NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Ottawa|
(Thursday, December 2nd)
Final Score: San Jose 4, Ottawa 0
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Logan Couture scored twice and Antti Niemi
recorded his eighth career shutout with 28 saves, as Dany Heatley and the San
Jose Sharks blanked the Ottawa Senators, 4-0, at Scotiabank Place.
Heatley returned to Ottawa for the first time since his demanded trade to San
Jose at the beginning of last season. This marked Heatley's first time playing
at this arena as an opposing player since February of 2004, when he was a
member of the Atlanta Thrashers. He'd spent four seasons with Ottawa.
"I expected a bit of that," said Heatley referring to an unfriendly welcome
from the Ottawa fans. "They are passionate fans and they love their team."
Patrick Marleau and Justin Braun also scored for the Sharks, who have won
three of their last five since a three-game winless skid in mid-November. San
Jose will continue its current five-game road trip on Saturday in Montreal.
Pascal Leclaire yielded four goals on 33 shots in the losing effort. Ottawa
has now lost four of its last five games overall.
At the 12:49 mark of the opening period, San Jose grabbed a 1-0 via Marleau's
power-play goal. With Sergei Gonchar in the penalty box for hooking, Dan Boyle
released a slap shot from the right point and the rebound kicked out into the
lower right circle for a successful rebound by Marleau. It was his 11th goal.
Another power-play tally by the visitors made it a two-goal lead at 8:22 of
the middle session. Heatley kept the puck inside the offensive zone along
the right half-wall and mustered a pass back to Braun, whose wrist shot from
the point made its way through traffic and past Leclaire.
"We struggled to keep our intensity up throughout the game," said Ottawa's
Couture lit the lamp 35 seconds into the final stanza, a tally assisted by
Benn Ferriero and Ryan Clowe, who then set up Couture again for the final goal
with 13:46 remaining.
"We've been so inconsistent this season, but this was a good step for us, and
now we need to build on it," said Couture.
Heatley ended with an assist...This was Niemi's first shutout with the
Sharks after posting seven in Chicago last season...He made 13 saves in the
first period...San Jose was 2-for-2 on the power play, while Ottawa had three
chances with the extra skater...The Sharks have won five straight against
Ottawa, which last defeated San Jose on October 18, 2003...The Sens will host
Buffalo on Saturday.
12/02 23:32:34 ET