Three power play goals lift Sharks over Blackhawks


Three power play goals lift Sharks over Blackhawks


SAN JOSE Jamie McGinn provided a necessary energy boost and Benn Ferriero the game-winning goal in the third period, as the Sharks beat the Blackhawks at HP Pavilion on Friday night, 5-3.The Sharks saw leads of 2-0 and 3-2 evaporate before McGinn took exception to a hit by Bryan Bickell on Marc-Edouard Vlasic at 5:18 of the third period, shortly after the Blackhawks had tied it at 3-3. He immediately engaged Bickell for a spirited bout that ended in a draw.San Jose was a different team from that point forward. Ferriero scored just 22 seconds later when Brad Winchester stayed with his own rebound and found Ferriero in front of the net at 5:40.

McGinn called the fight with Bickell weird, as the two are good friends and former teammates on the Ottawa 67s from their junior days, but something was needed at that moment in the game to change the momentum.Its in the back of my mind, he said. I didnt think we had a lot of jump there, and we needed something to spark us, and we responded well with Ferrieros goal.It sparked the bench and he goes out and scores a goal, too. Great game by him, Joe Thornton said.McGinn got a goal of his own on the power play with less than six minutes left for insurance, the Sharks third goal with a man advantage. He made a nice move at the side of the net after a pass down low from Ryane Clowe and lifted it high over the shoulder of Corey Crawford. The goal was just as important as the fight, and gave the Sharks some much needed insurance against a Chicago team that wouldnt go away.Big time. They are a dangerous team and have a lot of offensive weapons and can score at any time. Just to be up by two is a little bit better cushion and you can kind of take the game to them after that, McGinn said.For Ferriero, it just his seventh goal of the season, but fourth game-winner.You just have to go to the blue paint, get your nose dirty and bang away, he said.The Sharks finished 3-for-6 with a man advantage, and are 10 for their last 22 over the last eight games (45.4 percent). It was their first game with three power play goals since opening night against Phoenix.The Sharks' modest two-game winning streak came to an end, while they extended Chicagos losing streak to seven games (0-6-1) in what was their final home game before a nine-game road trip begins on Sunday in St. Louis.Well feel good going into St. Louis, well get a good flight, and it was big winning tonight just to grab some confidence before we go on that nine-gamer, Thornton said.The fourth and final meeting of the regular season between the Sharks and Blackhawks had a decided edge to it, beginning in the first period, when Thornton drilled Jonathan Toews near the benches and a scrum ensued that also involved Clowe and Duncan Keith. Vlasic also delivered a hard hit on Chicagos captain later in the game, and San Jose managed to keep him off of the scoresheet when all was said and done.That was the exact opposite of the last time these teams met on Jan. 15 at the United Center, when Toews, Patrick Kane and Viktor Stalberg combined for five points and 17 shots on goal in a 4-3 Blackhawks win that was not as close as the score would indicate.The proverbial head of the snake when it comes to the Blackhawks, McLellan was asked if there was extra emphasis to nullify Toews this time around.Some of our earlier games we made it a little too comfortable for him, and tonight I thought we played him hard, tried to slow him down as much as we could, and lucky enough it worked for us, said the Sharks coach.The Sharks finished 2-1-1 against Chicago this season, while the Blackhawks were 2-2-0 against San Jose.After controlling the first period, the Sharks were badly outplayed in the second, getting outshot 17-3. Still, a fortunate bounce after an odd-man rush gave them the lead back after 40 minutes.After Joe Pavelski just missed Patrick Marleau for a slam-dunk goal on a two-on-one, Marleau alertly prevented Keith from clearing the zone by lifting Keiths stick. Thornton ended up with the puck behind the net, tried to feed Pavelski, and defenseman Dylan Olsen inadvertently knocked the puck through Corey Crawford at 15:43.The Sharks power play staked them to an early 2-0 lead.With Michael Frolik in the box on a double-minor for high sticking, Logan Couture found Justin Braun for a one-timer at 1:58 of the first period to open the scoring. Couture appeared to make it 2-0 on the back-end of that double minor, but Marleau was ruled for goalie interference in what was a marginal call, at best.The Sharks killed that penalty off, though, and Dan Boyle deposited a rebound from Crawfords pad right to his tape after Coutures point shot for a goal at 11:36. Boyle was returning from a one-game absence due to the flu.The Blackhawks had all the energy to start the second period, and Marcus Krugers two rebound goals tied the game at 2-2.Nick Leddy unleashed a slap shot from just inside the blue line, and Kruger was able to deposit his first goal of the night at 6:55.Chicago kept coming in waves, but McLellan decided against using his timeout to slow that momentum. It cost his club when Kruger backhanded in the rebound of a blast by Brent Seabrook exactly three minutes after his first goal.For the 21-year-old Kruger, who entered with just three goals this season, it was the first multiple goal game of his career.Got the start we wanted, played them real hard in the first period, then decided to quit skating and watched them, basically, for the period, McLellan said.Bickell had given the Blackhawks the lead shortly before his fight with McGinn turned the tide in the Sharks favor. San Jose led 3-2 entering the third period, but a pass from the side of the net by Dave Bolland somehow got through Colin White and Andrew Desjardins for an easy conversion at 2:15.Antti Niemi made 33 saves to record his 23rd win and fifth of his career against his former team. Crawford stopped 22 of 27.Odds and ends: San Jose has at least one power play goal in seven of its last eight games. The Sharks killed off all three Blackhawks power plays. ... With a goal and an assist, defenseman Justin Braun tied a career-high with two points in a single game on his 25th birthday. Braun also picked up two points on Nov. 27, 2010 at Edmonton. Logan Couture extended his point streak to eight games with two power play assists, which ties a career-high for power play assists in a game (set Feb. 19, 2011 vs. Colorado). With his goal, Joe Thornton ties Jeff Friesen for fourth on the Sharks all-time goals list. Thornton now has 149 goals with San Jose and is on a five-game point streak with nine overall (4g, 5a). Per Elias Sports Bureau: Brent Burns is the second defenseman is Sharks history to have eight assists over a four-game span. The only other San Jose defenseman with eight assists over four games is Rob Blake (eight from Nov 13-22, 2008). It is not a record for a Sharks defenseman; Jeff Norton had one of nine points (two goals, seven assists) from March 24-29, 1994.

