

Pavelski added the insurance goal 23 seconds left in regulation after previously being denied by Andersen on a grade-a opportunity in the game. Thornton, with his helper on the goal, now sits on the threshold of 1,000 assists, 16 back of Joe Sakic for 12th all-time.

It was announced early in the contest that San Jose had dealt their 2014first-round pick (27th overall) as well as a conditional fourth round draft pick to the Vancouver Canucks for Danish forward Jannik Hansen. Hansen, a 9th round pick by the Canucks in 2004, has scored 235 points (105 g, 130 a) over 565 games, all with Vancouver. The 30-year-old winger has 13 points in 28 games this year.

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