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Patrick Marleau finishes off the night with an empty netter and San Jose closes out the 5-2 victory, giving Antti Niemi the win against his former team.

Douglas Murray just spoils a Chicago wraparound effort by preventing the easy tally.  Marty Turco has been pulled for the extra attacker.

Chicago kills off the first minor, but a lot of valuable time has expired.

San Jose will be on the power play for the next four minutes and the crowd starts chanting for the Round Table pizza promotion.  Ideally San Jose could score a fifth insurance tally.

The lead is back to two thanks to a power play goal. This time Joe Thornton froze the defense in the neutral zone and he dished to Patrick Marleau coming from the backside. Marleau entered the zone with speed and this wristed the shot above Marty Turco.

An odd bounce just forced Antti Niemi to make a huge stop in close and that’s exactly what he did.

San Jose has two shots halfway through the third, but offense isn’t the main point as they protect the lead.

Chicago scores to close the gap to one. Zero Antti Niemi could do on the play as Patrick Sharp redirects it to the far post.

San Jose can’t put in the early power play goal and the lead remains 3-1 early in the third.

A late Chicago penalty will let San Jose carry 1:51 of power play time into the final stanza. After 40 minutes, San Jose is up 3-1.

San Jose killed off both penalties and will now look to take a commanding lead with their own man advantage.

Tough spot for San Jose as Chicago has 44 seconds of five-on-three time.

Ryane Clowe and Troy Brouwer tussled for a little bit. Brouwer kept Clowe tied up and prevented any major blows from landing and they each got five for fighting.

San Jose now has the two goal lead again. While on the power play, Dany Heatley’s aggressive forecheck took away the defenders time and the clearing pass went to Joe Pavelski. Pavs took his time, closed in a little from the high slot and delivered a wrister home.

A long video review just took place. Chicago appeared to score as the red light went on and the puck went across the line. It definitely was the result of a skate, but the ruling was there was no distinct kicking motion and the lead was down to 2-1.

Jamal Mayers just records his first goal in front of the home crowd, in fact his first as a Shark. Hard work by Scott Nichol grabbed the attention of two defenders and John McCarthy then perfectly fed Mayers for a snap shot that hit the top of the net.

Underway in the second and should be fun is the second is like the first.

San Jose closes out the first 20 minutes up 1-0 thanks to Dany Heatley’s goal.

Ryane Clowe lands a big hit deep in the offensive zone.

Joe Thornton’s magical passing just showed up. He took a puck from the side of the net and instead of trying to cram it in short side, he skated around and centered Dany Heatley who knew exactly what to do with it. Sharks up 1-0.

The clubs are settling in a bit. The Sharks lines are definitely jumbled a bit as Todd McLellan hunts for goals. Joe Thornton seems to be getting a little extra time tonight, centering a couple of different lines early.

Partly due to the power play time, but Chicago is outshooting San Jose 7-1 at the moment. Antti Niemi is seeing all of them.

The Sharks finish off the penalty and Douglas Murray hammers Brian Campbell into the boards. That’s a nice welcome back. The home crowd had already started booing the former Shark so the hit was extra special.

Ryane Clowe just bumped Patrick Kane into Logan Couture and ends up with a boarding penalty.

Up front the starters are Jamie McGinn, Joe Thornton, and Devin Setoguchi and Niclas Wallin and Kent Huskins are on the back end.

Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan has given Antti Niemi the start against his old team. Justin Braun is out for the warmups and has number 61 on his jersey. He does not make the game lineup though.

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