The San Jose Sharks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-1 rout of the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. Does this mean the team has reached a turning point?
The San Jose Sharks got themselves back in the win column on Saturday night and they did so in a big way defeating the Philadelphia Flyers by a final score of 6-1.
After losing four straight and 10 of their last 11 games, the Sharks finally picked up just their second win in the month of December in an absolute domination of a very solid Flyers team from start to finish.
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They were led by a career night from Timo Meier who registered his first career NHL hat trick at a time where he and the Sharks offense desperately neede a spark.
Meier had totaled just four points in his last 11 games and scored just two goals this month before his breakout performance on Saturday. And the young winger was left on the bench for portions of Friday’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
The Athletic’s Kevin Kurz even speculated that Meier had a “real chance” of being scratched on Saturday. And as a result, Meier responded with one of the finest nights of his young NHL career.
Meanwhile, a Sharks team that had scored three goals as a team just twice in the month of December received three from Meier and a collection of three from youngsters and veterans alike.
Ferraro and Kellman will be overshadowed by Meier’s big night, but especially for Ferrero, this is the culmination of what has been an excellent rookie season thus far.
Goalie Martin Jones started in net for just the second time in the Sharks’ last six games. The ever-inconsistent Jones put together one of his better outings of the year finishing with 26 saves on 27 attempts to secure his first win since November 30th — nearly a month.
And now the real question is, could the Sharks use this momentum to turn around their season? It certainly isn’t impossible.
After all, look at where the eventual-champion St. Louis Blues were at this time last season.
But it’s going to take more efforts like this one to turn things around permanently. That means more consistent offensive showings, improved defensive play, and more reliable goaltending.
Interm head coach Bob Boughner pushed all the right buttons in this game, but does that mean that the players have fully bought into his system and his preachings? That, of course, remains to be seen.
But in the meantime, the Sharks needed a victory like this. They needed to regain their confidence and close out the year strong after a disastrous month of December.
A matchup with the NHL-worst Detroit Red Wings awaits San Jose on Tuesday giving the team a golden opportunity to head into 2020 with two straight victories.
The playoffs aren’t out of the question, but the San Jose Sharks are going to need to string together some victories and play more consistent hockey if they’re going to make a run.
But if Saturday night’s game is any indication, it’s clear that they have it in them.