The Sharks fell 4-2 and it marked their fifth loss in a row. Another well played game, outshooting Toronto 42-26, but the result would not go San Jose's way.
Toronto found the empty netter for their fourth goal of the period.
San Jose has used their timeout. Joe Thornton
, Patrick Marleau
, Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi, Ryane Clowe
and Dan Boyle
are the six attackers.
has left the crease.
Save of the game! Phil Kessel was fed a perfect up-ice pass and went in alone on Antti Niemi
, but the Sharks goaltender make a beautiful stop to keep San Jose within one.
San Jose has posted 40 shots to this point, but they need to get another one on net to go in to at least force overtime.
Toronto scored the next tally just as fast. A point shot hit three sticks on its way to the net and Antti Niemi
had no chance on the play.
San Jose responded quicky as Patrick Marleau
struck again. He split the D, found control of the puck and knocked in his own rebound. Devin Setoguchi was creating some additional traffic.
A tough call to Niclas Wallin on a shoulder to shoulder hit gave Toronto a power play and they took advantage with the go-ahead tally.
Dany Heatley was just knocked to the ice and Ryane Clowe
responded with an big hit himself.
The Maple Leafs have tied the contest on a third period goal from Phil Kessel. On the play, he was able to force Antti Niemi
to the ice and skated through the crease to the far side where there was an empty net to shoot on.
The press box was issued the statement that Logan Couture
's return is questionable for tonight. He is not on the bench to start the third.
San Jose kept the 1-0 lead through the second and posted 34 shots through 40 minutes.
A Sharks power buzzed around the Toronto net, but a holding call to Dany Heatley ended it 31 seconds early. The game became chippier in the second.
An odd series of sequences gave San Jose two brief five-on-threes, however, the contest remained a one-goal game.
Colton Orr blatantly kneed Logan Couture
leaving the young star on the ice for a bit and then he struggled to the lockerroom. Every Sharks player went looking for someone, but the refs aggressively made sure little happened and the only result was a two minute Sharks power play.
and Dany Heatley controlled play so long behind the net, there was time for a complete blueline change and for the oncoming duo to flip sides.
Toronto just missed a golden opportunity with the puck on the blade of a player and a teammate on top of Antti Niemi
. The ref may have made a call if they scored, but the shot never got close.
struck the side of the net and the crowd thought the lead had doubled. Then Scott Nichol was sent to the penalty box, providing Toronto their first power play.
had an early shot as he was hunting for his second tally of the night.
In the last minute of the first, Marc-Edouard Vlasic
cleared a rebound effort that could have tied the contest. San Jose took a nicely earned 1-0 lead into the lockerroom by outshooting Toronto 13-8.
Devin Setoguchi nailed two guys on the same shift.
The puck was loose under James Reimer for a moment, but Devin Setoguchi couldn't get his stick there quick enough.
The Sharks take the lead thanks to Patrick Marleau
who owed the goal to Joe Thornton
's passing ability. James Reimer got a piece of the puck, but Marleau slammed it hard enough to force it through.
Toronto rang one off the pipes, but Antti Niemi
gets the friendly bounce.
San Jose had the first extended shift, but did not break the seel on the net.
San Jose is rolling with seven defensemen as Justin Braun
is in the lineup. Brandon Mashinter
is not dressing against Toronto.