“Hits and Misses” for Capitals at Sharks 2/17/11

Result:  Capitals 2, SHARKS 3

San Jose Sharks Joe Pavelski celebrates after scoring a short-handed goal late in the first period. Photo courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

HITS

Sharks Team – The Sharks did all the little things right tonight and it paid off as the Sharks earned a hard fought, gritty win as a result of their discipline and fundamental play.  The two points vaulted the Sharks into first place of the Pacific Division, one point ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes, and third place overall in the Western Conference standings.  In addition, the Capitals have not won in San Jose since October 30, 1993 and have been outscored 41-21 during that stretch.

Dany Heatley – With the Sharks on their second Power Play of the game, and in an 0-for-12 slump with the man advantage, Heatley scored the game-winning goal at 10:49 of the third period via a deflection.  Dan Boyle took the initial shot from the blue-line and it was anyone’s guess whose stick the puck touched on its way to the net.  The official box score stated that the puck touched the sticks of Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton, as they were both credited with assists on the goal, before touching Heatley’s stick, who was parked in front of Capitals goalie Michael Neuvirth.

Joe Pavelski – The Big Pavelski was back in full force tonight as he scored a short-handed goal at 18:49 of the first period to give the Sharks a late 1-0 lead.  Pavelski also had an assist to give him a two-point night.

Ryane Clowe – Clowe’s goal at 4:27 of the third period came off a rebound from a Kyle Wellwood shot and gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead.  The goal was Clowe’s 15th of the season.

Antti Niemi – Niemi was once again spectacular, stopping 23 out of a possible 25 shots.  Niemi has gotten used to the Sharks style of play and after a decade of having Evgeni Nabokov in net, the Sharks have gotten use to Niemi’s style of goal-tending.

Defense -When Marc-Edouard Vlasic went to the Sharks locker room after the second shift of the game, the Sharks were forced to play the remainder of the game rotating five defensemen.  While that may not sound like a big deal, it is when you consider that the five of them {Douglas Murray, Kent Huskins, Niclas Wallin, Boyle and Jason Demers} had to play both sides of the ice when they’re used to just playing one specific side.  These five and the coaches that were in charge of their rotations deserve a huge pat on the back.

Special Teams – The Sharks were a plus-one in this department and won the game by a goal.

MISSES

Penalty Killers – This was the only flaw for the Sharks Special Teams tonight as the Penalty Killers surrendered a Power Play goal to Alexander Ovechkin just 22-seconds after Pavelski had given the Sharks a 1-0 lead with his short-handed goal.

Late Goals – Just like the Florida game the other night, the Sharks allowed a couple of late goals tonight.  Ovechkin scored his goal with 49-seconds remaining in the first period and Nicklas Backstrom scored his goal with 1:55 left in the game.  Luckily for the Sharks, Ovechkin’s goal had no carry over momentum for the Capitals in the second period and the Sharks were able to keep the Capitals at bay after Backstrom’s goal by keeping the puck in deep in the Capitals zone and not allowing Neuvirth to leave the crease for an extra Capitals skater in the final minute of the game.

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

Posted on February 17, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Sharks are winning but the lack of offensive punch, given the scoring talent we have, is troubling. Hopefully the Sharks are saving it up for the playoffs, and we have 5-2 and 7-1 wins to look forward to.

  2. I’m now officially a Sharks fan,I’m gonna sleep with my phone in my hand,waiting for the next update

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