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No post All Star Game hangover for SJ
Sharks pile on Blue Jackets in 6-0 ambush
1/31/12 - By Mike Lee -

The post All Star Game portion of the season kicked off on Tuesday night with the Sharks unloading on the doormat Columbus Blue Jackets at HP Pavilion. San Jose put 6 pucks past Columbus netminder Steve Mason in a long overdue blowout. Antti Niemi made 30 saves to earn back-to-back saves for the first time this season in the 6-0 white-washing.

Noting that Columbus trails every team in the league, San Jose made it clear who the contender was, bagging a pair of goals in each of the three periods, and keeping the Columbus offense away from their own net all night long.

The only thing the Blue Jackets were adept at was hitting San Jose skaters high with elbows. Jared Boll started things off 20 seconds into the contest with a hit that nearly took Joe Thornton's head off. Boll was sent off for an illegal hit to the head, but more importantly, it seemed to light a fire under the Sharks.

Patrick Marleau opened the scoring with his 18th goal of the season 7:53 into the contest. The Sharks forward collected a rebound to the right of the goal, then swept home a shot from along the goal line.

Jim Vandermeer and Boll dropped the gloves on the ensuing faceoff. Vandermeer was exacting a little on-ice justice for Boll's illegal hit to Joe Thornton's head on the game's opening shift.

Thornton exacted his own revenge two minutes later by intercepting a puck in front of the Columbus net, before flipping a shot on net. Mason gave up a big rebound right back to Thornton, who returned fire for his 9th goal of the season.

San Jose outshot Columbus 18-11 in the open period, and had another 13 shots blocked by the Blue Jackets.

Derick Brassard put the Sharks on a power play 3:48 into the 2nd period, then Ryan Johansen's broken stick on the ensuing power play setup San Jose's 3rd goal of the evening. Joe Pavelski converted on the man-advantage by pumping a shot from the high slot, deflecting the puck off Derek MacKenzie and into the Blue Jackets net.

Jamie McGinn made it 4-0 with 3:05 left in the period, depositing a rebound off Mason into the Columbus goal. The tally was McGinn's 10th of the season, tying his career high for goals in a season.

Things didn't get any better for the Blue Jackets in the 3rd period. Michal Handzus scored his 4th goal of the season.

Thornton then made it 6-0 on a Sharks break with 9 minutes to play. The Sharks captain was on the tail end of a nice set of passes as San Jose moved the puck up ice. Pavelski made the last pass, a blind feed through the slot as he drove up the left wing. Thornton swept home the puck for his 2nd goal of the evening.

Dan Boyle took exception to something Brassard said to him with 4 minutes remaining, engaging in Blue Jackets defenseman in a spirited bout. Boyle was not amused that Brassard seemed to embellish a hit along the end boards.

That was just the start of the fight card. Dorsett tried to engage Colin White with a hit from behind moments later, then finally got the Shark defenseman's attention by butt-ending him in the chest. Fedor Tyutin and Justin Braun joined the fracas with a bout of their own while gloves and sticks littered the ice.

78 penalties minutes were dished out in total in the 3rd period.

Game Notes:

Three Sharks players hit career milestones against the Blue Jackets. Douglas Murray played in his 400th game, Brent Burns in his 500th and Dan Boyle in his 800th.


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1 2 3 T
CBJ 0 0 0 0
SJ 2 2 2 6
1st period - 1, SJ, Marleau 18 (Braun, Couture), 7:53. 2, SJ, Thornton 9 (unassisted), 9:43.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Pavelski 18 (Couture, Thornton), 4:56, (pp). 4, SJ, McGinn 10 (D. Murray, Handzus), 16:55.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Handzus 4 (McGinn), 1:54. 6, SJ, Thornton 10 (Pavelski, Desjardins), 10:54.
1st period - Boll, CBJ CBJ (illegal check to the head), 0:20; Boll, CBJ (fighting major), 7:55; Vandermeer, SJ (fighting major), 7:55.
2nd period - Brassard, CBJ (interference), 3:48.
3rd period - Boll, CBJ (fighting major), 2:27; Vandermeer, SJ (fighting major), 2:27; Vandermeer, SJ (boarding), 2:27; Brassard, CBJ (fighting major), 15:54; Boyle, SJ (fighting major), 15:54; Boyle, SJ (10 min miscinduct), 15:54; MacKenzie, CBJ (roughing), 16:50; Mitchell, SJ (roughing), 16:50; Dorsett, CBJ (fighting major), 17:08; Tyutin, CBJ (fighting major), 17:08; Dorsett, CBJ (cross checking), 17:08; Braun, SJ (fighting major), 17:08; White, SJ (fighting major), 17:08; Johnson, CBJ (10 min misconduct), 17:39; mcCarthy, SJ (10 min misconduct) 17:39.
Shots Saves
CBJ - Mason 43 37
SJ - Niemi 30 30
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CBJ 11 12 7 30
SJ 18 15 10 43
Power Play Conversion
CBJ 0 of 1
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Thornton
Logan Couture
Antti Niemi
Referees: Leggo, Watson. Linesmen: Champoux, Driscoll.
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