Game 10 Live Game Blog: Greene PP Goal Cuts Sharks Lead, 5-2, In The Third Period; Thornton Completes Hat Trick
Andy Greene’s powerplay goal at 14:22 cut the Sharks lead to 5-2 in the third period tonight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
With Dany Heatley in the box for holding, the Devils worked the puck down low. After a shot on net, several players took a whack at the puck, but couldn’t put it past Antero Niittymaki. The puck trickled out to Dainius Zubrus in the slot. He passed the puck to Greene, who put the shot to the top of the net for his first goal of the game.
Heatley’s goal at 6:47 of the third period extended the Sharks lead to 5-1.
The Thornton line once again created a great scoring chance. Patrick Marleau controlled the puck behind the net, and passed it to Joe Thornton along the side boards. Thornton then sent a puck to the front of the net and over the stick of Henrik Tallinder. Heatley tapped the puck past Martin Brodeur for his third goal of the season.
The Thornton line has scored all five goals in the game.
Thornton’s hat trick helped stake the Sharks to a 4-1 lead over the Devils after two periods.
Thornton’s third goal of the night, a powerplay tally, came at 16:55 of the second period. After the Devils benefitted from a awkward bounce from the boards, the Sharks received one of their own. After trying to clear it around the boards, Brodeur went behind the net, expecting the puck to come behind. But it bounced off the end boards and went to the front of the net, where Thornton came crashing down. The center fired the puck past a diving Tallinder for his fifth goal of the season.
The Sharks led the period in shots, 13-10. They hold the advantage in total shots, 30-21.
David Clarkson’s goal at 3:06 of the second period cut the Sharks lead to 3-1.
The Devils got an assist from the boards that led to Clarkson’s goal. The puck, dumped in from the red line, hit a crease in the glass and trickled out to the low slot. Niittymaki went behind the net to play the puck, and couldn’t recover as Clarkson fired a shot to the top shelf for his first goal of the season.
The Devils have played a better second period, but they’re still allowing some good scoring chances to the Sharks. They need to cut down on the sloppy play, because the Sharks will capitalize on those mistakes.
Coach John MacLean shook up the lines between periods, and so far it’s been successful. The line of Zubrus – Rod Pelley – Ilya Kovalchuk did a great job of shutting down the Thornton line during the first half of the period.
The Sharks led in shots, 17-11, in the first period. Unfortunately for the Devils, they couldn’t dodge the bullet as they have in other games. I wonder what changes, if any, we’ll see in the second period.
Thornton scored twice, and Marleau lit the lamp to put the Sharks ahead of the Devils, 3-0, after the first period.
Thornton’s second goal of the game, at 18:59 of the first period extended the Sharks lead to 3-0.
Marleau put a shot on net from the side boards that Brodeur should have stopped. But the Devils goalie was tangled with Thornton, who crashed the net, and the big center poked home the puck for his fourth goal of the season.
Marleau’s goal at 11:16 of the first period extended the Sharks ahead of the Devils, 2-0.
Joe Thornton was instrumental in beginning the play. The center over-skated the puck behind the net, but Martin Brodeur thought he still had it. Marleau took the loose puck behind the net and put a wrap-around try on Brodeur. The puck hit the Devils’ goalie in the pads, but trickled through for Marleau’s third goal on the season.
Thornton’s goal at 9:57 of the first period put the Sharks ahead of the Devils, 1-0.
The play began with a turnover in the Devils zone. Dany Heatley scooped up the loose puck at the point, and sent a pass to Thornton in the right circle. The center’s shot deflected off of Devils’ defensman Matt Taormina’s stick, and the puck beat Brodeur stick side for his third goal of the year.
Marleau, who earned an assist on the goal, recorded his 700th career point.
The Devils had the first powerplay opportunity of the night as Scott Nichol went to the box for slashing at 5:40 of the period. But the team was unsuccessful, and the Devils fell to 0-for-16 on the powerplay on the road. That’s good for last in the NHL.
Both teams seem a bit tentative in the early going. The Sharks had some of the better opportunities, but no one has got the offense set up.
Here were tonight’s starters:
Zach Parise – Travis Zajac – Dainius Zubrus; Colin White – Matt Taormina; Martin Brodeur
Ryane Clowe – Joe Pavelski – Devin Setoguchi; Niclas Wallin – Marc-Edouard Vlasic; Antero Niittymaki
The Devils two victories have come on the road this season. The team blanked both Buffalo and Montreal. San Jose is still searching for their first home win.
The Devils struggled mightily out of the gate to begin the season. The team hasn’t looked good, and their offense has been anemic, leaving New Jersey dead last in goals for in the entire league.
New Jersey has also struggled in the second period, allowing opponents to outscore them 17-4 in the middle period.
Since 2000, the Devils are 7-1-0 against the Sharks. Let’s hope they can run that record to 8-1-0 tonight.
Martin Brodeur will start for the Devils. Antero Niittymaki will start for the Sharks.