Post Game: Sharks 3, Blue Jackets 2

Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 1:30 AM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

 

SHARKS 3 | BLUE JACKETS 2
SAP CENTER
SAN JOSE, CA




Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards offered a succinct and appopriate summation of tonight's game: "There was desperation in our game...but they were better than us. They were harder, and they played faster than us."


And it's not that the Blue Jackets played a poor game in their final pre-Olympic showing, but the Sharks - much like the Los Angeles Kings a night earlier - were a desperate team that needed two points in a big way in what was also their final game before the break. The Sharks, as they so often do at SAP Center, started fast and scored two first-period goals to get the Blue Jackets off their game.

For the first time in a while, Columbus found itself chasing the game. The Blue Jackets were down a pair on two relatively innocuous plays, a re-direct from a tough angle and another deflection on a slap shot through heavy traffic, but they were not being outplayed. In fact, their game got stronger even the Sharks' second goal and Columbus had a goal called back later in the first period.

On the first shift of the second period, the Blue Jackets got on the board with a big goal to cut the Sharks' lead in half. Ryan Johansen intercepted an outlet pass just inside the Sharks blue line and ripped a quick shot past Antti Niemi. They pushed hard for the second goal, but in a 2-1 game, the old agage is that the next goal is the most important...and unfortunately for the Jackets, the Sharks got it.

Tommy Wingels banged in a loose puck in the crease early in the third period, a huge goal for San Jose and it turned out to be the game-winner. The Blue Jackets head into the break with a 1-1-1 record on their California road trip, in three games against three of the top teams in the NHL.




The Wingels goal was the goal the Jackets wish they had for themselves. It was the biggest goal of the game and in a one-shot game, gave the Sharks a bit of cushion as they tried to close the deal in the third period. The Jackets would get one closer, but the third goal was the game-changer.



1. TOMMY WINGELS (SJS)
In what became a chippy game, Wingels was a source of energy for the Sharks and he tallied the game-winner in the third period.

2. SERGEI BOBROVSKY (CBJ)
Tremendous performance from Bobrovsky tonight on the second night of a tough back-to-back; he made 44 saves (a season-high) in a losing effort but he's a big reason why the Jackets were even within shouting distance tonight.

3.  JOHN MCCARTHY (SJS)
His icebreaker was a welcome gift for the Sharks, who got a rare goal from their fourth line to open the scoring.




THE OLYMPIC BREAK.
See you on Feb. 27 in New Jersey!


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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