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Panthers turn the tables on Sharks
Florida overcomes 2-goal deficit and wins in OT
3/13/10 - By Mike Lee -

After three straight games of comeback hockey, the Sharks flipped things upside down and blew an early two goal lead to lose to the Florida Panthers at HP Pavilion in a matinee game on Saturday. San Jose had set an NHL record for 3rd period comeback wins on Thursday, but Saturday’s affair was a complete antithesis. Florida tied the game with a goal in the 3rd period, then took the 3-2 win in overtime.

Bryan Allen put a shot past Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss from the left dot, leveraging a Shawn Matthias screen to win it. The Panthers stayed focused all afternoon, even though they sat 10 points out of a playoff spot entering Saturday’s action.

From his reaction, it looked as if Greiss never even saw the shot, which slipped just inside the left post. San Jose finally broke the pattern of giving up the games first goal, when Ryane Clowe converted his 16th tally of the season 5:32 into the game. The Sharks forward grabbed a faceoff win along the right wing boards before cutting back across the slot and snapping a shot hat beat Florida goaltender Tomas Vokoun. Clowe used a slew of bodies in front of the Panthers net to screen Vokoun.

Patrick Marleau continued to add to his career high numbers in scoring by bagging his 41st goal of the season with 2:15 to play in the period after Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov was sent off for holding. Marleau sent a one-timer from the outside of the rigt circle, after Joe Pavelski set him up with a pass from the slot.

Florida regrouped to start the 2nd period, when Keith Ballard scored from outside the right post. With the Panthers pressing in deep, Radek Dvorak stick-handled in tight before sliding a pass to Ballard on the right side. Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss was forced to cover the left side of the net to defend against Dvorak’s pressure, which left the entire right side wide open for Ballard.

Even though the Panthers scored, the alarms failed to sound on the Sharks bench. The energy seemed to be zapped out of the San Jose lineup from top to bottom. San Jose dodged a bullet late in the period when David Booth ripped a shot that clanked off the right post. The puck then hit Greiss in the back and deflected toward the goal. Greiss was able to reach back and grab the deflection before it crossed the line, preserving the Sharks slim lead.

San Jose essentially lost Manny Malhotra for the duration of the 3rd period after he responded to a boarding call to Florida defenseman David Garrison 22 seconds after the period opening faceoff. Joe Pavelski kissed the left wing glass after Garrison planted him with a hit from behind, then Malhotra engaged Garrison. Malhotra would earn the game misconduct for instigating the fight, which in addition to his fighting major, meant he would spend 17 minutes in the box.

The Sharks would kill a hooking penalty to Niklas Wallin, but the combination of Malhotra’s infraction just seemed to discombobulate the Sharks. They would pay at 5:01 when Mathias fought off a check in the slot and put a blind back-hand shot through Greiss’ pads to tie the game at 2-2.

The Sharks did get 4 shots on net in the extra session, but they failed to put any additional heat on Vokoun once the shots were uncorked. That allowed the Panthers netminder to lock in on everything San Jose sent his way.

Game Notes:

Defenseman Douglas Murray was out of the lineup, nursing a foot injury that he sustained on Thursday night.


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Scoring
1 2 3 OT T
FLA 0 1 1 1 3
SJ 2 0 0 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Clowe 16 (Marleau), 5:32. 2, SJ, Marleau 41 (Pavelski, Clowe), 17:45, (pp).
2nd period - 3, FLA , Ballard 5 (Dvorak, Campbell), 1:02.
3rd period - 4, FLA , Mathias 6 (Allen, Dvorak), 5:01.
Overtime - 5, FLA , Allen 4 (Matthias), 2:46.
Penalties
1st period - Tarnasy , FLA (fighting major), 5:36; Staubitz , FLA (fighting major), 5:36; Kulikov , FLA (holding), 16:47.
2nd period - Ballard , FLA (tipping), 3:08; Pavelski, SJ (interference), 5:18; Blake, SJ (interference), 8:47.
3rd period - Garrison , FLA (boarding), 0:22; Garrison , FLA (fighting major), 0:22; Malhotra, SJ (instigator), 0:22; Malhotra, SJ (fighting major), 0:22; Malhotra, SJ (game misconduct), 0:22; Wallin, SJ (hooking), 2:13.
Overtime - None
Goaltending
Shots Saves
FLA - Vokoun 39 37
SJ - Greiss 28 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
FLA 6 12 8 2 28
SJ 9 14 12 4 39
Power Play Conversion
NSH 0 of 3
SJ 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Tomas Vokoun
Radek Dvorak
Ryane Clowe
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: Morton, Peel. Linesmen: Sericolo, Cvik.
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