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Ugly loss kicks off long road trip
Sharks get smoked by West's worst team
2/11/13 - By Mike Lee -

The NHL threw the Sharks a scheduling softball to kick-off their season high 6-game road trip on Monday night, and San Jose whiffed in a big way. The Columbus Blue Jackets had only won three times this season, and lost less than 24 hours earlier, but the Sharks flat out missed on a chance to snap their 4-game losing streak. Make that a 5-game losing streak. Columbus put 6 pucks past goaltender Thomas Greiss in what was arguably San Jose's worst loss of the season.

The 6-2 whipping was the result of San Jose's disinterest in participating most of the night. The Sharks were flat from the opening faceoff and did little to show they had any intention of making a run against the Blue Jackets.

"Outworked? How about that?" Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told the Associated Press. "It's pretty simple. The team that works the hardest wins. (We were) outworked, outexecuted, outdetailed, outgoaltended -- out-a lot of things."

Columbus wasted no time in jumping on the Sharks, converting on the game's opening shift. Brandon Dubinsky scored his 1st goal as a Blue Jacket, jamming home a rebound from the top of the crease after the Sharks failed to control the puck and clear out attacker's near their net. Joe Pavelski was bounced off the puck after Matt Calvert put the puck on net from the left corner. Dubinsky crashed the net, pushing Pavelski aside as he slid the puck past Greiss.

An Adam Burish hooking penalty midway through the 2nd period setup a James Wisniewski power play goal. San Jose left Wisniewski alone in the slot as they tried to tracking the puck in the right corner. Derick Brassard drew two defenders to the bottom of the right circle before slipping a pass to Wisniewski for the sweeping shot that Greiss had little chance of stopping.

Cody Goloubef made it 3-0 Blue Jackets 71 seconds later, rifling a shot from the right point past Greiss for his 1st NHL goal. Goloebuf took a feed from Derek Mackenzie then used a screen setup by Sharks defenseman B rent Burns.

Patrick Marleau cut the Columbus lead to 3-1 on the next shift, pumping a shot past Steve Mason with a wrist shot from the left dot. The Sharks had three forwards moving toward the net, when Marleau put the puck past Mason for his 10th goal of the season.

The score gave the Sharks some life, but they were simply unprepared to make a run in the final period.

Nikita Nikitin scored his 1st goal of the season just 21 seconds into the final period to 1st goal of the season just 21 seconds into the final period to seal the Sharks fate. Nikitin one-timed a Calvert feed from behind the net past Greiss after San Jose got caught chasing the puck.

The wheels fell off after Nikitin's goal.

Scott Gomez made things easier for Columbus by taking a marginal tripping penalty at 4:34 of the period. Vinny Prospal added a 2nd power play goal a minute later after the Sharks defense left their goaltender out in the cold. Nick Foligno coasted past the Sharks defense at the blueline, then slid a pass through the slot to Prospal for the easy deposit.

Greiss was either fooled or disinterested with a Marl Letestu shot that came 8 seconds after Prospal's goal. Letestu threw a seemingly harmless puck on net after crossing the blueline, and the shot floated past Greiss. The Sharks netminder waved at the shot with his blocker, but didn't stop it.

Calvert took a cross checking penalty late, allowing the Sharks to score a meaningless power play goal with 1:52 to play. Joe Pavelski swept home a Dan Boyle feed for his 6th goal of the season. Pavelski was in no mood to celebrate, skating back to center ice to take the next faceoff.

Game Notes:

Matt Pelach made his NHL debut for the Sharks, logging 11:23 of ice time on 18 shifts. The former defenseman was recalled from Worcester on Sunday, with the intent of providing a little muscle after Frazer McLaren was claimed off waivers last week. Pelach dropped the gloves with Jared Boll to earn his first NHL fighting major.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 1 2
CBJ 1 2 3 6
1st period - 1, CBJ, Dubinsky 1 (Calvert, Tyutin), 0:43.
2nd period - 2, CBJ, Wisniewski 3 (Brassard, Umberger), 13:05, (pp). 3, CBJ, Goloubef 1 (MacKenzie, Foligno), 14:16. 4, SJ, Marleau 10 (Couture, Murray), 14:29.
3rd period - 5, CBJ, Nikitin 1 (Calvert, Dubinsky), 0:21. 6, CBJ, Prospal 4 (Foligno, Johnson), 5:37, (pp). 7, CBJ, Letestu 5 (Anisimov), 5:45. 8, SJ, Pavelski 6 (Boyle, Thornton), 18:08, (pp).
1st period - Pelach, SJ (fighting major), 2:33; Boll, CBJ (fighting major), 2:33; Foligno, CBJ (roughing), 3:16; Erixon, CBJ (cross checking), 5:46; Burish, SJ (fighting major), 8:30; Dorsett, CBJ (fighting major), 8:30.
2nd period - Burns, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 5:01; Stuart, SJ (cross checking), 9:54; Burish, SJ (hooking), 11:19.
3rd period - Gomez, SJ (tripping), 4:34; Calvert, CBJ (cross checking), 16:41.
Shots Saves
SJ - Greiss 36 30
CBJ - Mason 27 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 11 6 10 27
CBJ 10 13 13 36
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
CBJ 2 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Brandon Dubinsky
Nick Foligno
Matt Calvert
Referees: O'Halloran, VanMassenhoven. Linesmen: Barton, Brisebois
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