Rewind: Shorthanded Penguins stun Sharks in late comeback

Rewind: Shorthanded Penguins stun Sharks in late comeback

PITTSBURGH – The primary reason the Sharks made the additions and subtractions they did in the offseason was to match up better against a swift-skating team like Pittsburgh, which won last June’s Stanley Cup Final by playing a game based on speed.

If the first rematch is any indication, even a dramatically shorthanded Penguins team can still get the job done against San Jose.

Despite no Sidney Crosby, no Kris Letang, no Matt Murray, no Conor Sheary, and no third defense pair of Olli Maatta and Derrick Poulliot for the third period, the Penguins stormed from behind to give the Sharks a 3-2 loss on Thursday night at PPG Paints Arena. All of the Penguins’ goals came in the third period after they trailed 2-0 to start the final frame.

For the second time in four games on their road trip, the Sharks controlled play through two periods. That was enough against lowly Columbus last Saturday, but not against the Penguins, who got goals from Evgeni Malkin, Scott Wilson and Patric Hornqvist in span of eight minutes and 15 seconds in the third.

“Let them hang around a little bit, which is something we’ve done lately,” Pete DeBoer said. “Had some opportunities to extend it, and didn’t. Probably deserved to be up by more, but we weren’t. That’s what happens.”

San Jose got goals from Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau in the second period, a period that saw them outshoot the Penguins, 17-4. Shots were 27-10 overall through 40 minutes.

They started well in the third, too, when Mikkel Boedker drew a trip on Malkin at 4:10. Just after the ensuing power play had expired, Boedker was staring at a wide open net after slick seam pass from Joonas Donskoi, but fired wide.

Malkin scored 30 seconds later, and the comeback was on.

“Just missed it. It’s a tough shot when it comes from the other way, but [Donskoi] made a good pass,” Boedker said. “It’s one of those you want to put in, and when things are going the right way, they come in bunches. … Obviously it sucks, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

After Malkin’s goal, and another by Wilson tied it, the Sharks took a pair of minor penalties. Paul Martin was called for a delay of game that was killed off, but Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s slash on Bryan Rust resulted in Hornqvist’s winner with less than six minutes to go in regulation.

Joe Pavelski didn’t seem to like either call, indicating that Martin’s errant clearing attempt hit a Penguins stick on its way out, and the Vlasic slash late a tie game is a call “that you don’t always see.”

