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Lively 3rd period ends with another comeback
Heatley and Pavelski save the day
3/6/10 - By Mike Lee -

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason has had the Sharks number this season, so the Sharks figured that in order to beat him, they’d have to throw a ton of rubber his way. Applying a steady dose of pucks, they would wear down the Columbus defense and score a pair of 3rd period goals to take a 2-1 decision at HP Pavilion on Saturday night.

It was the second consecutive game in which the Sharks came back from a 3rd period deficit. Both came against teams that are on the outside looking in to the NHL playoff race, but Columbus and Thursday night's victim Montreal, put up decent fights.

“I’m happy that we got the two points," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. "I am happy that we won. I am quite pleased with the game. It is hard to win in this league. It doesn’t matter who you are playing.”

After dealing several key veterans at the trade deadline earlier in the week, Columbus is a team in trsnaition mode.

“We’ve got 17 games left and we are trying to learn and get better every game," said Blue Jackets head coach Claude Noel. "The higher the competition, the more you learn. We are really disappointed in the loss because we thought that was a game we could have won. You can’t give them power play chances because eventually they are going to come back and bite you.”

The Sharks looked to extend their dominance over the Blue Jackets on HP Pavilion ice and managed to outshoot Columbus 13-5 in the opening period, even though they spent a significant time in the box.

Brad Staubitz was in a particularly ornery mood, after dropping the gloves with Blue Jackets winger Jared Boll. The two exchanged solid punches, cutting each other in the scrap.

Staubitz mixed it up later in the period with Derek Dorsett, after leveling him with a hit in the corner. As Dorsett skated back to his bench, he bumped into the Sharks tough guy, baiting Staubitz to drop the gloves, but the Columbus forward elected not to engage. Staubitz landed a couple of punches, but in the end earned a double-minor for roughing.

“Some of the teams that are considered to be out of the playoff race, often are tougher to play against because they are playing for jobs, they have got some you in their lineup and they are a hungry group," added McLellan. "So it is not going to be an easy road by any means.”

The Sharks would kill off the 4-minute power play, but then allowed the Blue Jackets to take to 1-0 lead just a minute into the 2nd period. The Blue Jackets took advantage of an odd-man rush, capping it with a deposit by Andrew Murray. R.J. Umberger carried the puck up the right wing, before sliding a pass to the slot, where Murray redirected it past Evgeni Nabokov.

An Antoine Vermette put the Sharks on the power play at 7:35 of the 3rd period for hooking, and it would provide the Sharks with the crack they would need. Joe Thornton setup Dany Heatley with a pin-point pass on the doorstep. Heately one-timed the chance past Steve Mason for this 34th goal of the year.

The goal snapped a streak of 77 straight Shark shots stopped by the Columbus netminder.

Mike Commodore was whistled for interference at 10:07, then Jan Hejda gave the Sharks a gift by knocking his own net off its moorings to draw a delay of game penalty. Hejda’s infraction gave the Sharks an abbreviated 5-on-3, but San Jose couldn’t get the puck in the net.

Joe Thornton came closest, throwing a shot on net that hit the crossbar. The puck fell to the ice and perched itself on the goal line.

Columbus would kill off both penalties, then lose focus long enough to allow San Jose to grab the lead. Joe Pavelski would get the go-ahead goal by skating the puck around the back of the net, then roof a shot over Mason’s right shoulder for this 18th goal of the season.

“The type of pressure that they put on in the third period makes you do things that you don’t want to do," said Noel. "We knew it was coming. They have good players who have experience.”

Game Notes:

Sharks forward Scott Nichol missed his first game after sustaining an injury to his arm on Thursday. Nichol was pushed head first into the boards by Montreal Canadiens forward Maxim Lapierre. The move will cost Lapierre a few dollars, after he received a four-game suspension on Saturday.


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1 2 3 T
CBJ 0 1 0 1
SJ 0 0 2 2
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, CBJ, Murray 2 (Umberger, Voracek), 1:00.
3rd period - 2, SJ, Heatley 34 (Thornton, Marleau), 7:53, (pp). 3, SJ, Pavelski 18 (Marleau, Clowe), 15:20.
1st period - Murray, CBJ (hooking), 1:54; Pavelski, SJ (high sticking), 2:09; Boll, CBJ (fighting major), 4:15; Staubitz, SJ (fighting major), 4:15; Staubitz, CBJ (roughing), 14:57; Staubitz, CBJ (roughing), 14:57.
2nd period - Paetsch, CBJ (holding), 9:55; Tyutin, CBJ (tripping), 18:20.
3rd period - Vermette, CBJ (hooking), 7:35; Commodore, CBJ (interference), 10:07; Hejda, CBJ (delay of game), 11:38’ Hejda, CBJ (holding), 15:54; Heatley, SJ (hooking), 16:07.
Shots Saves
CBJ - Mason 44 42
SJ - Nabokov 22 21
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CBJ 5 8 9 22
SJ 13 16 15 44
Power Play Conversion
CBJ 0 of 4
SJ 1 of 8
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Steve Mason
Patrick Marleau
Referees: Walsh, Marouelli. Linesmen: Rody, Sharrers.
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