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Sharks learning to enjoy the shootout
Couture injured in chippy contest with Senators
12/14/16 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks enjoy playing hockey so much, they're trying to squeeze out as much extra ice time as they can get. After taking the Toronto Maple Leafs to the shootout on Tuesday night, San Jose repeated that with another trip to the skills competition in Ottawa 24 hours later. The outcome was the same as San Jose scored the only goal in the shootout to take a 4-3 win over the Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. The win may have come at a steep price, as Logan Couture was injured after being cross-checked in the back of the head.

The combination of a chippy contest blended with some ticky-tack officiating resulted in a penalty filled game. The two teams combined for 71 minutes in penalties. Much like the Maple Leafs game, the Sharks had plenty of chances on the power play and once again failed to take advantage.

Their biggest chances came in the 3rd period after Senators forward Mike Hoffman took exception to a hit by Couture, so he decided to exact his revenge with a vicious cross check from behind that dropped Couture and sent him to the showers for the rest of the game. Hoffman was sent packing for his transgression, which also put the Sharks on the power play for a full 5 minutes.

With the game knotted at 2-2, the Sharks could have pulled away from the Senators on the 5 minute power play, but they stuttered as they had done on the previous five chances. Patrick Marleau appeared to score the go-ahead goal, but the Senators challenged that the puck left the zone on a play a minute before the Sharks former captain whipped a shot past Condon from the right post.

Joe Thornton then clipped Dion Phaneuf with a high stick with 4:44 left in regulation. The Senators pounced on that chance scoring a goal on the man advantage when Phaneuf took an Erik Karlsson feed out of the right corner and snapped a shot home from the slot.

Things looked bleak for the Sharks, but Chris Tierney bailed them out by punching home a rebound from 8 feet out after Brent Burns fired a shot from the right wing boards that bounced off Senators goaltender Mike Condon.

Tierney's goal was the third tying goal in the game and third lead change. Joe Pavelski staked the Sharks to a 1-0 lead in the 1st period. Joe Thornton fed Couture the puck in the slot, but the Sharks center didn't have a shot with two Ottawa defenders draped all over him, so he sent a backhand pass over to the left post where Pavelski was cutting in to pound the puck home.

Bobby Ryan slammed home a shot from outside the left post a minute after Pavelski's tally, taking a feed from Ryan Dzingel, who was positioned behind the Sharks net.

Burns scored his 13th goal of the season 11:30 into the 2nd period after collecting a puck at his blueline before attacking the net and slipping a shot between Condon's pads from the doorstep. Burns raced around defenseman Ben Harpur on the right side, before cutting across the top of the crease and ridding himself of the puck.

Kyle Turris knotted the game at 2-2 with a one-time chance from the bottom of the right circle after Mark Stone saw him cutting toward the net and fed him from the left post. The hit on Couture was likely influenced by a play at the end of the 2nd period. Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic were tied up in the left corner, and when Vlasic tried to pry his stick loose, he followed that up with a swing that caught the Senators defenseman. Turris decided to go after Vlasic, earning himself 2 minutes for instigating, 5 for fighting and a 10 minute misconduct.

That seemed to amp up the Senators, so when Couture pushed Hoffman from behind, the Senators forward decided he was going to take matters in to his own hands.

The Sharks had the upper hand in the overtime period, controlling the puck for the majority, and when the Senators were called for too many men with a minute left, San Jose had a golden opportunity to end things. The power play fizzled for the 7th time in the game, sending things to the shootout.

As has become customary in the league, the home team decided to shoot first. Ottawa sent Turris to shoot first, but Martin Jones easily stopped a wrist shot. Ryan, Karlsson and Chris Neil would follow Turris and all suffer the same fate.

Peter DeBoer countered with Mikkel Boedker, whose chance missed wide of the net, Pavleski and Brent Burns. After Neil missed, it came down to rookie Kevin Labanc, who faked a shot from the high slot, getting Condon to open up, before slipping the puck between his pads for the game winning goal.

Game Notes:

* Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns led the Sharks with 6 shots a piece. Burns finished the evening with a team high +3

* San Jose bucked the trend of getting out-hit by leading the Senators in that category 28-25. Micheal Haley and Justin Braun had 4 hits each.

* Joe Thornton rang up 14 penalty minutes of his own, earning a slashing minor and 10 minute misconduct at the end of the overtime period.

* MArtin Jones finished the evening with 28 saves.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 1 1 1 0 1 4
OTT 1 1 1 0 0 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 10 (Couture, Thornton), 5:57. 2, OTT, Ryan 4 (Dzingel, Phaneuf), 7:01.
2nd period - 3, SJ, Burns 13 (Dillon), 11:30. 4, OTT, Turris 12 (Stone, Hoffman), 17:27.
3rd period - 5, OTT, Phaneuf 4 (Karlsson, Stone), 16:14, (pp). 6, SJ, Tierney 3 (Burns, Schlemko), 17:32.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - OTT: Turris (miss), Ryan (miss), Karlsson (miss), Neil (miss). SJ: Boedker (miss), Pavelski (miss), Burns (miss), Labanc (goal).
1st period - Martin, SJ (interference), 0:53; Pyatt, OTT (goaltender interference), 3:55; Ward, SJ (hooking), 8:09; Ceci, OTT (hooking), 17:04.
2nd period - Neil, OTT (cross checking), 3:34; Burns, SJ (hooking), 7:58; Ward, SJ (hooking), 13:08; Phaneuf, OTT (high sticking), 14:19; Vlasic, SJ (fighting major), 19:40; Turris, OTT (instigator), 19:40; Turris, OTT (fighting major), 19:40; Turris, OTT (10 min misconduct), 19:40.
3rd period - Marleau, SJ (hooking), 0:26; Hoffman, OTT (cross checking major), 7:50; Hoffman, OTT (game misconduct), 7:50; Thornton, SJ (high sticking), 15:16.
Overtime - Bench, OTT (too many men), 4:03; Thornton, SJ (slashing), 5:00; Thornton, SJ (10 min misconduct), 5:00.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 31 28
OTT - Condon 29 26
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 10 6 10 3 29
OTT 11 13 6 1 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 7
OTT 1 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Dion Phaneuf
Kevin Labanc
Canadian Tire Centre - 17,273
Referees: Meier, Nicholson. Linesmen: Alphonso, Mills.
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