Hertl gets hat trick in Sharks’ overtime win over Flyers


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Tomas Hertl pulled off his hat trick after 24 seconds of overtime to carry the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

Brent Burns assisted all three goals and Timo Meier had two assists for the Sharks, who ended a four-game road trip 2-2. Adin Hill stopped 29 shots.

James van Riemsdyk scored both goals for Philadelphia, who have lost five in a row. Martin Jones made 44 saves.

In the extra period, Hertl beat Jones on a 2-on-1 in which he chose to aim for his 20th goal, the team leader, giving him 18 points (12 goals, six assists) in the last 12 matches. He also won the game in overtime in the Sharks’ 3-2 home win over Philadelphia on December 30.

“Glad to see that I can help the team,” Hertl said.

The Flyers have continued to play without key players due to COVID-19 protocols and injuries. Captain Claude Giroux, forward Travis Konecny ​​and defenders Travis Sanheim and Ivan Provorov have stepped down due to health and safety protocols.

San Jose was missing captain Logan Couture and center Nick Bonino for the same reason.

“I’m very proud of these guys,” said Sharks coach Bob Boughner. “There are a lot of reasons, excuses – every team has them: injuries, COVID, the way the road trip started. We ended on a positive note. A lot of guys played well; we needed 20 guys tonight.

Boughner said Hertl gave a boost with more than just his score.

“What I liked is that even when we lost 2-0 he played a huge leadership role (saying):” We’re still in there, we got it, let’s keep going to work, ”Boughner said. “He was pretty inspiring. “

The Flyers started substitute goalie Jones against his former team. The Sharks bought out the final three years of Jones’ contract over the summer after three below-par seasons in which he had a .896 save percentage. Jones won 170 games in six seasons in San Jose and, in 2016, helped the club reach their only Stanley Cup final.

“I think it’s always special to play against your old team,” Flyers interim coach Mike Yeo said ahead of the game. “He obviously played a lot of very good hockey for this organization. These things are happening in this business, we are all aware of them. At the same time, there is a sense of pride in your old team. “

Jones stopped the Sharks’ first 35 shots before they scored three in the 12:37 final of settlement and overtime.

“It’s not very pleasant to have lost; that’s all, he said.

Van Riemsdyk broke the tie without a goal at 1:06 in the third. He chipped the puck past Marc-Edouard Vlasic near the center of the ice, rushed into the attacking zone, then fired a wrist shot past Hill’s glove for his eighth of the season.

Philadelphia scored two goals with 13:13 left in regulation when van Riemsdyk was credited for his second. Cam York fired from the point that deflected high in the air van Riemsdyk, then Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro and over the goal line. York, playing his sixth career game, earned his first point in the NHL.

After Jones repelled San Jose’s first 35 shots, Hertl put the Sharks on the board a minute later, finishing at close range after a pass from Meier. And Hertl tied it with a cuff from the front fold with 5:31 left in the third.

“You see in the third period, when the game is on the line and things are tense, that’s when your habits kick in,” Yeo said. “And I thought that’s when a lot of our bad habits came out.”


Earlier Saturday, San Jose placed forward Evander Kane on unconditional waivers with the intention of terminating the remainder of his seven-year, $ 49 million contract. The Sharks have said they moved because Kane violated COVID-19 protocols in the AHL where he currently plays for the Barracuda.

Kane, 30, had 22 goals and 22 assists in 56 games last season with the Sharks. Kane has also played for the Atlanta / Winnipeg and Buffalo franchise since being drafted by the Thrashers fourth overall in 2009. Kane has 264 goals and 242 assists in 769 career games.

“For a head coach, maybe you want your best offensive player in the roster? Of course, ”said Boughner. “But I understand the situation. Am I disappointed for him personally? Yeah, it would be like that for anyone. For me, it’s just business as usual. I can’t focus on it, I can’t dwell on it. Focus on what we have, not what we don’t have.


The Flyers traditionally draw one of the best crowds in the NHL, but Wells Fargo Center was only half full of the 19,500 spots. The Philadelphia Eagles also hosted the Dallas Cowboys across the street at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night, creating a difficult traffic and parking situation for fans.

Normally, the Wells Fargo Center lot is used for Eagles parking, but it was only for fans with Flyers tickets. Still, many Flyers fans apparently stayed home to avoid the traffic and parking issues.


Sharks: Dr. Erik Karlsson (upper body) missed his second straight game. … Couture sat down for the third game in a row while Bonino missed his first. … G James Reimer (lower body), D Jacob Middleton (upper body) and D Radim Simek (lower body) also did not perform. … Jonah Gadjovich (upper body) was injured in the first half and did not come back.

Flyers: Giroux and Provorov have missed three games in a row while Sanheim and Konecny ​​have played two games in a row. … Derick Brassard (hip) was back out of the lineup after playing in Thursday’s 6-2 loss to Pittsburgh. Prior to Thursday’s game, Brassard last played on December 8 with a hip injury. Yeo said that Brassard is hand in hand. … D Nick Seeler came back from health and safety protocols.


Sharks: Host Detroit Tuesday night to open a four-game homestand.

Flyers: Carolina host Tuesday night.


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