The San Jose Sharks are 3-0 on this young National Hockey League season, but surely, no one is paying as much attention to the team as a whole as they are to young Tomas Hertl.
After netting four goals last night against the New York Rangers at the SAP Center in San Jose, the 19-year old center now has six on the season. Never mind the Sharks' 9-2 victory over the Broadway Blueshirts.
"I'm not even sure he realizes where he is," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told the Associated Press after the game Tuesday evening. "He's a passionate young man, and he's playing freely."
"This is a dream," added Hertl. "This is crazy. I've never scored more than two in a game, maybe."
The other five San Jose goals were scored by Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Dan Boyle in the first period, followed by Matt Nieto and Logan Couture in the second period. Justin Braun got the final goal of the game in the final frame, after Hertl had completed his scoring for the evening.
Jason Demers had three assists for the Sharks, while Nieto and Tommy Wingels each tallied two assists. Antti Niemi made 18 saves in goal for San Jose.
Now, the Sharks take flight for their first road game of the season, in Vancouver, tomorrow night. San Jose beat the Canucks for their first win of the year last week, but since then, Vancouver (3-1) hasn't lost again.
Along with the surprising Colorado Avalanche, the Sharks have the best record in the Western Conference currently, and after the game tomorrow, San Jose returns home to the SAP Center to host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday evening.