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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Pittsburgh

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Another dramatic win for the San Jose Sharks as Patrick Marleau's short flip shot with only four seconds remaining in overtime gave San Jose a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins -- Team Teal defeated the Red Wings less than 24 hours earlier on Devin Setoguchi's goal with less than two minutes in that game. With their win, San Jose is back atop the Pacific Division and is third in the tight Western Conference.


With four seconds left, Patrick Marleau picked up the rebound in front of the crease and easily flipped it over Marc-Andre Fleury, who was down on the ice to make the previous save, and gave San Jose the last second 3-2 win.

Joe Thornton stole the puck in the neutral zone away from the bench and centered the pass as Patrick Marleau sped up to catch the pass and starts a breakaway. Marc-Andre Fleury didn't fall for the deke and made the big save.

Sharks set up play inside the offensive zone but Niclas Wallin's shot was seen the whole way by the Pens netminder who made the easy save.

The Sharks control the puck behind their own net, wait for the line change and then start the rush up the ice.

Pascal Dupuis' shot off the faceoff win was saved by Antti Niemi as the Sharks cleared the zone.

Dan Boyle is back on the ice as Pittsburgh won the overtime opening faceoff.


San Jose got a chance with less than 15 seconds left in the game to just win it outright by the Pens defense swarmed around their goalie to help clear the puck from the crease. Overtime it is then.

The Pens tied things up at 2-2 on Tyler Kennedy's knocked in goal. The shot initially hit post but then squeaked to the far side where Kennedy came in and scored his second goal of the night. Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke earned the assists. Dan Boyle is hurting after being slammed into the post. He's being attended to on the bench.

Marc-Andre Fleury left his net and Logan Couture shot from the netural zone missed the empty net.

Patrick Marleau went wide and snapped a shot toward the net. The puck got stuck in the netting.

A one-on-one rush, but new Shark Ian White played his man right and forced the Pens forward wide. The Sharks eventually cleared the zone and not allowed Pittsburgh a shot on goal as they tried to tie things up late.

Marc-Andre Fleury made his 32nd save of the night.

Antti Niemi came way out of his net and flashed some leather to snag Kris Letang's shot out of the air.

Even down a man, the Sharks won the faceoff and started a rush. Jamal Mayers muscled his way into the zone and passed to Joe Pavelski who was tangled up with his own defenseman and couldn't get a stick on the pass.

Devin Setoguchi got called for a holding penalty. That's only the Sharks second penalty this game.

Joe Pavelski won the faceoff in the neutral zone. San Jose is 56 percent in the faceoff circle tonight.

Marc-Andre Fleury blocked Logan Couture's shot.

Patrick Marleau finally find success after a couple of chances. Marleau used his speed on the forecheck and caused the defenseman he was chasing to push the puck deep. Dany Heatley intercepted the pass and threw it back to Marleau who stuffed it in near the post before Marc-Andre Fleury could stop the puck with his skate. Sharks own their first lead of the night at 2-1.

Antti Niemi made the high save and quick covered up the rebound before Pittsburgh had a chance on the rebound.

Ryane Clowe appeared to have dropped the glove but his Pens counterpart didn't drop his own glove and play resumed.


San Jose put on a final rush late in the second period but the buzzer sounded before they could gain the lead. Logan Couture netted his club record-tying 25th goal of the season on the powerplay to tie things up at 1-1. The Sharks have 20 shots in the game so far. The Pens have 22 hits and 20 blocked shots. Kris Letang led all skaters with 11:39 of ice time.

Dany Heatley, who stood right in front of the net, took a hard pass and his snapshot from close range was blocked my Pens netminder.

Matt Niskanen, formerly of the Dallas Stars and making his debut with the Pens, got tagged with a tripping penalty late in the second.

Sharks got a good scoring chance and the shot even knocked off Marc-Andre Fleury's stick.

Antti Niemi made a tough save as the end-to-end action picked up.

Icing called against San Jose who successfully killed off their first penalty.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic was pushing and jawing Kris Letang in the Sharks zone as the puck was pushed forward. With the ref standing right behind them, both players said their piece angerly, seperated, and continued playing.

