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Les Habs are Les Miserables in SJ
Sharks comeback to beat Canadiens...again
12/1/11 - By Mike Lee -

Nothing seems to cure a losing streak like Montreal Canadiens playing on San Jose ice. Les Habitants haven't won at HP Pavilion since 1999, and that streak was extended on Thursday night as the Sharks came back from three deficits to knock off Montreal 4-3 in the shootout. Ryane Clowe scored a dramatic tying goal with 86 seconds left in regulation to get San Jose to the overtime and eventually to the shootout.

Having been limited to three goals in their last three games, San Jose looked to generate more scoring. They took care of that, but not before allowing the Canadiens to put three pucks past Antti Niemi.

"They are a fast team. They block a lot of shots," Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlassic said of the Canadiens. "They are really crafty in the offensive zone. We knew we would have a tough game against them. I thought we worked well in the offensive zone; we got (tons) of shots and it paid off in the end."

Cammalleri deflected a P.K. Subban shot from the point into the Sharks goal 13:21 into the contest. Cammalleri ha his back to the net, but got his stick blade on the puck.

Jamie McGinn countered with his 3rd goal of the season, punching a deflection past Cary Price, after Michal Handzus tried wrapping a shot around the left post.
BR> Joe Pavelski cost the Sharks early in the 2nd period. The Sharks forward tried to make a pass from the left wing boards just inside the Canadiens blueline. Erik Cole intercepted the pass then sen tit up ice with a pass off the side boards. David Desharnais raced up ice, beating Niemi with a wrist shot from just inside the right circle.

San Jose answered back less than two minutes later with Logan Couture's 8th goal of the season. The Sharks worked the puck deep into the Canadiens zone when Clowe skated back toward the blueline, before dumping a backhand pass to Couture in the slot. Couture fired a shot over Price's shoulder to knot the game at 2-2.

Patrick Marleau missed on a golden chance to put the Sharks up for the first time in the game early in the 3rd period. Joe Thornton sprung the Sharks speedster by feathering a pass up ice. Marleau skated in on Price uncontested, but his backhand chance was turned aside by the Canadiens netminder.

Thornton coughed the puck up at the 8:40 mark to Desharnais behind the net, setting up Montreal's rd goal of the night. Desharnais tried wrapping the puck around the right post, but the scoring chance slid through the slot to Cole on the far side. Marc-Edouard Vlassic had position on Cole, but failed to tie up the stick of the Canadien's forward.

Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan didn't mince words in his opinion of the Sharks top line.

"The Thornton line was minus-three," said McLellan." I thought that was pretty obvious. We thought their size was something that we could take advantage of tonight but it didn't work out for us for whatever reason. I know that threesome will be better next time out. They don't stay flat for very long."

Jason Demers destroyed Cole with a hit with 3 minutes to play. That got the juices flowing.

San Jose stepped up the pressure with 2 minutes to play in search of the equalizer. They would get it with 1:2 left in regulation, when Clowe chipped a deflection over Price's right shoulder. Martin Havlat and Logan Couture traded shots that bounced off Price before Clowe buried his chance.

The goals was Clowe's first since November 3rd against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"We tried to lose it in the third there when we gave up the goal, but I'm happy that they stuck with it," added McLellan. "There was a group of them that was really determined. I thought Couture's line with Clowe and Marty [Havlat], [it was] perhaps their best game in a long time. It was nice to see. They did a lot of scoring for us tonight and we're real happy about that."

A wild overtime period was punctuated by multiple scoring chances for both teams. Both teams but 4 shots on net, all of the quality variety.

The shootout took six rounds to decide the game. Martin Havlat, Michal Handzus and Pavelski converted for San Jose. Brian GIonta and Desharnais put pucks past Niemi, but the Sharks netminder ended things by denying Subban after Pavelski put the Sharks up.

The shootout victory was the Sharks 3rd of the season.

"We're disappointed. I thought we deserved a better fate, but I thought we competed hard," said Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin". They're a big team, and I thought we competed with them. We had a big night out of the Dehsharnais line - they got all of our three goals. I thought it was a good performance overall."


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1 2 3 OT SO T
MTL 1 1 1 0 0 3
SJ 1 1 1 0 1 4
1st period - 1, MTL, Cammalleri 6 (Subban, Desharnais), 13:21. 2, SJ, McGinn 3 (Handzus, Demers), 14:02.
2nd period - 3, MTL, Desharnais 4 (Cole), 4:41. 4, SJ, Couture 8 (Clowe, Vlasic), 6:18.
3rd period - 5, MTL, Cole 8 (Desharnais, Cammalleri), 8:46. 6, SJ, Clowe 5 (Couture, Havlat), 18:34.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - SJ: Clowe (miss), Havlat (goal), Couture (miss), Handzus (goal), Boyle (miss), Pavelski (goal). MTL: Cammalleri (miss), Cole (miss), Gionta (goal), Desharnais (goal), Moen (miss), Subban (miss).
1st period - Diaz, MTL (tripping), 14:38; Clowe, SJ (tripping), 16:07.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
MTL - Price 41 38
SJ - Niemi 32 29
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
MTL 8 10 10 4 32
SJ 12 12 13 4 41
Power Play Conversion
MTL 0 of 1
SJ 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Ryane Clowe
David Desharnais
Logan Couture
Referees: Rooney, Pochmara. Linesmen: Lazarowich, Racicot.
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