Final SO

Series (Game 2 of 2)

San Jose leads 2-0

Game 1: Friday, February 7th
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Game 2: Thursday, March 13th
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Sharks 4

(43-17-7, 93 pts)

Blue Jackets 3

(34-26-6, 74 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 13, 2014

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

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Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski power Sharks to SO win over Jackets

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The talk in the San Jose Sharks' locker room was about the save at the end of regulation that got them one point. Backup goalie Alex Stalock followed that by not allowing a goal in 10 attempts and improving to 3-0 in shootouts in his career to help get the other point.

On the offensive side, Patrick Marleau scored twice and Joe Pavelski had the lone shootout goal in the Sharks' 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

"Huge save with 3 or 4 seconds left," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "I thought he was very solid."

Stalock finished with 35 saves -- including 15 in the second period -- and the one getting all the raves was a spectacular post-to-post stop on Jack Johnson late with Columbus on the power play.

"It was a puck you have to play and get over to," Stalock said. "My job was to recover and get over there."

After tying his career high of 66 points with an assist on Marleau's second goal, Pavelski deked Sergei Bobrovsky and roofed a backhander in the shootout to give San Jose its fourth straight win.

Marleau scored his 27th and 28th goals, and Matt Nieto also scored for the Sharks, who are 8-1-1 in their past 10 to move into a tie with Anaheim for the Pacific Division lead. Logan Couture had two assists.

"It feels good to be right up there," Marleau said. "It's not going to be easy the rest of the season."

Ryan JohansenR.J. Umberger and James Wisniewski scored for the Blue Jackets, who wanted more but will gladly take the point in the congested race for an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Brandon Dubinsky added two assists for Columbus, 17-7-2 since Jan. 1.

"We got a point tonight, would have loved to have gotten two," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "But you look at the way the team played. I thought we played a hard game against a very good hockey team, a fast hockey team."

After squandering a 2-1 lead early in the third period, the Blue Jackets tied it on Wisniewski's slap shot into the top left corner from the right circle with 4:58 remaining.

"That team plays hard," McLellan said. "They are as competitive as there is in the league. They're physical. They have good body position when they enter the zone, throw a lot of pucks at the net."

San Jose had scored twice just less than six minutes into the period to take the lead on a few uncharacteristic plays by Bobrovsky.

Only 15 seconds in, Bobrovksy gave up a long rebound, and the puck sat in the slot before Nieto easily fired it home.

Later on a San Jose power play, Columbus couldn't convert on a 2-on-1 leading to a 4-on-2 for San Jose. Pavelski fed Marleau, with Bobrovsky a bit too deep in his net. The man-advantage goal was the first for the Sharks in their past seven games.

"Hopefully, that's the one that does it," Marleau said about improving the team's power-play production. "It was on the rush but we'll take it."

Johansen opened the scoring at 5:28 of the first period with his 26th. He snapped home a loose puck from between the circles through traffic.

Marleau tied it five minutes later on a sequence jump-started by poor puck management by defenseman David Savard. Couture got the puck and centered it from the right boards to an open Marleau at the crease for the one-timer.

In the second period, the Blue Jackets quickly got into penalty trouble, giving the Sharks a two-man advantage for 36 seconds. But it was the Blue Jackets who capitalized. After the first penalty expired, Umberger stepped out of the box, took a long pass in stride from Dubinsky and beat Stalock between the pads for his 18th.

"I think we stuck with it," McLellan said. "The short-handed goal with the guy coming out of the box took a little bit of zip out of us. But between periods we talked about getting to the blue paint, getting an opportunity to score on a second chance."

Game notes


Columbus' Artem Anisimov, who has six goals in his past seven games, didn't play due to birth of his first child Thursday. ... San Jose is 19-6-3 against Eastern Conference teams. ... Blue Jackets RW Nathan Horton donated 1,000 tickets for first responders to attend the game. ... Columbus Russian D Fedor Tyutin took the morning skate and is getting close to returning from an ankle injury he suffered in the Olympics.

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