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Sharks win at the Mecca
San Jose overcomes penalty kill woes to win in Toronto
12/3/13 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks made the most of their lone visit to Toronto on Tuesday night by dispatching the host Maple Leafs 4-2 before a sellout crowd at Air Canada Center. San Jose used the win to kick-off their 4-game road trip that will take them from Ontario to Minnesota, via Pittsburgh and Carolina. The win was also the Sharks 9th victory in their last 10 games and pushes them to within a point of the Chicago Blackhawks for the best record in the league.

* Seven of the Sharks current rostered players hail from Ontario, making their way home for the game in what many Canadians consider hockey's Mecca.

* Mike Brown made his return to Toronto after playing there for two and a half seasons from 2010 through 2012. He scored five goals in 112 games for Toronto. Brown scored the Sharks 1st goal of Tuesday night's game, tipping a Jason Demers shot halfway through the opening period. Brown was loitering in front of the net, when Demers wristed the puck on net from the right wing boards.

* Former Canucks left wing Mason Raymond one Toronto's four minor penalties with just over 6 minutes remaining in the opening period, tipping up Dan Boyle. The Sharks used the power play to push their lead to 2-0 when Joe Thornton snapped home the puck from the right side. Joe Pavelski setup the goal with a pass through the slot from left to right. Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was parked in the crease along with Toronto goaltender James Reimer, but he couldn't cover the right side of the net as Thornton's shot sailed past him.

* Raymond exacted a bit of revenge early in the 2nd period after Boyle was sent off for interfering Trevor Smith. Morgan Reilly sent a long pass up the left wing that Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart tried to intercept, but Raymond bumped Stuart off the puck before grabbing it himself and racing on the Sharks goal in a 2-on-1 chance. Raymond snapped a shot that beat Antti Niemithrough the five-hole.

* Smith would draw another penalty later in the period when Logan Couture caught him with a high stick. Toronto tied the game on the ensuing power play when Phil Kessel deposited a Tyler Bozak feed from the right circle. James Van Riemsdyk started the scoring sequence by trying to jam home a puck from just outside the right post. Bozak swooped in through the slot, grabbing the rebound and sending a pretty pass to Kessel through the slot.

* Brad Stuart scored the game winning goal with 4 minutes left in the middle period, firing a shot from the bottom of the left circle that hit Reimer either in the skate or pad and deflected across the goal line.

* Couture added his 10th goal of the season with an empty net opportunity late.

* The Maple Leafs out-hit the Sharks 56-19. The disparity was almost a necessity for Toronto who rarely controlled the puck in the opening period. Jay McClement, Trevor Smith and Carl Gunnarsson each recorded 6 hits each.

* 15 of the Sharks 18 skaters recorded a +1 during the game. Only Joe Thornton, Tomas Hertl and Brent Burns failed to record a positive plus / minus.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 1 4
TOR 0 2 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Brown 2 (Demers, Desjardins), 10:00. 2, SJ, Thornton 5 (Pavelski, Boyle), 14:31, (pp).
2nd period - 3, TOR, Raymond 10 (Rielly, Gunnarsson), 2:44, (pp). 4, TOR, Kessel 15 (Bozak, Van Riemsdyk), 9:47, (pp). 5, SJ, Stuart 3 (Boyle), 16:00.
3rd period - 6, SJ, Couture 10 (WIngels), 18:36, (en).
1st period - McLaren, TOR (roughing), 5:47; McClement, TOR (hooking), 13:04; Raymond, TOR (tripping), 13:47; Sheppard, SJ (interference), 18:28.
2nd period - Boyle, SJ (interference), 1:07; Desjardins, SJ (fighting major), 7:26; Smithson, TOR (fighting major), 7:26; Couture, SJ (high sticking), 8:55; Raymond, TOR (high sticking), 12:10.
3rd period - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 30 28
TOR - Reimer 40 37
TOR - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 13 18 10 41
TOR 5 17 8 30
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 4
TOR 2 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Thornton
James Van Riemsdyk
Dan Boyle
Referees: Morton, Kozari. Linesmen: Cherrey, Kovachik.
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