Sharks Rebound, Beat Nashville In OT, Stay In First Place With 3-2 Win.

Posted: March 11, 2011 in San Jose Sharks

What’s up sports fans? It appears that San Jose knows how to recover from a loss. They played a pretty even game against the North Stars and couldn’t get the win the other night. It looked like on paper that they should’ve won that game. So when you get a loss like that what do you do? You do like Patrick Marleau did, put you skates on a play some hockey. The interesting thing about Marleau is you’d think that after what I just blogged, you’d think that he had the most goals, or that he had the most assist for the night.The fact of the matter is the Patrick Marleau had one goal the entire game, but it was the most significant goal of the game.

“They had an odd-man rush against us and the puck was in our slot,” said Marleau, who has seven points in his past six games. “I went to pick it up, and it was like a semi 2-on-1. I just was able to get in … get a quick shot and got it into the net.” What Marleau is describing is the game winner. A 2-on-1 breakaway with 1:36 left on the clock in the OT. He couldn’t make a goal all night, but when it really mattered, Marleau delivered.”That’s what Patty does,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “He’s leading us in goals now, and he’s scored some big ones down the stretch. That was an extra gear. I don’t know, if there wasn’t any endboards, he still may be going. He was going that fast.”

Now if your the Nashville Predators your hating life, and you know why? Because this is the second time the Sharks have beaten you in overtime and it’s the second Patrick Marleau took you down in OT for the win. Ryan Clowe again showed up, and he’s following in the Pavelski, Thorton, Couture, Marleau, Heatley, Boyle, regime. Justin Braun seen what these guys are doing and decided he wasn’t going to let them have all the fun. Braun slapped a nice score to keep the match up interesting. Nashville has now lost 6 of its last 11 games, and it was Sharks head coach Todd McLellan’s 143rd career win.

“Very reminiscent of the game in Nashville,” McLellan said. “I didn’t think we started very well. We weren’t sharp and we had to play our way into it.”The Sharks led most of the game beginning with Ryan Clowe’s goal on a power-play believe it or not without a stick. That gave San Jose the 1-0 lead, off of pass from Jason Demers pass to Dany Heatly which reflect off of Clowe’s skate. After further review it was upheld by the officials as a goal. Shea Weber and Joel Ward both got pucks in the net for the Predators and the game was tied. Until Marleau went to work.

“We had a couple of good scoring chances and we needed just one good shot to change the game,” Rinne said. “Marleau is just so fast. A really fast player. He placed the puck perfectly under the bar. It’s all about execution. He made a good shot.”  You have to like San Jose’s tenacity in this one, even thought Nashville kept coming back, Marleau was the closer. San Jose stay’s competitive, tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!

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