The San Jose Sharks increased their winning streak after a beating the Toronto Maple Leafes 4-2 on Tuesday, and are now undefeated in their last six games.
Mike Brown, who previously played for Toronto 2010 through 2013, got the first goal of the game from a tip in off of his stick, after Jason Demers shot the puck in from the blue line.
About four and half minutes later, Captain Joe Thornton got his fifth goal of the season. Thornton seized the power play opportunity when Maple Leafes’ Jay McClement was taken off for hooking and Mason Raymond was called for a tripping penalty.
The Sharks lost momentum towards the end of the first period when James Sheppard went into the penalty box a two minute interference call. Toronto used the momentum they had gained at the end of the first, and carried it into the second period. The Sharks suffered three penalties in the second period. The penalties were Dan Boyle with a two minute interference; Andrew Desjardin with a five minute for fighting; and Logan Couture with two minutes for high sticking.
Raymond scored a power play goal during Boyle’s penalty, closing the gap to 2-1. Phil Kessel also scored a power play goal for Toronto while Couture was serving his penalty time in the box. It was Kessel’s 15th goal this season and 200th of his career. Raymond and Kessel proved to the Sharks why Toronto is currently the best power play team on home ice.
“We had a ten minute stretch at the end of the first and start of the second, where we weren’t good at all,” admitted Joe Pavelski.
The game remained tied at 2-2 in the second until Sharks’ defenseman, Brad Stuart, got an even strength goal assisted by Boyle. Staurt’s third goal of the season became the game winner.
Toronto pulled goal tender, James Reimer, in the third period. Couture made himself open for an assist from Tommy Wingles, and scored an empty net goal with less than two minutes left in regulation.
The Sharks have now one six games in a row as they head into three more away games– Pittsburg, Carolina, and Minnesota. The next time they matchup against Toronto will be after the Winter Olympics, on March 11 on home ice.