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Back to back goaltending gems for SJ
Reimer shuts out Oilers in his 2nd start for SJ
3/8/15 - By Mike Lee -

24 hours after Martin Jones 47 save performance, the Sharks leaned on recently acquired netminder James Reimer, who made 31 saves en route to his 1st shutout in only his second start for San Jose. Reimer didn't face the onslaught of shot that Jones faced against the Flames a day earlier, but his steady hand in net allowed the Sharks offense to flow against the host Edmonton Oilers as they capped their Alberta trip with a 3-0 victory.

Reimer had plenty of distractions to get in his way, but he was unwavering. A report earlier in the day claimed that the former Maple Leafs goaltender demanded $6 million a season over 6 years from Toronto after his contract expires this summer. Reimer denied the claim, which would be a hefty raise from his current contract.

Distractions aside, Reimer went to work and kept the Oilers in check all night. Edmonton bookend the game with 12 shot periods that failed to get past the Sharks backstop.

Logan Couture made Reimer's job easier by bagging a pair of goals in the 1st period.

The centerman provided San Jose all the offense they would need 1:33 into the contest by sweeping home a puck that Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot lost track of. Couture snapped a shot on net from 20 feet out that was denied by Talbot, but the goaltender assumed it had pushed past his net. Talbot didn't realize that the puck sat perched at his feet. Several players including Couture tried poking at it, but it was the Sharks forward who picked it out of the scrum and slipped it into the Oilers net for his 9th goal of the season.

Couture added his 2nd tally of the period 14 minutes later, ripping a shot from the right dot past Talbot while the Sharks were on the power play. Couture took a Brent Burns feed and sat uncontested at the top of the circle. Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse sat back rather than skating out to take away the lane. Couture took three strides toward the net before lifting the puck past Talbot for the 2-0 lead.

Joe Pavelski added his 31st goal of the season 14 minutes into the 2nd period by picking a Paul Martin shot out of the air with his stick blade, redirecting the shot past Talbot. I was classic Pavelski, who has become a surgeon with his stick whenever a puck is in the air.

The goal took the air out of the Oilers sails. Their 12 shot 3rd period was never really tested Reimer.

Things got ugly late in the game when Sharks defenseman Roman Polak was whistled for interference on Matt Hendricks who fell awkwardly into the end boards. Replays showed that Hendricks caught an edge as he and Polak raced toward a loose puck.

When Polak's penalty expired, Nurse engaged him in front of the Sharks bench, opening up a cut on the bridge of the Sharks newest defenseman. Nurse was spared an instigator penalty which incensed the Sharks bench. Every player in white was howling at referee Tom Kowal, which resulted in a bench minor for abuse of an official. If any official was deserving of abuse, it was Kowal for his mishandling of the entire situation.

All the penalties were meaningless as time expired and the Sharks wrapped up the Albert sweep.





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 0 3
EDM 0 0 0 0
1st period - 1, SJ, Couture 9 (Nieto, Donskoi), 1:33. 2, SJ, Couture 10 (Burns, Pavelski), 15:50, (pp).
2nd period - 3, SJ, Pavelski 31 (Martin, Thornton), 14:03.
3rd period - None.
Penalties
1st period - Eberle, EDM (tripping), 15:40.
2nd period - Vlasic, SJ (cross checking), 2:00.
3rd period - Pollak, SJ (interference), 16:11; Pollak, SJ (fighting major), 18:20; Nurse, EDM (fighting major), 18:20; Nurse, EDM (roughing), 18:20; Bench, SJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:05.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Reimer 31 31
EDM - Talbot 22 19
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 9 7 6 22
EDM 12 7 12 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 2
EDM 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Jams Reimer
Logan Couture
Joe Pavelski
Attendance
16,839
Officials
Referees: Furlatt, Kowal. Linesmen: Berg, Sharrers.
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