Evander Kane probably said it best after the game on Thursday in Calgary: "They like to believe that you can stand as a group of opportunity. I think we did that tonight.
The sharks certainly had an opportunity to rise when they first faced the flames since they fell into a physical and emotional loss on New Year's Eve. San Jose responded magnificently with contributions to attack, defense and between whistles to beat the Flames 5-2 and move two points behind the leader in the Pacific Division standings.
"We could win here We all needed tonight," said Hais coach Peter DeBoer after the game to the media. "We have received contributions from many people. A few great achievements. "
Of course it was a great help to have scored three goals in 85 seconds to make it 1
But the defense front of San Jose also deserves a lot of recognition, especially when it comes to Martin Jones. The starting player made his probably best season performance and held 36 of 38 shots on him . He was particularly strong on penalties – which brought a lot of work on Thursday night when the sharks went into the bag box seven times. In Flames' top scorer Johnny Gaudreau, Jones had two big saves, which could easily have brought the momentum into Calgary's favor, including a penalty after a penalty in the third frame.
"Five against five looked great, but five against four he looked spectacular," said Joe Thornton after the game over Jones. "Her power play was really dangerous and he probably made six or seven quality saves that probably saved the game. Great night for him.
You really have to give it to the sharks to keep their emotions in check as a group. Thursday's game was set to become a boisterous frenzy given the poor conditions San Jose and Calgary relied on after their last meeting.
"We definitely wanted to physically answer the bell, but I thought we were staying focused and done the job," Kane told the press, explaining that the goal was to get the points in the standings because of a brawl. "These points are so valuable. It's a four-point game against a team we chase after.
There must be an extra boost of confidence for sharks when it comes to defeating Flames on Thursday and Winnipeg jets on Tuesday night. With two wins against tough teams, they have received contributions from the whole series.
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"We are so deep," said Thornton. "It's just a different line every night and that's the luxury of being a deep team. Last game was Pav, this game was Kaner, next game will be Logan. That's exactly how it works here. "