Final Score: San Jose 4, New Jersey 2
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist as
the San Jose Sharks took a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils at Prudential
Raffi Torres, Logan Couture and Matt Nieto also scored for the Sharks, who
have won four of their last five games. Alex Stalock turned away 21 shots
in the win.
Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who had won their
previous two. Cory Schneider allowed all four goals on 22 shots and had some
nice things to say about Stalock afterward.
"He made some really nice scrambling saves," said Schneider. "As a goalie
that's what you hope to do. That's usually the difference, one guys does and
the other guy doesn't and tonight I wasn't that guy."
San Jose drew first blood when Couture banged in a rebound of a Marleau shot
from the right side at 3:26 of the second period, but the Devils answered just
over a minute later when Steve Bernier sent the puck from the right wing to
the front of the net, where Henrique tipped it in.
The Devils then took a 2-1 lead at 14:22 of the second period after Jon
Merrill's big blast from the left point was tipped in by Elias down low for
his 13th of the year.
At 15:54 of the second, the Sharks tied the game off a nice play after Torres
brought the puck in down the right wing on a 2-on-1 and fed it to his left for
Joe Pavelski, who one-touched the puck back over to Torres for the easy slam.
San Jose took a 3-2 lead at 6:20 of the third after Stalock made a couple of
big stops at his own end.
Play went the other way and Pavelski brought the puck in down the middle and
slipped a backhand over to the right for Nieto, who shot it home for his
seventh of the season.
"I had a couple of chances in the first period and wasn't able to elevate the
puck," said Nieto. "We know ... that we need to get pucks high on this guy. So
I shot it high and luckily it went by."
Marleau sealed the win with a wrister between the pads of Schneider with 2:25
New Jersey hosts Detroit for the start of a home-and-home on Tuesday ... San
Jose hosts Carolina on Tuesday ... The Sharks have won three straight against
the Devils ... Neither team scored on the power play, as New Jersey had four
chances and San Jose one.
03/02 20:29:06 ET
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