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Bad week to be a Senator
Ottawa concedes to Sharks 5 goals
12/9/17 - By Mike Lee -

If you think Al Franken had a tough week, just ask the Ottawa Senators how things are going. It's been a tough week to be a Senator. The Sharks welcomed their counterparts from Canada's capital to SAP Center on Saturday night, and applied an old fashioned tail whipping in a 5-0 route before a sellout crowd on Super Hero Night. It may have been more appropriate to call it a Hulk Smash, as five different Sharks scored on 50 shots.

There was no doubt who had the upper hand in this game from the opening faceoff. The Sharks buzzed Senators goaltender Craig Anderson from the get go, throwing 10 shots at Anderson before Ottawa mustered their second shot on goal.

Anderson was besieged with flying pucks all night, but he kept his team in the game for the first ten minutes of the game. San Jose could have easily scored a series of goals in the opening half of the opening period had it not been for Anderson's heroics.

Logan Couture finally solved Anderson 12:55 into the game by putting a shot from the left side through the goaltender's 5-hole for his 15th goal of the season. Kevin Labanc setup the goal with a pass from the off wing with a defender on his hip.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic gave the Sharks a 2-0 lead 5:31 into the 2nd period with a shot from the point that slipped between Anderson's left skate and the right post. The seam left little room for error, but Vlasic's shot found that crack in the Senators defense.

Melker Karlsson added his 5th goal of the season just under 10 minutes later, receiving a Joe Pavelski pass from behind the Ottawa goal and lifting a shot past Anderson. The Sharks forward was parked near the left post, one-timing Pavelski's feed just as Anderson turned his head away from Karlsson to find the puck. Needless to say, Anderson never saw the shot, which made it a 3-0 game.

The 3rd period turned into a penalty fest as the Senators began to get testy over their inevitable fate. Ryan Dzingel decided to start lobbing haymakers at Marcus Sorensen 2:21 into the period, which put the Sharks on the power play.

Pavelski made the Senators pay for Dzingel's infraction when he deflected a Couture shot pas Anderson from just outside the left post for his 6th goal of the season. Pavelski changed the trajectory on the puck by about 45 degrees, leaving Anderson with little chance to stop the shot.

Dell sealed his shutout bid with a series of big saves midway through the period. The Senators thought they put a puck past Dell while Jannik Hansen was serving a cross checking penalty, but video review confirmed the puck did not cross the goal line.

Things took an ugly turn when Alex Burrows caught Dylan Demelo with the butt-end of his stick in the nose, dropping the Sharks defenseman in his tracks. Demelo skated off on his own power, but headed straight to the locker room with a leaking nose.

Burrows earned a roughing minor, a fighting major and a game misconduct for his stick work. It was odd that a single fighting major penalty was awarded, but it was even odder that Demelo received a penalty for essentially taking a stick to his face. All penalties were given with 5:09 left in the game, so Burrows major penalty put the Sharks on the power play for the remainder of the game.

Tomas Hertl capped the mauling with his 6th goal of the season with 2:22 left in regulation by collecting a big rebound in the slot and lifting a shot past Anderson. Brent Burns fired a shot from the blueline that Anderson stopped with a blocker save, but the puck deflected right out to Hertl who was parked between two Senator defenders.

The win marked the second consecutive 5-goal game for the Sharks goaltender. For Franken, it marked a couple hours reprieve as the Senators having to dodge shots being taken by the opposition.

Game Notes:

* Craig Anderson finished the game with 45 saves, but the Sharks threw a season high 50 shots on goal. Aaron Dell finished the evening with 25 saves for his 2nd shutout of the season.

* Brent Burns led all skaters with 8 shots on goal. He combined with Timo Meier for 15 shots on goal. Every Shark skater recorded a shot on goal with the exception of Jannik Hansen and Dylan Demelo.

* Along with their 50 shots on goal, the Sharks had 23 shots blocked and put 18 wide of the net for a whopping 91 potential shot attempts.


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1 2 3 T
OTT 0 0 0 0
SJ 1 2 2 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Couture 15 (Labanc, Braun), 12:55.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Vlasic 3 (Heed, Labanc), 5:31. 3, SJ, Karlsson 5 (Pavelski, Thornton), 14:41.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Pavelski 6 (Couture, Burns), 3:24, (pp). 5, SJ, Hertl 6 (Burns, Couture), 17:38, (pp).
1st period - Phaneuf, OTT (interference), 1:59; Ward, SJ (holding), 17:05.
2nd period - Oduya, OTT (tripping), 3:26; Bench, SJ (too many men), 7:11; Ryan, OTT (holding), 8:02; Burrows, OTT (tripping), 15:15.
3rd period - Dzingel, OTT (roughing), 2:21; Dzingel, OTT (fighting major), 2:21; Sorensen, SJ (fighting major), 2:21; Braun, SJ (slashing), 4:04; Oduya, OTT (tripping), 9:03; Hansen, SJ (cross checking), 12:01; Burrows, OTT (roughing), 14:51; Burrows, OTT (fighting major), 14:51; Burrows, OTT (game misconduct), 14:51; Demelo, SJ (roughing), 14:51.
Shots Saves
OTT - Anderson 50 45
SJ - Dell 25 25
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
OTT 6 8 11 25
SJ 16 15 19 50
Power Play Conversion
OTT 0 of 4
SJ 2 of 7
3 Stars of the Game
Logan Couture
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Aaron Dell
SAP Center - 17,562
Referees: Jackson, Chmielewski. Linesmen: Wheler, Racicot.
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