Tonight the San Jose Sharks lead by Martin Jones continued their winning ways with a second shutout in as many games in Washington and now its time to break it all down in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
The San Jose Sharks came out once again to play and took it to the Washington Capitals from the very start of the game and were able to jump out to a led on the power play 11 minutes into the game. They would continue their 4 line domination in a period where they would out shoot the Capitals 17-8. While the game ended with 2 shorthanded goals the Sharks bottom lines continue to impress providing the rest of the offence. Mike Brown has looked really good because he has benefited a lot from the strong play of Chris Tierney who in my opinion is a third line center on any other team and on a weaker team could even be an effective second line center. This murderers row down the middle is going to be key to the Sharks continued success. Also impressive is the sharks penalty kill which has been perfect for three games thus far. The Sharks were only able to capitalize on one power play out of 5 but running at just over 20% of the season which is very good. Martin Jones put in another impressive effort and currently has an unreal 0.333 GAA and a .987 SV% and is 40 seconds from . This is obviously unsustainable but I like what I see from Jones as far as style and technique.
Any trip to Washington that does not feature Alex Ovechkin is always disappointing as a fan and probably helped our penalty kill stay perfect. Ovechkin missed the game for personal reasons. I felt that the Sharks got a little undisciplined in the later reaches of the game when the Capitals really started to take over the game. As the game went on the face off percentage dropped with Hertl only going 50% in the dot and Tierney was 55% while Joe Thornton ended with an uncharacteristic team low 40%. I thought the Sharks started getting outplayed physically as the game went on. You obviously don’t want take away too much from the Capitals they are a good team who didn’t just roll over and die.
Once again its going to be a non sharks related thing occupying the ugly and that’s a good thing as I’m sure the Sharks time will come. Tonight the San Jose Sharks and Martin Jones benefited from what in my opinion was exactly the kind of goal that the coaches challenge isn’t supposed to turn over and yet it happened. Now look, as a Sharks fan I’m as happy as anyone to see a call go our way but if this is the new standard for what goaltender interference is than I’m very concerned as a fan of the game of hockey as a whole. To me there just was not enough contact to warrant this goal being called back and if the standard is this loose, and the way the Sharks are playing in front of the net than this will come back to bite us more than it helps.
The league released the following statement about their call.
“After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that Washington’s Jay Beagle interfered with Jones before the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Referee, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to ‘Interference on the Goalkeeper,’ as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3 and 69.4.”
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