At least for the time being, the Sharks have put an end to the huge misery that accompanies them at the start of the season. This was significantly helped by the masked man between the posts, who stopped an incredible 38 shots. Thus, the team finally won after two double-digit beatings. But the Sharks still have a lot of work to do.
It looked like it might never end, but the Sharks managed to breathe at least for a few moments. The team got its first hard-fought victory and everyone believes that San Jose will not fall into a similar performance abyss again.
“It’s a huge relief,” San Jose forward Tomáš Hertl said. “We finally did it, we got our first win. We are really excited. It’s a big victory for us.”
The lion’s share of the victory was Anthony Duclair, who recorded a goal and an assist. So from the Sharks point of view, he was there for everything that mattered. At the same time, Mackenzie Blackwood flashed with thirty-eight saves. The goalkeeper of San Jose has finally added at least some decent numbers to his statistics after two shocking duels.
“The last two games have been very tough on the psyche,” San Jose coach David Quinn said. “I have to give the boys a lot of credit for their performance. They were such a great group to coach, they never stopped working. There were so many things that happened in the game that needed to be responded to and the boys faced it.”
Duclair gave San Jose a 1-0 lead early on, giving the team a great kick.
“That first goal was worth its weight in gold for us,” Quinn said. “Finally we could breathe again with a big stone dropped from our hearts.”
William Eklund then made it 2-0 in the second half after Duclair’s spur, but after the opponent was reduced, the home team had to worry about the result until the very end.
“We never got down in the game even when they scored on us,” Blackwood said. “We just kept playing. I think that’s important for us. In other games, maybe the other team would score a goal or two and we’d go down again, and that can’t happen. So I think we did a great job.”
The Flyers skipper himself admitted that his team did not create the most ideal positions for the finish, although he showered the opponent with shooting attempts.
“We just couldn’t find a way to finish,” Flyers coach John Tortorella said. “Positionally, I think we controlled the game, but we didn’t create enough quality chances.”
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