Boyle’s SO goal lifts Sharks over Blue Jackets
With the flick of his wrists, San Jose defenseman
Boyle roofed a wrist shot for the lone goal in a shootout, and
“The whole night was a challenge,” San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. “It wasn’t an overly pretty game to watch. They did a great job of playing a straight forward, hard-game and we tried to match it.”
Nabokov made 26 saves in regulation and overtime, then stopped attempts by
“I never have any plan because the guys are so skilled,” said Nabokov, who improved to 10-3-1. “The guys have two or three moves. I never even scout to be honest with you. I just try to play, make sure my gaps are fine.”
Nash had a power-play goal and
Columbus, which twice rallied from one-goal deficits, has lost four of five and six of eight since starting the season 5-1, but Hitchcock sees some positives.
“The confidence is that we can play with all the good teams,” he said, referring to his team’s recent shootout loss to Pittsburgh, overtime win at Washington and the effort against the
In overtime, Mason gloved
Tied at 2 entering the third period, San Jose outshot Columbus 13-6 in the final frame. But the most dangerous shot was from the
“It’s disappointing we didn’t get two points,” Nash said.
San Jose opened the scoring on Thornton’s shot from a sharp angle near the goal line at 6:32 of the first period. Seconds before the play, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Thornton was pushed and fell on top of Mason, bending the goalie’s head downward. The play seemed to daze Mason and he was slow to reposition himself. The goal was Thornton’s fourth.
Chimera tied it 3 minutes later, redirecting
Heatley made it 2-1 at 4:17 of the second with his 10th of the season, scoring 8 seconds into Tyutin’s tripping penalty. Heatley, acquired in a trade with Ottawa at the beginning of the season, had three goals and an assist in the first meeting between the clubs this season, the
Boyle’s point shot hit Marleau in traffic screening Mason and trickled into the crease where Heatley jammed it home. Marleau stretched his points streak to nine games.
“They’re a team that collapses and waits for mistakes,” Heatley said. “We made a few mistakes here and there, but got a big power play and a great move by Boiler in the shootout and Nabby shut the door.”
Nash scored his 10th from a tight angle shot from the right goal line to make it 2-2 at 16:45.