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This story is getting old
Yet another 3rd period collapse
10/23/14 - By Mike Lee -

If you saw any of the Sharks last two games, then there was no need to take in Thursday night's contest at SAP Center. Same story, different opponent. Jump out to an early lead, cough up that lead in the third period, then lose. That's your story line in a nutshell. Same old late mistakes and a lack of defensive fortitude to hold on to a lead are all the Sharks have to offer right now. Bad 3rd period hockey allowed the Columbus Blue Jackets to take two points in a 5-4 decision against the hapless Sharks.

The Sharks seemed to toy with their fans on Thursday night, leading, then trailing, then leading, before finally allowing the Blue Jackets to score a pair of goals late to lose in the most painful of ways.

Columbus appeared to score a go-ahead goal late in the game when Ryan Johansen put what would have been his 3rd goal of the game on the board, but for some reason, referee Ian Walsh thought that Antti Niemi was interfered with. That goal was waved off, but Mark Letestu responded with his 2nd goal of the game with 21 seconds left in regulation.

Letestu took advantage of a Sharks defense that seems to be inflicted with 3rd period paralysis every game. The Blue Jackets forward deflected a Scott Hartnell shot as he sat perched outside the right post. Niemi was there to defend the deflection, but it found a seam between the netminder's left pad and glove.

And just like that, the game was over. San Jose had bolted out to a nice 2-0 lead in the 1st period. They were forced to comeback from a 3-2 deficit in the 3rd period, but all that positivity was flushed down the toilet, because the Sharks can't hold a 3rd period lead.

Adam Burish staked San Jose to a 1-0 lead 5 minutes into the game by simply shooting the puck at Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, catching a space big enough to score. The goal was the 1st for Burish in 48 games.

Joe Pavelski found a hole in Bobrovsky's game with 5 minutes remaining in the period, by deflecting a Logan Couture shot on the power play to pad San Jose's lead.

No padding is enough it seems these days, and Columbus proved that by scoring three times in the 2nd period.

Johansen scored a pair of goals in the period, which bookended a short-handed goal by Letestu after the Sharks 5-on-4 advantage into a 2-on-1 disadvantage after a turnover and Couture's half-hearted defensive response allowed the Blue Jackets to tie the game at 2-2.

Joe Pavleksi tied the game at 3-3 2:05 into the 3rd period, then Couture gave the Sharks a 4-3 lead 6 minutes later with a steal in the Blue Jackets zone.

San Jose had the initiative and the momentum, but a lazy hooking penalty by Brent Burns setup all the opportunity Columbus needed to knot the game at 4-4. Hartnell setup the goal by kicking the puck to Nick Foligno after the Sharks descended on Hartnell.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
CBJ 0 3 2 5
SJ 2 0 2 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Burish 1 (Demers), 5:11. 2, Pavelski 3 (Couture, Marleau), 14:44, (pp).
2nd period - 3, CBJ, Johansen 4 (Harntell, Foligno), 8:22. 4, CBJ, Letestu 1 (Anisimov, Tyutin), 12:13, (sh). 5, CBJ, Johansen 5 (Hartnell), 13:36.
3rd period - 6, SJ, Pavelski, 4 (Thornton), 2:05. 7, SJ, Couture 4 (unassisted), 8:23. 8, CBJ, Foligno 3 (Hartnell, Wisniewski), 11:40, (pp). 9, CBJ, Letestu 2 (Hartnell, Savard), 19:39.
Penalties
1st period - Boll, CBJ (fighting major), 2:47; Desjardins, SJ (fighting major), 2:47; Hayes, SJ (holding), 10:44; Calvert, CBJ (high sticking), 13:37; Boll, CBJ (hooking), 16:51.
2nd period - Wisniewski, CBJ (holding), 1:23; Demers, SJ (holding), 4:08; Skille, CBJ (interference), 11:00; Burns, SJ (high sticking - double minor), 15:04.
3rd period - Burns, SJ (hooking), 11:04; Foligno, CBJ (high sticking), 13:15.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
CBJ - Bobrovsky 37 33
SJ - Niemi 28 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
CBJ 5 12 11 28
SJ 16 9 12 37
Power Play Conversion
CBJ 1 of 5
SJ 1 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Ryan Johansen
Joe Pavelski
Mark Letestu
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: Walsh, Watson. Linesmen: Cherry, Wheler.
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