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San Jose Hosts Nashville

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

PATRICK MARLEAU!  The speedy forward simply corralled a puck in the defensive zone and raced on a two-on-two, wristing home the winner.

Antti Niemi stopped a blast from Mike Fisher.

A terrific third period by San Jose could not provide the go-ahead goal and extra time was needed to decide the winner.

It looked like Nashville had the critical break as a bad bounce set Mike Fisher up alone 10 feet out, but Antti Niemi was there with the stop.

It was getting a bit late in the game if someone was to come up big in regulation.

Sharks had outshot Nashville 9-3 in the third period.

San Jose did not score on their most recent power play, but it was moving at a nice clip.

Nashville was whisteled for too many men and San Jose went up a man.

Kyle Wellwood tipped a Justin Braun shot out front, but it went just to the side of the net.

Tied to start, tied after one and tied after two periods, it was 2-2 after 40 minutes.

Antti Niemi was at his best in the final minutes of the second while killing off a Nashville advantage.

Great stop by Antti Niemi on David Legwand right on the door step.

Devin Setoguchi just wheeled around the entire ice and made a nice dish to Patrick Marleau.  The shot did not cross the line.

The two clubs had wacked and slashed at every opportunity to ensure the other did not gain the upper hand.

Shea Weber is dangerous from the point, but on a Nashville power play, he dropped down low and scored an uncontested goal to even things at two.

The power play came up big and it was rookie Justin Braun who used a blast from the point to put San Jose back on top. 2-1 Sharks.

Torrey Mitchell used his speed to create a shot on the rush and drew a penalty in the process.

Nashville came out strong on their first two shifts and it cumulated in a  point blank shot by Mike Fisher that Antti Niemi directed away.

Ryane Clowe had two chances for a second goal in the final minute of the first, but the game remained tied.  Nashville led in shots 13-10, but the goals were one apiece.

On their second power play, Nashville tied the game.  On a quirky tally, Joel Ward went to stuff the puck in and when Niclas Wallin's stick hit his, the puck popped across the line.

Ian White with a point shot that caused some trouble, but no goal.

Jason Demers just made a stellar play from the blueline to set up the Sharks first goal.  He deked his man and dipped down low.  Demers then fed Dany Heatley out front and his redirect went off Ryane Clowe's skate.  1-0 Sharks.

Jason Demers was given 2 minutes for holding and Nashville took to the game's first power play.

Jamal Mayers has now played in 800 career games.

Kyle Wellwood nearly opened up the scoring, but Pekka Rinne smothered the puck on time.

Dan Boyle would not be in the lineup for San Jose and Antti Niemi was set to square off with Pekka Rinne in the creases.

Starters for San Jose were Dany Healtey, Logan Couture, Ryane Clowe, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Jason Demers.
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