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Thornton pushes Sharks past Blue Jackets

Dec 5, 2008 - 7:45 AM
By Michael Duca PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- Joe Thornton scored his eighth goal of the season less than eight minutes into the third period to snap a tie and lift the San Jose Sharks to their ninth straight win, a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

Jeremy Roenick and captain Patrick Marleau scored on the power play, defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic notched three assists and Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves for the Sharks, who improved to 14-0-1 at home.

"That was probably our worst game of the year and we still won," Thornton said. "If (anyone) was really deserving of the win, it was the goaltender."

San Jose has not lost in regulation over its last 24 games at HP Pavilion, one shy of the NHL record. With 45 points, the Sharks are off to the best start in league history after 26 contests.

Captain Rick Nash and Fredrik Modin tallied for the Blue Jackets, who were playing the first contest of a three-game road trip.

With the game knotted at 2-2, Vlasic received a pass from fellow blue-liner Dan Boyle in the slot and fired a slap shot. Rookie goaltender Steve Mason made the save, but Thornton got his stick on the rebound and knocked it into the net at 7:41 of the final session for the game-winner.

"We give the pucks to our forwards and they put it in the net," Vlasic said. "You do that, you will get assists, and that's what happened."

"Our guys put a really good 60-minute effort in," said Mason, who made 19 saves. "I think we deserved a better fate. The guys played really good in front of me."

The Blue Jackets had one last chance to the tie the game after Vlasic was whistled for a delay-of-game penalty with 38 seconds remaining. But Nabokov made a pair of brilliant saves in the closing seconds to notch his 15th win.

"On the ice, it's easier," Nabokov said. "We just react to what happens in front of us. I've watched from the press box and it's much more nerve-wracking from there."

Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock was reluctant to talk after the defeat, pausing only long enough for a couple of words.

"We didn't outwork the goalie, that's the bottom line," he said. "We had a chance to win the game, (but) we didn't outwork the goalie."

While Columbus never has earned a regulation victory in San Jose, the team looked determined to end that slump in the first period.

"We have to give them credit," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "They came to play. They are a big, strong team, they got pucks behind us, and I didn't think we were as prepared as we needed to be."

Nash's wrist shot from the doorstep deflected off Boyle's stick and past Nabokov with 3:22 left in the session for a 1-0 lead.

"In the first period, we were all over them," Nash said. "We outshot them by a good margin (14-4). Our defense played good. Special teams was the difference. (At) 5-on-5, we were all over them."

The Sharks evened it with 5:03 remaining in the second session, three seconds before an interference penalty on Columbus' Jakub Voracek was due to expire.

Marleau received the puck in the slot and wristed a shot that was blocked by defenseman Jan Hejda. Marleau managed to control the rebound and knocked it over the left shoulder of Mason for his 12th goal.

The tally was Marleau's franchise-high 76th career power-play goal and 250th of his career.

Blue Jackets left wing Jason Chimera was whistled for delay of game after flipping the puck over the glass with nine seconds remaining in the second, and the Sharks wasted no time taking advantage in the third.

Vlasic's slap shot was stopped by Mason, but the rebound went directly to Roenick, who handled it cleanly and wristed it past the goaltender from the doorstep 44 seconds into the final session to give San Jose a 2-1 edge.

Columbus answered back, tying the game less than three minutes later when Modin picked up the puck in the corner and went right around Roenick and toward the net before beating Nabokov for his fourth goal of the season.

"When they went up 2-1, we showed a lot of character to come back and tie it," Nash said. "When they got the third one, we had a lot of chances to close the deal and tie it again, but they showed why they're the best team in the league."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 1 0 1 2
    SAN JOSE 0 1 2 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - RICK NASH 13 (JAN HEJDA, KRISTIAN HUSELIUS) 16:38
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) PATRICK MARLEAU 12 (DAN BOYLE, MARC-EDOUARD
    VLASIC) 14:57
    3RD PRD: SAN - (PP) JEREMY ROENICK 2 (MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC, DAN BOYLE)
    0:44
    COB - F

    Dec 5 1:01 AM


  • NHL
    COLUMBUS 2
    SAN JOSE 3
    3RD PRD: SAN - JOE THORNTON 8 (MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC, DEVIN SETOGUCHI)
    7:41

    Blue Jackets 2, Sharks 3  3rd - 12:19Dec 5 12:36 AM
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    #1 Cards Fan Added 10 roots

    Blue Jackets 1, Sharks 2  3rd - 19:16Dec 5 12:29 AM


  • NHL
    COLUMBUS 2
    SAN JOSE 2
    3RD PRD: COB - FREDRIK MODIN 4 (JARED BOLL, DERRICK BRASSARD) 3:45

    Blue Jackets 2, Sharks 2  3rd - 16:15Dec 5 12:29 AM


  • NHL
    COLUMBUS 1
    SAN JOSE 2
    3RD PRD: SAN - (PP) JEREMY ROENICK 2 (MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC, DAN BOYLE)
    0:44

    Blue Jackets 1, Sharks 2  3rd - 19:16Dec 5 12:24 AM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 1 0 1
    SAN JOSE 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - RICK NASH 13 (JAN HEJDA, KRISTIAN HUSELIUS) 16:38
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) PATRICK MARLEAU 12 (DAN BOYLE, MARC-EDOUARD
    VLASIC) 14:57
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COB

    Dec 5 12:05 AM


  • NHL
    COLUMBUS 1
    SAN JOSE 1
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) PATRICK MARLEAU 12 (DAN BOYLE, MARC-EDOUARD
    VLASIC) 14:57

    Blue Jackets 1, Sharks 1  2nd - 5:03Dec 4 11:55 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 1 1
    SAN JOSE 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - RICK NASH 13 (JAN HEJDA, KRISTIAN HUSELIUS) 16:38
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COB 14 14
    SAN 4 4
    GOALIES: COB - STEVE MASON
    SAN -

    Dec 4 11:10 PM


  • NHL
    COLUMBUS 1
    SAN JOSE 0
    1ST PRD: COB - RICK NASH 13 (JAN HEJDA, KRISTIAN HUSELIUS) 16:38

    Blue Jackets 1, Sharks 0  1st - 3:22Dec 4 11:04 PM