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Sharks 5, Devils 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Sharks 5, Devils 2
New Jersey Devils 2, San Jose Sharks 5

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The top line of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley didn't get the start for the San Jose Sharks, but they sure did finish.

Thornton had his fourth career hat trick and added two assists in San Jose's 5-2 victory over slumping New Jersey on Wednesday night. Marleau and Heatley each had a goal and three assists, giving the trio 13 points.

"It seemed like every time I stepped on the ice we were scoring," said Thornton, who has five goals and seven assists in eight games this season.

Coming off a 4-0 loss Sunday night in Calgary, the Sharks (4-3-1) won for the third time in four games and for the first time this season in four home games.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said he was sending a subtle message to his No. 1 line by not having it on the ice to start the game.

"I think they read the writing between the lines and responded," McLellan said. "They're a team of game-breakers who play desperate. That was something we were waiting for from that line. It was a really good display of leadership."

David Clarkson and Andy Greene scored for the Devils. New Jersey has lost three straight and five of its last six to drop to 2-7-1 under first-year coach John MacLean.

"We started out good, getting the puck deep, then four turnovers and they get their first goal off it," MacLean said. "It can be done. We can get the puck in deep then go to work on it. I mean, that's what San Jose did. That's what their big line did all night. They got the pucks down low then got the goals off it."

Thornton opened the scoring midway through the first period. Marleau bounced a pass off the boards near center ice to Heatley, who took the carom and found Thornton streaking down the center of the ice. Thornton turned and fired from inside the left circle, beating goalie Martin Brodeur.

The trio struck again 1:19 later. While Thornton and Heatley battled with two defenders along the boards behind the net, Marleau slipped in between the four players and grabbed the loose puck and turned for a wraparound goal that beat Brodeur on the right side.

Thornton made it 3-0 with 1:01 left in the period, tapping the puck past Brodeur from close range.

"Joe's making a conscious effort to go to the net," Marleau said. "Our line did get off a lot of shots. We were having a lot of fun out there, and this is something we can definitely build off."

After Clarkson scored for New Jersey early in the second, Thornton completed the hat trick on a power play with 3:05 left in the period. Heatley sent the puck into the boards to the far left of the net, Brodeur came out to get it, but the puck caromed past him, and Thornton scored into the empty net.

Thornton set up Heatley in front of the net for San Jose's final goal at 6:47 of the third.

Greene scored on a power play with 5:38 remaining for New Jersey, which has been outscored 14-4 during its three-game losing streak.

NOTES: Among NHL players 31 or younger at the start of the season, Thornton has the most points with 943. He also has an NHL-high 696 points since the 2002-2003 season. ... Sharks forward Joe Pavelski's wife, Sarah, gave birth to their first child, Nathan, on Tuesday night. ... Sharks wing Ryane Clowe and New Jersey defenseman Matthew Corrente had a lengthy fight late in second period.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:57
SJS
Joe Thornton (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Dany Heatley (5), Patrick Marleau (5)
1 - 0 SJS
11:16
SJS
Patrick Marleau (3) Wrap-around - ASST: Joe Thornton (6), Dany Heatley (6)
2 - 0 SJS
18:59
SJS
Joe Thornton (4) Deflected shot - ASST: Patrick Marleau (6), Jason Demers (2)
3 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
03:06
NJD
David Clarkson (1) Slapshot - ASST: Matthew Corrente (3), Henrik Tallinder (1)
3 - 1 SJS
16:55
SJS
PPG - Joe Thornton (5) Slapshot - ASST: Dany Heatley (7)
4 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
06:47
SJS
Dany Heatley (3) Slapshot - ASST: Joe Thornton (7), Patrick Marleau (7)
5 - 1 SJS
14:22
NJD
PPG - Andy Greene (1) Slapshot - ASST: Dainius Zubrus (6), Zach Parise (2)
5 - 2 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
05:40
SJS
Scott Nichol  Slashing against  Matthew Corrente
10:04
NJD
Adam Mair  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
10:04
SJS
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Mair
13:03
SJS
Niclas Wallin  Interference against  Ilya Kovalchuk
15:39
NJD
Henrik Tallinder  Hooking against  Joe Thornton
2nd Period
07:10
SJS
Jamal Mayers  Hooking against  Jamie Langenbrunner
08:29
NJD
Jacob Josefson  Too many men/ice - bench
15:56
NJD
Matthew Corrente  Interference against  Jamie McGinn
19:29
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Fighting (maj) against  Matthew Corrente
19:29
NJD
Matthew Corrente  Fighting (maj) against  Ryane Clowe
3rd Period
09:05
SJS
Ryane Clowe  Hooking against  Tim Sestito
13:54
SJS
Dany Heatley  Holding against  David Clarkson
15:22
SJS
Douglas Murray  Hi-sticking against  Jamie Langenbrunner
15:22
NJD
Matthew Corrente  Misconduct (10 min)
15:22
NJD
Matthew Corrente  Game misconduct
15:22
NJD
Matthew Corrente  Unsportsmanlike conduct
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
2-6-1
SA: 39TOI: 59:59
Saves: 34EV: 25 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .872SH: 1 - 1
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .931SH: 0 - 0