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Sharks use shootout to extend win streak
First game without Logan Couture
10/16/15 - By Mike Lee -

One of the traits of successful hockey teams in the NHL is depth, or the ability to fill any roster spot with another player waiting in the wings. If the Sharks are going to succeed without Logan Couture, who broke his leg in practice on Thursday, they'll need to fill the newly created void in their lineup with quality minutes from their younger players. San Jose has their first chance to test out that theory in New Jersey on Friday night. San Jose was forced to reach deep against the host Devils, taking the game to the shootout, where Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns converted for the 2-1 win.

Couture created a massive hole for the Sharks with his injury, which will sideline him for 4 to 6 weeks. The forward snapped his fibula at the ankle and was flown back to San Jose, where he will undergo surgery to stabilize the fracture.

His teammates were bent to the point of breaking by the Devils, who capitalized on a late power play to tie the game. The Sharks survived their first 3-on-3 overtime before winning it in the shootout.

The Sharks held a 1-0 lead for 54 minutes after Patrick Marleau scored his 3rd goal of the season just 2 minutes into the game. Marleau was setup by new linemate Joel Ward, who setup the centerman with a pass from behind the Devils goal. Ward's tee's up the puck for Marleau, who blasted a shot past Devils goaltender Cory Schneider from the low slot.

Marleau had a chance to push the Sharks lead to two goals after he was hauled down by Andy Greene at 13:42 of the 2nd period. Marleau was awarded a penalty shot, but a wide and tentative approach to the free shot ended with Schneider snuffing out the chance.

That miss would influence how the Sharks were forced to earn their two points later in the game.

Martin Jones continued his hot hand in net, keeping the Devils subdued for all but the last 3:38 of regulation. The Devils had to resort to tackling the Sharks goaltender to finally get a puck past him. Jacob Josefson fired a rebound attempt past Jones with 50 seconds remaining in the 2nd period. Brian Gionta made the scoring chance much easier by running Jones over as he crossed into the crease from the left side.

The paltry 12,464 in attendance were displeased when referee Dan O'Halloran negated the goal because of the interference on Jones.

San Jose has proven to be a resilient team in the 3rd period through the first three games of the season, but they made things extremely difficult for themselves against the Devils by taking four minor penalties in the period. Three of those penalties crossed over, giving the Devils multiple 5-on-3 chances, and 5:01 of consecutive power play time.

The penalty kill continued to dominate, denying the Devils on those first three penalty kills. A too many men penalty would finally cost the Sharks late in the period.

Adam Henrique finally solved Jones on that fateful power play, tipping a Damon Severson shot past the Sharks goaltender at 16:22. Henrique was parked right in front of Jones and was able to get his stick blade on the waist high shot, redirecting it past Jones.

The goal snapped Jones' franchise record 234:33 span of shutout hockey, which topped Alex Stalock's mark set two season ago. To really frame how impressive that achievement is, Jones has only allowed two goals in 4 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have surrendered 26 goals in five games this season. The Sharks +12 goal differential leads the league. Only the Sharks and Montreal Canadiens have double-digit goal differentials that are positive.

Jones brushed off Henrique's goal and went back to work and denied New Jersey of any heroics in the overtime period by denying Kyle Palmieri on a one-on-none scoring chance midway through the extra period.

He was human in the shootout, allowing a goal to Henrique, but he stopped an attempt by Josefson. Pavelski scored with a move to his right, then Burns ended the game with a nasty backhand shot that beat Schneider.

Game Notes:

Nikolay GOldobin made his NHL debut, logging 11:52 of ice time on 15 shifts. the rookie did not record a point, but he looked comfortable in his limited time on the ice. He was credited with one shot on goal and had a single takeaway. Goldobin was recalled on Thursday, following the San Jose Barracuda game in Stockton.

Ben Smith also made his season debut, skating 13 shifts. Dylan DeMelo was scratched for the 4th time this season. Joonas Donskoi joined DeMelo in the press box as a scratch.

The Sharks have a quick turnaround as they will play the New York Islanders in Brooklyn on Saturday night.



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Scoring
1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 1 0 0 0 1 2
NJ 0 0 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, SJ, Marleau 3 (Ward, Hertl), 2:01.
2nd period - Marleau, SJ (unsuccessful penalty shots), 13:42.
3rd period - 2, NJ, Henrique 2 (Sevverson, Tootoo), 16:22, (pp).
Overtime - None.
Shootout - NJ: Henrique (goal), Josefson(miss), Cammalleri (goal). SJ: Pavelski (goal), Burns (goal).
Penalties
1st period - Brown, SJ (roughing), 8:58; Tootoo, NJ (roughing), 8:58.
2nd period - Greene, NJ (PS - holding on breakaway), 13:42. Pavelski, SJ (hooking), 14:01; Merrill, NJ (hooking), 17:54.
3rd period - Braun, SJ (holding the stick), 1:35; Dillon, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 2:52; Vlasic, SJ (delay of game - puck over glass), 4:36; Bench, SJ (too many men), 15:28.
Overtime - Burns, SJ (tripping), 4:48.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 32 31
NJ - Schneider 34 33
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 10 13 9 2 34
NJ 5 12 11 4 32
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 1
NJ 1 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Adam Henrique
Martin Jones
Attendance
12,464
Officials
Referees: Romasko, O'Halloran. Linesmen: Alphonso, Murphy.
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