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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Columbus

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
San Jose erased a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets and extend their winning streak to five-games. Antti Niemi made 42-of-44 saves in the win. With his assist on Kyle Wellwood's game-tying goal, Logan Couture extended his scoring streak to seven games.


San Jose held on to win 3-2 in Columbus.

Douglas Murray and co. work the corners to waste the precious seconds in Columbus' potential comeback.

The Sharks cleared the zone and the puck luckily slowed down in the Blue Jackets' zone before it could've been called an icing against San Jose.

Steve Mason skated to his bench for the extra skater as the faceoff took place in the Sharks zone. Joe Pavelski won the faceoff but Columbus took control of the puck.

Joe Thornton found Devin Setoguchi who breaks away but the Columbus defenseman stifled and did not allow him to get a shot off.

San Jose won the faceoff in their zone and Patrick Marleau geared up to use his speed in the start of a breakaway but the ref's whistle pierced through Nationwide Arena and stopped the speedy Marleau and the breakaway near the Blue Jacket's blueline.

Patrick Marleau scored from in close to give San Jose a 3-2 lead late in the game. Joe Pavelski earned the lone assist.

Logan Couture's attempt to give San Jose the lead was blocked before it got to Steve Mason.

The Sharks and Devin Setoguchi narrowly missed on netting a goal as Steve Mason and the Blue Jackets were scrambling the near the Columbus crease. That's San Jose 29th shot this game. Columbus has 40.

A whistle to stop play as Derek Dorsett was being attended to by a Columbus trainer. Dorsett and Douglas Murray were battling for the puck near the Sharks' blueline but fell awkwardly after being pushed off the puck. Dorsett got up and skates to the bench on his own accord and headed staight to the lockerroom.

San Jose killed off the penalty but got called for the icing.

Niclas Wallin got called for a hooking penalty. The Blue Jackets are 2-for-3 today on the man advantage.

Antti Niemi made the routine save on Jakub Voracek's shot.

John McCarthy and Jamal Mayers led rush. McCarthy tried to find Mayers to for a bang-bang play but Mayers had already pulled off. McCarthy was still able to put a shot on Steve Mason.

Antti Niemi stretched to rob the Blue Jackets of a goal when he had to go post to post to make the save.

San Jose won the first faceoff of the third period. The Sharks have won 19 faceoffs so far this game.


Behind 17 shots in the second period alone, San Jose pulled to a tie with the Blue Jackets at 2-2. The Sharks have 23 shots total in the game with Patrick Marleau leading the charge with three shots. Dan Boyle leads all skaters with 16:53 of ice time.

Patrick Marleau's wrister from close ranged was saved by Steve Mason.

With the penalty expired, Douglas Murray got a shot on net after the Sharks gained the zone.

Rick Nash's shot was blocked back-to-back as he tried to get the lead back for his team.

Scott Nichol called for a hooking penalty.

Kyle Wellwood and the Sharks got a lucky bounce to tie up the game at 2-2. Wellwood scored on the wide open net after Steve Mason went way out of his net to make a save on Logan Couture's shot on the far right, but failed to cover up the rebound. The puck bounced around the crease and springed off Ryane Clowe's skate and out toward the slot to the open Wellwood. With his assist, Couture extended his point streak to seven games.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic's shot was stopped and Kyle Wellwood won the ensuing faceoff in the offensive zone.

Captain Joe Thornton's shot barely missed the net.

Joe Pavelski had a great chance to net a goal but Steve Mason made a huge save.

Joe Thornton couldn't get the shot off on his breakaway but got Steve Mason to commit down low. Thornton quickly turned around behind the net to try and pop the puck over the netminder who was lying down on the ice on his tummy, but to no avail. Antoine Vermette got called for cross-checking for knocking down Devin Setoguchi after the whistle.

San Jose got several chances down low but just couldn't curl the puck in toward the open net.

Steve Mason snapped his glove shut around the puck on the floater of a shot from the point. He'll take the faceoff to his left.

Derick Brassard earned a trip to the penalty box for hooking. San Jose will go on their second powerplay of the night.

With aid from screens in front of Steven Mason, Kent Huskins scored his first goal on the year on a wrister from the point. Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau got the assists. San Jose cut Columbus' lead down to 2-1.

Columbus once again won the opening faceoff, this time, of the second period.


The Columbus Blue Jackets lead 2-0 after one period in the books. Columbus put up 16 shots on goal, thanks in part to two powerplays, compared to six shots from San Jose. The Blue Jackets were very physical in the first with 16 hits. The Sharks do own an edge in the faceoff circle with 11-of-18 wins.

Grant Clitsome scored his third goal of the game on a slapshot from the right point late in the powerplay. Fedor Tyutin and Derick Brassard assisted on Clitsome's goal. The Blue Jackets lead grew to 2-0.

Ben Eager took a cross-checking infraction and will sit in the sin bin for the remainder of the first period.

The refs whistled the play dead after Columbus' Jan Hejda appeared to have been injured.

Columbus had a two-on-one with Niclas Wallin as the lone defenseman, but Antti Niemi outweighted the Blue Jackets and made the save. Columbus has 14 shots so far.

Ben Eager appeared to have been hooked but no indication of a call from the refs.

Niclas Wallin blocked a shot. San Jose has five blocks so far.

Kristian Huselius scored on the Blue Jackets' powerplay to break Antti Niemi's shutout streak and gave Columbus the early 1-0 led. Anton Stralman and R.J. Umberger earned the assists.

Dany Heatley got tagged with a two-minute interference penalty.

John McCarthy put a hit on Jared Boll.

Patrick Marleau's initial shot was saved but Steve Mason couldn't control the rebound and it bounced over his shoulder and sat in the crease. Marleau sped down the ice to follow up on his shot but Columbus' defenseman and Mason were able to block Marleau and recover the puck at the very last second.

The Sharks' powerplay expired and Columbus had a huge chance on the rush but Antti Niemi fought to make the tough save.

Derick Brassard got two minutes for roughing. Sharks to go on their first powerplay of the game.

San Jose got their own first shot of the game but Steve Mason made the routine save on Ben Eager's attempt after Columbus had control of the puck for the last minute.

Antti Niemi made the save on his first shot of the match from Blue Jackets' Kristian Huselius.

Columbus won the opening faceoff of the game.


Riding a four-game winning streak, the San Jose Sharks will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets today.

Carter Hutton was recalled earlier today from the Worcester Sharks with Antero Niittymaki suffering a lower body injury during warmups in yesterday's 2-0 against the Washington Captials. Hutton will backup Antti Niemi.

With his game-winner last night, Logan Couture's goal set an NHL rookie record with seven game-winning goals on the road.
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