NHL Game Summary - Toronto at San Jose|
(Tuesday, March 11th)
Final Score: San Jose 6, Toronto 2
San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Pavelski potted a pair of goals and
added an assist in the San Jose Sharks' 6-2 victory over the Toronto Maple
Leafs on Tuesday at SAP Center.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Tommy Wingels, Brent Burns and Marty Havlat each scored
once, while Joe Thornton notched three assists for the Sharks, who have won
three straight games to move within two points of the idle Anaheim Ducks atop
the Pacific Division.
"We were all over them, all game," said Vlasic. "They played last night, tough
game, so we wanted to jump all over them and I thought we played 60 minutes."
Antti Niemi made 19 saves in the triumph.
Jake Gardiner registered both Toronto tallies, while James Reimer allowed
all six goals on 48 shots for the Leafs, who had a three-game win streak
"I thought we did a lot of things that gave them a lot of opportunities,
specifically turning the puck over," said Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle.
After Vlasic and Gardiner exchanged markers 25 seconds apart less than five
minutes into the game, the Sharks scored four straight goals to seize control
of the contest.
Burns started the rally at 11:04 of the first, as he lifted the stick of
Toronto's Phil Kessel in the slot before wheeling around and rifling the disc
through a scrum in front for a 2-1 lead. The goal was originally waved off,
but video review showed the puck clearly found the back of the net.
Wingels and Pavelski scored 1:19 apart early in the second to extend the
margin. Wingels tipped in a right point shot from Justin Braun at 6:54 before
Pavelski ripped a wrister past Reimer from the right circle at 8:13.
Pavelski made it 5-1 early in the third, burying a wrister from the low left
side off a slick cross-ice feed from Jason Demers at 4:26.
Gardiner scored shorthanded at 14:56 to bring the Leafs within three, but
Havlat put home a backhand amid a scrum in front under two minutes later to
account for the final margin.
Pavelski posted his 400th career point with his first goal ... Toronto dropped
to 13-13-7 on the road, while San Jose improved to 25-4-4 at home this season
... Toronto's Cody Franson missed the game due to an illness ... Mason Raymond
tallied two assists for the Leafs ... Wingels added an assist, while James
Sheppard recorded two helpers for the Sharks.
03/12 02:43:45 ET