After a brief break from the ice (for everyone except All-Star defenseman Brent Burns), the Sharks have been skating strong to start the second half of the NHL season. The team has taken seven out of the possible 10 points against some tough competition, including wins over conference foes like Chicago, Anaheim and Vancouver. Let’s take a quick look at a few key stats to keep an eye on as the Sharks try to continue building momentum:
The number of game-winning goals scored by Patrick Marleau.
The Sharks will need some clutch scoring to make a postseason run, and luckily Patrick Marleau has shown he can light the lamp when it matters most. Marleau is tied for seventh in NHL history for the most game winning goals with one team, scoring his most recent game-winner last month against Toronto. With 10 goals and 27 assists on the year, expect the Sharks to lean heavily on Marleau in crunch time.
Joe Thornton’s total career assists.
Thorton has gotten off to a red-hot start in the second half of the season, tallying six assists in just five games. Thorton leads the Sharks in assists with 33 and is projected to finish with 54 total assists on the year. That level of production would propel Throton passed Al MacInnis into 15th place on the NHL all-time career assist list.
Franchise goals scored by the San Jose Sharks since their inception in 1991
The Sharks scored their 5000th goal in franchise history in the final game before the All-Star break and have already scored 18 goals following the break. Here’s a quick recap of some of the more interesting milestones along the way to 5K
- October 4, 1991 – Craig Coxe scores the first goal in franchise history
- March 10, 2002 – Goalie Evengi Nabokov scores a rare goal
- March 30, 2002 – The Sharks tie a franchise record by scoring 10 goals in a single game.
- January 11, 2007 – Patrick Marleau breaks the Sharks record for most goals in franchise history with his 207th goal.
Here’s to 5,000 more!