NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at San Jose
(Tuesday, October 28th)
Final Score: San Jose 2, Pittsburgh 1
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Joe Pavelski and Mike Grier scored, and San Jose had a spectacular defensive performance in a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Evgeni Nabokov needed to make just 10 saves for the Sharks, who have won their last five games over the Penguins and are 7-0 with a tie in their last eight as the host versus Pittsburgh. They've won eight of their first 10 games this season and are off to their best start in franchise history.
"It's a team effort. It's discipline, first of all," said Nabokov. "We came back from the road trip to play disciplined at home. Five guys working hard,, forwards helping on defense, helping all over the ice. I hope it's the case all year long."
Ruslan Fedotenko scored late in the third period for the Penguins, who have lost two in a row since a three-game winning streak. Danny Sabourin stopped 32 shots for the Penguins.
"We need production, I've been saying that for a long time from other players," said Penguins coach Michel Therrien. "The transition game was really hurting us. We're having a hard time moving the puck. It's tough to generate some offense when it's always a broken play. Right now it's not good."
Grier scored with 7:08 remaining in the third period on a backhander from the slot for his first goal of the year, but the Penguins put pressure on the net late despite having just three shots in the last period.
Fedotenko deposited a loose puck from in front past Nabokov with 5:33 left, but he missed on a shot less than two minutes later.
The Penguins were then hit with a costly penalty as Matt Cooke got his stick up high on Brad Lukowich with 1:49 remaining. Pittsburgh pulled Sabourin and pressured the Sharks for a bit, but couldn't get a decent shot on net.
Pavelski scored midway through the first period shorthanded. With Rob Blake in the penalty box for tripping, Milan Michalek was sent on a breakaway, but his backhand attempt was stopped by Sabourin. Pavelski cleaned up the loose disc in the crease for the goal.
"Milan hunted the puck down from one side to the other, I was just backing him up a little," said Pavelski. "I got a jump, Milan was able to pick it up, and it shows his great speed breaking away from the blue line. He made a good move, his shot almost went it, but it stuck around and I had the easy job on that one."
Sabourin made 19 saves in a scoreless second period, a stanza in which Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby sent a shot off the crossbar.
"Any time you are playing a talented team, they are going to keep you on your toes," said Nabokov. "I thought the second and third period, we had control of the game. But, when the score is 1-0, there's always a threat there."
The Sharks were 0-for-6 on the power play, while the Pens were 0-for-2...The Sharks host Detroit on Thursday, while Pittsburgh's next game is the same night at Phoenix.
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