Hot Sharks scorch Devils, run winning streak to five
Just over five-and-a-half minutes into the game, San Jose (41-23-9) took an early lead when Eric Fehr received the puck at the side of the New Jersey net after Paul Martin sent a shot that ricocheted off the boards. Fehr managed to lift the puck in between Devils’ net-mider Cory Schneider‘s left shoulder and the post.
Fehr said San Jose’s came out aggressively in the first:
“We’re just playing the same game every night. Some games it works for us, some games it doesn’t. … I thought we had a great first period. (We) came out with a killer instinct and kind of continued it from there.”
New Jersey (37-28-8) had a chance to even the score minutes later as back-to-back minor penalties by Melker Karlsson and Dylan DeMelo gave the Devils a two-man advantage. But four saves by Martin Jones and San Jose’s third-ranked penalty kill unit — 83.9 percent — denied the Devils any chance despite the disadvantage.
Though the Devils were unable to even the score with a two-man advantage, winger Taylor Hall would with 8:41 left in the first period after he beat Justin Braun and sent a writer over Jones’ left shoulder.
Barclay Goodrow forced Schneider to make an early exit after beating the net-minder five-hole on a breakaway. The goal marked Goodrow’s career high with seven on the year.
Not even one minute later, Couture took advantage of Schneider’s back-up Keith Kinkaid zipping a writster over the right shoulder of the cold net-minder for his second goal on the night. It was Couture’s 30th on the year, and his third season reaching that mark.
About the current win streak, Couture said:
“It’s been going on for a while now. One of the reasons why we’re winning consistently (is) each night there’s a different line that steps up. … The fourth line tonight with three goals tonight is huge.”
The Sharks will return to SAP Center to take on the first-place Vegas Golden Knights (46-21-5) Thursday.