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Road trip ends with a thud
SJ surrenders 3 PP goals in the 3rd
2/15/09 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks longest road trip of the season ended no better than it started, as San Jose dropped a frustrating 6-5 decision to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday afternoon. The Sharks blew a 3rd period lead, by surrendering 3 power play goals. The Sharks sent 5 players to the penalty box in the period, taking a mix of undisciplined and questionable infractions.

Devils head coach Brent Sutter lobbied the on-ice officials before the final period started, and his move paid dividends. With the Devils interference first style of play going unnoticed by referees Kerry Fraser and Chris Ciamaga most of the game, the Sharks were paraded to the penalty box the entire period.

The Sharks got off to a familiar start, surrendering a goal to the opposition first. Douglas Murray provided New Jersey with a little help swatting the puck into his own goal after Brian Gionta tried winning the puck in the right corner.

Rob Blake tied the game 4 minutes later on a blast from the right circle. Blake took a feed from Mike Grier, before speeding up the right wing and uncorking the 30 foot shot. Devils netminder Scott Clemmensen had a clean look at the shot, but it sailed past him stick side.

The Devils took advantage of an Alexei Semenov turnover in the Sharks zone at 8:01 of the period. Brian Rolston took a feed from John Madden to the bottom of the right circle, then fired a shot that slipped past Evgeni Nabokov on the near side.

Rolston would take a hooking penalty 30 seconds after his goal, and the Sharks would capitalize. Christian Ehrhoff sent a pass in on net from the left point, bouncing it off the shin pad of a Devils defender. The puck deflected right to Patrick Marleau on the right post for the redirect past Clemmensen.

San Jose would cough the lead up for the third time of the period when David Clarkson fired a shot from the high slot through a crowd in front of Nabokov at 12:41. San Jose failed to control the puck in their own zone, allowing the Devils to create the screen in front of Nabokov.

Nabokov made a spectacular save to keep the Sharks within a goal with 6 minutes to play in the 2nd period after Semenov was sent off for high sticking Jamie Langenbruner. Zach Parise put a shot on goal that bounced off Nabokov’s stick. The rebound kicked right back to Parise who slid the puck to his left with a skate before snapping a shot on goal. Nabokov threw his right pad in front of Parise’s shot while laying face down on the ice.

Joe Pavelski appeared to tie the game at 15:18 of the period when a shot that deflected off his skate got caught under Clemmensen’s pad. The goaltender’s momentum carried the pad into the net, but referee Kerry Fraser lost sight of the puck. Overhead replays were inconclusive, so the Devils held the lead.

That lead would stand for a minute after Jonathan Cheechoo ripped a 35-foot shot past Clemmensen from the top of the right circle. Cheechoo took a feed from Marleau, then steamed up the right wing before uncorking his shot on the fly.

Colin White and Jamie Langenbrunner 34 seconds apart gave the Sharks a 5-on-3 late in the period. Devin Setoguchi and Joe Thornton would team up on the 2-man advantage to give the Sharks their first lead of the game at 19:47. Thornton would hold the puck behind the New Jersey until a seam opened up. Setoguchi parked himself in the slot and waited for the chance to one-time Thornton ’s feed for San Jose ’s 4th goal of the contest.

Sutter would do his thin, pulling both referees over to the Devils bench before the start of the 3rd.

A Joe Thornton hooking penalty was followed up by a boarding call to Christian Ehrhoff. Patrick Elias would tie the game after Parise put two shots on Nabokv from in tight, then finally slid a pass to Elias in the slot for the put back.

Setoguchi was called for a horrible hooking penalty 2 minutes later to put the Devils right back on the power play. New Jersey would convert after Parise put a shot on goal that deflected out into the high slot. Trailing on the play, Lagenbrunner would punch home the puck after Marleau quit skating on defense, allowing the Devils captain to convert untouched.

Derek Joslin committed a huge blunder at 9:51 by throwing the puck over the glass for yet another Sharks penalty. Instead of grabbing control of the game, New Jersey turned the puck over at center ice, where Joe Pavelski grabbed it then raced the puck up ice. The Sharks centerman put a backhand shot that sailed over Clemmensen’s left shoulder for the 5-5 tie.

Gionta almost put New Jersey back on top with a shot that clanked off the left post.

San Jose just couldn’t stay out of the penalty box, and it would cost them. Thornton took a senseless cross checking penalty at 14:59, and Clarkson would score his 2nd of the game with 3:32 to play. Rolston fired a shot from the point, that Clarkson deflected enough o squeeze through Nabokkov’s pads. Game Notes

Marleau’s goal gave him 30 goals for the 3rd time in his career. Dan Boyle was scratched as he fights off the flu. The bug has disabled several members of the team on the extended roar trip.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 2 2 1 5
NJ 3 0 3 6
1st period - 1, NJ, Gionta 13 (Elias, Zubrus), 0:30. 2, SJ, Blake 9 (Grier), 4:34. 3, NJ, Rolston 10 (Madden, Gionta), 8:01. 4, SJ, Marleau 30 (Ehrhoff, Blake), 8:46, (pp). 5, NJ, Clarkson 12 (Rolston, Salvador ), 12:41.
2nd period - 6, SJ, Cheechoo 8 (Marleau, Ehrhoff), 16:23. 7, SJ, Setoguchi 24 (Thornton, Blake), 19:47, (pp).
3rd period - 8, NJ, Elias (Parise, Langenbrunner), 4:49, (pp). 9, NJ, Lagenbrunner 18 (Parise, Zajac), 7:40, (pp). 10, SJ, Pavelski 16 (unassisted), 10:56, (sh). 11, NJ, Clarkson 13 (Rolston, Gionta), 16:28, (pp).
1st period - Rolston , NJ (hooking), 8:36.
2nd period - Michalek, SJ (slashing), 1:30; Clowe, SJ (tripping), 8:48; Rolston, NJ, (Slashing), 8:18; Semenov, SJ (high sticking), 12:32; White, NJ (interference), 18:34; Lagenbrunner, NJ (tripping), 19:08.
3rd period - Thornton, SJ (hooking), 2:55; Ehrhoff, SJ (boarding), 4:20; Setoguchi, SJ (hooking), 7:12; Joslin, SJ (delay of game – puck over glass), 9:21; Thornton , SJ (cross checking), 14:59; Oduya , NJ (holding), 17:14.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 29 23
NJ - Clemmensen 32 27
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 11 8 13 32
NJ 8 9 12 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 2 of 5
BUF 3 of 8
3 Stars of the Game
David Clarkson
Jamie Langenbrunner
Patrick Elias
Referees: Fraser, Ciamaga. Linesmen: Brisebois, Cormier.

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