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Sharks start trip with a bang
SJ knocks off Penguins with convincing 4-0 win
2/21/19 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks kicked off a four-game road trip on Thursday, with a commanding 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the PPG Paints Arena in Pennsylvania. Tomas Hertl scored a pair of goal and Martin Jones made 26 saves to lead San Jose. The Sharks scored three goals on the power play and added another short-handed. San Jose man-handled the Penguins throughout the night, starting their longest remaining road trip on the schedule.

After suffering their tough 5-4 loss to the Boston Bruins in overtime on Monday night, the Sharks seemed focused to turn in a good performance. They were firing on all cylinders from the get go.

A Jack Johnson tripping penalty 56 seconds into the game, netted the Sharks their first goal of the game. Tomas Hertl deposited his 27th goal of the season after he scooped up a rebound in front of the net and skated to the left side before lifting a shot past netminder Casey DeSmith. Brent Burns created the rebound with a one-time chance from the blueline that DeSmith stopped but could not control.

Brendan Dillon setup the Penguins with their first power play at 8:37 after he was whistled for cross-checking Zach Aston-Reese. San Jose turned the tables on the Pittsburgh when Burns poked the puck off of Phil Kessel's stick as the Penguin forward tried to gain the Sharks zone. Evander Kane picked up the puck then raced up ice unimpeded and slipped a backhand chance past DeSmith for his 28th of the season.

Aston-Reese committed another Penguins tripping penalty at 11:55, putting the Sharks back on the power play. Hertl converted his on his second of the game when he tapped home a Kevin Labanc feed into a wide open net. Labanc drew DeSmith and over to the right side, before dropping it back to the top of the crease where Hertl had nothing but daylight between him and the back of the Penguins net. Matt Cullen tried diving to cutoff Labanc, but by doing so, he left Hertl unattended in front of the net.

The scoring calmed down in the middle period, but the Sharks still looked like the superior team. San Jose and Pittsburgh matched each other in shots at 9 apiece, but San Jose out chanced the Penguins.

Evgeni Malkin was sent off for hooking at 4:50 of the period, but San Jose could not rework the special teams magic that they enjoyed in the opening period. Pittsburgh was gifted a breakaway chance right after Malkin's penalty expired, but Joe Thornton hustled back to break up the chance. It was a site to see the Sharks senior statesman hustle to stop the scoring chance, bad knees and all.

Aston-Reese took his second penalty of the game, but once again the Sharks failed to convert.


Evander Kane was called for tripping with 20 seconds left in the frame. The penalty carried over to start the 3rd period, but San Jose denied the Penguins.

San Jose suppressed any notion of a comeback by killing the penalty. They then went into lockdown mode from that point forward. keeping the puck away from Jones, and controlling the neutral zone.

Down 3-0, the Penguins took exception to Kane peeking over at a coaches white board during a television timeout with just under 5 minutes left in regulation. The Penguins players on the ice started jawing with Kane, then some animated touching turned into several fights on the ice.

When the smoke cleared, four players were tossed from the game, and Kane and Pearson were sent off for fighting. Even Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan earned an early shower by letting the referees have it verbally.

Phil Kessel made an appearance on the score sheet when he clipped Erik Karlsson on the side of this head with a high stick. Kris Letang followed him to the box 30 seconds later for cross cchecking Hertl.

The Sharks rubbed a little more salt in to the wound when Burns snapped a one time chance past DeSmith on the 5-on-3 advantage.

Game Notes:

* Micheal Haley made his debut for the Sharks, 24 hours after being claimed off waivers from the Florida Panthers. Haley skated 12 shifts and recorded a hit and a blocked shot. His biggest contribution came during the donnybrook at the end of the game.

* Sydney Crosby was kept in check all night. The Penguins captain recorded 3 shots on goal, but never factored into any serious scoring threats. He was 8 of 20 on draws.

* The two teams combined for 80 penalty minutes. The Sharks took full advantage of their man-advantage chances, scoring on 3-of-6 power play opportunities. In contrast, the Penguins were 0-for-2 on the power play and surrendered a shirt-handed goal.

* Burns finished with a goal and 2 assists. Kevin Labanc recorded assists on the Sharks first two power play goals.

* Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer thought better of keeping Erik Karlsson on the ice after Phil Kessel went after his prize defenseman with a high stick late in the game. Karlsson never saw the ice after the bush league move by the Penguins.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 3 0 1 4
PIT 0 0 0 0
1st period - 1, SJ, Hertl 27 (Burns, Labanc), 0:57, (pp). 2, SJ, Kane 27 (Burns), 10:01, (sh). 3, SJ, Hertl 28 (Labanc, Pavelski), 13:19, (pp).
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Burns 12 (E. Karlsson, Thornton), 16:51, (pp).
Penalties
1st period - Johnson, PIT (tripping), 0:56; Dillon, SJ (cross checking), 8:37; Aston-Reese, PIT (tripping), 11:55.
2nd period - Malkin, PIT (hooking), 4:50; Aston-Reese, PIT (holding), 14:39; Kane, SJ (tripping), 19:39.
3rd period - Hertl, SJ (roughing), 2:20; Pearson, PIT (roughing). 2:20; Haley, SJ (10 min misconduct), 15:24; Dillon, SJ (10 min misconduct), 15:24; Kane, SJ (fighting major), 15:24; Pettersson, PIT (10 min misconduct), 15:24; Crosby, PIT (10 min misconduct), 15:24; Pearson, PIT (fighting major). 15:24; Kessel, PIT (high sticking), 16:26; Letang, PIT (cross checking), 15:24; Sullivan, PIT (Game misconduct - head coach), 15:24; Malkin, PIT (10 min misconduct), 18:47.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 26 26
PIT - DeSmith 33 29
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 12 9 12 33
PIT 9 9 8 26
Power Play Conversion
SJ 3 of 6
PIT 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Tomas Hertl
Brent Burns
Martin Jones
Attendance
PPG Paints Arena - 18,362
Officials
Referees: Dwyer, Lambert. Linesmen: Baker, Mach.
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