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Doormat trips Sharks
Luongo stops 52 shots in 3-2 Panthers win
3/18/14 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks entered Tuesday night's game at SAP Center on a roll. They had won 6 straight games, and were taking a team with the 3rd worst record in the NHL in the Florida Panthers. They were poised to grab the Pacific Division lead after the Anaheim Ducks had dropped a 3-2 decision to the Washington Capitals earlier in the evening. That was all meaningless, as the Sharks looked past the doormat Panthers and rolled over, dropping a 3-2 decision on home ice.

* San Jose's power play failures reared their ugly head once again. The Sharks scored a 2nd period power play goal , but entering the 3rd period, San Jose had 4 power play chances including 51 seconds of 5-on-3 time that went wasted. Trailing by two goals in that 3rd period, the power play failures essentially killed half the period.

* The Sharks put 29 shots on Roberto Luongo in that 3rd period, and 54 shots overall, but stat just proved that they were extremely capable of putting the puck into the center of a big Italian target. Unfortunately the game doesn't reward for putting pucks on big Italian targets.

* Patrick Marleau bounced a shot off the crossbar while the Sharks were on a power play early in the 2nd period following a Jimmy Hayes. Martin Havlat wouldn't miss moments later, slipping a shot past Roberto Luongo for his 8th of the season.

* Hayes almost made amends on a scoring chance on the next shift, but Antti Niemi got a blocker on the shot. San Jose followed that up with an Adam Burish chance that ended with Luongo gloving the puck and Burish with a face full of Ed Jovanovski's glove.

* The Sharks let down their guard, blinked, and just like that they trailed. Brandon Pirri fired a shot on Niemi from the slot that hit the Sharks goaltender then floated up and over his right shoulder. Defenseman Scott Hannan tried to glove the puck as it fluttered toward the goal line, but he ended up pushing it into the Sharks goal to tie things up.

* Quinton Howden put the Panthers up 2-1 just 17 seconds after Pirri's goal, jamming home a puck that squirted through Niemi's pads. Pirri pumped a shot that split the Shark netminder's pads, but Niemi ended up kicking it over to Howden. Who beat Dan Boyle to the goal.

* With the Sharks trying to scratch out a goal late in the 2nd period, Scottie Upshall pumped a shot past Niemi with just 14.2 ticks left in the frame to stick a dull fork in the Sharks jugular. San Jose didn't get much help from Niemi who looked fooled on the shot, overcommitting and allowing it to slide under his right pad.

* Brent Burns teased the sellout crowd with a goal with 3:03 remaining in regulation, pushing a shot between Luongo's pads after a wild scrum in front of the Panthers net.

* The only thing the Sharks did right on Tuesday night was to host Sam Tageson, a teenager who is suffering from a heart ailment and is in need of a heart transplant. Tageson was signed by the Sharks to a one-day contract, was allowed to skate through the Sharks head during player intros and warm up with the team. The Sharks teamed up with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to make Tageson's day. He burst out in tears when he was shown on the center-ice jumbotron following the national anthem.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
FLA 0 3 0 3
SJ 0 1 1 2
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, SJ, Havlat 8 (Burns, Nieto), 4:02, (pp). 2, FLA, Pirri 9 (unassisted), 11:23. 3, FLA, Howden 3 (Pirri, Gilbert), 11:40. 4, FLA, Upshall 14 (Crabb, Bjugstad), 19:45.
3rd period - 5, Burns 19 (Thornton), 16:57.
Penalties
1st period - Bjugstad, FLA (high sticking), 3:25; Pavelski, SJ (tripping), 4:17; Burish, SJ (holding), 17:29.
2nd period - Hayes, FLA (boarding), 2:32.
3rd period - Jovanovski, FLA (holding the stick), 6:05; Howden, FLA (high sticking), 8:08; Olsen, FLA (hooking), 10:32; Howden, FLA (high sticking), 11:41.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
FLA - Luongo 54 52
SJ - Niemi 24 21
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
FLA 8 14 2 24
SJ 10 15 29 54
Power Play Conversion
FLA 0 of 2
SJ 1 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Roberto Luongo
Brandon Pirri
Brian Campbell
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: Charron, Sutherland. Linesmen: Murchison, Sharrers.
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