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Offense explodes in Philly
SJ unloads on the Flyers with 8 goals in win
10/9/18 - By Mike Lee -

If the Sharks loss in Brooklyn on Monday afternoon was a case of missed opportunities, then they figured out how to capitalize on them in short order. Playing a day after their ugly 4-0 loss to the Islanders, the Sharks pummeled the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night 8-1 at the Wells Fargo Center. Evander Kane had a pair of goals, and Kevin Labanc added 4 assists on the night to propel the Sharks, who draw to an even 2-2-0 record.

The game was the home opener for the Flyers who entered the contest at 1-1-0. Both Shark wins this season have come at their opposition's home opener. San Jose beat Los Angeles 3-2 in overtime last Friday night.

San Jose landed the first punch, scoring 3:17 into the contest when Logan Couture grabbed a deflection at his own blueline then racing up ice in a 2-on-1 break. Rather than passing the puck to Tomas Hertl on his left wing, Couture sent a wrist shot that beat Brian Elliott for his 1st goal of the season.

The Sharks stunned the sellout crowd by converting just 11 seconds later. Kevin Labanc gathered a Marc-Edouard Vlasic pass of the faceoff and raced in on Elliott on the right side. The young Sharks forward ripped a shot that was stopped by Elliott, but the rebound kicked over to the left side where Joe Pavelski was crashing for the put back. It was a nifty piece of stick work by the Sharks captain, who had to get his blade on a puck that was floating across the crease.

A steady stream of pressure in front of the net resulted in a third Sharks goal at 12:21 of the period when Pavelski slid a rebound past Elliott from the right post. The on ice officials did not see the puck cross the goal line but a video replay clearly showed the goal.

Elliott was not credited with his best save of the game on the same sequence when he bent his right leg while laying face down on the ice to stop a puck that was floating toward the goal mouth. Elliott didn't receive credit for the save, because it came after Pavelski's goal and time and stats were reverted after the review showed that play should have stopped on the goal.

A Mikhail Vorobyev hooking penalty added insult to the Flyers injury later in the period. San Jose converted on the ensuing power play when a Justin Braun pass hit Evander Kane in the skate, deflecting into the Philadelphia goal. The tally was the first power play goal of the season for San Jose in 12 attempts.

The period ended with the Sharks holding a 23-11 advantage on the shot counter, but the Flyers had their chances in the period. Sean Couturier missed on a wide open chance midway through the period, ringing a point blank shot off the cross bar. Claude Giroux missed on a wide open chance in the first 5 minutes of the game when he lost the handle on the puck.

A Joonas Donskoi interference penalty setup the Flyers second power play of the game 4:05 into the 2nd period. Philadelphia converted when Shane Gostisbehere one timed a shot from the slot after the Flyers tried jamming the puck home off a scrum in front of Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell. Dell made the initial save from in tight, but Wayne Simmonds fished the puck out of the scrum and slid it over to Giroux on the left side. Giroux could have forced the matter, but opted to feed Gostisbehere for the higher percentage shot.

Kane pushed the Sharks lead back to 4 goals when he roofed a shot from the slot past Elliott right after a Radko Gudas interference penalty expired. Kane gathered a Marc-Edouard Vlasic feed, then had the time to size up his shot, electing to go high. The shot caught the bottom of the crossbar for Kane's 4th goal of the season.

Travis Sanheim didn't help his team's cause by taking a tripping penalty 3:19 into the 3rd period, which setup the 2nd power play score for San Jose on the night. Hertl punched home a rebound while parked on the right post. Brent Burns fired a shot from the point that Elliott blocked, but the puck landed softly on Hertl's stick for the each punch out.

Timo Meier added his 2nd goal of the season at 15:21 of the period, by splitting two Flyer defenders before cutting to his left and sliding the puck past Elliott.

A Brendan Dillon holding penalty late resulted in a pair of goals. San Jose scored short-handed when Marcus Sorensen carried the puck up the left side before whipping a shot through the slot to Barclay Goodrow for the winger's 1st goal of the season.

Wayne Simmonds converted the 2nd power play goal of the night for Philadephia later in the penalty, punching home a shot from the doorstep. The Flyers finished the game 2-for-6 on the man advantage, which was the only rough spot in the Sharks game.

Game Notes:

* Erik Karlsson finished the game a +2 with a pair of assists, 3 shots and 4 hits on 27 shifts and 23:34 of ice time.

* The Sharks recorded 48 shots on goal, led by Evander Kane and Antti Suomela who had 7 shots each. Every Shark skater recorded a shot with the exception of Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Joakim Ryan and Melker Karlsson. Karlson was the only forward with out a shot.

* Kevin Labanc tied a career high in points (4) and set a career high with assists (4) in the game.

* 13 Sharks skaters recorded points in this game. San Jose finished the game a +29 plus/minus.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 4 1 3 8
PHI 0 1 1 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Couture 1 (unassisted), 3:17. 2, SJ, Pavelski 1 (Labanc, Vlasic), 3:28. 3, SJ, Pavelski 1 (Labanc), 12:21. 4, SJ, Kane 3 (Braun, Donskoi), 16:42, (pp).
2nd period - 5, PHI, Gostisbehere 1 (Giroux, Simmonds), 4:56, (pp). 6, SJ, Kane 4 (Vlasic, Labanc), 14:46.
3rd period - 7, SJ, Hertl 2 (E. Karlsson, Burns), 3:27, (pp). 8, SJ, Meier 2 (Labanc, E. Karlsson), 15:21. 9, SJ, Goodrow 1 (Sorensen), 18:01, (sh). 10, PHI, Simmonds 3 (Voracek, Giroux), 18:29, (pp).
1st period - Giroux, PHI (cross checking), 4:06; Meier, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 6:33; Vorobyev, PHI (hooking), 14:47.
2nd period - Donskoi, SJ (interference), 4:05.; Hagg, PHI (tripping), 7:39; Braun, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 10:14; Gudas, PHI (interference), 13:40.
3rd period - Dillon, SJ (slashing), 0:31; Sanheim, PHI (hooking), 3:19; Braun, SJ (tripping), 4:13; Dillon, SJ (holding), 17:00.
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 33 31
PHI - Elliott 48 40
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 23 8 17 48
PHI 11 10 12 33
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 5
PHI 2 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Kevin Labanc
Evander Kane
19,133 - Wells Fargo Center
Referees: Hebert, Dwyer. Linesmen: Sericolo, Suchanek.
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