As much of the hockey world was focused on Canada defeating Russia in the World Juniors Monday night, the NHL slate was very light. However the lone NHL offering of the night did not disappoint, as the San Jose Sharks (21-14-5) took down the Winnipeg Jets (20-13-7) 3-2 in stunning fashion. The Jets, who were playing with a beat up defense, had managed to fight and claw their way to an even 2-2 score late, late into the third period.
They looked destined for overtime with only one more face-off in their zone to clear. However, the Sharks would gain possession after the face-off and the Shark’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic would bang home the winning goal with 2.9 seconds remaining.
Both teams needed the win as it was only the second win in the last five games for the Sharks and now the Jets have dropped three of their last four. Both teams will be looking to get healthy quickly to get back on track.