• RSS

Heatley's Two Goals Provides Spark

San Jose Takes 3 Of 4 From Detroit This Year

Thursday, 03.3.2011 / 11:50 PM PT / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
Share with your Friends

Heatley\'s Two Goals Provides Spark
San Jose’s 3-1 victory against Detroit gave Team Teal three consecutive wins against their Western Conference rival and pulled them within three points of second place in the conference race. It was another complete game by the Sharks that was capped by a two-goal performance from Dany Heatley.

The start was pivotal as San Jose led on the shot chart 10-1 at one point, helping to jump on a Red Wings club playing their second game in as many nights.

“I thought we really came out hard in the first 10-15 minutes and took control,” Heatley said. “We took a couple of penalties and let them back in a little bit. That last bit of the second and third we dominated pretty well. The last few times we played them they really outplayed us at the start of the game and that is something we wanted to change tonight.”

Heatley’s two goals were not only important for providing the winning margin, but the sniper had scored just once in the previous 12 games.

“Whitey made a great play to get it through off the first one and that play off the power play seemed to be working for us this year. Pavs made a great pass,” Heatley said. “It hadn’t been going in the net lately and it’s nice to get a couple.”

Dating back to last year’s playoffs, San Jose has now captured seven of its last nine contests with Detroit.

“I think it’s fun to play them. I think we really respect them,” Heatley said. “I think tonight you could feel it in the crowd, the fans were really into it. It’s getting to that point at the end of the year and you can feel the fans getting excited with a team like Detroit.”

“They are a good team and we are a good team. They are always good games,” Joe Thornton said.

The Sharks eight-game winning streak is their longest of the season and a big reason why they hold a six point lead in the Pacific Division. San Jose’s players are very aware that plenty of contests remain on the docket and the focus must remain.

“We’ve put ourselves in a good spot right now, but we’ve got a lot of games left,” Heatley said. “We’ve got to forget about this one and get ready for Saturday night.”

“It doesn’t matter who we play right now, we’ve just got to get wins and climb the standings as much as we can,” Thornton said. “We know there are a bunch of teams on our heels.”

San Jose’s third goal was definitely a result of work, if not a conventional method. On the play, Patrick Marleau was driving on the forecheck and forced Joey MacDonald to rush his clearing attempt. Marleau got his stick on the puck and it went off an opposing blueliner and across the goal line.

“I just got a little piece of it and it went off their D-man and in the net,” Marleau said. “I hit the puck and at the same time as MacDonald. I knew I got a piece of it.”

Marleau did a favor for a former junior teammate coaching the Spokane Jr. Chiefs and gave a lockerroom tour postgame. The club is in town to face the Jr. Sharks.

Niclas Wallin played in his 600th career NHL game.

With his assist on Heatley’s goal, Thornton is now in sole possession of 55th place on the NHL all-time assist List (684) and is in 80th place on the NHL all-time points list (985).

With his unassisted goal, Marleau tallied his 25th of the season. He is now tied with Logan Couture for the team lead in goals and is third on the team in points (25—24=49).

[Regarding Dany Heatley] “Positionally strong tonight, skated well, created opportunities to score, went to the net. It’s a pretty good recipe for him.”

[Marleau’s goal] “Its funny what happens when you go hard. I know the guys were bugging Heater. He had a wide open net and missed and Patty didn’t even shoot it and he scored. Sometimes you’ve got to get them ugly.”

“Usually the hockey gods take care of you at the end of the night if you put the honest effort in. It doesn’t always go your way but it likely will.”

“I thought we got through the first ten minutes. We got the game at 1-1. I thought we were better there than in the second period. In the end they scored a power play goal there to go up 2-1. But I thought it was a real good road game for us here tonight.”

“We were on back-to-back nights and I thought we did lots of good things. Unfortunately, that bounce there, I thought we were going to tie it up. In the end, that third goal made it harder.”

“Anytime you play back to back nights, you know the other team is going to come out flying. I thought we did a good job getting the power play goal to come back and make it 1-1, but in the end it wasn’t enough.

San Jose will host Dallas Saturday at 7:30 and tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The contest will be on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.




1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56


J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
Image Map