Once, twice, three times for Seto

It would have been easy for the San Jose Sharks to buy in to the pressure of playing a team that just swung a blockbuster deal, but NHLHS Sharks correspondent Stephanie Lee discusses how one Sharks brought his ‘A’ game.

On the same day that the Colorado Avalanche sent Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Stewart to the St. Louis Blues for Erik Johnson and Jay McClement, the San Jose Sharks were getting used to their new acquisition in Ian White. Playing in his first game as a San Jose Shark and paired with Niclas Wallin. Coincidence that he was paired up with another former Carolina Hurricane?

As much as people expected the night to be all about Ian White, it was not.  It was however, all about Devin Setoguchi who got to reap the benefits of what White can do this time around, scoring his first career NHL hat trick.

Jason Demers passed the puck up the center to Setoguchi who went backhand to forehand and back again to open the scoring just a little over six minutes into the game.  Douglas Murray also picked up an assist on the play.

With Ryan O‘Byrne in the box for holding, it left the Sharks on a power play. Having gone one for six in their last three games on the power play, White shot wide from just outside the circles, leaving the net wide open behind Peter Budaj. Who was there to clean it up? None other then Setoguchi.  Skating in off the boards, Setoguchi scored his 14th goal of the season off the rebound.

Two minutes later, Ryane Clowe would score a funky goal on yet another Sharks power play. Passing to line mate Logan Couture, it appeared to bounce of Couture’s stick and back to Clowe for his 16th of the season.

Capping the night for Setoguchi was his unassisted third and final goal. With the puck rolling, Setoguchi skated in on the breakaway and scored five hole on Budaj. Had Clowe not scored, it would’ve been a natural hat trick for Setoguchi. When asked about his hatty, he said this, “I think the fans are more excited about the pizza then the hat trick.”

For those who don’t know or aren’t Sharks fans, when San Jose scores four goals in a single game, each fan can turn in their ticket for a free personal pizza from Round Table Pizza at participating Bay Area locations. What made the night just a little more interesting was during the clean up of hats raining down onto the ice was the one lone umbrella. I suppose we hate to rain on Colorado’s parade of a blockbuster deal, but Sharks won.