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Stalock earns 1st career shutout
Sharks knock off Panthers 3-0
1/16/14 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks snapped the win-loss-win-loss patter by knocking off the Florida Panthers 3-0 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise Florida on Thursday night. Picking up where they left off on Tuesday, the Sharks played a methodical game, waiting out the Panthers and getting scoring from three different players. Rookie goaltender Alex Stalock earned his first career shutout by making 24 saves.

* Stalock wasn't peppered in the game, but he was forced to stop the first 5 shots until his teammates kicked things into gear. The Sharks went on to outshoot the Panthers 21-3 in the period.

* The biggest hole in the Sharks game was the absence of a power play. The Sharks had four power play chances, including 1:29 of 5-on-3 time after former Shark Marcel Goc followed Aleksander Barkov to the penalty box.

* San Jose's penalty kill was equal to the Florida special team's unit, although it helped that Florida has the 30th ranked power play in the NHL. San Jose killed three man-advantage chances for Florida.

* Scoring looked as if it might come at a premium with the Panthers playing well in the neutral zone. The Sharks could have become frustrated by the trap that was clogging up the middle of the ice.

* Joe Thornton finally snapped the scoreless tie in the most unexpected way. The big centerman caught the Panthers defense and raced up ice as Brent Burns sprung him with a lead pass up the right side. Thornton raced in on Thomas and lifted puck over the Panthers goaltender for his 6th goal of the season.

* Alex Stalock helped protect the Sharks lead early in the 3rd period by making a monster save on Scottie Upshall after the Panthers forward cut across the slot. Stalock was forced to move from his left to right in order to make the pad save.

* San Jose responded right sfter Stalock's big save, taking the puck the opposite way. Tyler Kennedy tried to mirror Upshall's move, slicing across the slot, but Thomas denied the Sharks forward. Rookie Matt Nieto swooped in and poked home the rebound, sliding a shot between the left post and Thomas' right skate.

* Todd McLellan earned his 250th win, achieving that mark with the second fastest number of games to achieve that feat (424).

The win was also San Jose's first against Florida at the BB&T Center in 7 years.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 2 3
FLA 0 0 0 0
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Thornton 6 (Burns, Pavelski), 19:09.
3rd period - 2, SJ, Nieto 3 (Kennedy, Marleau ), 4:44. 3, SJ, Pavelski 22 (Burns, Stuart), 11:46.
Penalties
1st period - Barkov, FLA (interference), 10:55; Goc, FLA (high sticking), 11:26; Wingels, SJ (illegal check to head), 13:53.
2nd period - Stuart, SJ (cross checking), 4:44; Kearns, SJ (high sticking), 9:12; Upshall, FLA (high sticking), 10:57; Upshall, FLA (hooking), 13:44.
3rd period - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Stalock 24 24
FLA - Thomas 39 36
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 21 7 11 39
FLA 8 11 4 24
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 4
FLA 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Alex Stalock
Joe Thornton
Joe Pavelski
Attendence
13,149
Officials
Referees: VanMassenhoven, Walsh. Linesmen: Cormier, Driscoll.
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