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Live Game Blog: Sharks at New Jersey

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Two penalties midway through the third period led to the New Jersey steamrolling back into the game to defeat the San Jose Sharks 2-1. Team Teal also snapped their five-game winning streak. Patrick Marleau was the lone Sharks scorer and Antti Niemi went 21-for-23 between the pipes.


San Jose loss 2-1 in New Jersey.

Antti Niemi raced to the bench for an extra skater.

Jason Demers blocked a shot from the point and is in obvious pain but got up on his own accord to continue playing defense.

Torrey Mitchell's stick knocked Dainius Zubrus onto the ice clutching his face in pain. A Devils trainer went out to help him to the lockerroom. Mitchell is tagged with a double minor and will sit in the penalty box for the remainder of regulation.

San Jose loss the faceoff in the defensive zone as Ilya Kovalchuk collected the loose puck and snapped a shot toward the net that beat Antti Niemi down low on the bang-bang play. New Jersey got their first lead of the game at 2-1.

The Devils failed to set up play in the Sharks zone. They got too fancy trying to enter the zone and it was Dany Heatley who picked up the drop pass near the blue line and led a rush the other way.

Dany Heatley's snapshot was saved by Johan Hedberg. San Jose has five shots this period and 29 in the game so far.

Scott Nichol blocked an Ilya Kovalchuk shot to keep the score even while the Sharks are a man down.

Brian Roltson's slapshot from the slot beat Antti Niemi as New Jersey tied things up at 1-1 on the powerplay. Ilya Kovalchuk and Patrik Elias both earned the assist on the powerplay goal.

Ilya Kovalchuk has an open shot at Antti Niemi but then Logan Couture got called for a tripping penalty taking Kovalchuk down onto the ice. Four-on-three powerplay for the Devils. Head Coach Jacques Lemaire called a timeout to set up play.

Captain Joe Thornton also got called for a hooking seconds into the powerplay to even things back up on the ice. Four-on-four action for the time being.

Henrik Tallinder got called for hooking and San Jose to go on their second powerplay of the night.

Patrick Marleau snuck in behind the Devils' defenseman near the crease and tapped in rebound to give San Jose the 1-0 lead on his 21st goal of the season. Niclas Wallin and Joe Pavelski earned the assists.

Sharks needed a line change but instead got called for icing.

Antti Niemi made the save on a Devils' slapshot from long range.

Travis Zajac once again won the opening faceoff, this time, of the third.


San Jose would play out the remaining 43 seconds of their powerplay in the third period. The Sharks matched their first period effort with 12 shots on goal in the second. Antti Nieimi is a perfect 11-for-11 through two periods. Team Teal continued to throw the body around; they have 19 hits so far this evening.

Sharks defenseman's slapshot was blocked but knocked the Devils defender's stick from his hand.

Brian Rolston got called for interference as the Sharks would go on their first powerplay of the game.

Logan Couture's shot was stopped by Johan Hedberg to keep this game scoreless. Couture has three shots in the game.

Patrick Marleau showed off his skating skills as deked and added in a spin-o-rama to evade the Devils defense.

Nice play from Douglas Murray to push a forechecking Devil off the puck in the Sharks' corner.

The refs whistled as the puck went into the crowd off a deflection.

Johan Hedberg went way out of his net to be in position to block a shot from the side but the puck redirected to the far side and a Sharks forward barely missed putting the bouncing puck into the relatively empty net.

The Devils called for icing.

New Jersey has been pouring it on lately. Antti Niemi made his third save in less than 30 seconds.

Ryane Clowe drove down the middle and redirected the puck toward Johan Hedberg's five-hole who was quick to close it. That's San Jose's third shot of the period.

Douglas Murray knocked down another Devils in the defensive zone.

Antti Niemi forced to make a tough save as New Jersey came out strong to start the second period.

Travis Zajac won the second period opening faceoff.


Still scoreless in New Jersey, but San Jose got 12 shots on goal and limited the Devils to just two in the first period. The Sharks also tallied 10 hits. New Jersey's Henrik Tallinder led all skater with 8:24 of ice time.

San Jose got late chances on Johan Hedberg as the Devils scrambled to help out their goalie.

New Jersey crashed the net and knocked the net out of its mooring. The ensuing faceoff will be just outside the blueline.

Douglas Murray blocked an Iiya Kovalchuk's shot.

Joe Pavelski cleared the puck onto the Sharks bench and we finally get a whistle after roughly six straight minutes of action.

The Devils finally cleared the puck from their zone and both teams were able to change lines on the fly as San Jose once again controlled the play behind their net.

Sharks put another shot on Johan Hedberg who made the routine save. Team Teal has nine shots on goal so far and limited New Jersey to just one shot.

Scott Nichol won the faceoff in the offensive zone after the Sharks set up play in the zone and got a good chance on net. So far, San Jose has won 3-of-12 in the faceoff circle.

Johan Hedberg forced to make another save as the Sharks were swarming around the Devils netminder.

Logan Couture crashed the net and got several chances to slam the puck in the net but Johan Hedberg made the saves.

A high turnover led to a New Jersey two-on-one rush but a late pass near Antti Niemi's crease missed the intended target and the puck safely went into the corner.

The Devils won the opening faceoff.


In the franchise's 1,500 regular season game, the San Jose Sharks look to continue their five-game winning streak today against the New Jersey Devils. Team Teal has their work cut out for them, they have not won at Prudential Center since winning 3-2 on Nov. 14, 2000.

Thanks to the win streak, San Jose are now tied with the Dallas Stars atop the Pacific Division.

Torrey Mitchell is expected back in the lineup tonight. Antti Niemi will start with Antero Niittymaki still injuried.

Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire collected his 600th career win becoming the eighth head coach to do so.
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