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Jeffrey Viel makes his place, with his fists and points

In a Sharks team in full battle for the playoffs, the Quebecer Jeffrey Viel is quietly making his place, at 24 years old.

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The former Acadie-Bathurst Titan has amassed three points in seven games since his recall, giving the San Jose squad a sustained effort and a certain character, he who is not reluctant to drop the gloves if necessary.

“It’s part of my” game “, bringing pucks to the net, my presence, there are good things that happen,” summarized the Rimouskois, Wednesday, on TVA Sports.

On Tuesday, Viel nearly pulled off the famous “Gordie Howe hat trick” against the Red Wings, going from a fight against Givani Smith and scoring the tying goal in a 3-2 victory. . A goal amassed “with a spade and a shovel”, moreover, faithful to its style.

“For me it’s orthodox [comme but], I would say, this is the kind of goal that I count […] I wasn’t sure it was going to count, but I’ll take it, ”he admitted with a smile.

“For now, I’m going game by game, we have injuries and there are cases of COVID, he also explained. I’m focusing on the next game and we’ll see what happens. But since I was recalled, for seven games, it’s been going really well and I’ll try to continue like that. “

What helps is that the mood is good in the Sharks’ locker room.

“Our culture has changed a bit this year,” said Viel. Our veterans have really taken the lead and are showing the kids how to do it. ”

Could the exclusion of controversial Evander Kane have a role to play in this situation?

“I haven’t been around long enough to know what it was like, the situation with Evander Kane in years past, I can’t comment on that,” Viel replied cautiously. But this year, the team spirit is really good. ”