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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Ottawa

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Antti Niemi earns his 8th career shutout and first with Team Teal in the 4-0 win versus the Ottawa Senators. Dany Heatley plays 17:47 with one assist in his first ever return to the now-hostile Scotiabank Place. Heatley draws two penalties on his breakaways that leads to two powerplay goals. Young Justin Braun scores his first career goal in the second period. Logan Couture earns his first multi-goal game of his young career with two goals in the third period.


Game's over with the Sharks shutting out the Ottawa Senators 4-0.

Last minute of action as San Jose is just playing keep away with the Senators.

Antti Niemi makes a save on a shot from the point and following the whistle a scrum breaks out in front of him. The refs work quickly to seperate the players.

Pascal Leclaire goes way out of his net to make the save. That's his 32nd save of game.

Logan Couture, trying for the hat trick, misses the net on that shot.

Justin Braun hits an Ottawa skater.

Logan Couture gets a breakaway and goes five-hole to put the Sharks up 4-0. That's a rookie-leading 10th goal of the season for the former Ottawa 67er. Ryane Clowe, again, earns the assist. With this second goal, Couture gets his first multi-goal game of his career.

Following the chance on net, Joe Pavelski gets knocked down after the whiste and a scrum ensues. The refs break up the gathering and both Chris Neil and Dan Boyle go to the sin bin for roughing. Four-on-four action for the next two minutes.

Logan Couture and his linemates put the pressure back on Ottawa but Pascal Leclaire lies down at the goal line and the puck does not go in.

Logan Couture picks up the puck after Ben Ferriero's block shot and puts the puck in net around Pascal Leclaire's outstretch leg. Ferriero and Ryane Clowe earn the assist. It's Ferriero's first assist of the season. Sharks up 3-0.

A bunch of Ottawa fans are throwing presumably Dany Heatley Senator jerseys onto the ice and delaying the faceoff in the Sharks zone.


After 40 minutes of action, the Sharks are ahead 2-0 following two powerplay goals. Justin Braun scores his first career goal early in the second periold. Antti Niemi has made 22 of 22 saves. Dan Boyle leads all skaters with 18:55 of ice time so far.

Jamal Mayers goes on a breakaway but Pascal Leclaire makes the save as time expires.

Jamie McGinn puts a shot on goal.

Ottawa goes on a three-on-one with Douglas Murray as the lone Sharks skater. Chris Kelly decides to shoot it and Antti Niemi makes the save as the Sharks played the potentially dangerous situation correctly.

Justin Braun is awarded his first goal of his NHL career. The goal was officially changed from Joe Thornton's goal to the rookie defenseman who was called up less than a week ago.

Joe Thornton screens Pascal Leclaire and tips in Justin Braun's shot from the point to put the Sharks up 2-0. Dany Heatley earns the secondary assist. There is a bit of a delay to drop the puck following the goal as the officials talk it over a bit with the video goal judge.

Dany Heatley comes out of the penalty box and has a breakaway but the Sens' goalie makes the easy save. A hooking penalty indicated against Ottawa during the breakaway.

Scott Nichol has a breakaway and Pascal Leclaire jumps up to make the save and the puck falls safely to the ice in front of the netminder.

Dany Heatley gets tag with a high sticking penalty after he gets roughed up by an Ottawa skater and his stick hits the face of another Sens skater. Heatley starts to hear it louder from the hostile crowd.

Dan Boyle gets a shot on goal but the shot is block by a Senator.

Dan Boyle back on the ice as the Sharks kill off the penalty.


After one period, Sharks are up 1-0 on Patrick Marleau's powerplay goal. Ottawa put up 13 shots on Antti Niemi who is more than up the the challenge.

Dan Boyle gets tack with an interference call on former Shark Milan Michalek. Pending a Sens goal, they will get to carry 40-plus seconds of the powerplay into the second period.

Jamal Mayers muscles his way alone into the offensive zone and he tries to recover the puck as his linemates go off on a line change.

Ryane Clowe's shot from in close gets pass Pascal Leclaire and barely went wide.

Antti Niemi comes up big again for San Jose when he makes the save on Daniel Alfredsson's turnaround shot from the slot.

Patrick Marleau nets the game's first goal when knocks the rebound in pass Pascal Leclaire. That's his 11th goal of the season. Dan Boyle and Joe Thornton earn the assist. Sharks up 1-0.

Dany Heatley draws a hooking penalty, much to the displeasure of the Ottawa crowd, when he stickhandles his way in alone on the Sens' net. Sharks will go on the powerplay.

Antti Niemi makes an acrobatic save on a two-on-one after an Ottawa takeaway in their defensive zone.

Defenseman Mike Moore returns to the ice and the Sharks successfully kill off the penalty.

Mike Moore goes to the penatly box for putting the puck over the glass.

Benn Ferriero gets a quality shot on goal as Pascal Leclaire scrambles to cover up the puck.

Antti Niemi uses his stick and makes a save on another good chance from the Sens.

Antti Niemi makes his first save of the game after Ottawa got took control of the puck in the Sharks zone.

Icing call against the Sharks. The Sens win the ensuing offensive zone faceoff and a shot from the point zings off the post.

Dany Heatley takes the ice for the first time this game and fires a shot off at Pascal Leclaire. Heatley is hearing the taunts from the Ottawa crowd.


Dany Heatley makes his much anticipated return to Scotiabank Place since requesting a trade, and then leaving the organization in 2009, when the San Jose Sharks take on the Ottawa Senators.

Antti Niemi will start in net opposite Pascal Leclaire.
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