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GOTTA SEE IT: Great Shades of Goodrow! Bordeleau’s Spectacular Goal Beats Vegas



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Thomas Bordeleau has been the talk of the town when it comes to the San Jose Sharks, and his first time finding the back of the net as a Shark will undoubtedly go down as a memorable one.

Claiming the shootout victory for the Sharks on the road, Bordeleau scored a patient goal on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Logan Thompson.

The goal also snapped the San Jose Sharks’ 11-game losing streak to the Vegas Golden Knights and dealt a blow to their rival’s playoff hopes.

Following the game, Bordeleau commented on why he picked that move in the shootout, with a smile: “I’m just comfortable with it. I’ve been doing it a lot. Only goalie that can stop it in the past couple of years was [Michigan goalie Erik] Portillo. And, you know, I don’t have to go against him in practice anymore.”

While Bordeleau wasn’t sure he was going to get the call in the shootout, he was prepared and ready to go once Sharks head coach Bob Boughner gave him the green light.

Boughner had some high praise for Bordeleau as he kept the youngster’s confidence in mind when making his decision to send him out: “There was a lot of debate going on on the bench about who was going to shoot next. I had Barabanov in mind or Bordeleau in mind, and we debated back and forth. At the end of it, if it would have been to maybe tie the game, I might have went a different direction because it’s a lot of pressure to put on a kid. But to win it, he’s got that pizzazz to him, and he plays pretty comfortable out there. Not a lot of rattles him.”

The game against the Golden Knights served as Bordeleau’s fifth NHL appearance. In his first three games in teal, Bordeleau picked up three assists, and after being held off the scoresheet against Chicago on Saturday, the 2020 second-round draft pick has to be feeling good after scoring the lone shootout goal Sunday night.

While a majority of the team skated over to congratulate Bordeleau on the shootout winner, Nick Bonino and a couple of teammates made their way over to James Reimer instead. If you watch closely, you can see a few San Jose Sharks split from the group in the background.

“It was tough to decide who to skate to initially there,” said Bonino. “I picked Reims just because he battled hard, but then everyone sprinted over the pile to congratulate Bords. It was a great moment for him, for sure.”

The San Jose Sharks’ victory comes one day after the third anniversary of the Sharks’ Game Seven OT victory over the Golden Knights in the 2019 playoffs. Bordeleau’s goal looked eerily similar to the one that sealed the deal in that game as well. Funny enough, Bordeleau even wears Barclay Goodrow’s old number.

The only negative part of this win is that since the goal was scored in the shootout, it will not count as Bordeleau’s first NHL goal. He will have to wait for that one just a bit longer. He has three games left to pick it up this season, including his next game at home on Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks.

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