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Too much Toe-Mash
Hertl's natural hat-trick saves Sharks
1/8/2022 - By Mike Lee

Falling behind by 2 goals in the 3rd period has been a death sentence for the Sharks. Wrapping up a 4-game road trip with a stop in Philadelphia, San Jose was faced with the hard reality of a 2-goal deficit. Tomas Hertl had other plans. The Sharks forward scored a pair of goals in the period to get the game to overtime, then scored the game winner 24 ticks into the extra frame to help San Jose split the road trip with a 2-2-0 record.

Hertl has a lot to prove as he finishes out his current contract. He may command a pretty penny in free agency, but his performance on Saturday only upped his price tag. The forward wasted no time in declaring this game the Sharks once the overtime period started.

San Jose worked a 2-on-1 break from their own end after Philadelphia coughed the puck up. Brent burns flipped the puck up to Hertl along the right wing boards. Hertl skated up the length of the ice with Timo Meier on his left wing, before snapping a shot from the inside of the right circle. Defenseman Cam York may have partially deflected the shot, which changed the trajectory on former Sharks goaltender Martin Jones.

Jones was the tough luck loser as the Sharks poured onto the field to congratulate Hertl. The netminder faced 43 saves, but fell one short in only his 14th appearance of the season for the Flyers.

Jame van Riemsdyk looked like he would be the hero of the day for Philadelphia, scoring both goals for the Flyers.

His first tally came just 66 seconds into the 3rd period. The goal looked similar to Hertl's game winner, as the Flyers forward snapped a shot from the right side on the fly. The big difference was that van Riemsdyk burned defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic by chipping it past him along the side boards, catching the much-maligned blueline flat-footed.

A Jeffrey Viel tripping penalty setup the Flyers 2nd goal. The hockey gods were also on Philadelphia's side. York threw a puck at the front of the net where van Riemsdyk was positioned with his back to Sharks goaltender Adin Hill. The thigh-high shot hit van Riemsdyk in the shaft of his stick, before caroming to the right where it hit Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro. The puck then took a 90 degree left turn off Ferraro and into the Sharks goal.

Hertl kicked off his natural hat trick run by halving the Flyers lead at 7:47 of the period. Timo Meier setup the goal by driving around the right side before flipping a backhand to the front of the net. Hertl was parked at the top of the crease where he redirected Meier's feed, hitting Jones in the chest, but the puck flipped up in the air before hitting the goaltender in the right skate and over the goal line.

The Sharks tied the game at 14:29 when Brent Burns started the sequence by throwing the puck to the end boards for Meier who drew a defender to him before sliding the puck to Hertl outside the left post. Hertl drew the puck off his forehand then kicked the puck to his backhand before lifting a shot past Jones.

Hertl worked his magic in overtime and the Sharks wrapped up a road trip much stronger than they started. After dropping games to Pittsburgh and Detroit where the surrendered a combined 14 goals, they clamped down on Buffalo and Philadelphia, allowing 4 total goals in their two wins.

Game Notes:

* Jonah Gadjovich was injured in the 1st period and did not return to the game.

* The win game the Sharks the season series over Philadelphia. San Jose defeated the Flyers by the same 3-2 score, also in overtime, back on December 30th. The game winner in that game was also scored by Hertl.

* Radim Simek was scratched because of a lower body injury that he sustained on Thursday in Buffalo.

* Nick Bonino was added to the COVID protocol list, along with assistant coach John McLean.

* The hat trick was the 5th of Tomas Hertl's career.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 0 0 2 1 3
PHI 0 0 2 0 2
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 1, PHI, van Riemsdyk 8 (Lindblom, Hays), 1:06. 2, PHI, van Riemsdyk 9 (York, Atkinson), 6:47, (pp). 3, SJ, Hertl 18 (Meier, Burns), 7:47. 4, SJ, Hertl 19 (Meier, Burns), 14:29.
Overtime - 5, SJ, Hertl 20 (Burns), 0:24.
1st period - Farabee, PHI (tripping), 6:08.
2nd period - Megna, SJ (interference), 14:01.
3rd period - Viel, SJ (tripping), 5:56; Mayhew, PHI (slashing), 11:54.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Hill 31 29
PHI - Jones 43 40
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 13 13 20 1 47
PHI 15 10 5 1 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
PHI 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Tomas Hertl
James van Riemsdyk
Adin Hill
Wells Fargo Center - 15,600
Referees: #36 Dean Morton, #11 Kelly Sutherland . Linesmen: #80 Jonathan Deschamps, #56 Julien Fournier.

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