The Sharks get called for their first penalty of the game when Joe Thornton goes off for hooking. San Jose is 18th in the NHL on the pk with 81.4 percent kill rate. The Pens are 15th in the League on the powerplay.

San Jose got two quick quality chances. Logan Couture was held up when he was in the crease and only needed to tap the puck into the open net since Marc-Andre Fleury was way out of his net to make a save on the initial shot. The second chance was a two-on-one with Dany Heatley who was denied a shot when a Pens defenseman dropped to the ice and used his stick to knock the puck away from Heatley.

Pittsburgh won the offensive zone faceoff.

Kyle Wellwood muscled the puck away from the Pittsburgh defenseman in the corner to the left of Marc-Andre Fleury. Wellwood tricked Fleury and everyone else with a fake shot to the short side and then attempted to wrap the puck around on the other side of the net. Fleury was quick. however, to slide to the other post and blocked the shot.

Logan Couture's one-timer tied up the game at 1-1 and his 25th goal of the season tied Pat Fallon for the franchise's record of most goals in a rookie season. Jason Demers passed to Devin Setoguchi behind the net. With all eyes on the hot stick of Seto, from behind the net, the winger passed to Couture who streaked toward the net and scored the goal.

San Jose won the faceoff to the left of Marc-Andre Fleury and Patrick Marleau's slapshot was saved.

A hooking penalty called against the Pens' Craig Adams. That's their third consecutive penalty.

After a long delay, play goes underway with the Sharks winning the first faceoff of the second period.

A delay at the new CONSOL Energy Center as the two teams are waiting for the lights to come fully back on.


The Sharks find themselves down 1-0 heading into the first intermission. In the first period, San Jose put up 11 shots and limited the Pens to just six. Pittsburgh does have 10 block shots. San Jose currently won 9 of 15 faceoffs.

Patrick Marleau's high shot was initially saved by Marc-Andre Fleury but he could've cover up the puck as it bounced over his shoulder and looked like it might bounce over and into the net. But instead a last second shift from Fleury sent the puck into the corner.

Deryk Engelland went to the sin bin for cross checking. Engelland is the most penalized defenseman in the NHL. Sharks get a late first period powerplay for the second consecutive day.

Newly acquired Pens forward James Neal blocked a Douglas Murray bomb.

Two-on-one developed for the Pens but Antti Niemi made the tough save.

Logan Couture's shot is blocked as Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pens living up to their penalty kill prowess and limited the Sharks to just two powerplay shots.

Brooks Oprik got tagged with a hooking penalty that prevented Logan Couture from shooting from in close. Pittsburgh's powerplay is first in the NHL with a 87.6 percent kill rate. San Jose is fourth on the man advantage with a 22.8 percent success rate.

Antti Niemi left his net for an extra skater on the delayed Pens penalty.

Patrick Marleau's stick was tangled up with a Pens' defenseman and Marleau nearly missed tapping in a potential goal.

Tyler Kennedy knocked in the rebound to give Pittsburgh the early lead at 1-0. Matt Cooke's shot from near the faceoff dot was stopped by Antti Niemi who didn't cover up the puck. Deryk Engelland wrister from in close was once again saved by Niemi but the puck trickled over to Kennedy who stood unmarked to the side of the net.

Jason Demers put a hit on Maxime Talbot in the Sharks zone.

Joe Thornton tallied the first shot of the game early. Just the opposite of happened yesterday at Joe Louis Arena when Detroit held Team Teal without a shot until about five minutes into the game.

San Jose won the opening faceoff of the game.


The San Jose Sharks continue their way East to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins less than 24 hours of their 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. This will be the first time the Sharks and Pens met since Nov. 7, 2009 when Sidney Crosby and Co. visited HP Pavilion.

Speaking of Sid the Kid, he will not be playing in tonight's game due to a concussion. The Pens are stuggling with injuries missing Evgeni Malkin, Arron Asham, Chris Kunitz and Paul Martin.

Antti Niemi is expected in net again on the backend of a back-to-back.
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