For the first fifteen minutes of Tuesday’s late-night game in San Jose, the Capitals seemed a bit rusty. But once the fourth line starting crashing the net, the flood gates opened. This was a clinic.
Melker Karlsson outraced Radko Gudas to put the Sharks up early in the first, but the Caps came back harder. Garnet Hathaway got one up close, then Jakub Vrana exploited some lazy defense, then John Carlson released a danger-close slapshot to make 3-1 after twenty minutes.
Hathaway scored his second goal of the game in the second period, taking a pass from Nic Dowd and paying the price for it. Jakub Vrana got jealous, so he scored his second goal of the game before intermission, making it 5-1 after two periods.
The Sharks pulled Martin Jones for the third period. The Sharks got one more past Holtby, but that was that.