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Back on Track
Sharks shutout Canadiens 2-0
10/26/13 - By Mike Lee -



Still feeling the sting of their last second loss in Boston two nights ago, the Sharks regrouped and put the clamps on the host Montreal Canadiens in Quebec on Saturday night. Logan Couture scored a pair of goals to pace San Jose and goaltender Antti Niemi made 22 saves for this 2nd shutout in the past three games.

* The game came down to two points. Score a goal and keep the puck out of your own end. Pretty simple concept, and the Sharks executed on both.

* Couture scored the first of his two goals on the power play 6:20 into the 2nd period after David Desharnais was sent off for hooking Matt Nieto. Couture tipped in a Joe Thornton feed from the top of the crease for his 5th tally of the year. The Bell Centre crowd voiced their displeasure on the play with the officiating crew, after Couture upended defenseman Raphael Diaz before skating to the front of the Canadiens net.

* Couture's second goal was a little more adventurous. Did I mention that San Jose tried to control the game by keeping the puck in the Canadiens end? In one of the endless entries into Montreal's zone, Patrick Marleau fired the puck in from the left wing boards, trying to get the puck deep. Everyone, including Canadiens goaltender Carey Price expected the puck to wind around the end boards toward the right corner. Price skated out of his net to cut the puck off, but it hit either a stanchion or a photographer's cutout in the glass, kicking out to the front of the goal where Couture was cruising in. The goal was elementary at that point for Couture, who tapped it home.

* Lars Eller had one of the best scoring chances of the evening for Montreal midway through the 2nd period, teaming up with Brendan Gallagher on chance that ended with Eller bouncing a shot off Niemi's mask. Eller took the shot from the low slot without any defender around to impede him.

* Price was the Canadiens best player on the ice, stopping 35 shots, including a pair of gems in the 2nd period. Price stoned Tomas Hertl from in tight midway through the period, then stumped Brad Stuart with a waving glove save on a Brad Stuart right before the period ended.

* Tommy Wingels made his way back to the lineup on Saturday night after missing most of the Bruins game. Wingels had his bell rung by Cdeno Chara, who hit the Sharks forward with a head shot. Wingels was a game time decision.

* Brent Burns missed his third consecutive game after taking a puck to the mouth against Calgary last weekend. Burns in fact returned home to San Jose. There is speculation that Burns is suffering concussion like symptoms after sustaining his injury.

* Dan Boyle missed his 5th straight game. Justin Braun and Marc-Edouard Vlasic continue to carry the load for San Jose's blueline. Both logged more than 21 minutes of ice time.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 1 2
MON 0 0 0 0
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Couture 5 (Thornton, Marleau), 6:20, (pp).
3rd period - 2, SJ, Couture 6 (Marleau, Kennedy), 4:09.
Penalties
1st period - Markov, MON (tripping), 1:18; Galchenyuk, MON (interference), 8:06.
2nd period - Desharnais, MON (hooking), 5:15; Bouillon, MON (holding), 14:17; Stuart, SJ (boarding), 17:37.
3rd period - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 22 22
MON - Price 37 35
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 11 11 15 37
MON 8 8 6 22
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 4
MON 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Logan Couture
Patrick Marleau
Antti Niemi
Attendence
21,273
Officials
Referees: Hasenfratz, Rehman. Linesmen: Brisebois, Nansen.
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