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Home cooking energizes Sharks
San Jose scores 4 goals in shutout out of New Jersey
11/21/16 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks returned to the friendly confines of SAP Center on Monday night, following their long 6-game road trip, and made the most of their home-ice advantage. San Jose scored early, and rolled to a decisive 4-0 win over the visiting New Jersey Devils, paced by Martin Jones' 26 saves and 15th career shutout. The victory snaps the Sharks 3-game losing streak.

Scoring hasn't been easy for the Sharks the past two weeks, but they bagged a pair of goals early, which allowed them to open things up both offensively and defensively. San opened the scoring the hard way early in the contest after Matt Nieto was whistled for interference just 1:44 after the opening faceoff.

With the Sharks on the penalty kill, an errant puck kicked out of the Sharks zone, just as Chris Tierney and Patrick Marleau were back skating toward the blueline. Tierney carried the puck up the left wing with Marleau on his right flank. The Sharks forward skated in on New Jersey goaltender Keith Kincaid, then elected to snap a wrist shot from 12 feet out, rather than try to force a pass to his right. The shot clipped Kincaid's left shoulder on its way to the upper right corner where it caught the inside of the netting for his 1st goal of the season.

San Jose pushed their lead to a pair of goals 4:44 later, when Patrick Marleau punched home his 5th of the season from the doorstep. The Sharks forward was parked at the top of the crease when a Joe Pavelski shot hit Kincaid in the chest and bounced back toward Marleau. The wily veteran hacked at the puck, bouncing a shot off Kincaid, then took a second hack at is, chipping it past the Devils goaltender.

Former Anaheim Ducks forward Ben Lovejoy was whistled for interference midway through the 2nd period, setting up the Sharks 3rd goal of the night. Logan Couture scored his 5th of the season on the ensuing power play after collecting a fortuitous bounce after Joe Thornton tried making a feed from the right circle. Thornton's pass hit Andy Greene in the skate, then bounced to the left side where Couture was lurking. All that remained was Couture firing the shot into a wide open net.

Joe Thornton was credited with the primary assist on Couture's goal, which was his 900th point as a Shark.

Tierney took a shot off the visor 3 minutes into the 3rd period, which dropped him before bee-lining it to the locker room for medical attention.

Brent Burns capped the night's scoring with a goal 7:38 into the final period courtesy of Kyle Quincey who mishandled the puck and put it into his own net. Burns slid a shot across the crease, with Quincey facing the net on the right post. The Devils defenseman tried to slide the puck forward in order to position it on his backhand for a clear, but his right skate gave out, and he missed the latter half of his maneuver, letting it slide past Kincaid for Burns' 7th goal of the season.

Game Notes:

* Joe Pavelski recorded a team high 8 shots on goal. MarcEdouard Vlasic added 5 shots. The Sharks finished with 41 shots.

* Joel Ward finished the night a +3. Ward led all Sharks with 24:26 of ice time. Defensemen typically amass the most ice time in a game.

* New Jersey blocked 27 shots led by Andy Greene, who stopped 7 shots.





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
NJ 0 0 0 0
SJ 2 1 1 4
1st period - 1, SJ, Tierney 1 (unassisted), 1:59, (sh). 2, SJ, Marleau 5 (Pavelski, Martin), 6:43.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Couture 5 (Burns, Thornton), 10:33, (pp).
3rd period - 4, SJ, Burns 7 (unassisted), 7:38.
Penalties
1st period - Nieto, SJ (goaltender interference), 1:44; Vlasic, SJ (high sticking), 11:31; Bennett, NJ (delay of game), 17:02.
2nd period - Lovejoy, NJ (interference), 9:36; Quincy, NJ (interference), 9:16.
3rd period - Braun, SJ (holding the stick), 0:58; Parenteau, NJ (high sticking), 7:45; Quincey, NJ (interference), 9:16; Petila, NJ (boarding), 18:54.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
NJ - Kincaid 41 37
SJ - Jones 26 26
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
NJ 10 8 8 26
SJ 14 15 12 41
Power Play Conversion
NJ 0 of 3
SJ 1 of 5
3 Stars of the Game
Martin Jones
Joe Thornton
Chris Tierney
Attendance
SAP Center - 17,562
Officials
Referees: Dwyer, Kozari. Linesmen: Heyer, Galloway.
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