"I think it helped a lot being a five o'clock game for me and not having to sit around all night and come to the rink and go through the routine," he said. "It was a little easier than sitting around all day in my hotel room."
Stalock was solid throughout, including making 16 saves in the first period to help the Sharks jump out to a 3-1 lead.
"Maybe it's a good thing that I saw a lot early and was able to feel it," he said. "They were kind of shooting it from everywhere, which I was kind of expecting they would, but not being in a game yet I was lucky enough to make saves."
Stalock's teammates were happy to see him earn the win and were thrilled to give him a few early goals to help with his confidence.
"He's been patiently waiting behind (Niemi), and to come out with a performance like that was huge for us," captain Joe Thornton said.