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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Washington

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Antti Niemi recorded another 2-0 shutout win this time against the Washington Capitals. Logan Couture netted another goal to extend his point streak to six-games. He also set an NHL rookie record with his seventh game-winners on the road. Dan Boyle scored the insurance goal. Team Teal has won eight of their last nine games. The Sharks will have less than 24 hours to enjoy the win, they take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus tomorrow at 4 p.m.


The Sharks hold on to win 2-0.

Joe Thornton won the defensive zone faceoff. The Sharks have won 34 of 59 faceoffs.

San Jose successfully killed off the penalty and go back to a six-on-five as opposed to being six-on-four a wee bit early.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic got the puck out of the corner where six players were converged to try and dig it out. Vlasic shot the puck from the defensive zone and down the ice toward the empty net. He missed it by a foot and a half. No icing however since San Jose is on the penalty kill.

Niclas Wallin got tagged with a holding penalty late in the game. This is only San Jose's second infraction.

Antti Niemi made an unorthodox save. He flashed his glove but inside of the the puck being securely in his glove, he batted it out of the air a good five feet in front of him. Luckily, his teammates came to his aid and cleared the puck out of the zone.

Washington gained the zone and tried to set up the play to get back into the game.

Dan Boyle added his own goal to give San Jose a 2-0 lead. Boyle pinched in from the right and his slapshot beat Michal Neuvirth high on the far side. Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi earned the assists.

Logan Couture netted the game's first and only game so far on a quick wrister that beat the Caps goalie through the five-hole. The Sharks finally beat Michal Neuvirth on their 35th shot of the game. Couture extended his point streak to six games (5-2-7). Ben Eager and Kent Huskins earned the assist.

Joe Thornton once again got a juice scoring chance with Michal Neuvirth caught scrambling on the ice, but the Sharks Captain just couldn't lift the puck high enough over Neuvirth's pads.

A flurry of shot assault Washington's netminder who did not let one pass him.

Antti Niemi once again came up with the save to keep the score tied.

Logan Couture captalized on a Caps turnover in their own zone for a shot on net that was saved by Michal Neuvirth.

The Caps won the opening faceoff of the third and final period.


After two periods in the book, the score remained 0-0 at Verizon Center in Washington D.C. So far, the Sharks have notched 27 shots on goal compared to 13 from the Caps. Dany Heatley has five shots on goal. Team Teal also held a slight margin in the faceoff circle winning 22 of 40.

A turnover led to David Steckel's breakaway but Antti Niemi made the acrobatic side-to-side save with right skate made the save.

Alex Ovechkin received a pass from behind the net and his slapshot was blocked by Marc-Edouard Vlasic before it could make its way toward the net.

Joe Thornton narrowly missed cashing in on a potential goal.

Douglas Murray put his body on the line to block a Caps' shot. He has three this game. San Jose has 14 so far today.

Antti Niemi made the save on Mike Knuble's shot. Niemi was 13-for-13 so far this game.

John McCarthy took a hit in the defensive zone. Washington has seven hits in the game compared to 10 from Team Teal.

Michal Neuvirth stretched out to make the save on Dany Heatley's attempt. Joe Thornton took the puck behind the net and pulled the Washington's defense along him. His pass found Heatley pinching in toward the net, but Heatley didn't get much on the one-timer due to the awkward position he caught the puck.

Logan Couture's shot on goal was saved by the Caps netminder.

Joe Pavelski won the opening faceoff of the second period. The Sharks are still on the powerplay due to John Erskine's penalty late in the first.


San Jose will finish off the remaining 0:39 seconds of their powerplay in the second period. The score remained 0-0 after 20-minutes of play though the Sharks put up 20 shots in the first period alone. Dany Heatley lead with three shots in the first.

The Sharks successfully killed off the penalty and begin a rush to the opposite end. Dany Heatley narrowly missed on his attempt as he wove through the Caps' defense. Captain Joe Thornton took a cross-check and was knocked into the net. Two minute penalty to Caps' John Erskine.

Jamal Mayers went to the penalty box for a hooking infraction and we'll get to see Washington's powerplay for the first time today.

The Sharks caught a break being on the wrong end of a three-on-two rush when a Caps winger goes way offside.

Antti Niemi made the save but the puck sqeaked passed him and sat unprotected near his right skate. But the whistle was already called when the Caps rush to tap the puck in. The horn sounded indicating a goal but the ref quickly waved it off much to the displeasure of Washington crowd.

Logan Couture's shot missed the net, but San Jose has put up eight shots so far this game.

End-to-end action as Devin Setoguchi blocked a shot near the blueline, or the Caps' d-man broke his stick, and Seto led a rush. His across the ice pass to the streaking Ben Eager on the opposite side who's huge slapshot was saved by the sprawling Michal Neuvirth.

San Jose finally established some zone time. The Capitals have dominated play so far this game until this point.

Douglas Murray, who set a franchise record seven blocked shots, goes offensive and put a shot on Washington's Michal Neuvirth who made the save.

The Caps put the first shot of the game as Antti Niemi made the routine save.

Washington Capitals won the opening faceoff of the game.


The San Jose Sharks continue their East Coast leg of their seven-game road trip with a stop at the nation's capital to take on Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

Team Teal will welcome back Antero Niittymaki who skated at the morning skate earlier today. Niittymaki will backup Antero Niemi.
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