And the team looked really good. From the top line to the bottom.
Patrick Marleau notched two assists, including a pass between a Coyote's legs to Joe Pavelski. Pavelski went on to score another goal, both on the power play, later in the game.
Michal Handzus also lit the lamp on a wrap-around to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead.
Clowe scored one of the three power-play goals for the Sharks on a nifty backhanded shot. Couture made a spiffy assist on the play.
And now, for perhaps the biggest surprise: Andrew Desjardins had a two-goal night. One of the goals he scored was a beautiful shot on a breakaway.
And for his other tally, he showed persistence after getting knocked off the puck and was able to sneak it in on Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.
Thomas Greiss stopped 26 of 29 shots in a solid victory, in the absence of goalies Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymaki.
The biggest thing that the win last night proved was that the Sharks' bottom lines are looking impressive.
Michal Handzus merged right in, winning face offs, blocking shots and scoring his first goal in teal.
Desjardins, the young 25-year-old, is technically a rookie this year, only playing in 17 games last season. Both of his goals seemed to be beyond his experience, and based on that, I believe he'll have a bright season.
One of the things that plagued the Sharks last season was the lack of production from the bottom lines. But based on the way Handzus and Desjardins played, it looks like that might not be as much of a problem this year.
Sure, it was only the first game of the season, but the bottom lines look better already, which will be huge for the team this season.
The top line of Pavelski, Marleau and Thornton looks great, producing four points.
Once Havlat comes back, that will be yet another boost to the Sharks offense.
The Sharks will have a bright season offensively this year.
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