SAN JOSE — Timo Meier aimed to lead with 8:42 in regulation time to help the Sharks win a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday at the SAP Center.
Meyer took a pass from Rudolphs Balser, made a move to avoid a check near the top of the circle, and shot Senators goalkeeper Matt Murray with the wrist for his seventh goal of the season and a 4-3 Sharks lead.
Meyer added two assists, one on a power-play goal by Nick Bonino at the end of the second period as the Sharks improved to a 2-1-0 on their four-game homestand that ended Friday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. it happens.
Matt Nieto and Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks in the first two periods, and Logan Couture and Jake Middleton sealed the Sharks’ victory with blank-net goals in the final 64 seconds of the third period. Middleton’s goal was the first goal of his NHL career.
Bonino was alone in the slot when he took a centering pass from the mayor and did it once on the senators;’ Net. The puck hit Murray but he had enough oomph to slide across the goal line.
Bonino raised his arms in the air in victory and was immediately surrounded by his comrades. Finally, 14 years after he was drafted, Bonino made his first point as a member of the Sharks.
Bonino’s power-play goal of the second period at 19:29 erased Ottawa’s one-goal lead.
Bonino, who was drafted by the Sharks in 2007 and playing in his 700th career NHL game, went without a point in his first 18 games with the Sharks, the second longest drought of his career. He went without a score in 26 matches in 2010-2011.
Still, Bonino never stopped doing small things that were appreciated by his peers.
“There are times when people go through a slump and players don’t score, people start cheating,” Sharks winger Andrew Cogliano said Wednesday morning. “It’s human nature to start cheating and really score and push that side. Your whole game ends up like going down the drain at that point.
“: But (Bonino) is not that type of player. He knows he needs to play the right way every night.”
Josh Norris, Brady Tkachuk and Conor Brown scored for the Senators.
Ottawa was coming off a 7-5 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, the first game for a handful of Ottawa players who were in the NHL’s COVID protocol.
In that group was former Sharks center Dylan Gambrel, who was playing his sixth game for Ottawa as he was acquired by the team in October for a 2022 seventh-round pick from San Jose.
The sharks were in the same condition earlier this month. After seven players dropped out of protocol, losing 6–2 on November 13, they did poorly in the first game, but bounced back three days later with an impressive 4–1 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Sharks coach Bob Boffner had a feeling the Senators would be better off with another game on Wednesday, a mostly full roster.
“You can see in Colorado that they got better as the game progressed, and they had a pretty good third round to the point where they scored five goals,” Boffner said Wednesday morning. “I hope they get better tonight and have a little more energy. We just have to play our game.”