Coming into their game with the Calgary Flames, the San Jose Sharks were trying to figure out how to win a game. They were in the midst of a five-game losing streak in which four of the games went into overtime.
The Sharks had a hard time holding onto leads as well. Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, the Sharks blew a two-goal lead before eventually falling 5-4 in a shootout. The Sharks hadn’t won a game since Oct. 27 when the defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2.
Although the Sharks blew a two-goal lead against the Flames on Tuesday night, they were able to overcome it as Brad Stuart scored in the extra frame for the victory. This win was critical for the Sharks. Not only did it stop a five-game losing skid, but it also was also important in keeping pace in the Pacific Division standings.
The Sharks are only four points behind the division leading Anaheim Ducks with 27 points. With the win they are also in fifth place in the Western Conference. Besides all of this, though, the win was important in building morale and boosting confidence. Nothing gets a team down faster than losing and losing a lot of games in a hurry.
Three of the Sharks’ next four games are against teams currently in the playoff mix. This win couldn’t have come at a better time. If they lost again, who knows when the next win would have come for the Sharks. Now San Jose can focus on maintaining a lead and putting more W’s on the board.