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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Florida

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
A Florida goal with less than two minutes left in the game gave the Panthers the late 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks in a game Team Teal dominated. After the five-game winning streak, the Sharks find themselves on a two-game slide. Kent Huskins and Joe Pavelski are the two scorer today. Antti Niemi was 19-for-22 in net.


San Jose fell short on the comeback attempt that last minute and a half of the game and lose to the Panthers 3-2.

Antti Niemi left his net for the extra skater.

Jason Garrison scored his third goal of the game to give Florida the late lead at 3-2. His shot from the point appeared to beat through all that traffic in front and Antti Niemi up high.

Florida's wrap around attempt failed as Antti Niemi was quick to go post to post.

San Jose won the offensive zone faceoff and setup play. Kent Huskins' slapshot from the point was saved however.

Ryane Clowe centered the puck from behind the Florida net as Logan Couture's redirect was mishandled by Tomas Vokoun. The Florida netminder quickly righted himself and made the huge save on the potential Sharks go-ahead goal.

Florida tied up the game once more on Chris Higgins' goal. Higgins escaped the battle in the corner with the puck and his quick backhander from in close beat Antti Niemi through the five-hole. Marty Reasoner earned the lone assist as the Panthers tied things up at 2-2.

Florida entered the zone and Antti Niemi used his blocker to make the save on the hard shot. The puck rimed around the board following Niemi's save but the Finnish netminder made the second save on another shot from the point.

Niclas Wallin spoiled a potential Florida breakaway before the Panther could've put a shot on Antti Niemi. Wallin forced his opponent to the outside and used the board to hit and takeaway the puck in the defensive zone.

The puck went into the crowd off a Florida stick but no penalty as it was deflected out of play.

Sharks powerplay expired by Patrick Marleau and company remain on the offense. Marleau walked in toward Florida's net but was poke checked and loss control of the puck.

Logan Couture's shot was saved by Tomas Vokoun.

Mike Weaver's hooking penalty gave San Jose their first powerplay of the game. The Sharks are fourth in the league on the powerplay at the rate of 22.4 percent; the Panthers' penalty kill rated fifth in the NHL at 85.2 percent.

San Jose regained the led on Joe Pavelski's goal. Dany Heatley, from behind the net, passed to Torrey Mitchell who shot was blocked by Tomas Vokoun. The Florida netminder failed to control the rebound and Pavelski pounced on the puck on the opposite side and knocked it in on the relatively open net.

Florida won the opening faceoff of the third period.


A tough break for San Jose late in the second as Florida tied up the game in the last minute of the second period. After two periods, the Sharks own the shot advantage 21-11 with a pair of defensemen leading the charge; Douglas Murray led all skaters with five shots on goal and Kent Huskins is second on the team with three shots.

Antti Niemi made the initial save but the rebound was collected Mike Santorelli who shot the puck from behind the net and it bounced off Niemi's pad and into the net to tie up the game at 1-1.

A late hit on Dan Boyle in the defensive zone led to Jamal Mayers standing up for his teammate and picking a fight with Florida's Bryan Allen late in the second period. Both players went straight to the lockerroom to cool off since there's less than five minutes left in the period. In addition to the five-minute major, Mayers got an extra two minutes for roughing and Allen got a 10-minute miscounduct.

Jason Demers cross ice pass found Devin Setoguchi flying down the wing, but Setoguchi couldn't control the hard pass and it went into the corner where Seto battled for the puck with a Panther defenseman.

Jason Demers shot from the point forced Tomas Vokoun to jump up to make the save. With the Sharks penalty expired, San Jose went back on the offense.

Antti Niemi made the save on a shot from the blueline even with all that traffic in front of him.

Joe Thornton with a chance of a breakaway but the Florida defenseman played him right and pushed Jumbo Joe off the puck in the offensive zone.

Sharks took their third consecutive penalty. Joe Pavelski would go to the sin bin for a holding Jack Skille.

Icing called against Florida. The faceoff took place to Tomas Vokoun's left. Sharks once again win the faceoff.

Kyle Wellwood stole the puck from a Panther in the defensive zone. Team Teal continued to dominate play even while being a man down. They held Florida without a shot during the penalty kill.

Joe Pavelski won the defensive zone faceoff.

Douglas Murray got two minutes for a cross-checking infraction and the Panthers would on their second consecutive powerplay.

Kent Huskins blocked former Shark Steve Bernier's shot. San Jose has collected five blocked shot while Florida has 15.

Antti Niemi made the save on Bryan Allen's shot. That's only Florida's third shot this period and seventh shot this game.

After his two-minute timeout, Torrey Mitchell rejoined his teammates on the ice. Team Teal dominated the last two minutes; they held Florida without a shot during their powerplay and the Sharks themselves tallied two quality shorthanded shots.

Torrey Mitchell got tagged with a two-minute roughing penalty. The Panthers currently are 29th on the man advantage with 13.1 percent. Sharks are 16th in the PK.

Captain Joe Thornton won the second period opening faceoff.


San Jose led 1-0 after 20 minutes thanks to Kent Huskins' second goal of the season. The defenseman nearly added another goal late in the first period but the crossbar got in the way. Team Teal put up 10 shots in the first compared to four from Florida -- only two Panthers are credited with shots. Florida does have 17 hits in the first.

Sharks pouring it on late in the first, Dan Boyle's shot was blocked but Kent Huskin's wrister hit the crossbar.

Kent Huskins putting his body in the line in the defensive zone. Huskins blocked two straight shots from the Panthers.

Florida put the puck onto the bench and the Sharks won ensuing faceoff  in the neurtal zone. San Jose's 7-for-10 in the faceoff circle

Kent Huskins quick shot from the left point beat Tomas Vokoun who appeared to have been screened by Joe Pavelski. Huskins scored twice during this roadtrip; he netted his first goal of the season Feb. 9 in the 3-2 versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. Pavelski and Torrey Mitchell both earned assists as San Jose own the 1-0 lead.

Antti Niemi made a tough save down low as Florida has picked up their offense as of late.

Torrey Mitchell unintentionally blocked a teammates' shot from on high and was visibly hurt. He was able to get back up on his own and skated toward the Sharks' bench to get attended to.

Sharks set up play in the offensive zone. The Panthers' attempt to clear the puck failed as Marc-Edouard Vlasic gloved the puck out of the air and centered a pass.

San Jose dumped the puck down the ice for a quick line change but Florida seem to be having problems keeping the biscuit due to the Sharks forechecking.

Florida credited with their first shot of the game when Scott Timmins slapshot was saved by Antti Niemi.

Niclas Wallin's slapshot went wide of the net. Sharks have three shots on goal and so far has held Florida without a shot.

Torrey Mitchell throwing his body around in the offensive zone.

Patrick Marleau, who scored the lone goal in the New Jersey loss, recorded the first shot on goal.

Florida won the opening faceoff of the game.


The San Jose Sharks look to rebound after their 2-1 to the New Jersey Devils against the Florida Panthers today.

Patrick Marleau scored goals in consecutive games and today's netminder Antti Niemi has only allowed four goals over his last four games. Niemi will make his 12 straight start today in Florida and is curently 17-14-3 with a 2.55 GAA and will faceoff against the Panthers' Tomas Vokoun.
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