The pitchforks have been put down … or at least lowered a little bit. After getting smoked in four straight out of the gate, the Sharks posted back-to-back wins in Chicago on Thursday, 5-4, and at home on Sunday against Calgary, 3-1. They haven’t been perfect victories and there are still some genuine concerns, but wins are wins, and the Sharks desperately needed a couple after the way they started the 2019-20 season. Here are a few things we’ve learned through the first two weeks:1.
In hindsight, it turned out to be the correct decision. But last April, more than a few eyebrows were raised when coach Pete DeBoer returned to Martin Jones in Game 5 against Vegas in the first round. Jones had played miserably for three consecutive playoff games, helping to leave the Sharks on the brink of elimination. Jones’ regular-season and playoff performance to that point didn’t leave much hope that he was suddenly going to get it together.
Couture on Kane’s first period hat trick: "Special moment for him. He’s a goal scorer. That’s what he does. He goes to the net hard and he fills that role for us. When he’s hot, there’s not many guys that are as hot as him. We’re hoping that he rides that wave right now.”
Evander Kane spoke with linesman Kyle Murchison on Wednesday morning before the game. “He kind of apologized with how everything went down. Obviously wish he maybe could have taken that back, but water under the bridge. We moved on.”