Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada–Tonight, the San Jose Sharks after loosing four games in a row, took their game on the road to Winnipeg to take on the Jets for the first time this season.
At 1:09 of the opening period, Scott Hannan registered the games first penalty when he high sticked former San Jose Sharks forward Devin Setoguchi. For the most part of the man advantage, the Jets applied pressure against San Jose, thus playing the entire power play in the Sharks end. This kept the shot blockers very busy and goaltender Antti Niemi on alert. Their situational awareness paid off and kept Winnipeg from scoring the contests first tally.
As the period went on, both teams stepped the up the physical play, matching hit opportunity after opportunity that brought the sellout crowd at MTS Centre to a Monitoba roar.
With less than seven minutes remaining of the first period, Sharks net minder Niemi had to come up with a huge save by a scoring opportunity from Winnipeg Jets defenseman Adam Pardy to keep the score deadlocked at 0-0.
San Jose got their first power play opportunity of the night when Winnipeg’s Andrew Ladd tripped up Sharks veteran d-man Dan Boyle at the 13:50 mark. It did not take long for the Sharks to make the Jets pay for their mistake as Dan Boyle fired a blast shot from the high slot that beat Pavlec to give San Jose a 1-0 lead. Boyle recored his third goal of the season.
Not long after the Sharks struck first, Tomas Hertl went in on breakaway into the Jets end and literally showed off his stick handling abilities and deked out the Winnipeg goalie to extend San Jose’s lead to 2-0. This made it Hertl’s 10th goal of the year.
Andrew Desjardins nearly made it 3-0 San Jose when Ellerby of the Jets coughed up the puck in the neutral zone. After that, Desjardins took off towards Pavelec alone, as he went into their end, he was unable to convert as his snap shot went wide and high over the Jets net, thus bringing a sigh of relief to the Winnipeg fan faithful.
The Jets took a late penalty when star forward Evander Kane got tangled up with San Jose’s Antti Niemi, getting an interference minor for his efforts. Good news for Winnipeg, is that the first period ended.
The Sharks opened the middle frame on the power play, they have some good looks on Pavelec, but he answered the call for his club and kept the score at a 2-0 San Jose lead. Even though they did not score on their second man advantage of the game, the Sharks applied their attack on the Winnepeg
End to end action ensued when Sheppard of San Jose attempted to give San Jose a three goal lead, but his scoring opportunity was turned away by Pavelec, the same thing applied to Setoguchi as his scoring bid was stopped by Niemi.
A sloppy play by Matt Irwin in the Jets end, generated a two on one opportunity for Winnipeg as Matt Halischuk came down the right side and found Michael Frolik and beat Niemi to put his club on the board and it a 2-1 Sharks lead.
Not long after Winnipeg closed the cap on the Sharks, Tommy Wingels restored San Jose’s two goal as he roofed his shot past Pavelec for his fifth of the season.
However, that two goal lead did not last long for San Jose. The Jets were in the Sharks end and it was Grant Clitsome that fed a cross ice pass to Dustin Byfuglien who connected on the one timer that found its way past Niemi to cut the defect to a one goal lead for the second time of the night.
After keeping the Sharks on the heels and applying enormous pressure, the Jets finally tied up the game when Clitsome fired his wrist shot thru a screen to beat Niemi that knotted the contest up at 3-3.
San Jose caught a break in the dying seconds of the middle frame thanks to a mistake by Byfuglien. Byfuglien ended up flipping the puck over the glass, giving the Sharks a power play to start the games final period.
Visiting Sharks began the final period of the game on the man advantage thanks to a delay of game infraction from Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien that occurred in the previous period. San Jose came out in the third and faced a very aggressive penalty kill unit in that of the Winnipeg Jets. In short, preventing the Sharks from establishing their attack. With their hard work, they kept the score deadlocked at 3 goals apiece.
Another defensive breakdown ensued for the Jets, when Evander Kane tripped up Tyler Kennedy. San Jose capitalized on this man advantage opportunity when Couture feed the pass thru the legs to Boyle to retake the lead 4-3.
With less than two minutes left in the game, the Jets tied up the contest at 4-4 when Andrew Ladd’s slapshot went far side and beat Niemi. That score would hold and both hockey clubs would take this contest into overtime.
The overtime time frame was very interesting one because San Jose thought that they had won game when Patrick Marleau beat Pavelec to seal for the deal for the Sharks. However, that was not the case because the official waived it off. San Jose would eventually come away on the short end of the stick as the Jets defeated the Sharks in the shootout. Winnipeg’s Ladd fooled Niemi on a wrister and gave the Jets a 5-4 win.
San Jose continues their road trip with a stop in Calgary to take on the Flames on Tuesday night.
Ryan Bayer Bay Sport Report Sharks Reporter @81Bayer
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