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Clarkson helps Devils edge Sharks

Feb 16, 2009 - 1:56 AM
NEWARK, New Jersey (Ticker) -- David Clarkson capped a wild contest with his second goal late in the third period to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 6-5 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

Clarkson finished with two goals and an assist and Brian Rolston added a goal and set up two more for the Devils, who have won four straight.

With the scored tied at 5-5 with 3:32 remaining and All-Star Joe Thornton serving a cross-checking penalty, New Jersey gained control of the puck in the offensive zone.

Brian Gionta controlled the puck at the left boards and found Rolston at the blue line on the right side. The left wing unleashed a slap shot to the front of the net, where Clarkson got just enough stick on it to send it between Evgeni Nabokov's pads for his 13th goal of the season.

"It just kind of bounced off me and went right through his legs," Clarkson said. "It was a great shot by (Rolston). I'm kind of standing there and screening him, so he doesn't see the puck and luckily it bounced off me."

New Jersey scored three power-play goals in the third period, thanks to five penalties by the Sharks in the final session.

"The penalty kill has given up six goals in two games," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "That's one of the problems.

"The other problem is us taking penalties. We took three or four in the offensive zone today, which isn't good. Sometimes that's the sign of a tired team, but I'm not sure that's the case here. We're reaching in a little too much and we have to use our legs more."

Patrik Elias cleaned up a rebound for his 23rd goal of the season to tie the game, 4-4, at the 4:49 mark of the third. Captain Jamie Langenbrunner got the Devils their first lead of the game less than three minutes later when he cleaned up another rebound.

"It was a fun game," said Devils left wing Zach Parise, who had two assists. "I thought it was pretty entertaining for everyone. But we're happy to be on the winning side. That's a great hockey team over there. There's definitely a reason why they are the top team in the West. I thought we played well. It just shows that if we have to, we can go back-and-forth as a team."

"I'm not sure 6-5 is the way we'd draw it up, but we'll take it," Langenbrunner said. "But sometimes you're going to have those games. It's good that we respond to those things and not let a game like that scare us away."

Joe Pavelski scored a nifty goal at the 10:56 mark to pull the Sharks even at 5-5. The 24-year-old center forced a turnover and came up the slot before backhanding a shot over New Jersey goaltender Scott Clemmensen's right shoulder for a shorthanded goal.

"It hit me in the blocker," Clemmensen said. "The guy came in, made a nice little move with a bad angle on his backhand and got it up. It hit me square in the blocker and I was looking for the puck up in the netting. It was a surprise to me."

Captain Patrick Marleau scored his 30th goal of the season and All-Star Joe Thornton finished with a pair of assists for San Jose, which finished its five-game road trip 1-1-3.

Nabokov made 23 saves for the Sharks.

"It's not one goal," Nabokov said. "We had the lead going into the third. We're just not playing ... it's way too casual. We have to tighten up as a group."

Clemmensen, who was coming off two straight shutouts, finished with 27 saves for the Devils.

"It was an exciting game," New Jersey coach Brent Sutter said. "It was back-and-forth. These are two teams that have a lot of talent on their hockey teams, skill level. That's the way you want your skill players to play and everyone else falls in line."






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    SAN JOSE 2 2 1 5
    NEW JERSEY 3 0 3 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NJD - BRIAN GIONTA 13 (PATRIK ELIAS, DAINIUS ZUBRUS) 0:30
    SAN - ROB BLAKE 9 (MIKE GRIER) 4:34
    NJD - BRIAN ROLSTON 10 (JOHN MADDEN, BRIAN GIONTA) 8:01
    SAN - (PP) PATRICK MARLEAU 30 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, JOE
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    3RD PRD: SAN - (SH) JOE PAVELSKI 16 (UNASSISTED) 10:56

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    NEW JERSEY 3 0 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NJD - BRIAN GIONTA 13 (PATRIK ELIAS, DAINIUS ZUBRUS) 0:30
    SAN - ROB BLAKE 9 (MIKE GRIER) 4:34
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    1ST PRD: NJD - BRIAN GIONTA 13 (PATRIK ELIAS, DAINIUS ZUBRUS) 0:30
    SAN - ROB BLAKE 9 (MIKE GRIER) 4:34
    NJD - BRIAN ROLSTON 10 (JOHN MADDEN, BRIAN GIONTA) 8:01
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