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Pittsburgh
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23-47-8-4
San Jose
Sharks
43-21-12-6

33 SOG
30 SOG
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game recap

Pittsburgh Penguins 2, San Jose Sharks 4 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:50 AM

Associated Press

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Pittsburgh Penguins 2, San Jose Sharks 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh Penguins 2, San Jose Sharks 4

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ The San Jose Sharks know if they're going to compete for the top spot in the Western Conference they'll have to step up their effort.

Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist Friday night to lead the Sharks to a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

``We are still in the race for that first spot,'' said Evgeni Nabokov, who made 31 saves. ``We are four from first place. We have to look up top, but we have to not think too far ahead of us. We want to work harder, now that it is March.''

The Sharks (79 points) are tied with Vancouver and trail Detroit by four points and Colorado by two in the West.

``We have to keep pace and keep up _ not so much look behind but keep looking ahead,'' Marleau said. ``We just have to win games and get points.''

Pittsburgh lost for the 18th time in 20 games and became the first team to be officially eliminated from playoff contention.

``Officially, I think we were eliminated a long time ago,'' Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik said. ``We're in a rebuilding process and everyone knew what was going to happened once the season started to go that way.''

Brad Stuart, Tom Preissing and Alexander Korolyuk all scored for San Jose, which improved to 8-1-1 over their last 10.

Konstantin Koltsov and Milan Kraft scored for the Penguins in the third period.

Stuart opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 13:30 of the first period. Stuart took a cross-ice pass from Niko Dimitakos and shot the puck over Penguins rookie goalie Andy Chidio's right shoulder. It was Stuart's fifth goal of the season.

San Jose increased its lead in the second period when Marleau scored his 27th of the season with 7:21 left.

Preissing scored a power-play goal on a one-timer from Marleau for his second of the year to make it 3-1 at 10:25 of the third period. Korolyuk put in a rebound for his 10th of the season at 14:13.

Chidio made 26 saves in just his fourth NHL game. He was the winning goalie for the Penguins on Wednesday night when they broke their 18-game winless streak with 4-3 win over Phoenix.

The Sharks went 2-for-6 on the power play while Pittsburgh was 0-for-2.

San Jose placed defenseman Mike Ricci on the injured list before the game. Ricci strained his right shoulder in Thursday's night's game against Vancouver. He will be out a week.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:30
SJS
PPG - Brad Stuart (5) ASST: Niko Dimitrakos (14), Marco Sturm (19)
1 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
12:39
SJS
Patrick Marleau (27) ASST: Alexander Korolyuk (9), Christian Ehrhoff (11)
2 - 0 SJS
3rd Period
07:29
PIT
Dan Focht (2) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 SJS
10:25
SJS
PPG - Tom Preissing (2) ASST: Patrick Marleau (20), Marco Sturm (20)
3 - 1 SJS
14:13
SJS
Alexander Korolyuk (10) ASST: Jonathan Cheechoo (16), Alyn McCauley (17)
4 - 1 SJS
18:04
PIT
Milan Kraft (13) ASST: Matt Murley (1), Richard Jackman (8)
4 - 2 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
01:07
SJS
Wayne Primeau  Cross checking against  Rico Fata
13:00
PIT
Dan Focht  Interference against  Todd Harvey
14:00
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Cross checking against  Alexander Korolyuk
17:41
PIT
Tomas Surovy  Tripping against  Tom Preissing
2nd Period
01:01
PIT
Brooks Orpik  Hooking against  Nisse Ekman
04:49
SJS
Vincent Damphousse  Roughing against  Rico Fata
14:30
PIT
Tom Kostopoulos  Tripping against  Scott Thornton
19:31
PIT
Landon Wilson  Roughing against  Niko Dimitrakos
19:31
SJS
Niko Dimitrakos  Roughing against  Landon Wilson
3rd Period
08:58
PIT
Milan Kraft  Holding the stick against  Brad Stuart
17:28
PIT
Tom Kostopoulos  Fighting against  Mark Smith
17:28
SJS
Mark Smith  Fighting against  Tom Kostopoulos
goalie stats
Andy Chiodo
Andy Chiodo
SA: 30TOI: 58:32
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .867SH: 0 - 0
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .939SH: 1 - 1