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Sharks trip in overtime
PP chances squandered in loss
10/9/10 - By Mike Lee -

San Jose finished off their NHL Premier trip to Stockholm with a disappointing overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. The Sharks can take solace in the fact that grabbed three of four points on their Swedish tour, but they have to be kicking themselves for not finishing off the Blue Jackets on the 8 power play chances afforded them in the 2nd game of the mini-series.

The Sharks did score two goals on the man-advantage, but a handful of other chances were the difference in the game. Columbus was led by a strong performance by goaltender Steve Mason, who made 33 saves.

An early penalty to Antoine Vermette put the Sharks on the power play just 6 seconds into the game. Joe Thornton missed on a nice chance, bouncing a shot off the left post. Devin Setoguchi wouldn’t miss after taking a centering pass from Ryane Clowe in the slot. Setoguchi cranked an 18 foot shot past Steve Mason for his first goal of the season. It was Clowe’s 3rd assist in less than 24 hours.

Rick Nash would answer just 1:11 later by squeezing a shot from the right corner past Antero Niittymaki, who was making his Sharks debut in net. The Nash goal came from a tight angle, but it found a hole, slipping through the Sharks goaltender for his first of the season.

San Jose would fall into a defensive shell for a 12 minute span, allowing the Blue Jackets to dictate play in the Sharks end.

A Kneeing call on Jamie McGinn put the Sharks on the penalty kill for the remaining 1:52 of the period, but the Sharks became the aggressors when Patrick Marleau slipped the Columbus defense and skated in on Mason. A shot from 12 feet out would be stopped by Mason to keep the game tied heading into the 1st intermission.

The Sharks would kill off the period at the start of the 2nd period, but McGinn would head right back to the box for hooking 7 seconds after getting back on the ice.

The Blue Jacket got themselves into penalty trouble in the 2nd period, including a high sticking penalty Jan Hejda, which put the Sharks on the power play for the 4th time in the period. Mason was stung by a Marleau shot on that power play, after the shot shattered Mason’s throat guard. The Columbus netminder and his teammates were able to kill off all four to keep the game tied, largely due to 11 blocked shots in the period.

Niittymaki had to make a pair of tough saves to open the 3rd period, after Columbus started to buzz the Sharks net. Dany Heatley would just miss on his own chance moments later after cutting back to the slot, slipping Chris Russell along the way.

Devin Setoguchi would be sent off for interference at 4:40, putting the Blue jackets on the power play. They would make quick work of the Sharks, converting on a Kristian Huselius shot from the inside of the right circle, beating Niittymaki to the high stick side for the 2-1 lead.

Mike Commodore would give the Sharks the man advantage 23 second after the Huselius goal for hooking, and San Jose would answer. Thornton would snap a cross ice pass from Joe Pavelski past Mason for his 2nd goal in as many games. The Sharks captain was lurking near the let dot, when Pavelski spotted him and sent the pass through the slot for the one-timer.

Ethan Moreau would put the Sharks back on the power play at 10:23, giving the Sharks a great chance to grab the lead as they had done in the opener on Friday. Marleau had a chance to bag the go-ahead goal, but his shot hit the right crossbar.

Scott Nichol would follow that up with a 2-on-1 chance moments after the Moreau penalty expired, but his shot would also hit the post to keep the game knotted at 2-2.

San Jose would get one more crack on the mad-advantage with 1:53 remaining in regulation after Rostislav Klesla was sent off for boarding Thornton. San Jose failed to generate any scoring chances, sending the game to overtime.

Moreau would end it with a goal at 2:56 of the extra period after Dany Heatley made a poor play to enter the Columbus zone. He coughed the puck up along the left wing boards, allowing the Blue Jackets to send the puck back up ice on a quick counter attack. Fedor Tyutin sent a 100 foot pass to Moreau on the left wing, where the Columbus assistant captain skated in to the left dot and snapped home the game winner.

Game Notes:

San Jose continued to be out hit by the Blue Jackets on Saturday. Columbus applied 30 hits, 6 from Sammi Pahlsson alone. Columbus blocked 25 shots in the game.

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Scoring
1 2 3 OT T
CBJ 1 0 1 1 3
SJ 1 0 1 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Setoguchi 1 (Demers, Clowe), 2:02, (pp). 2, CBJ, Nash 1 (Vermette, Huselius), 3:13.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 3, CBJ, Huselius 2 (Filatov, Stralman), 5:08, (pp). 4, SJ, Thornton 2 (Heatley, Marleau), 7:05, (pp).
Overtime - 5, CBJ, Moreau 1 (Tyutin), 2:56.
Penalties
1st period - Vermette, CBJ (holding the stick), 0:06; Demers, SJ (slashing), 5:52; McGinn, SJ (kneeing), 18:08.
2nd period - McGinn, SJ (hooking), 0:15; Vermette, CBJ (slashing), 0:49; Moreau, CBJ (roughing), 3:22; Stralman, CBJ (hooking), 9:08; Hejda, CBJ (high sticking), 11:22.
3rd period - Setoguchi, SJ (interference), 4:40; Commodore, CBJ (hooking), 5:30; Moreau, CJB (tripping), 10:23; Klesla, (boarding), 18:07.
Overtime - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 32 30
CBJ - Mason 28 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
CBJ 12 5 6 2 25
SJ 7 12 16 0 35
Power Play Conversion
CBJ 1 of 4
SJ 2 of 8
3 Stars of the Game
Steve Mason
Joe Thornton
Ethan Moreau
Attendence
9,537
Officials
Referees: Auger, Furlatt. Linesmen: Rody, Schachte.
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