Not a great ending to look up and see a 3-0 shutout at home.
The three minute mark passed with San Jose still down three goals.
Scott Nichol and Jason Demers
delivered bone rattling hits along the boards that were felt in the press box.
Thomas Vanek was stoned by on a breakaway slapper by Antero Niittymaki. The Sharks won 63 percent of the faceoffs to this point.
was excellent on a backcheck and broke up a three-on-one rush.
Buffalo cleared the puck over the boards and San Jose went on their fifth power play.
San Jose came out in the third looking to find some way to rally, but it would be tough against Buffalo.
San Jose outshot Buffalo 25-17 after 40 minutes but trailed by three goals. They are in need of a Russia type comeback from the World Jr. tournament.
Devin Setoguchi got hammered while standing near the crease and San Josee took to the man advantage.
San Jose came up with some chances in the last five minutes, but Ryan Miller is stopping everything.
was alone in front with plenty of time, but Ryan Miller matched him at each step to keep San Jose off the board.
Buffalo took a 3-0 on the power play as Thomas Vanek poked one in from the slot.
Linesman Tim Nowak just got hit by the puck, but he's a hockey official and stayed in the game.
The shots were even after 20 minutes at 12 apiece, but Buffalo held the 2-0 lead.
With just under two minutes left in the opening stanza, Steve Montador high sticked Dan Boyle
and San Jose had a late chance to close the gap. But a Boyle holding the stick penalty 16 seconds later stopped the man advantage.
A Jochen Hecht wrister just flew by Antero Niittymaki and the Sabres doubled up the lead to 2-0.
The Sharks started flying around Ryan Miller and Jamie McGinn had a chance, but the lead remained with Buffalo.
A big rebound out front on a 3-on-2 rush for Buffalo is banged home by Luke Adam and the guests have the early lead.
Big scrap between Ryane Clowe
and Mike Weber, with Clowe clearly landing the majority of the punches. Both get 5 for fighting.
Terrific shift by San Jose on another power play, but Mike Grier pulled back a puck heading over the line and the game remained even.
is sent to the box and Buffalo had a brief 12 second 5v3 situation.
Buffalo received their own power play when Torrey Mitchell
was called for tripping.
An early power play for the home club as Shaoen Morrisonn clipped Devin Setoguchi up high.
, Patrick Marleau
and Devin Setoguchi are out to start up front with Marc-Edouard Vlasic
and Kent Huskins on the backend protecting Antero Niittymaki.
is back in the lineup for San Jose and Antero Niittymaki in the nets opposite Ryan Miller.
San Jose is wearing their black jerseys.