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Manny being Manny
Malhotra scores two goals in 4-1 win
10/25/09 - By Mike Lee -

Playing less than 24 hours after their wild victory in Atlanta , the Sharks were forced to patch together a lineup in Philadelphia on Sunday night after losing Devin Setoguchi and Ryan Vesce to lower body injuries. Sharks head coach also decided to throw backup goaltender Thomas Greiss out their for good measure, but after all was said and done, the Sharks ended their 6-game road trip with a commanding 4-1 win over the host Flyers at the Wachovia Center.

Manny Malhotra scored a pair of big 2nd period goals, his first two as a Shark, and Greiss stopped 37 shots to earn his first NHL victory. With Setoguchi and Vesce on the shelf, the Sharks were forced to recall Logan Couture and Jamie McGinn.

Couture made his NHL debut, logging 7:01 of ice time on 12 shifts. He won two of three faceoffs and earned his first trip to an NHL penalty box on a 2nd period tripping call. Sharks head coach Todd McLellan eased his top prospect into the game, playing him in safe situations.

McLellan didn’t have the opportunity to pick and choose his chances for Greiss, other than to start him against former Sharks backup Brian Boucher. The Flyers announced on Friday that Boucher would get the nod against his former team, which allowed McLellan to juggle his goaltending assignments entering the back-to-back games that ended the Sharks lengthy road trip.

Greiss was on top of his game, keeping his team close after a 13 shot first period. A Danny Syvret delay of game penalty would put the Sharks on the power play 5 minutes into the game, and San Jose would draw first blood.

Dany Heatley would give the Sharks the 1-0 lead on a jab from the outside of the right post at 6:20 after Joe Thornton threw a puck on net that Boucher tried to pin the puck up against the pipe. Dan Boyle started things by firing a puck from the slot that sailed over the net to the end boards, where Thornton was hovering to gobble up the shot.

The Flyers would knot things up three minutes later when Darroll Powe ripped a one time chance from the high slot. Greiss appeared to have a good look at the shot that slipped just to his left and into the goal.

The Malhotra show would go into affect in the middle period, when the new Sharks forward teamed up with Patrick Marleau for his first tallies of the season.

The first goal used a tight angle and a lot of luck to put the Sharks back in front. Chasing a loose puck behind the Flyers net, Malhotra beat two defenders to a spot just behind the right post, and tried centering the puck out into the slot. The puck hit Boucher’s stick and deflected into the goals 7:51 into the period.

Malhotra would use a more conventional method to score his second goal, taking a Marleau pass up the right wing and snapping a shot that sailed over Boucher’s right shoulder for the 3-1 lead.

A hooking penalty off the faceoff gave the Flyers a power play 5 minutes into the 3rd period, but a Claude Giroux boarding penalty 34 seconds later evened things up.

With the Flyers gearing for one last push late, the Sharks turned the tables on Philadelphia , when Jed Ortmeyer converted with his 3rd goal of the season. With the Sharks buzzing in front of Boucher, Rob Blake threw a puck on net from between the circles. The puck bounced off Boucher, right to Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who chipped the puck over to Ortmeyer on the left side for the slap shot that slipped between Boucher’s pads.

Game Notes:

The Sharks finished their trip with a 4 wins and two losses, which is a positive, considering the rough start they got off to in Washington D.C. , and their stinker in Tampa Bay on Thursday.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 2 1 4
PHI 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Heatley 8 (Thornton, Boyle), 6:20, (pp). 2, PHI, Powe 3 (Pyorala, Syvret), 9:44.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Malhotra 1 (Marleau, Boyole), 7:51. 4, SJ, Malhotra 2 (Marleau, Ferriero), 10:05.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Ortmeyer 3 (Vlasic), 16:51.
1st period - Syvret, PHI (delay of game – puck over glass), 5:16; Shelley, SJ (interference), 11:27; Shelley, SJ (fighting major), 11:27; Laperriere, PHI (fighting major), 11:27; Murray, SJ (holding), 14:56.
2nd period - Richards, PHI (charging), 1:25; Couture, SJ (tripping), 4:24; Heatley, SJ (interference), 17:04; Demers, SJ (roughing), 17:04; Hartnell, PHI (holding), 17:04; Tollefsen, PHI (roughing), 17:04.
3rd period - Tollefsen, PHI (cross checking), 2:00; Staubitz, SJ (hooking), 5:06; Giroux, PHI (boarding), 5:40.
Shots Saves
SJ - Greiss 38 37
PHI - Boucher 28 24
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 9 9 10 28
PHI 13 10 15 38
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 4
PHI 0 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Manny Malhotra
Thomas Greiss
Patrick Marleau
Referees: Dwyer, LaRue. Linesmen: Amell, Cormier.

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