It was a great game, but the Sharks come up just short in the 4-3 loss.
The Sharks have used their time out now. Antti Niemi
is out of the net for the faceoff in the offensive zone.
Vancouver called time out to rest their defense. It gave the Sharks a chance to formulate a plan on how to get the extra attacker as well.
Dany Healtey just screened a point shot, but Cory Schneider found the puck.
The crowd jumped the ref pretty hard as Joe Thornton
was held up behind the net, but they had no influence over the striped shirt.
A puck that seemed to be a double deflection just rang off the post behind Antti Niemi
Vancouver found the lead again as Alex Burrow banged home a rebound. The video review definitely looked like a high stick put the puck on Niemi and likely should have been whistled dead, but the call did not happen and the goal counted.
A Logan Couture
shot moved just along the goal line and just missed being the go-ahead tally. A missed call sent Vancouver on a two-on-one the other way, but Antti Niemi
saved the day.
Vancouver just drew the first power play of the period as Marc-Edouard Vlasic
hits the sin bin.
Jannik Hansen tied it late in the second for Vancouver, in what has been a five goal second period for the two clubs. After 40 minutes the game is tied 3-3.
Jamal Mayers just gave the Sharks their first lead of the night and big MO is on the Sharks side. Scott Nichol was skating in front for some nice traffic on the tally.
On the next faceoff Tanner Glass and Brandon Mashinter
dueled with both players tumbling to the ice.
One minute into the power play the game was tied 2-2. The five man unit of Joe Thornton
, Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau
, Dan Boyle
and Jason Demers
attacked at will until Marleau popped in the tying tally.
Jamal Mayers just hit the side of the net and most fans in the lower bowl behind the net thought there was a goal. On the same sequence Joe Thornton
drew a penalty, giving the Sharks a chance to score while up a man.
Using a power play, Vancouver took the lead again thanks to a slapshot from Alexander Edler. Former Sharks D-man Christian Ehrhoff picked up an assist.
The game is even now thanks to Ryane Clowe
's goal. Benn Ferriero
started the play in the offensive end and Jason Demers
found Clowe in front of the crease for the redirect.
just made an excellent play to prevent a breakaway by Henrik Sedin from becoming a goal.
San Jose has come out looking for a quick equalizer.
Sharks down 1-0 after 20. You can see why Vancouver has the best record in the NHL to this point.
was whistled for high sticking, but he was arguing with the recipient, leading one to believe there was more prior to the stick going up.
Amazing shift by Joe Thornton
's line where the puck looked like a yo-yo on the big fellow's stick. No goall, but incredible opportunities.
A fight between Jamal Mayers and Tanner Glass just broke out to the approval of the crowd. Both players had their arms tied up early, but Mayers managed to get loose first and land a few big blows.
After jumping on a Sharks turnover in the defensive zone, the Sedin twins victimized Antti Niemi
with a quick pass and shoot that the duo must have been executing since they were kids.
An electrifying save by Cory Schneider on Patrick Marleau
kept the game scoreless. Then on the other end, Jason Demers
pulled a puck from behind Antti Niemi
to help out his netminder.
San jose gets the first poewr play as Henrik Sedin high sticked Joe Thornton
will be opposite Cory Schneider in the pipes.Andrew Desjardins
will make his Sharks debut wearing number 69. Not only is Desjardins the first Sharks player to wear the number, he is only the second NHLer to wear it. The first was Mel Angelstad who played briefly for Washington.Ryane Clowe
, Logan Couture
and Benn Ferriero
will start up front with Niclas Wallin and Jason Demers
on the backend.
The Sharks are skating it their black jerseys.