Hertl’s hat trick paired with Adin Hill’s 29 saves lead Sharks past Flyers 3-2 in OT

The San Jose Sharks wrapped up their four-game road trip in Philadelphia Saturday afternoon, taking on the slumping Flyers.

Philadelphia traveled to San Jose just over a week ago to face the Sharks at SAP Center and have yet to win a game since, currently in the midst of a four-game skid.

Saturday was an eventful day for the Sharks organization before the game had even started with the news of San Jose’s plan to put Evander Kane on waivers with the intent to terminate his contract. This plan comes after it was discovered that Kane had traveled with the Barracuda to Vancouver while knowingly being COVID positive.

To go along with the chaotic morning, Nick Bonino was added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, joining Logan Couture and Lane Pederson. James Reimer and Erik Karlsson were also both still unavailable due to injuries.

Adin Hill was the man between the pipes for the Sharks, coming off a great start in his last game against the Sabres. Hill has had a very up and down season in his first year with the Sharks, owning a 7-9-0 record with a .901 save percentage to go along with a 2.91 goals against average.

Martin Jones took the net on the other end of the ice, facing the Sharks for the first time since his buyout this past offseason. With the Flyers this season, Jones has been a solid backup to Carter Hart. Coming into Saturday’s contest, Jones posted a 6-5-1 record with a .906 save percentage and a 3.36 goals against average.

Both netminders shined in the first two periods of the game, going into the second intermission without a blemish. Hill was a perfect 25/25 on saves-to-shots and Jones was 26/26 heading into the third period.

With both goalies boasting shutout bids, right out of the gates to start the final frame the offenses started to wake up.

James van Riemsdyk broke the scoreless tie only 1:06 into the final period for his 8th goal of the season.

Not long after van Riemsdyk scored the opening goal, he found the back of the net a second time on the power play to give the Flyers a 2-0 third period lead.

In a game where both goalies had given up very little and Philadelphia jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead to start the third, things started to look grim for the Sharks. Luckily for San Jose, Tomas Hertl wasn’t going to go down.

Exactly one minute after van Riemsdyk’s second goal put Philadelphia up 2-0, Tomas Hertl got one back with his team-leading 18th of the season. Timo Meier skated in and slid over a pass to Hertl in front of the net that bounced up in the air, landing on Jones’ pad and into the back of the net.

A huge moment in the game came with 7:35 left to play and the Sharks on a man-advantage. Joel Farabee found himself on a breakaway and skated in, deking several times with a toe drag to cap off his attempt, that was phenomenally saved by a completely sprawled out Adin Hill.

With 5:31 left in the game, Tomas Hertl scored his second of the night to tie the game. Timo Meier had the puck behind the net and just like the Sharks first goal, found Hertl in front, who this time battled for the puck before snapping a backhander past Jones.

Thanks to Adin Hill’s heroics in net and Tomas Hertl’s two goals, the game was headed to overtime. The Sharks ended the third period outshooting Philadelphia 20-5.

Only 24 seconds into overtime, Tomas Hertl capped off his fantastic game with a natural hat trick to secure the win for the Sharks. Hertl skated in with Meier to his left on a 2-on-1 break, where he kept the puck himself and sent a wrist shot through Jones’ five-hole.

With his three-goal performance tonight, Hertl now has 12 goals in his last 12 games and a team-leading 20 on the season.

Adin Hill finished the night with 29 saves on the 31 shots that he faced, including a couple of game-saving stops.

Brent Burns had a three-point night, recording an assist on everyone of Hertl’s goals.

The Sharks will now return back home for a Tuesday night matchup with the Detroit Red Wings.

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