Blue Jackets lose against the Sharks
The top team in the Western Conference needed a late rally to edge the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 in front of 17,562 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose Saturday night. Columbus and San Jose skated to a scoreless first period, with 18 penalty minutes mixed between the two teams. Andrew Murray got a penalty just 1:54 into the game for hooking, but the Blue Jackets were able to fend it off. The Sharks out shot the Blue Jackets 13-5, but Steve Mason came out strong.
The second period saw San Jose double up on the Blue Jackets in shots; at 16-8. Mason once again denied every one of them for 29 saves after two periods. The Blue Jackets scored the lone goal of the period, as Andrew Murray lit the lamp at the 1:00 mark of the period. The two teams skated to the locker room after two periods in a 1-0 game.
The third period saw Dany Heatley tie the game up on a power play goal at the 7:53 mark. Joe Thornton assisted on the goal. With just over 4:00 to go in the game, the Sharks took the lead, and kept it as Joe Pavelski scored his 18th goal of the season, with assists from Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe. Once again, San Jose out shot the Blue Jackets; 15-9 for a total of 44-22.
The win for the Sharks was their 42nd of the season, while Columbus fell for the 29th time. San Jose will continue to stay at home for this next affair; to host the Predators and Panthers next week. The Blue Jackets will continue their road trip with stops in Los Angeles and Anaheim, before hosting the Atlanta Thrashers on March 11th.