The Sharks began Thursday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers as the last NHL team with an unblemished record.
That's how they finished it, too. But it took a second consecutive 3-2 shootout victory at HP Pavilion to reach the 7-0 mark in a game that may have featured the first Kaepernicking-on-ice after Logan Couture scored the game's initial goal.
"It's a Bay Area team that's in the Super Bowl. Just showing some support for those guys," Couture said of his tribute to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick by burying his head in the crook of his arm. "We're rooting for them."
Goals by Couture and Joe Pavelski staked the Sharks to a 2-0 lead midway through the second period before Edmonton drew even on scores by Sam Gagner and Taylor Hall.
But when it came down to the shootout, Michal Handzus -- who's still looking for his first actual point of the season -- was the key to the victory, burying the first shot in the one-on-one competition just as he did Tuesday night against the Anaheim Ducks.
"Zus, ever since he's been here, he's been pretty money on shootout goals," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. "Last game he buried one and tonight, so it's an easy choice for Coach to put him out there as the number one shooter."
Back after missing one game with a cold, Dan Boyle also scored in the shootout for the Sharks against Edmonton netminder Devan Dubnyk. At the other end of the ice, Sharks goalie Antti Niemi stopped the only two Oilers he faced, Gagner and Ryan Nugent Hopkins, to earn his NHL-leading sixth victory of the season.
San Jose Sharks remain perfect with win in shootout
San Jose Mercury News | Feb 1