|SJS||2||0||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|CBJ||2||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
STOCKHOLM (AP) - Logan Couture scored on a power play midway through the third period to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
"It was kind of a lucky one. I think it tipped off a defensman's stick," Thornton said. "For the guys to bear down and get the two points tonight was very important."
Columbus' Kristian Huselius, from Sweden, and R.J. Umberger tied it with goals in a 15-second span late in the first period, with Huselius scoring on a power play.
Antti Niemi, making his regular-season debut for San Jose after helping lead Chicago to the Stanley Cup title last season, made 30 saves. Steve Mason stopped 25 shots for Columbus.
The teams will meet again in Stockholm on Saturday night.
The Blue Jackets had three Swedes in their lineup, and the Sharks two.
"It's good to be home, I was a little nervous today," said Niclas Wallin, San Jose's Swedish defenseman. "I had a lot of people down here."
It's the third straight year that NHL teams have played in the Swedish capital, and there were a mixture of jerseys from teams across the league among the near-sellout crowd of 13,500 at the Globen Arena.
Much of the action happened in the frantic first period. And the intensity of the regular season traveled across the ocean, with a couple of fights that had the fans on the edges of their seats yelling and cheering.
The Sharks topped the Western Conference with 113 points last season, but their playoff run end in the conference finals when they were swept by Chicago.
It was Columbus coach Scott Arniel's first game in charge of the team.
"We did lots of good things," Arniel said. "Five on five I really liked the way we played. We gave up on goals-scoring chance in the third period and they scored their goal."
Former Vancouver captain and Swedish star Markus Naslund received a standing ovation and the loudest cheers of the evening when he dropped the puck during a ceremonial faceoff.
|Torrey Mitchell (1) ASST: Ryane Clowe (1), Joe Pavelski (1)|
1 - 0 SJS
|PPG - Joe Thornton (1) ASST: Joe Pavelski (2), Antti Niemi (1)|
2 - 0 SJS
|PPG - Kristian Huselius (1) ASST: Nikita Filatov (1), Anton Stralman (1)|
2 - 1 SJS
|R.J. Umberger (1) ASST: Ethan Moreau (1), Samuel Pahlsson (1)|
2 - 2 Tie
|PPG - Logan Couture (1) ASST: Ryane Clowe (2), Dan Boyle (1)|
3 - 2 SJS
|Dany Heatley Holding the stick against Antoine Vermette|
|Niclas Wallin Slashing against Nikita Filatov|
|Jared Boll Fighting (maj) against Frazer McLaren|
|Frazer McLaren Fighting (maj) against Jared Boll|
|Derek Dorsett Tripping against Douglas Murray|
|Kristian Huselius Tripping against Logan Couture|
|Torrey Mitchell Hi-sticking against Derek Dorsett|
|Scott Nichol Slashing against Derek MacKenzie|
|Derek MacKenzie Cross checking against Scott Nichol|
|Dany Heatley Cross checking against Fedor Tyutin|
|Ethan Moreau Charging against Marc-Edouard Vlasic|
|Jan Hejda Hooking against Devin Setoguchi|
|Mike Commodore Fighting (maj) against Ryane Clowe|
|Ryane Clowe Fighting (maj) against Mike Commodore|
|Ryane Clowe Slashing against Mike Commodore|
|Douglas Murray Cross checking against Samuel Pahlsson|
|Anton Stralman Hooking against Joe Pavelski|
|Samuel Pahlsson Tripping against Niclas Wallin|
|Niclas Wallin Diving against Samuel Pahlsson|
|Jamie McGinn Tripping against Anton Stralman|
|Mike Commodore Boarding against Jamie McGinn|
|SA: 32||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 30||EV: 14 - 15|
|PIM: 0||PP: 15 - 16|
|SV%: .938||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 28||TOI: 57:58|
|Saves: 25||EV: 8 - 9|
|PIM: 0||PP: 15 - 17|
|SV%: .893||SH: 2 - 2|