NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at San Jose
(Tuesday, December 1st)
Final Score: San Jose 5, Ottawa 2
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau scored twice in his 900th NHL game and former Senator Dany Heatley registered two assists, as San Jose defeated Ottawa, 5-2, at the Shark Tank.
Jamie McGinn and Ryan Clowe also scored for San Jose, which has won three straight and five of its last six games overall. Joe Thornton added two assists and Thomas Greiss made 25 saves in the victory.
Heatley was traded in September from Ottawa to San Jose after he publicly requested to be traded out of Ontario.
"I knew it was coming," said Heatley about facing his former team. "It really wasn't strange at all. I was just worried about playing the game."
Milan Michalek, who was one of the players sent to Ottawa in the deal, scored both goals in the loss for the Senators, who failed to record at least one point for only the second time in their last nine games overall (5-2-2).
Brian Elliott allowed four goals on 32 shots in the loss.
"When you get behind the 8-ball against a team like that it's an uphill battle," said Senators coach Cory Clouston. "There were a couple of unforced turnovers that led to some chances. We'd like to have a couple of them back."
In the first period, the Sharks scored twice within a 55-second span for an early 2-0 lead. First, at the 7:06 mark, Marleau's 18th goal of the season opened the scoring. Thornton gained control along the left side and, from inside the circle, sent a centering pass for Marleau, whose one-timer snap shot from the slot lit the lamp.
Less than a minute later, McGinn's fifth tally of 2009-10 gave the hosts a two-goal edge. Scott Nichol, from his own blue line along the left side, sent a perfect lead pass and McGinn hustled in on a partial breakaway before his blazing wrister beat Elliott.
With 7:57 to play before the first intermission, the Senators cut their deficit in half. Michalek held control in the neutral zone, streaked down the left-wing side and cut toward the slot before a move from in close allowed him to slip the disc into the back of the cage for his 14th goal.
In the middle stages of the second frame, San Jose grabbed a 3-1 edge courtesy of Marleau's second marker of the game. Thornton's strong effort at the left point barely kept the play alive in the offensive zone and the disc made its way behind the net. Heatley pushed it toward the crease area, and after several jabs at it, Marleau finally punched it into the net from the right post at the 11:06 mark.
Clowe's sixth goal of the season at 13:25 gave San Jose a three-goal lead, but an Ottawa power play -- due to a tripping minor called on Dan Boyle -- allowed the visitors to climb within 4-2. Skating 5-on-4, the puck was held by Erik Karlsson above the right circle. Karlsson then passed the disc behind the net to Daniel Alfredsson, who quickly sent it to the goal mouth where Michalek tallied from in close near the left post.
Greiss was strong in the third period with 10 saves before Manny Malhotra's empty-net goal inside the final minute of regulation sealed the victory.
The Sharks opened a five-game homestand and improved to 8-1-2 at home this season...San Jose has won four straight versus the Senators...The Sharks were 0-for-3 on the power play, while Ottawa ended 1-for-4 with the extra skater.
12/02 02:52:27 ET