San Jose 4, Toronto 2

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
San Jose 19-3-1-4 10-1-0-2 9-2-1-2 W6
Toronto 14-11-1-2 9-5-0-0 5-6-1-2 L5


Sharks 4, Maple Leafs 2: Defenseman Brad Stuart scored the go-ahead goal with four minutes remaining in the second period and Antti Niemi turned aside 28 shots as visiting San Jose skated to its sixth straight victory.

Captain Joe Thornton netted a 5-on-3 power-play goal and former Maple Leaf Mike Brown also tallied for the Sharks, who have won nine of their last 10 games. Logan Couture added an empty-net goal and defenseman Dan Boyle notched two assists in the triumph. 

Phil Kessel scored his 200th career goal and Mason Raymond tallied for the second straight contest for Toronto. James Reimer finished with 37 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have yielded 22 goals during their five-game winless streak (0-3-2).

After Toronto failed to clear the puck, San Jose took advantage of its exhausted opponent to seize a 3-2 lead. Stuart skated in from the point and wristed a sharp-angle shot from along the end line near the left-wing boards that caromed between the pads of Reimer.

The Sharks drew first blood exactly 10 minutes into the game as its fourth line applied consistent pressure before finally breaking through. Brown deflected defenseman Jason Demers' wrist shot from along the right-wing boards past Reimer for his second goal.

Thornton doubled the advantage just over 4 1/2 minutes later by accepting Joe Pavelski's cross-slot pass and lifting a shot from the right doorstep past Reimer for his fifth goal - and third in four games.

Raymond trimmed the deficit at 2:44 of the second period by converting a 2-on-1 rush and Toronto forged a 2-2 tie just over seven minutes later. Tyler Bozak wristed a brilliant cross-slot feed to Kessel, who buried his team-leading 15th goal - and fifth on the power play.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Toronto C Nazem Kadri left the team Tuesday morning due to a death in the family. ... San Jose improved to 8-1-2 against Eastern Conference opponents. ... The Sharks went 1-for-4 on the power play against Toronto, which is just 11-for-19 on the penalty kill during its skid. 

Top Game Performances

San Jose   Toronto
Dan Boyle 2 Points Phil Kessel 1
Mike Brown 1 Goals Phil Kessel 1
Dan Boyle 2 Assists Tyler Bozak 1
Joe Thornton 1 Power Play Goals Phil Kessel 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Antti Niemi .933 Save Percentage James Reimer .925
Antti Niemi 28 Saves James Reimer 37

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
San Jose 41 4 1-4 1-3 11 32
Toronto 30 2 2-3 3-4 13 35

Upcoming Games

  • Toronto will play its next game at home against Dallas. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .533 after a win and .462 after a loss.
  • San Jose will play its next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Sharks have a W/L % of .789 after a win and .500 after a loss.
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