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Trip starts strong in Philadelphia
Sharks avenge opening night loss to Flyers
11/28/17 - By Mike Lee -

Spending the next four games focusing on the road schedule, the Sharks opened a swing along the Eastern seaboard with a 3-1 win in Philadelphia on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. San Jose shook off an early goal by the Flyers and played one of the best road games of the season. They would score three straight goals, to take advantage of a Flyers team that played into overtime on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

San Jose kicked off the road trip without starting goaltender Martin Jones, who traveled with the team, but is on the shelf, nursing an undisclosed injury that he sustained in the Sharks win over Winnipeg on Saturday night. Aaron Dell made the start for San Jose and turned in a 22 save performance to earn his 3rd win of the season.

The netminder shook of an early deficit and let the suddenly potent Sharks offense put goals past the opposition.

The Sharks were caught napping in the opening minute of the game, when Claude Giroux one-timed a Jakub Voracek pass past Aaron Dell from just outside the left post. The Flyers pushed on the forecheck after dumping the puck in the Sharks zone, then gained control after Sean Couturier checked two defenders off the puck. Philadelphia moved the puck to the right side of the zone, drawing three defenders before Voracek found Giroux all by his lonesome with a cross-ice pass.

Dell denied another defensive gaff on the next faceoff, when the Flyers skated in on him with a 2-on-1 break. The Sharks backup made the save and then calmed down his teammates with solid play to close out the period.

Chris Tierney answered 9 minutes later by skating the puck into the zone before slowing at the top of the right circle then snapping a wrist shot past Michal Neuvirth for his 6th goal of the season. Tierney used Travis Sanheim as a screen as he stalled before taking the shot, allowing Sanheim to slide in front of Neuvirth's line of sight.

Philadelphia found them selves in penalty trouble at the end of the period, which setup the Sharks 2nd goal of the evening. Wayne Simmonds was sent off for slashing at 16:51, followed by Michael Raffl, who lofted a puck over the glass for a delay of game infraction.

Joe Thornton sent a shot on goal from the bottom of the right circle on the 5-on-3, beating Neuvirth to the glove side. Neuvirth may have guessed pass, rather than shot, playing the book on Thornton, who has a penchant to dish the puck rather than put it on goal. He guessed wrong.

Valteri Filppula took a bad holding the stick penalty with 16 seconds left in the period to setup yet another Sharks power play. The Flyers penalty kill subdued the Sharks, then got a chance themselves with the man advantage after Brent Burns was sent off for slashing at 4:11 of the 2nd period, but Voracek negated the advantage by tripping Tomas Hertl 9 seconds into the Philadelphia power play.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic pushed the lead to 3-1 with a shot at 16:04 that eluded Neuvirth. Vlasic sent a long wrist shot from the left point while Justin Braun was tied up with a Flyers defender in front of the Philadelphia goaltender. The shot slipped just under Neuvirth's left pad for Vlasic's 2nd goal of the season.

The Sharks put the clamps on the Flyers in the 3rd period. Philadelphia generated a single shot on goal through the fist 17 minutes of the period. It wasn't until the Flyers pulled Neuvirth with just under 3 minutes to play, that they would put the bulk of their shots on goal. They finished the period with 5 shots and 23 total for the game.

Game Notes:

* Brent Burns rocked two of his teammates with shots in the 2nd period on the Sharks last power play. First he drilled Chris Tierney in the left skate, which ended with the forward hobbling off the ice. Then he caught Joonas Donskoi with a shot in the abdomen which ended the forward's evening. The Sharks announced that Donskoi was being evaluated, but would not return after his 2nd period exit.

* Every Shark skater recorded a shot on goal, with the exception of Melker Karlsson, Danny O'Regan and Dylan DeMalo. All three of those players logged less than 13 minutes of ice time. Karlsson was moved to the 4th line as he tries to play through a lower body injury.

* With Martin Jones held out, the Sharks recalled goaltender Antoine Bibeau, who has a 5-3-0 record this season with the San Jose Barracuda. Bibeau's .925 save percentage and 2.04 goals against average leads the Barracuda.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 2 1 0 3
PHI 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, PHI, Giroux 11 (Voracek, MacDonald), 0:48. 2, SJ, Tierney 6 (Burns, Dillon), 10:29. 3, SJ, Thornton 4 (Couture, Pavelski), 18:42, (pp).
2nd period - 4, SJ, Vlasic, 2 (Couture, Braun), 16:04.
3rd period - None.
Penalties
1st period - Hertl, SJ (slashing), 4:00; Gostisbhere, PHI (roughing), 4:00; Simmonds, PHI (slashing), 16:51; Raffl, PHI (delay of game - puck over glass), 17:32; Filpulla, PHI (holding the stikc), 19:44.
2nd period - Burns, SJ (slashing), 4:11; Voracek, PHI (tripping), 4:20; Pavelski, SJ (boarding), 9:21; Simmonds, PHI (tripping), 11:02.
3rd period - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 23 22
PHI - Neuvirth 34 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 12 17 5 34
PHI 8 10 5 23
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 5
PHI 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Thornton
Logan Couture
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Attendance
Wells Fargo Center - 18,935
Officials
Referees: Morton, Sutherland. Linesmen: Sericolo, Gawryletz.
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