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McCarthy scores twice as Sharks blank IceCaps 4-0 in penalty-filled game

Wednesday, 02.06.2013 / 9:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - John McCarthy scored twice as and Harri Sateri made 21 saves as the Worcester Sharks blanked the St. John's IceCaps 4-0 in American Hockey League action Wednesday.

Daniil Tarasov and Bracken Kearns also scored for the Sharks (22-18-6).

Ed Pasquale made 30 saves for the IceCaps (21-24-3).

St. John's dropped back-to-back games to the Sharks after coming up with back-to-back wins at home for the first time this season against the Binghamton Senators last weekend.

The game, which featured a total of 89 penalty minutes, got off to a rough start with a fight four seconds into the game and another at the 1:16 mark.

Pasquale had a great first period, including a few clutch saves to keep the game level midway through the period in which the Sharks outshot the IceCaps 14-6.

The Sharks kept pressing in the second and finally scored at 10:28 when Tarasov put a nice feed from Kennedy past Pasquale.

The IceCaps took back-to-back penalties with just over two minutes left in the second, giving the Sharks a lengthy five-on-three power play.

The penalties would prove to be costly, as the Sharks would hammer home two goals in less than a minute.

Kearns scored at 19:03 off a point shot through traffic that found its way through everybody.

McCarthy added to the IceCaps' misery when he banged home a rebound over Pasquale at 19:34. He then had his second goal of the game when he tipped a shot into the IceCaps' goal at 10:46 of the third period.

Worcester was 2 for 4 on the power play and St. John's was 0 for 5.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round