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Comeback extends home points streak
SJ scored 3 goals in the 3rd period to knock off Blues
12/13/08 - By Mike Lee

Add comebacks to the Sharks impressive portfolio of wins this season. San Jose overcame a 3-1 deficit to the visiting St Louis Blues, winning a 5-4 shoot out at HP Pavilion on Saturday night. Patrick Marleau broke a 4-4 tie with 5 minutes to play in regulation, capping the Sharks 34th victory of the season. With the win, San Jose became the first team to reach the 50-point mark in the NHL this season.

San Jose dominated the opening period, out-shooting the Blues 12-4, but they failed to take advantage of the big shot advantage. That failure to land a knock-out punch early would create problems for the Sharks later in the contest.

Sharks captain Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead 12:53 into the contest with a blast from the point. Joe Thornton screened Blues goaltender Chris Mason as the shot left Marleau's stick, providing the distraction needed to get the puck into the net.

A Dan Boyle high sticking penalty would provide an opening for St Louis with just under 2 minutes to play in the period. Brad Winchester knotted the game up at 1-1 on the Blues 4th shot of the period. The goal was Winchester's 1st of the season, but more importantly it came with just 19 seconds remaining in the period.

B.J. Crombeen opened the 2nd period with a quick goal, just 41 seconds in. Sharks forward Marcel Goc tried to break up a David Backes scoring chance, but the puck trickled across the slot to a cutting Crombeen who deposited his 7th goal of the season.

Winchester scored his 2nd of the game less than a minute later on a 35-foot slapper that Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov failed to glove. The shot looked relatively routine, but it sailed over Nabokov's left shoulder for the 3-1 Blues lead.

Jody Shelley added to the Sharks woes by first taking a goaltender interference penalty at 3:14, then made it a double minor by high sticking Barret Jackman in an attempt to draw the Blues defenseman in to a fight.

The San Jose penalty kill unit came up big, preventing the Blues from extending their lead on the 4-minute power play.

Mike Grier cut the Blues lead to 3-2 at 15:15 of the period on a nifty setup by Marcel Goc. The Sharks centerman whipped around the back of the net from left to right before sending out a feed to the slot. Tomas Plihal fired the shot on goal, bouncing it off of Grier.

A Yan Stastney slashing penalty followed a St Louis penalty for too many men on the ice, giving the Sharks a brief 5-on-3 power play, but the Blues dodged the bullet.

The Sharks came out firing to open the 3rd period.

The Sharks top line tied the game at 3-3 at 1:15 on a tic-tac-toe passing sequence. Joe Thornton setup Devin Setoguchi with his 15th goal of the season after taking a feed from Marleau. Setoguchi put a one-timer past Mason from the slot.

Ryane Clowe would put the Sharks ahead 2 minutes later on a put back from the front of the net, after Roman Polak was sent off for hooking. Lukas Kaspar tried poking a shot in from just outside the left post, but the shot bounced of Mason, kicking out to Clowe.

The Sharks put themselves into a precarious position when Michalek took a hooking penalty at the same time San Jose was called for too many men. San Jose killed off the 2-minute 5-on-3, which was capped with Marleau being hauled to the ice as he cleared the puck as the penalties expired.

Backes knotted the game once again after whipping around Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle, then backhanding a shot past Nabokov.

Marleau would score a crazy goal with 5:03 to play, which also turned out to be the game winner. Thornton set up a breakaway by flipping the puck through the neutral zone as Marleau broke for the St Louis net. The aerial pass got caught in Marleau's skate, forcing the Sharks captain to pivot to regain control it as it trailed him. As Marleau tried to gain control of the puck, Mason tried poking it, but it ended up back on the Shark forward's stick. A backhand shot would seal the deal.

Kaspar took an ill-advised hooking penalty at 18:47, allowing the Blues to pull Mason and skate with a 6-on-4 advantage. Nabokov came up big, snuffing a big blast with 8.8 seconds to play.

Game Notes:

Joe Pavelski absorbed a hit at the end of the 2nd period and did not return after the 2nd intermission.





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
STL 1 2 1 4
SJ 1 1 3 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Marleau 14 (Thornton), 12:53. 2, STL, Winchester 1 (Backes, Steen), 19:41, (pp).
2nd period - 3, STL, Conrbeen 7 (Steen, McClement), 0:41. 4, STL, Winchester 2 (Perron, Polak), 1:38. 5, SJ, Grier 4 (Plihal, Goc), 15:15.
3rd period - 6, SJ, Setoguchi 15 (Thornton, Marleau), 1:15. 7, SJ, Clowe 12 (Kaspar, Michalek), 3:32, (pp). 8, STL, Backes 7 (unassisted), 10:29. 9, SJ, Marleau 15 (Thornton, Lukowich), 14:57.
Penalties
1st period - Hinote, STL (high sticking), 4:08; Cavanagh, SJ (hooking), 8:48; Boyle, SJ (high sticking), 18:07.
2nd period - Shelley, SJ (goaltender interference), 3:14; Shelley, SJ (high sticking), 3:14; Bench, STL (too many men), 16:06; Stastny, STL (slashing), 17:28.
3rd period - Polak, STL (hooking), 3:19; Michalek, SJ (hooking), 5:01; Bench, SJ (too many men), 5:01; Backes, STL (interference), 7:03; Stasney, STL (slashing), 14:27; Ehrhoff, SJ (slashing), 14:27; Kaspar, SJ (hooking), 18:47.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
STL - Mason 38 33
SJ - Nabokov 33 29
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
STL 4 12 17 33
SJ 12 12 14 38
Power Play Conversion
STL 1 of 7
SJ 1 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Joe Thornton
Marcel Goc
Attendence
17,496
Officials
Referees: Furlatt, Koharski. Linesmen: Mach, Nowak.

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