NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Columbus
(Saturday, February 14th)
Final Score: San Jose 2, Columbus 1 (OT)
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Marco Sturm scored with 16.1 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
Brad Stuart scored the other San Jose goal as the Sharks won for the first time in three games since the All-Star break (1-2-0). Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 23 shots between the pipes to backstop San Jose's first overtime win in 17 chances this season (1-5-11).
Marc Denis made a club-record 48 saves while Geoff Sanderson was the sole provider of offense for the Blue Jackets, who have fallen twice in three chances since the break (1-1-0-1).
Sturm was able to jam the puck across the goal line, just as it trickled through Denis on a shot by Patrick Marleau to give Sturm his fifth game- winning goal this season. Sturm was being heavily checked by Luke Richardson, but he was able to get his stick free just as skated below the goal line.
"It was kind of funny because [Marleau's] shot wasn't really hard," Sturm said. "It was laying right there, between the post and his pad. I got lucky that the defenseman didn't see it either and I put it in."
San Jose had just killed off a holding penalty to Scott Hannan, and held the Columbus power-play to zero shots.
Just prior to the Hannan penalty, San Jose's Alyn McCauley had Denis beat but he floated the puck off the crossbar.
Sanderson got Columbus on the board first when he capitalized on a Sharks turnover just 3:14 into the first. He intercepted a San Jose clearing attempt along the boards and worked the puck in deep with Alexander Svitov before stuffing home a wraparound behind Nabokov.
San Jose evened the score with 4:28 left in the opening stanza when he corralled a rebound of sharp-angle shot by Alexander Korolyuk at the left circle. The puck bounced right out to Stuart in the slot as he streaked in from the point to get away from Trevor Letowski.
In the second period, the Sharks peppered Denis with 12 shots to no avail, and also hit the post three times, the final one coming from close range on a shot across the grain by Korolyuk.
Sophomore sensation Rick Nash had a golden opportunity to put the Blue Jackets ahead early in the third frame when a puck squirted out to him all alone in front of the net. He got Nabokov down on the ice, but rang his shot off the post.
Denis thwarted two scoring chances about a minute later, stopping Sturm on a rush, as well as the ensuing rebound chance by Wayne Primeau. Denis finished with 16 saves in the third, matching his total for the first period.
"We can't play like that," said Columbus interim head coach Gerard Gallant. "The whole game they dominated, from the 10-minute mark of the first period on. One guy [Denis] scored a point for us tonight."
The 48 saves were also a career-high for Denis...Stuart's goal was his first in 34 games...Svitov recorded his first point as a Blue Jacket since coming over in a January 27 trade for Darryl Sydor San Jose snapped a four-game road losing streak while Columbus fell to just 2-4-1-1 in its last eight contests.
02/15 00:35:31 ET