The San Jose Sharks' 5 Best Goals So Far in 2013-14
I know what you’re thinking. But I already know the top goal scored by the San Jose Sharks in the 2013-2014 season.
You’re right, you do. You don’t have to be a hockey fan to have seen arguably the best goal scored in the NHL this season. Rookie sensation Tomas Hertl’s spectacular goal against the New York Rangers flooded the sports world and made hockey fans out of even the biggest skeptics of the sport.
So why should you bother to continue reading this article, you ask? Because I’m taking that goal off the table for the sake of this list.
No disrespect intended, but the San Jose Sharks have scored 70 goals in addition to Hertl’s show-stopper, the second-largest goal pool to draw from in the NHL. Narrowing it down to five is tough enough without having the top spot already predictably filled. So we acknowledge the obvious and use this opportunity to highlight five others.
The following criteria was used to whittle the options down:
- Jaw-drop factor
- Context of the goal within the game
- Context of the goal in the larger scheme of San Jose’s season
Last but not least, no player will appear on the list more than once.
Here we go, the top five goals by the San Jose Sharks this season. But first, an honorable mention...
Honorable Mention—Tomas Hertl vs. New York Rangers
No, not that goal. But this list would not be complete without a contribution from the team's leading goal scorer and one of the NHL's best stories. Tomas Hertl's second tally of the night against the New York Rangers doesn't get the love it deserves because of everything that happened after. So it's time to pay tribute the goal that offered a glimpse of Hertl's silky smooth hands and killer finishing ability.
But even this gem couldn't prepare anyone for what was yet to come.
5. Tommy Wingels vs. Buffalo Sabres
San Jose's performance against the Buffalo Sabres left plenty to be desired. But there's no denying the effort from Tommy Wingels to complete the regulation comeback. This goal tied the game at 4-4, giving the Sharks an opportunity to pull the game out in overtime.
Wingels appeared to score the game-winner in overtime, but the goal wasn't seen by the official and never reviewed. The Sharks would eventually lose in a shootout, but for a team known for skillful, tic-tac-toe goals, Wingels' tenacity and gritty play has made him a fan favorite and San Jose's best clutch performer.
4. Dan Boyle vs. Phoenix Coyotes
Dan Boyle's goal isn't the most exciting goal, but it holds great context.
After his duffed pass ended up in San Jose's net less than a minute into his first game game back from injury, Boyle redeemed himself with this power-play goal to put the Sharks up 2-1. His post-goal reaction says everything else you need to know.
3. Joe Thornton vs. Vancouver Canucks
Joe Thornton isn't known for scoring goals, in fact, he only has a pair so far this season. But the lack of lamp-lighting from San Jose's captain doesn't prevent him from making this list.
It can only be described as an incredulous series of ricochets. According to Reuben Fischer-Baum at Deadspin, Thornton's second of the season could have easily been prevented by "more strategic water bottle positioning."
2. Andrew Desjardins vs. Ottawa Senators
Andrew Desjardins has only scored one goal this season, but boy did he make it count with this unstoppable backhander in Ottawa. The rolling-puck goal put San Jose up 2-0 on its way to a 5-2 victory.
Not the only fourth-liner to score in Ottawa, James Sheppard's first of the season, a slick double-post wrister, is also worth your time.
1. Logan Couture vs. St. Louis Blues
After watching Dan Boyle taken off on a stretcher, San Jose channeled its frustrations and capitalized twice on the ensuing five-minute power play. Logan Couture scored San Jose's first of three power-play goals in the game on this twisted, expertly placed short-side wrister to begin the onslaught.
San Jose proceeded to blow out the previously unbeaten Blues 6-2 in a game chock full of emotion surrounding San Jose's fallen defensive leader.
With that, there are still 64 San Jose goals to be discussed. Which is your favorite?