San Jose bounced back from their Tuesday night defeat by pummeling the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night 6-3 at HP Pavilion. Vesa Toskala was in net and stopped 24 of 27 shots for the victory in which two Sharks scored their first career NHL goals.
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San Jose played without Milan Michalek who suffered an arm injury against Anaheim the previous evening and Jonathan Cheechoo missed the contest with a lower body injury that has him out day-to-day.
To help replenish the offense, the Sharks called up Joe Pavelski
for his first career NHL game. Pavelski skated on a line with Patrick Marleau
and Steve Bernier and, to make matters easier for the first game, Marleau played the wing, allowing Pavelski to play his natural position.
Former crowd favorite Scott Thornton gave Los Angeles the game’s first goal when he crashed the crease and a saved shot rebounded off his leg and crossed the line. The play went upstairs for review, but the legitimate goal stood, putting the home club down one.
San Jose would not wait long to respond when the league’s number one power play took to the ice. Joe Thornton
set up shop behind the net and waited for Marc-Edouard Vlasic
to drop down from the blueline The puck hit him inside the right faceoff circle and he wristed it to the back of the net for his first career NHL goal and the first period would end tied at one.
San Jose would carry 1:40 of power play time into the second stanza and they wasted little time capitalizing. Steve Bernier picked up a Thornton rebound and roofed it for the Sharks first lead of the game. It would start an avalanche of goals for Team Teal.
San Jose would take the lead moments later, and this time Thornton would make the play and score himself. On the sequence, he skated from the left faceoff circle, down behind the net and up through the slot. He then wristed it past Cloutier for his third point of the night.
Goal number three sent Cloutier to the bench in place of Mathieu Garon, but it would not matter who was in net tonight. Another moment later a nice pass by Bernier gave the Captain the puck in the slot and Marleau ripped a shot behind Garon for his 200th career tally and what later proved to be the game-winner. It marked Marleau fourth GWG of the season, moving him into a tie for first in the NHL scoring category.
The three second period goals had come within a span of two minutes and 17 seconds.
With 11:09 still to play in the middle period, the score moved to 5-1. This time a hard forecheck by Patrick Rissmiller kept the puck in the offensive zone. Then, what appeared to be a simple point shot from Scott Hannan was redirected by Marcel Goc, giving Goc his second tally on the campaign.
That made it five goals on 12 shots and the lead would remain four goals after forty minutes.
Six minutes into the third, the Kings scored an even strength goal to pull within three of the Sharks as Michael Cammalleri was credited with goal, but Team Teal would again move the lead to four.
The night of first for Sharks rookies continued when Joe Pavelski
wristed in a shot from low in the faceoff circle to make the lead 6-2. Pavelski joined Vlasic in scoring his first career goal on the night, but Pavelski did it in his first career NHL game. Pavelski joined current Sharks Matt Carle and Milan Michalek as one of 11 Sharks who have scored a goal in their NHL debut with the franchise.
Lubomir Visnovsky added a late tally to close the gap, but San Jose and Toskala would finish off the 6-3 victory and the club would enjoy a well deserved day off for Thanksgiving.
The Sharks will next host New Jersey on Saturday at HP Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. and a limited number of tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Box Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The game will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.