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Shootout win extends streak
Boyle saves the day
11/4/09 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks continued their abridged road trip with a stop in Columbus , Ohio on Wednesday night and in the process extended their winning streak to six games. Dan Boyle converted the only goal in the shootout to help propel the Sharks to their 11th win of the season. The win kept the Sharks on the heels of the Colorado Avalanche for the best record in the Western Conference. San Jose trails Colorado by a single point in the standings.

The Sharks outlasted a spirited Columbus Blue Jackets squad that refused to buckle after San Jose jumped out to two leads, countering with goals in the first two periods.

Joe Thornton gave the Sharks their first lead at 6:23 of the opening period on a fortuitous bounce after defenseman Rob Blake wound the puck around the end boards from the right wing. Thornton grabbed the puck behind the post and tried to center the puck to Dany Heatley, but the puck appeared to deflect off centerman Antoine Vermette’s stick, flicking past Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason.

The goal was Thornton ’s 100th as a Shark.

Jason Chimera would knot the game at 1-1 less than three minutes later after the Sharks failed to clear the puck out of their own zone. With the puck changing hands three times near the right circle, it finally kicked out to the point where Anton Stralmer threw it to the left wing boards. Defenseman Fedor Tyutin cranked a shot from the blueline just Chimera cut across the top of the crease for the redirect past Evgeni Nabokov.

Kent Huskins took exception to some rough stuff by Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll. The took would drop the gloves, but Huskins lost his balance and had to be rescued by the linesman before Boll took advantage of the Sharks defenseman’s precarious position.

Tyutin would take a tripping penalty at 4:09 of the 2nd period, putting the Sharks on their second power play of the evening. The San Jose would let 8 seconds tick off the clock before converting. Patrick Marleau carried the puck in from the left point before pump faking near the left dot. Marleau would then push the puck toward the goal where Mason appeared to get a piece of Marlesu’s shot. Hovering near the slot, Heatley stabbed at the rebound, scoring his 10th goal of the season.

An uncharacteristically bad decision would cost the Sharks late in the period. Brad Staubitz drew an instigator penalty, trying to bait Boll into another fight with 4:37 left before the 2nd intermission. Staubitz was tossed with the automatic misconduct, putting the Blue Jackets on the power play.

Already down a man, defenseman Rob Blake came up lame while the puck was circulating in the Sharks zone. The Blue Jackets took advantage of the holes created by the Blake’s injury. Rick Nash gathered an R. J. Umberger pass near the right corner, then sent a shot past a diving Nabokov to tie the game once again.

San Jose would outshoot Columbus 13-6 in the 3rd period, but Mason stood tall.

Marleau gave the Sharks their best chance in the overtime period by putting a one-time chance on net, after Ryane Clowe chased down a puck in the right corner and put a perfect centering pass on Marleau’s tape in the slot. Only a snaring glove save by Mason would keep the game from ending in the extra session.

In the shootout, Nikita Filatov would start things off with a backhand attempt that sailed wide of the net. Mason would snare a backhand chance by Sharks rookie Logan Couture to keep things even. Stralman would snap a shot that sailed over the crossbar, before Boyle’s tally.

The Sharks defenseman took his time on the approach to the goal, then put a series of shake-and bake moves on Mason before cutting to his right and lifting a shot over the Blue Jackets netminder.

Nash was Columbus ’ last hope, but his tip-in shot was smothered by Nabokov.

Game Notes:

Blake did not return after skating off, following the Nash goal. There were no reports on Blake’s injury, although he did appear to be favoring one of his legs.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 1 1 0 0 1 3
CBJ 1 1 0 0 0 2
1st period - 1. SJ, Thornton 4 (Clowe, Blake), 6:32. 2, CBJ, Chimera 4 (Tyutin, Stralman), 9:18.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Heatley 10 (Marleau, Boyle), 4:17, (pp). 4, CBJ, Nash 10 (Umberger, Stralman), 16:45, (pp).
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - CBJ: Filatov (miss), Stralman (miss), Nash (miss). SJ: Couture (miss), Boyle (goal).
1st period - Huskins, SJ (fighting major), 13:42; Boll, CBJ (roughing), 13:42; Boll, CBJ (fighting major), 13:42.
2nd period - Tyutin, CBJ (tripping), 4:09; Staubitz, SJ (instigator), 15:23; Staubitz, SJ (fighting major), 15:23; Satubitz, SJ (instigator misconduct), 15:23; Boll, CBJ (fighting major), 15:23.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 28 26
CBJ - Mason 38 36
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 7 16 13 2 38
CBJ 7 13 6 2 28
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 2
CBJ 2 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Evgeni Nabokov
Steve Mason
Rick Nash
Referees: Marouelli, Rooney. Linesmen: Heyer, Murray.

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