SAN JOSE, California (AP) – The San Jose Sharks have powerplay issues early this season. The division of the defenseman Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson in different units helped.
Logan Couture had his third hat-trick, and the Sharks scored three power-play hits to beat the Buffalo Sabers 5-1 on Thursday night in their first game back from a five-game road trip.
"It felt better to play as a participant in power and I'm sure it looked better off the top," Couture said. "Both guys are comfortable in this position and both wanted to be in. I think that gives us two strong units now."
Each of them had a quick start when Couture and Joonas Donskoi scored power play goals 27 seconds in the first time after a double minor against Kyle Okposo for high-sticking.
Joe Pavelski also scored in a power play in the third and gave the sharks three goals with the man advantage after only two in the first six games
"Every now and then it gets hot and cold stay, "said Pavelski. "We talked about certain things that make us successful, we played pretty fast, sometimes pretty straightforward, we won some face-offs and we got some goals, so that's a good formula for us it." always been.
Couture added a balanced goal in the third of a feed from Evander Kane, covering the night with an empty net goal.
Martin Jones made 24 saves for the sharks.
Jake McCabe hit for the Sabers, Carter Hutton saved 34.
The Sabers could not convert to five odds with the man advantage and gave three power play goals.
"If special teams Fight as much as it is and fight power games, you have to go back to work and return to simplicity, "McCabe said," look at their powerplay – it was nothing special, they get pucks into the net and bodies into the net and it creates chaos and it's hard to defend. "
The Sharks had a tough push in power play Early this season, they are working to integrate Karlsson into the squad, turning San Jose into only two of his first 21 chances with the Man advantage before he capitulated early against the Sabers when Okposo was nominated for the high-profile Rourke Chartier.
Late in the first power game, Karlsson's shot from the inside court was fought off Donskoi and into the net to give San Jose the lead and another chance with the men's advantage.
The sharks did not take long to convert when Couture won an offensive zone draw and Burns's puck got back the circle, beating Hutton for his second goal of the season.
This was part of a seven-power game odds in a penalty-filled first period that showed only 8:35 of even strength play. The Sabers were unable to seize their three chances by scoring just two shots on goal and a post from Casey Mittelstadt.
"They value 5-on-5, but more than that to win a hockey game" You have to score in the power games and kill the penalties, and we did not do that, "Okposo said We put the whole package together. "
Buffalo's best shot came late in the period, but Jones hit a key and Couture blocked Marco Scandella's shot when Jones was out of place.  The Sabers came early in the second Round into the game when McCabe hit Jones with a shot from the circle that went through a screen.
NOTES: Couture also had tricks on Vancouver and the Islanders 2017 in 2016. … Kane had two assists in his first game against the Sabers since trading with the Sharks last February … San Jose last scored three Power Play goals against Vancouver on December 21, 2017. … Sharks C Joe Thornton missed his fifth straight game with swelling in his surgically repair th right knee.
Sabers: At the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday
Sharks: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday
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