The end of a long night in San Jose as the Sharks fall 5-2. They will try to regroup before the three game road trip to the Mountain Time Zone..
almost finds a late tally, but Cam Ward stops the effort from in tight.
A power play opportunity just completed without a tally and with three minutes to go, it will take a goal a minute to force overtime. Not the best odds at this point.
It’s simply not a typical Sharks night defensively as Antti Niemi
has to turn away another Carolina player on the doorstep. The Canes earn a power play to boot on the scenario and look to add to their lead.
The Canes have taken their first three goal lead of the night. A long slap shot finds the upper corner on Antti Niemi
and it will take a lot to come all the way back down three in the third.
A Patrick Marleau
shot knocks Cam Ward’s mask right off his head. What were the older goaltenders in the day thinking going in there without a mask?
A turnover in the Sharks end just as the 4v4 time starts gives the Hurricanes a wide open shot and Chad LaRose buries the opportunity to make the visitor’s lead 4-2.
plays his angle right and forces a two-on-one Carolina rush to come up empty. There is a heck of a skirmish going on down on Niemi’s end with everybody involved, but no actual fighting. The refs even it up with Jamie McGinn and Erik Cole going to the box. A little four-on-four time for the clubs.
The Sharks have a shot on net as the period expires that could have tied the game, but there is progress as the deficit is now won. San Jose outshot Carolina 18-9 in the stanza and they trail 3-2.
has the hit of the night so far as he puts Jussi Jokinen to the ice near the Carolina blueliner.
A three-on-two rush with Joe Thornton
, Patrick Marleau
and Devin Setoguchi looked like it might tie the game, but Cam Ward snares Seto’s shot with his glove to maintain the Canes lead.
The Sharks clear the zone shorthanded and the crowd senses the importance as the power play concludes. Carolina had one ring off the post and now the clubs are even in that category.
strikes again. After Logan Couture
was clipped in the face again, this time without a call, Marleau pulled them within one. Only 18 seconds remained on the power play as he drove the net from near the goal line and put the shot short side with only a minute amount of space to work with.
The Sharks are back on the power play as Logan Couture
takes a stick in the face. He’s fine and the Sharks look to pull within one.
San Jose is on the board, but not as they first announced as credit originally went to Dan Boyle
. After finding Boyle dropping down low for a shot, Patrick Marleau
drove the net and tipped in the shot.
It’s a rough start to the second as Patrick Dwyer jumps on a rebound and finds the empty half of the net to make it a 3-0 deficit for San Jose.
Devin Setoguchi appeared to have an easy tap in, but Cam Ward slid over just in time to keep the Sharks off the scoreboard.
San Jose won 13 of 15 first period faceoffs.
A tough first period for San Jose. Carolina is leading 2-0 and is outshooting San Jose despite three Sharks power plays.
The Canes are now up 2-0. A ping-pong bit of play with the puck where Niemi made a couple of stops ended with a third effort from between the hash marks being driven across the line.
Sharks have won 9 of 10 faceoffs, but would surely rather have the game’s one goal a this point.
Great work by Joe Pavelski
, Scott Nichol and Jamie McGinn give the Sharks a third power play in a ten minute stretch.
Kent Huskins just had an offensive shift not normally seen from him. He displayed a couple of nifty moves and they resulted in a scoring chance that clanged off the pipe. San Jose missed by inches pushing the puck across the line.
San Jose earned a second power play, but a turnover sends Carolina in on a two-on-one and Eric Staal finished the play for the 1-0 Hurricanes lead.
The power play comes up empty but does put a couple of nice shots on net. A turnover put Chad LaRose in alone on Antti Niemi
, but he doesn’t bite on the fake and the game remains scoreless.
is in the lineup as a seventh defenseman and Frazer McLaren is not dressing tonight.
Dany Heatley has a shot that goes just wide with a d-man closing. On the ensuing rush, the Sharks earn their first power play as Tuomo Ruutu slashes Torrey Mitchell
Niclas Wallin just stepped on the ice for the first time against his former team.
The Sharks are starting Joe Thornton
, Patrick Marleau
and Devin Setoguchi up front with Dan Boyle
and Douglas Murray
on the blueliner. Antti Niemi
will be in the nets opposite Cam Ward.
The Sharks and Hurricanes have finished their pregame warmups. Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan looks to be going with the same lineup as the last game, but the lines do look a little different. More on that as the game begins.