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Pavelski's heroics get Sharks back on winning track
Joe Thornton scores in his 1000th game.
10/21/11 - By Mike Lee -

Long road trips have always been good opportunities to settle the Sharks down and help them focus on the task at hand. Given that, San Jose's six-game road trip couldn't have come soon enough. The Sharks kicked off their second longest trip of the year in New Jersey on Friday night and turned in a gritty performance in a 4-3 shootout win. Joe Pavelski scored with 33 seconds left in regulation to get the game to the overtime, then Ryane Clowe wrapped things up with a goal in the shootout to help San Jose double their win total.

The game also marked Joe Thornton's 1000th career NHL game. Thornton factored into the game's scoring his 1st goal of the season.

The game may be one that Douglas Murray chooses to forget, or may not have the ability to remember. The Sharks defenseman squared off with Devils winger Eric Boulton in a one-punch fight that saw Murray dropped after taking a right to the chops.

Murray would then take a roughing minor soon after stepping back on the ice. New Jersey converted on the power play, when Patrick Elias snapped a shot from outside the right circle on a one-time from the outside of the right circle.

Joe Thornton took a cross checking penalty shortly thereafter, but Antti Niemi made a clutch save on a Devils chance.

Jacob Josefson took a spill later in the period an went head first into the end boards. The Devils announced later in the game that Josefson had broken his clavicle.

Brent Burns hooked Zach Parise early in the 2nd period, drawing a penalty shot that he converted on with a backhand shot between Antti Niemi's pads.

R Thornton finally got the Sharks on the scoreboard, by converting at 15:18 of the middle period. The Sharks captain snapped a shot from between the dots, beating Hedberg though the 5-hole.

Ryan Clowe tied the game 63 seconds later. The Sharks forward jammed home a rebound from just inside the right post, after Logan Couture forced a turnover in the New Jersey zone.

New Jersey regained the lead with 6:42 to play when Clarkson redirected a shot past Niemi.

Pavelski was forced to wield his magic late in regulation, pumping a shot past Hedberg from 20 feet out. Pavelski only had a small window of open space to shoot out, but he managed to thread the needle with this shot that caught the back of the net high right.

Ilya kovalchuk converted in the first round of the shootout, but that's all the Devil's would see. Michal Handzus converted, then Clowe put another puck past Hedberg to end the game.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 0 2 1 0 1 4
NJ 1 1 1 0 0 3
1st period - 1, NJ, Elias 2 (Kovalchuk, Clarkson), 13:53, (pp).
2nd period - 2, NJ, Parise 3 (penalty shot), 0.36, (sh). 3, SJ, Thornton 1 (Pavelsk, Boyle), 15:18. 4, SJ, Clowe 2 (Thornton, Pavlski), 16:21.
3rd period - 5, NJ Clarkson 2 (Tedenby, Greene), 13:18. 6, SJ, Pavlski 3 (Thornton, Clowe), 19:27.
Overime - None.
Shootout - NJ: Kovalshuk (goal), Parise (miss), Elias (miss). SJ: Pavelski (miss), Handzus (goal), Clowe (goal).
1st period - Palmieri, NJ (illegal check to head), 0:59; Winchester, SJ (goaltender interference), 3:27; Murray, SJ (fighing major), 7:21; Boulton, NJ (fighting major), 7:21; Murray, SJ (roughing), 12:49; Thornton, SJ (cross checking), 15:22; Larsson, NJ (holding the stick), 19:29.
2nd period - Burns, SJ (penalty shot - hooking on a breakaway), 0:36; Salvador, NJ (interference), 6:34; Palmerri, NJ (interference on goaltender), 9:55; Boyle, SJ (high sticking), 17:49.
3rd period - Pelley, NJ (tripping), 7:03.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 19 16
NJ - Hedberg 41 38
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 7 20 13 1 41
NJ 6 5 6 2 19
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 5
NJ 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Johan Hedberg
David Clarkson
Referees: Furlatt, Auger. Linesmen: Racicot, Champoux.
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