San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Kennedy potted the game-winner in
the first period to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey
Scott Hannan added a goal and Joe Thornton notched his NHL-leading 22nd assist
for the Sharks, winners in five of their last six games. Antti Niemi turned
aside 18 shots in the win.
Patrik Elias scored the lone goal for the Devils, who had a three-game winning
streak snapped. Martin Brodeur stopped 28 shots.
Thornton corralled a loose puck in the corner and fired it out to Hannan at
the blue line, who fired a slapshot past Brodeur for a 1-0 lead 4:25 into the
Kennedy added a goal with just over five minutes remaining to make it 2-0.
Martin Havlat fired a behind-the-back pass out to Kennedy at the left circle,
and Kennedy blasted into the back of the net.
Elias got the Devils on the board with his power-play marker at the 8:10 mark
of the final session. Elias received an Andy Greene pass just inside the blue
line, skated to the right circle and sniped a wrister past Niemi to cut the
New Jersey deficit in half.
After pulling Brodeur in favor of an extra attacker in the closing moments,
the Devils had several chances to score, but Niemi stayed strong and sealed
the win for the Sharks.
Thornton has 24 points this season ... The Sharks were 0-for-3 on power play
opportunities ... Despite the setback, the Devils are 7-2-1 over their last 10
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