Hornqvist got a couple fortunate bounces on his goal, too. He took control of the puck in front of the net after it hit Joel Ward’s foot, and his shot attempt deflected in off of Martin’s skate.

“They got a bounce or two more, but the position we were in, it shouldn’t matter how many bounces they get,” Pavelski said. “We’ve got to seal that game.”

The captain expressed disappointment over the fact that the Sharks squandered a chance to move to 4-1-0 on the season, which would be an accomplishment considering their early peripatetic schedule in which they played just one home game before traveling east.

That outweighed any sort of revenge factor that might have been on the minds of the players that were defeated by Pittsburgh in the Final last spring.

“The biggest thing is we were playing for a 4-1 record going into that third [period]. Not because it was the Penguins,” Pavelski said. “It’s early in the year and it’s not easy to start coming on the road with all these games. Now we’re staring at 3-2, and we move on. It would have been nice to beat them, for sure, but the best thing would have been for that record.”

The Sharks can still conclude their five-game trip with a winning mark by beating Detroit on Saturday.

DeBoer said: “We’re not going to overreact. We played very good hockey for large amounts of this game. Learn from it, and move forward.”

Instant Replay: Sharks blow lead in Cup rematch with Penguins

Instant Replay: Sharks blow lead in Cup rematch with Penguins


PITTSBURGH – It wasn’t the Stanley Cup Final, but it was a disappointing defeat for the Sharks against the Penguins nonetheless, as Pittsburgh stormed back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to stun San Jose, 3-2.

The game-winner came from Patric Hornqvist. On a Pittsburgh power play, he found a loose puck and swiped it in off of Paul Martin's skate with 5:58 left in regulation.

The Penguins trailed 2-0 to start the third, but Evgeni Malkin got them on the board. After the Sharks were caught scrambling in front of their own net, Malkin took control of the disc in the high slot. He spun around and flicked it through Martin Jones at 6:47.

A little more than two minutes later, Hornqvist drilled Brenden Dillon on the corner, jarring the puck loose from the wall. Scott Wilson grabbed it, swooped towards the crease and slipped it though at 9:01 to knot the game at 2-2.

The Sharks (3-2-0) fell to 2-2 on their five-game road trip, which concludes with their final visit to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Saturday.

San Jose scored twice in a dominant second period in which it outshot Pittsburgh, 17-4.

Tomas Hertl’s second goal in as many games opened the scoring. He got to the front of the net and poked in a Joe Pavelski rebound at 5:04 after goalie Marc-Andre Fleury lost control of his stick while making a save on Brent Burns moments earlier.

Patrick Marleau created the second goal at 16:15, stripping Chris Kunitz of the puck at the blue line and finishing off a give-and-go with Logan Couture for his second of the year.

Prior to Marleau’s marker, the Penguins had a power play goal waved off. On a power play, Phil Kessel directed a rebound towards the net, and it rattled around off of the post and Jones’ left pad. Hornqvist directed it in, but a video review showed it illegally went in off of his glove and not his stick with 6:41 left in the period.

San Jose was 28-0-2 last season when leading after two periods, and 9-0 in the playoffs.

Special teams

The Sharks allowed one power play goal in five Penguins advantages, and were 0-for-3 on the power play.

Mikkel Boedker had a chance to essentially seal the win on a third period advantage for the Sharks, but couldn’t bury a Joonas Donskoi pass into an empty net. Malkin brought the Penguins back to within a goal moments later.

San Jose killed off a Martin delay of game penalty at 10:17 of the third to keep it 2-2, but Marc-Edouard Vlasic's slash led to Hornqvists's goal.

In goal

Jones fell to 2-2 on the season with three goals allowed on 20 shots.

Marc-Andre Fleury got the win with 32 saves. Starter Matt Murray remains out with a hand injury.


Pittsburgh was down to four defensemen by the end of the game, as Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot were forced from action in the second period.

The Penguins were without several key pieces to start the game, including Murray, best defenseman Kris Letang, and the best player in the world, Sidney Crosby.

Matt Nieto returned to the lineup in place of Micheal Haley on the fourth line. Nieto was a healthy scratch on Tuesday against the Islanders.

Up next

After Saturday’s game in Detroit, the Sharks finally play their second game at SAP Center on Tuesday, Oct. 25 against Anaheim in the first of a three-game homestand. Columbus and Nashville also visit.