A powerplay goal by Logan Couture at 10:15 of the 3rd period lifted the San Jose Sharks past the Columbus Blue Jackets in Stockholm, Sweden on Friday. Both teams made their season debuts as part of the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere and are back in action tomorrow at 3pm ET.
Torrey Mitchell started the scoring just 2:11 into the game on a wrap-around play where Jackets’ goalie, Steve Mason, was caught out of position leaving the shortside post exposed. Midway through the 1st period, on a Sharks powerplay, Joe Thornton put his team up 2-0 off a slap shot from the slot which appeared to be deflected by a Columbus penalty killer. As penalties became the theme of the hockey game, the Sharks found themselves shorthanded because of a Torrey Mitchell high-stick late in the 1st. Kristian Huselius scored for the Blue Jackets off a tremendous feed by Nikita Filatov to cut Sharks’ lead in half. Fifteen seconds later, Columbus was back on the attack forcing a Marc-Edouard Valsic turnover, driving the puck on net, and RJ Umberger cashed in to tie the game at 2 goals a piece.
The tempo slowed down in the 2nd period as neither team seemed to be taking too many chances. As the even strengthed tempo slowed, the penalties continued along with a fight between Ryan Clowe and Mike Commodore – a match in size but a mismatch in fighting abilities as Clowe handled Commodore.
Antti Niemi, who picked up an assist on the Thornton goal and 30 saves, made some key stops down the stretch including a last-ditch play by Rick Nash in order to preserve the win. Steve Mason finished with 25 saves as his team will look to avoid an 0-2 start to the 2010-2011 season.
Ryan Clowe and Joe Pavelski both picked up a pair of assists and Frazer McLaren had a tilt with Jared Boll in the 1st period.
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Written by Alex Wasserstrom
Native Californian, former minor league pro, and current men's league superstar, Alex Wasserstrom is ProSportsBlogging.com's San Jose Sharks correspondent. Wanna talk puck? Shoot him an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or follow him on Twitter (@Awassers).