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Sharks 3, Blue Jackets 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:50 AM

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Columbus Blue Jackets 2, San Jose Sharks 3

SAN JOSE, Calif -- Patrick Rissmiller led the Sharks with back-to-back goals in San Jose's 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at HP Pavilion on Saturday. The win snapped the Sharks five-game home losing streak and placed them atop the Pacific Division with 52 points.

Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves in his 41st consecutive start in goal and held the Blue Jackets scoreless until 8:21 of the third period. Columbus' Pascal Leclaire made 15 saves and allowed two goals in two periods of play before being replaced by Fredrik Norrena, who stopped four shots and allowed one goal.

Team Teal earned the first power play of the night when Sergei Fedorov tripped up Marc-Edouard Vlasic. San Jose came close to scoring when Torrey Mitchell broke in behind the defense, but he couldn’t quite pull the puck around on Leclaire. Nabokov had to stop a two-on-one rush led by Manny Malhotra, but the Sharks netminder covered his angle and gobbled up the attempt.

Offensive sparks were few and far between in the first as the two clubs combined for just 10 shots in the scoreless first period.

Just a minute and a half into the middle period, the Sharks broke the goose egg on the scoreboard. Matt Carle gathered the puck at his offensive blueline and fired on net. Patrick Rissmiller was parked in front of Leclaire, deflected the puck, and the Columbus netminder had no chance to stop the goal.

Two minutes later the score moved to 2-0. This time Steve Bernier beat a Columbus defender to a loose puck in the offensive zone to begin the play. As he gained position, Bernier quickly spun around to his forehand and fired from the slot, finding the far side of the net.

San Jose killed off a penalty immediately following the goal and maintained control of the contest, leading 2-0 midway through.

There were 20 shots in the second period compared to 10 in the first for the two clubs, but San Jose had both tallies and took their 2-0 lead into the lockerroom.

Blue Jackets Head Coach Ken Hitchcock inserted netminder Fredrik Norrena to start the third in hopes of jumpstarting his club.

It didn’t work as San Jose scored goal number three two and a half minutes into the third. Joe Pavelski jumped on a turnover and fed Rissmiller low in the slot. He quickly released his shot and it was a 3-0 Sharks advantage.

Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo has his shot blocked by Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Pascal Leclaire on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Columbus would finally post their first goal courtesy of Andrew Murray. The Blue Jackets center carried the puck behind Nabokov and came out the other side. He threw what seemed to be a harmless shot on net and it somehow snuck across the line.

The contest truly got interesting when Columbus posted a power play goal near the period’s midway point. Rick Nash redirected a shot that Nabokov stopped, but the puck laid loose under him and Fedorov shoved into the net. San Jose’s three-goal lead was down to two with 10 minutes to go.

With one minute remaining, Columbus pulled Norrena for the extra attacker. When the Blue Jackets attacked the Sharks with their sixth skater, Bernier broke up the play and sent the puck up and over the defense at the open goal. After skipping on the ice, the puck hit off the post, to the dismay of the sold out crowd.

The Sharks defense held on and San Jose defeated the Blue Jackets, 3-2, for their first home win at HP Pavilion since December 13.




The Sharks will continue their four-game home stand when they play hosts to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, January 10 at 7:30 PM (Pacific). The game will be broadcast on FSN in High Definition, KFOX 98.5 FM, Sharks Radio Affiliates, and

From the AP Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -Patrick Rissmiller earned a regular NHL job last year by doing the San Jose Sharks' most menial tasks and staying far from the spotlight.

The hardworking defensive forward earned plenty of attention Saturday night, and his surprising scoring touch produced yet another abnormality: A home victory for the Sharks.

Rissmiller scored two goals for the first time in his career, and San Jose snapped its five-game winless skid at the Shark Tank with a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Rissmiller, an undrafted 29-year-old who has made himself indispensable as a checking forward, played 138 mostly thankless games over four seasons with San Jose before his first multigoal game.

"My role is more defensive here, checking and killing penalties," Rissmiller said. "This was one of those nights where the puck was following me around, I guess."

Both tallies even came on good-looking skill plays - though that uncommon grace only brought him good-natured razzing from his teammates and club executive Mike Ricci.

Steve Bernier also scored and Evgeni Nabokov made 21 saves in his 41st start of the season for San Jose, which inexplicably hadn't won at home since Dec. 13. The Sharks have an NHL-low seven home wins midway through the regular season, yet they've remained among the NHL's elite teams with the best road record in hockey.

