Tomas Hertl scores Sharks’ first objectives in 309 days, opening 2021 season
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The Sharks are back in action and, officially, back on the scoreboard.
Tomas Hertl scored San Jose’s first objective in Thursday’s season opener versus the Arizona Coyotes, becoming the first Shark of any kind to score a goal in nearly a year.
Timo Meier’s tally 6:39 into the third duration of the Sharks’ 6-2 defeat to Chicago on March 11, 2020 was San Jose’s last objective prior to the NHL suspended its season and, eventually, ended the Sharks’ campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Meier provided the Sharks their first power play of the season, and Hertl needed just 15 seconds on the male advantage to offer San Jose its very first lead of 2021.
Hertl’s goal was his very first since Jan. 29, 2020, the same night he sustained a season-ending knee injury. He included a second with 3:09 remaining in the first period Thursday, assisted by novice winger John Leonard.
After ending the suspended season in last location in the Pacific Department and Western Conference, the Sharks were not one of 24 groups to take part in the NHL’s postseason bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton, AB. The 2019-20 season was just the third time this century, and just the 2nd under basic manager Doug Wilson, in which the Sharks missed the playoffs.
The Sharks have 55 more games to guarantee the playoff dry spell doesn’t extend into a 2nd season, and Hertl’s objective Thursday is the very first on that course.