Columbus worked the puck deep and with 10 seconds remaining, Niemi makes the save of the night when it looked like we were headed to overtime. Great start to the season.
Columbus pulls the goalie in the hunt for the tying tally. San Jose was just called for icing and the faceoff will be by Niemi. The Sharks used a time out to rest the defenders.
The Sharks are doing a nice job of keeping Columbus out of the zone. They now need to close it out.
With 11 seconds remaining on a power play, Logan Couture
provides the 3-2 lead. He found some open space, curled around and put it behind Steve Mason thanks to a Devin Setoguchi screen. Nice present in your first opening day in the NHL.
A scary moment when Mike Commodore runs Jamie McGinn into the boards. Ginner being a gamer gets up after a few moments and skates back to the bench. Columbus is lucky it is only a two minute penalty.
Just finished two minutes of four-on-four play. Patrick Marleau
almost had a shot in the offensive end, but Mike Commodore sacrificed himself and blocked it. The penalty parade continues with Jamie McGinn going to the box.
We’re underway in the third period.
The second was a series of power plays for each club, but neither could capitalize and the first finished as it started, tied at two.
absolutely stones Ethan Moreau on the doorstep to keep the game knotted at two.
is called for cross checking and the team is shorthanded again. Penalties have been a theme on the night for both clubs. While killing the PP, Jason Demers
flattens Jakub Voracek as he tries to enter the neutral zone.
The Sharks couldn’t convert on back-to-back power plays and the game remains tied at two. Ryane Clowe
and Mike Commodore have a go that ends with the striped shirts stepping between the two. Clowe gets the extra two for slashing.
The Sharks are back on the power play thanks to a charging penalty from Ethan Moreau.
A little 4v4 play as Scot Nichol and Derek MacKenzie are given matching minors. It gets a bit hectic when a Dany Heatley penalty gives Columbus 23 second of four-on-three play, but the Sharks killed that off.
Underway in the second.
It’s all even, but the lockerroom won’t be happy due to the quickness of the two Columbus goals. 40 more minutes to go.
The Sharks just allowed two goals in about 20 seconds and the game is tied 2-2. The first was shorthanded, and then R.J. Umberger pushed in a rebound on another opportunity.
Kristian Huselius is sent to the box for tripping and the Sharks have another power play. They can’t add to the lead.
simply runs through Derek Dorsett and puts him on the ice. Dorsett then trips up Murray and gets sent to the sin bin. It’s the first power play of the year for San Jose and Joe Thornton
makes Columbus pay. He carried the zone and fired one in from about the distance of the top of the faceoff circle. Joe Pavelski
has his second assist of the night and Antti Niemi
gets his first assist as a Sharks player.
Frazer McLaren gets into the first fight of the year, but can’t quite land the big punch against Jared Boll. The crowd sure seemed to be into the altercation.
Just as Columbus’ power play concludes, Joe Thornton
leads a three-on-one, but it comes up empty.
Columbus pressures hard while on the power play (Heatley takes the first penalty of the year), but just as it’s almost over, Niclas Wallin takes 2 for slashing.
Rick Nash goes to hit Niclas Wallin, but ends up halfway over the Sharks bench.
is now officially an NHLer.
shows the hot preseason was a sign of things to come as he stuffs a wraparound past Steve Mason. Clowe and Pavelski pick up the assists.
Rick Nash gets loose and places the puck on the stick of Kristian Huselius, but the shot goes just wide.
There was a ceremonial first puck drop with Markus Naslund and, as the visiting rep, Thornton deferred to Rick Nash in taking the puck.Douglas Murray
is just announced as a starter for the evening and there is a nice ovation for the Swedish Olympian. San Jose enters the ice first and the crowd provides a nice ovation. The building is pretty full, not to capacity, but a strong crowd. For the anthem, youth hockey players stood beside the players and it was pretty cool when the entire crowd helped sing the Swedish anthem.
There is a live band rocking out after the players completed warmups. Definitely a different take on pregame music. The Zamboni seems to be a smaller version of the North American version similar to the size of cars over here.
With the NHL Premiere patch, the some Sharks jerseys almost look like a European hockey jersey. Thornton has his number on the right front, both the C and the NHL Premiere patch on his left front and the Sharks 20th anniversary patch below the left sleeve number.
San Jose is coming out in the road whites, meaning it is Clowe’s night to wear the alternating A alongside Boyle.
The Sharks have several franchise firsts happening in this game.
First game in any European country.
First game with Joe Thornton
First game for Tommy Wingels
First NHL opener for Logan Couture
First Sharks start for Antti Niemi