San Jose Finds a Way: Gritty Performance Vaults Sharks over Columbus

March 7th, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »

It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t certain. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t decisive. It wasn’t any of the things that a March matchup between an NHL conference leader and a team seemingly destined to be watching from the sidelines in mid-April ought to be. What it was was another encouraging sign of the evolution of the San Jose Sharks toward becoming a team worthy of claiming hockey’s ultimate goal.

Saturday night’s contest against the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets started in a fashion that had to be all-too familiar for anyone used to watching the San Jose Sharks over the past several seasons. D

espite out-shooting the Jackets 29 to 13 through two periods and carrying the play through extended sequences of the first two periods, it seemed like the Sharks just could not catch, nor create, a break.

A missed wrap-around attempt on a short-handed rush by Joe Thornton in the first period with Columbus goalie Steve Mason uncharacteristically out of position and an ugly Blue Jackets’ goal by Andrew Murray at 1:00 of the second period following a Sharks off ...

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