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game recap

Sharks 3, Blue Jackets 2

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:38 PM

Associated Press

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Sharks 3, Blue Jackets 2
San Jose Sharks 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 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.

San Jose's Torrey Mitchell opened the scoring 2:11 into the first period, and new Sharks captain Joe Thornton made it 2-0 on a power play midway through the opening period.

"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.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:11
SJS
Torrey Mitchell (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryane Clowe (1), Joe Pavelski (1)
1 - 0 SJS
10:57
SJS
PPG - Joe Thornton (1) Slapshot - ASST: Joe Pavelski (2), Antti Niemi (1)
2 - 0 SJS
16:55
CBJ
PPG - Kristian Huselius (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Nikita Filatov (1), Anton Stralman (1)
2 - 1 SJS
17:10
CBJ
R.J. Umberger (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Ethan Moreau (1), Samuel Pahlsson (1)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
10:15
SJS
PPG - Logan Couture (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryane Clowe (2), Dan Boyle (1)
3 - 2 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
04:10
SJS
Dany Heatley  Holding the stick against  Antoine Vermette
06:03
SJS
Niclas Wallin  Slashing against  Nikita Filatov
09:26
CBJ
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Frazer McLaren
09:26
SJS
Frazer McLaren  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
10:25
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Tripping against  Douglas Murray
12:46
CBJ
Kristian Huselius  Tripping against  Logan Couture
16:31
SJS
Torrey Mitchell  Hi-sticking against  Derek Dorsett
2nd Period
02:10
SJS
Scott Nichol  Slashing against  Derek MacKenzie
02:10
CBJ
Derek MacKenzie  Cross checking against  Scott Nichol
03:48
SJS
Dany Heatley  Cross checking against  Fedor Tyutin
06:36
CBJ
Ethan Moreau  Charging against  Marc-Edouard Vlasic
08:38
CBJ
Jan Hejda  Hooking against  Devin Setoguchi
10:38
CBJ
Mike Commodore  Fighting (maj) against  Ryane Clowe
10:38
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Commodore
10:38
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Slashing against  Mike Commodore
13:07
SJS
Douglas Murray  Cross checking against  Samuel Pahlsson
17:36
CBJ
Anton Stralman  Hooking against  Joe Pavelski
3rd Period
02:56
CBJ
Samuel Pahlsson  Tripping against  Niclas Wallin
02:56
SJS
Niclas Wallin  Diving against  Samuel Pahlsson
06:13
SJS
Jamie McGinn  Tripping against  Anton Stralman
08:26
CBJ
Mike Commodore  Boarding against  Jamie McGinn
goalie stats
Antti Niemi
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 16
SV%: .938SH: 1 - 1
Steve Mason
Steve Mason
SA: 28TOI: 57:58
Saves: 25EV: 8 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 15 - 17
SV%: .893SH: 2 - 2