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Perfect road trip after 3rd period comeback
Sharks score 4 goals in the 3rd period to stun Columbus
11/22/15 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks had plenty of reasons to pack it in after the Columbus Blue Jackets grabbed a 3-1 lead early in the 3rd period on Sunday. They were wrapping up a season long 6-game road trip in which they claimed 10 of 12 possible points. They were playing less than 24 hours after a tough win in Pittsburgh. It would have been too easy to simply call it a successful trip and head for home. Instead, they dug deep and pulled off one heck of a comeback, scoring 4 goals in the 4th period to stun the Blue Jackets 5-3.

Forget the fact that the Sharks had never won six consecutive games on the road in their 25 year history. They decided if they were going to be forced to play another 18 minutes of hockey, they may as well make the most of it.

And that they did.

San Jose lit up Sergei Bobrovsky with a goal outburst, avenging a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets three weeks ago in San Jose.

After Cam Atkinson scored the Blue Jackets 3rd goal of the night, 1:23 into the 3rd period to make it a 3-1 game, San Jose went to work.

Joe Pavelski scored his team high 11th goal at 6:13 by tipping a Justin Braun shot past Bobrovsky. Pavelski was parked in the just inside the right circle and had to wave his stick at the waist high shot that then took a downward trajectory and skipped off the ice before slipping through Bobrovsky's 5-hole.

Dalton Prout took a hooking penalty by impeding Tommy Wingels at 11:18 of the period. The Sharks would convert the power play chance when Brent Burns scored on a goal that mirrored his tally in Pittsburgh on Saturday night. Joel Ward setup the goal by skating through the right circle, drawing all attention in that direction before sending a no-look pass to Burns on the off wing. The Sharks defenseman one-timed the shot into a wide-open net to tie the game.

Brendan Dillon gave the Sharks the lead less than 2 minutes later when he fired a shot from the left point through traffic that evaded Bobrovsky. Dillon was in a position to get the shot off after Chris Tierney won the faceoff, which was the Sharks 7th faceoff grab in 10 chances on the power play.

Pavelski put the game away with 1:16 to play after the Blue Jackets pulled Bobrovsky. Columbus tried to setup an extra-skater situation by pulling Bobrovsky, but Boone Jenner made the mistake of trying to skate the puck past Pavelski in front of his own net. Pavelski picked Jenner's and swept the puck home for the 2-goal lead.

San Jose grabbed the game's initial lead late in the 1st period when Patrick Marleau poked home a deflection from the doorstep. Joonas Donskoi tried lifting a shot past Bobrovsky from the left side, but the Blue Jackets goaltender knocked the shot down. The puck sat on the left edge of the crease until Marleau spotted it and put it through a gap between the left post and Bobrovsky's right arm.

Ryan Johansen tied the game at 1-1 with a backhand shot from the top of the crease at 5:30 of the 2nd period. The Blue Jackets put a series of shots on goaltender Alex Stalock but the Sharks defense couldn't clear the puck. A Kerby Rychel chance landed at the top of the crease where Johansen sat perched with hi back to the net.

Stalock got the call in net, spelling Martin Jones who was given a night off after after starting the previous 7 games. Stalock finished the evening with 28 saves, and earning his 2nd win of the season.

Jenner made it 2-1 Columbus 78 seconds later on a tic-tac-toe sequence off the rush. Johansen set a pass through the slot to Jenner on the right wing for a slam dunk goal into a wide open net.

Atkinson gave the Blue Jackets their 3-1 lead on a put back after Nick Foligno bounced a shot off Stalock from the left side. Donskoi was busy tying up Scott Hartnell at the top of the crease, and couldn't get out to cover Atkinson, who crept over to the right post for the easy deposit.

Game Notes:

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer returned to the helm after missing Saturday night's game while he attended to a personal matter.

Matt Nieto was scratched for what's being called a non-injury related reason. DeBoer did not disclose why the forward was scratched in his post game comments.

The win was the Sharks 10th on the road this season, which is tops in the NHL.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 0 4 5
CBJ 0 2 1 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Marleau 7 (Donskoi, Ward), 16:27.
2nd period - 2, CBJ, Johansen 4 (Rychel, Anderson), 5:30. 3. CBJ, Jenner 11 (Karlsson, Saad), 6:48.
3rd period - 4, CBJ, Atkinson 5 (Foligno, Hartnell), 1:23. 5, SJ, Pavelski 11 (Braun, Vlasic), 6:13. 6, SJ, Burns 8 (Ward, Marleau), 11:25, (pp). 7, SJ, Dillon 1 (Tierney), 13:15. 8, SJ, Pavelski 12 (unassisted), 18:44, (en).
1st period - Rychel, CBJ (tripping), 6:11; Haley, SJ (fighting major), 9:30; Brown, SJ (fighting major), 9:50; Prout, CBJ (fighting major), 9:50; Campbell, CBJ (fighting major), 9:50; Wingels, SJ (interference), 10:03.
2nd period - Bourque, CBJ (high sticking), 8:57; Burns, SJ (interference), 9:54; Bruan, SJ (holding), 10:29; Prout, CBJ (cross checking), 14:31.
3rd period - Prout, CBJ (hooking), 11:18; Hartnell, CBJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:44; Hartnell, CBJ (10 min misconduct), 18:44.
Shots Saves
SJ - Stalock 31 28
CBJ - Bobrovsky 28 24
CBJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 10 7 12 29
CBJ 5 19 7 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 5
CBJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Brenden Dillon
Joe Pavelski
Cam Atkinson
Referees: L'Ecuyer, Pochmara. Linesmen: Brisebois, Miller.
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