"There's a sense in this locker room that we were going to get the job done finally," said Joe Pavelski, whose steal and pass set up Rissmiller's second goal. "We wanted to give our fans something, because they've been pretty supportive of us throughout this whole thing."

Despite yielding two late goals in a typically shaky home performance, the Sharks took sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division with 52 points, third-most in the NHL behind Detroit and Ottawa.

Sergei Fedorov and Andrew Murray scored third-period goals for the Blue Jackets, who lost in two of their three California stops on a four-game road trip that concludes Tuesday in St. Louis. Columbus held a players-only team meeting for 15 minutes after the game - a rarity in San Jose, where most teams hustle to their chartered planes to beat the airport curfew.

Pascal Leclaire made 13 saves, but was yanked before the third period in favor of Fredrik Norrena. Coach Ken Hitchcock said Leclaire was "not right."

"I thought both teams came out and battled, and whoever got the lead would have the advantage," Hitchcock said. "We had a lot of guys play well, but we had a couple under the bar, and that's disappointing."

San Jose improved to 12-0-1 in franchise history at home against Columbus, though the Blue Jackets largely shut down the Sharks' top two lines and held Joe Thornton scoreless in consecutive games for just the fourth time all season.

"We need pressure from other lines," Wilson said during his latest criticism of captain Patrick Marleau's play. "They take all the heat that Joe (Thornton) has had on his shoulders, so on nights that a team can shut him down, we have as good a chance of winning."

After a scoreless first period, Rissmiller screened Leclaire and simultaneously deflected Matt Carle's shot backward for his first goal in 10 games. Rissmiller didn't even get to celebrate his third of the season, as the scorers credited it to Carle until the second intermission.

San Jose struck again 2 minutes later when Columbus defenseman Jan Hejda couldn't corral a dumped-in puck at his feet. Bernier stole it and immediately fired a wrist shot that beat Leclaire for his 11th goal, his third in four games.

"We didn't start the period well," Fedorov said. "They scored a couple of good goals. We would love to play a little bit better on the road."

Pavelski created Rissmiller's second goal, stealing the puck behind the Columbus net and outmaneuvering three Blue Jackets to feed Rissmiller in the slot.

"I was wide open, and it went through his legs," Rissmiller said. "I can't say I was shooting that way, but it went in."

Murray ended Nabokov's shutout bid with 11:34 to play when he circled the net and fired a low shot that somehow got between the goalie's pad and the post. Murray, who made his NHL debut Dec. 27, got his second goal in five games.

Fedorov scored on a power play 2 minutes later, and the Shark Tank groaned in anticipation of another San Jose home collapse that never occurred.

Notes: The Sharks have nearly kicked the flu bug that bedeviled much of the roster and coaching staff last week, though Milan Michalek needed intravenous fluids before the game. ... The Blue Jackets haven't been four games above .500 since Nov. 8. ... Sharks D Sandis Ozolinsh was a healthy scratch for the third straight game, with Doug Murray playing in his place. ... Columbus enforcer Ole-Kristian Tollefsen was a healthy scratch for the sixth straight game.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Patrick Rissmiller (3) ASST: Matthew Carle (7), Craig Rivet (14)
1 - 0 SJS
Steve Bernier (11) ASST: Milan Michalek (11), Kyle McLaren (6)
2 - 0 SJS
3rd Period
Patrick Rissmiller (4) ASST: Joe Pavelski (7)
3 - 0 SJS
Andrew Murray (2) ASST: Dan Fritsche (5), Ron Hainsey (19)
3 - 1 SJS
PPG - Sergei Fedorov (8) ASST: Rick Nash (15), Joakim Lindstrom (3)
3 - 2 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
Sergei Fedorov  Hooking against  Marc-Edouard Vlasic
2nd Period
Jonathan Cheechoo  Hi-sticking against  Duvie Westcott
Christian Ehrhoff  Holding against  Rick Nash
3rd Period
Jeremy Roenick  Cross checking against  Jared Boll
goalie stats
Fredrik Norrena
Fredrik Norrena
SA: 4TOI: 19:02
Saves: 3EV: 3 - 4
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Pascal Leclaire
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 15TOI: 40:00
Saves: 13EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 1
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 23TOI: 59:57
Saves: 21EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1
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