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Kane leads Sharks past Leafs
SJ wins third game in a row
3/3/20 - By Mike Lee -
 
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The end of the 2019-20 season is on the horizon, and with all the injuries and the trade deadline purge, the Sharks are just trying to wrap up the final month of the season. Playing teams that are still jockeying for playoff spots would make it easy for the Sharks to pack it in, but for whatever reason, they're figuring some things out. The Toronto Maple Leafs entered play on a four-game winning streak, but a strong 3rd period helped propel San Jose past their guests with a 5-3 win.

San Jose was led by Evander Kane, who scored a pair of goals. Stefan Noesen and Antti Suomela added two point nights for the Sharks, who had their hands full with Auston Mathews and Mitch Marner.

The Sharks scored a rare power play goal to start the scoring 6:38 into the contest. Brent Burns sent a shot in on goal from the blueline, and Kane was able to tip the shot past Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell for his 23rd tally of the season. Kane had defenseman Justin Holl draped all over him but he was able to get a stick on the Burns shot.

Mathews tied the game 2:48 into the 2nd period, when he chipped at a puck that had banked off him as he sat parked just off the right post. The Maple Leafs goal scoring machine was able to fend off Mario Ferraro before swiping at the puck, pushing it past goaltender Martin Jones.

Suomela answered 66 seconds later by bouncing a puck off Campbell as he skated along the end line on the left side. It was the first goal of the season for the Sharks 4th line forward.

The Sharks played a decent middle period, but game is dictated by the scoreboard, and Toronto out-performed the Sharks in that department. Marner knotted the game at 2-2 with 2:33 left in the frame with a highlight reel goal.

The Leafs forward took a pass from Mathews as he was cutting through the slot from right to left, then fed the puck to his forehand by sliding it between his legs before sweeping home his 16th goal of the season. Brent Burns had the defensive assignment, but never saw the puck until it was too late. Marner deftly positioned it for the shot as Burns could only flail at thee attempt.

Out-scoring teams in the 3rd period has been an issue for San Jose this season, and their rag-tag roster didn't suggest that the trend would change, but they figured it out. The sharks 4th line converted when Noesen punched home a rebound after the Sharks worked the puck to the Leafs end boards. Suomela sent a shot that sailed wide left, tbut the puck worked it's way to Noesen on the right side.

Kane scored his second goal of the game 50 seconds later when Marc-Edouard Vlasic worked the puck up the left side. Kane carried it toward the net uncontested and was able to pick his shot, lifting the puck past Campbell for his 24th of the season.

The Leafs made a run late, but Jones stood tall. The Sharks netminder finished with 25 saves on the night.

Radim Simek capped things with an empty net goal late to cap the game's scoring.

Game Notes:

* Joe Thornton played in his 1100th game as a Sharks, becoming the second player in team history to eclipse that mark. Patrick Marleau has played in 1,719 games for San Jose.

* Brandon Davidson made his Sharks debut after being acquired at the trade deadline last week. The defenseman was recalled after Jacob Middleton was injured last weekend against Pittsburgh.

* Martin Jones has gone 4-2-0 over his last four starts, posting an impressive 1.50 goals against average on a .947 save percentage.

* Evander Kane's multi-goal night was the 40th of his career.

* Timo Meier led all skaters with 6 shots on goal. San Jose was credited with 18 shots in the 2nd period.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
TOR 0 2 0 2
SJ 1 1 3 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Kane 23 (Burns, Couture), 6:38, (pp).
2nd period - 2, TOR, Mathews 46 (Marincin), 2:48. 3, SJ, Suomela 1 (Noesen. M. Karlsson), 3:54. 4, TOR, Marner 16 (Mathews, Rosen), 17:27.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Noesen 6 (Suomela), 5:48. 6, SJ, Kane 24 (Vlasic), 6:38. 7, SJ, Simek 2 (unassisted), 19:03, (en).
Penalties
1st period - Gregor, SJ (tripping), 3:11; Dermott, TOR (interference), 6:08.
2nd period - Holl, TOR (interference), 8:19; Gregor, SJ (hooking), 17:53.
3rd period - Ferraro, SJ (holding), 11:50.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
TOR - Campbell 37 33
TOR - empty net 1 0
SJ - Jones 27 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
TOR 14 6 7 27
SJ 11 18 9 38
Power Play Conversion
TOR 0 of 3
SJ 1 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Evander Kane
Auston Mathews
Anti Suomela
Attendance
SAP Center - 16,129
Officials
Referees: Lambert, Lee. Linesmen: Cormier, Gawryletz.





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