Sharks Improve To 35-21-6, In First Place In The West, Beat The Penguins.

Posted: February 26, 2011 in San Jose Sharks

What’s up sports fans? It nice to be able to write something positive about our San Jose Sharks, which  has been a luxury lately.  Sharks improve to 35-21-6 by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. The Penguins coming off off two losses and trying to rebound against the Sharks. It was a nice plan, but San Jose wasn’t having it. Patrick Marleau coverted a rebound off of Logan Couture to seal a huge overtime 3-2 win.

The overtime was forced by Pittsburghs Tyler Kennedy, he scored with 50 seconds left in regulation to send a resilience call to the Sharks. Marleau answered in a big way. “It’s just a sign of our perseverance,” Marleau said. “You don’t want to see that happen, but when it does happen, you want to see guys forget about it right away and respond.” Out of 17 games the Sharks improved to 14-2-1. The Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was able to stop an attempt to score by Logan Couture, which allowed Marleau to rebound and score for the lead and the win. It was the sixth time this season that Marleau scored the game winner, and in overtime he did it twice.

This win puts  San Jose on a 5 game win streak, and allows them to go ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes by a point to take the first place possession in the Pacific Division. Fleury did have more saves then Antii Niemi 24-35. Part of the larger save deficit wasn’t because San Jose was  shooting the puck better, as a matter of fact the Penguins out shot the Sharks 38-26. Couture had a franchise rookie record 25th goal against the Penguins, and Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma had this to say about the game, “It doesn’t feel much of a consolation prize to add a point there,” Bylsma said. “We think we need to play better than that to get the result we want going forward.”

Now in the second half of the season Antii Niemi is liking what he’s seeing from the team, “I think it comes from just being confident that we are able to do it and we trust each other,” Niemi said. “We’ve been playing really well lately, and we’ve got to keep it up.” Antii is so right. One of the biggest responses from Shark fans is that Sharks play well in the regular season, but when they get to the playoffs they fall apart. Logan Couture tied the game with 3:01 left to play in the second period. Couture is tied with Micheal Grabner of the New York Islanders for the lead in goals by a rookie for this season. Shark fans as well as myself want to see if they can get a decent seed for the playoffs and play like they are playing now in the playoffs. Till next time see you on the ice. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!

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