This one is in the books. A hat trick for Big Joe and everyone on his line scores. A nice 5-2 game for the home folks.
We’re in a little 4V4 time.
almost redirected one for the newborn, but the goal was not meant to be on the play.
New Jersey just added a second tally as Andy Greene dropped down from the blueline while on the power play. It’s still a nice 5-2 lead.
just flattened Dainius Zubrus to the ice with one of his patented hits.
Now the entire line (Thornton, Heatley, Marleau) is in on it, basically giving them a line hat trick. This time Joe Thornton
and Patrick Marleau
found Dany Heatley slyly moving out front and Thornton’s pass to Heatley ensured all three players would score on the night. San Jose is up 5-1.
San Jose is winning a strong 64 percent of their faceoffs. That is a high rate for an individual, but incredible for a team. The numbers were helped by Patrick Marleau
going 6-1 and Logan Couture
going 5-1 in the first 40 minutes.
Devin Setoguchi just rattled one off Martin Brodeur’s cage and stunned the Devils netminder for a moment. He did stay in the game after a brief visit from the trainer.
San Jose holds the same three goal lead after 40 minutes, but now it’s 4-1.
just had a brief bout with Matthew Correnta and it ended quickly with Clowe landing two haymakers and hammering his opponent to the ice.
It’s a hat trick for Joe Thornton
and this time San Jose benefitted from a quirky bounce. While on the power play, Dany Heatley sent a puck up the boards. As Martin Brodeur went back to play it, the puck bounced out to the crease and Thornton beat a Devils defender to it for the easy tap in.
It marked Thornton’s fourth career hat trick and his second with San Jose. Plus the fans will now get their free Round Table Pizza if the Sharks hold on for the victory.
San Jose is back on the power play as Jamie McGinn takes a hit to the face.
Antero Niittymaki just made one of those big saves as Jacob Josefson came out of the box and was sent in on a breakaway. Niitty made the stop and kept the lead at two.
San Jose just had a close call. The ref signaled Team Teal for a penalty and blew the play dead just as they touched the puck. The play immediately went to a Devils player who tickled the back of the twine, but the whistle had already blown the play dead. New Jersey does get a power play though.
Great crowd support when they put up the final Giants score celebrating their victory.
Antero Niittymaki was just victimized by a bad bounce. He moved back to played a dump-in that was sent along the boards, but as he was moving behind the net, the puck caromed out to the slot for what basically was an empty net tally. Tough break but you just have to forget that one. Nothing anyone could do.
The second begins as the Sharks are starting out just as hard as they finished the first.
San Jose outshot New Jersey 17-11 in the period en route to their 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.
strikes again for the three goal lead. With he and Dany Heatley creating traffic out front, Patrick Marleau
made the smart move and threw it toward the net. Thornton tapped it in for his fourth of the season.
The Sharks spent virtually the entire two minute power play attacking, but were stopped by a couple of big-time saves.
Sharks just killed off a penalty and then drew one on the opposite end for their first power play of the night.
The video board just showed a clip of several players wishing the Giants good luck and then put the 10-4 score up. Not quite as loud as a Sharks goal, but a nice ovation for the boys in the World Series.
The trio strikes again. This time Dany Heatley was doing the dirty work and banging for the puck before getting it to Joe Thornton
behind the net. He quickly fed Patrick Marleau
for the easy wraparound and the two goal lead. It was Marleau’s 700th career point.
San Jose is up 1-0. A terrific forecheck by Patrick Marleau
to force the turnover to Dany Heatley and his pass to Joe Thornton
was quickly launched into the back of the net.
Fisticuffs immediately break out between Jamal Mayers and Adam Mair and they both get five for fighting.
Nice diving effort by Jamie McGinn to try and poke the puck past Martin Brodeur. The game remains scoreless despite the effort.
Scott Nichol is in the box for slashing for New Jersey’s first power play. The PK units do their job and the shorthanded situation is eliminated.
Heater just dangled his way through the defense, but was short on space as he got near Martin Brodeur and the backhander was stopped.
Underway at HP Pavilion at exactly 7:38. Great line by Ryane Clowe
on the web’s Game Day Preview which they just played on the video board. Clowe guaranteed Pavs would score a goal for the newborn.
Todd McLellan is starting new father Joe Pavelski
along with Devin Setoguchi and Ryane Clowe
up front. Niclas Wallin and Marc-Edouard Vlasic
make up the D pairing in front of Antero Niittymaki.
The clubs have completed their warmups now and the Sharks had 21 players out there. Not uncommon in NHL circles to do it and Frazer McLaren is getting the extra ice time. Check back soon to see if Todd McLellan is going to tweak the lineup.
Antero Niittymaki is the goalie of choice from the morning skate.