SAN JOSE — According to Sharks president Jonathan Becher, Erik Karlsson used some colorful language as he celebrated his power play goal early in the second period.
In this case, using inappropriate language only seems appropriate considering that Karlsson waited 45 days and 21 games to score his first goal with the Sharks. After the goal, Becher went on Twitter to say: “I can’t repeat what (Karlsson) said after scoring his first goal as a (Shark), but he was very happy.”
The goal jumpstarted the Sharks (11-7-3, 25 points) offensive charge Saturday, laying the foundation for a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues 7-8-3) at SAP Center.
Karlsson scored the goal by jumping on the rebound of a Logan Couture shot in the high slot and firing a slapper into the upper shelf on goalie Chad Johnson’s blocker side. The two-time Norris Trophy winner, who’s taken some criticism for his slow start with the Sharks, also earned an assist on Evander Kane’s seventh goal of the season at 7:45 of the middle frame.
Squeezed in between Karlsson and Kane’s goal was Joe Pavelski’s 12th of the year. Pavelski buried the rebound of Marcus Sorensen’s breakaway at 6:31 of the second. He scored again at 11:59 of the third, giving him six goals and nine points in four games.
Like Karlsson and Pavelski, Kane and Couture also put together multi-point nights. Kane earned two points while Couture collected three assists.
As pleased as the Sharks are to get Karlsson on the scoresheet, the more important development was the team’s performance on the defensive side of the puck. After head coach Pete DeBoer and Pavelski both criticized the squad Thursday night for abandoning its defensive identity by cheating for offense this season, the Sharks threw out their stingiest game of the year.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports