San Jose Sharks Continue to Set NHL Pace
Clinical finishing was the difference as the San Jose Sharks re-opened their four-point lead at the top of the National Hockey League with a comfortable 5-2 home win over the Ottawa Senators at HP Pavilion.
Appearing in his 900th NHL game – all with the same team – it was the Sharks’ Patrick Marleau who stole the show with two goals as his practically unstoppable line with Dany Heatley and Joe Thornton ran riot.
Further strikes from Jamie McGinn, Ryan Clowe and Manny Malhotra iced off a convincing win for San Jose as former Sharks player Milan Michalek netted twice for the Senators against his old side, earning generous applause from the home fans.
Sharks goaltender Thomas Greiss turned in a 25-save performance to keep his side ahead, including a total shut-out in the third period – where he stopped all ten Ottawa shots – prompting San Jose manager Todd McLellan to single him out for special praise.
“That’s tough for a young goaltender to go in after having a two-week hiatus,” said McLellan, adding: “I thought he played extremely well today and made a number of good saves.”
The victory saw San Jose extend their winning streak to three games and double their lead at the top of overall league, while also going eight points clear in the Pacific Division and five points ahead in the Western Conference as a whole.