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Looking past 2 points
Sharks drop 2nd straight in OT
12/17/08 - By Mike Lee

With all the focus of Thursday night's marquee match-up between the Sharks and Red Wings, San Jose lost sight of the fact that the Columbus Blue Jackets are a formidable opponent. Looking past Columbus cost the Sharks a chance at a 4th consecutive win on Wednesday, although they did salvage a point in a 2-1 overtime loss at Nationwide Arena. R.J. Umberger converted on a 2-on-1 break 3 minutes into the extra session to help propel the Blue Jackets to their first win over San Jose in three tries this season.

When Umberger punched home the game winner on a feed from Kristian Huselius, the Blue Jackets players reacted like they had just won the 7th game of the Stanley Cup Finals. Umberger did a victory dance as he circled back toward his bench, then was swarmed by his teammates who have won 3 of their last 4 games.

For the Sharks, it was a night of missed opportunities. Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason stopped 47 shots, including 18 in the 2nd period. The 6-foot 4-inch goaltender relied on solid lateral movement to snuff out the league's 2nd ranked offense.

Rob Blake had a team high 9 shots on goal, and added a blast that helped put the Sharks on top 3:41 into the 3rd period. Blake sent a blast in from the point, allowing Devin Setoguchi to tip the shot past Mason. The goal was Setoguchi's 16th of the season, and looked as if it would stand up for the Sharks who also limited Columbus' scoring chances, even though they put 32 shots on net.

Sharks neminder Evgeni Nabokov deserved a better fate for his performance.

Columbus tied the game at 12:32 on Michael Peca's 2nd of the season. Peca scored on a drop pass from Jakub Voracek near the right circle. Dan Boyle's clearing attempt from behind the Sharks net was intercepted by Rick Nash at the blueline, who then fed Voracek in the slot. With his back to the net, the Blue Jackets right winger, dished the puck to Peca for the 30-foot slap shot that slipped just inside the left post.

The Sharks had their chances to steal the lead back.

Christian Ehrhoff had a clean look at the Columbus net after a turnover in the Blue Jackets zone, but his shot hit the left post. They also had two power plays in the 3rd period, but failed to generate any serious scoring chances. They would finish the evening 0-for-5 on the man advantage.

San Jose also generated 3 shots on Mason in the overtime period, but they couldn't find a way to get the puck past him.

With the Sharks pressing in the Columbus zone, Sharks captain Patrick Marleau made a meager attempt to poke check a loose puck, but Huselius swatted it free and was off to the races.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic was the last line of defense, but as he skated toward Huselius, the Blue Jackets forward sent a pass through the slot to Umberger who easily deposited the game winner.

Game Notes:

The Sharks have scored first 19 times this season, and have a 15-2-2 record in those games. They are 5-3 in overtime this season.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 0 0 1 0 1
CBJ 0 0 1 1 2
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 1, SJ, Setoguchi 16 (Blake, Marleau), 3:41. 2, CBJ, Peca 2 (Voracek, Nash), 12:32.
Overtime - 3, CBJ, Umberger 9 (Huselius, Tyutin), 2:55.
1st period - Kaspar, SJ (holding), 1:08; Nash, CBJ (interference), 1:25; Blake, SJ (high sticking), 3:54; Umberger, CBJ (holding), 8:25.
2nd period - Peca, CBJ (holding), 15:55.
3rd period - Boyle, SJ (hooking), 1:05; Nash, CBJ (hooking), 9:02; Brassard, CBJ (high sticking), 15:31.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 32 30
CBJ - Mason 48 47
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 10 18 17 3 48
CBJ 8 13 10 1 32
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 5
CBJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Steve Mason
Kristian Huselius
R. J. Umberger
Referees: Joannette, MCCauley. Linesmen: Cormier, McElman.

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