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Live Game Blog: Sharks vs Columbus

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

Columbus ends up with the puck and tallies the empty netter as Nash gets his third goal of the night.  Niittymaki returned to the net and the Jackets close it out 3-0.

Patrick Marleau is stopped in tight on the door step.

San Jose takes their timeout to set up the final push.

Niittymaki is off for the extra attacker.

Maybe some of the magic that worked against the Sharks with a two-goal lead on the trip can work for them as they trail by two here.

Ryane Clowe and Jared Boll just went at it and both take five for fighting. Clowe was ramped up and ready, trying anything to land a punch, but Boll was able to hold him at bay for the most part by clinging to the jersey.

Devin Setoguchi just hit the post redirecting one on the power play, but the puck would not cross the line. Then he had his stick knocked out of his hands and it went straight in the air, but no call would come.

The Sharks are skating great and outshooting and outchancing Columbus, but to no avail, they are still looking at a two-goal deficit.

Working strong on the PP to start the third, the Sharks were poised to pull within one as the puck sat alone in front and Dany Heatley was the closest man. R.J. Umberger smartly slashed the stick out of Heatley’s hands to stop the sure goal.

San Jose earned a late power play and they threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Columbus net, but Team Teal still trailed 2-0 after two periods. They will carry 49 seconds of power play time into the third.

Todd McLellan is tweaking his lines trying to find something to work some magic. Devin Setoguchi just had some time with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.

A review is under way to determine if Columbus has found a second game and the ref just pointed to center ice. The Sharks will have to find at least two goals in the next 24 minutes to earn a point.

The Sharks eliminated the two CBJ power plays, but had the same result on their own halfway through the period.

Just as Boyle’s penalty expires, Dany Heatley gets 2 for slashing the PK units are back out there.

Dan Boyle gets 2 minutes for boarding and the Sharks will play 2 minutes shorthanded.

The remainder of San Jose’s power play if over and even strength play returns.

The Sharks can’t find the equalizer despite going on a shot run of 12-1. San Jose trails 1-0 after 20 minutes.

With 1:45 left in the period, strong forechecking by Patrick Marleau forced a delay of game penalty for clearing the puck over the boards.

Patrick Marleau just sent a beautiful no look pass through the crease, but nobody was able to contact it.

Just after that Jason Demers pounced on a turnover and headed to the net. He put a quality scoring chance on Mathieu Garon, but was hammered for his efforts.

Great shift by the trio of Mitchell-McGinn-McCarthy as the dominated the zone. No goal, but a great chance.

Just that quick the shots are even at 10, but the guests still have the lead.

Funny start as the Jackets are not only up 1-0, but outshooting SJ 9-3.

Antero Niittymaki stops a two-on-one to keep the deficit at one goal.

A bad bounce while the Sharks were shorthanded gives Columbus the early lead. Rick Nash bangs one off Dan Boyle's skate for the tally.

The Sharks are again without Douglas Murray, but Niclas Wallin has returned to the lineup.

Antero Niittymaki is facing off against Mathieu Garon.
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