San Jose 5, Pittsburgh 3

Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Pittsburgh 41-17-2-2 23-4-0-2 18-13-2-0 L1
San Jose 40-17-2-5 23-4-1-3 17-13-1-2 W1


Sharks 5, Penguins 3: Captain Joe Thornton snapped a tie with 5:39 remaining in the third period as host San Jose scored four times in the session to rally past Pittsburgh.

Brent Burns recorded two goals, defenseman Justin Braun and Patrick Marleau also scored and Joe Pavelski collected three assists for the Sharks, who are 1-0-1 on their four-game homestand. Thornton added an assist and Antti Niemi turned aside 19 shots as San Jose improved to 3-0-1 in its last four at home.

Rookie defenseman Olli Maatta registered his first career two-goal performance and Chris Kunitz also tallied for the Penguins, who fell to 1-2-0 on their five-game road trip and remained winless in San Jose since October 1997. Jeff Zatkoff finished with 42 saves and captain Sidney Crosby was minus-5 for the first time in his career.

Pittsburgh built a 2-0 lead as Maatta and Kunitz scored 72 seconds apart late in the first period, with the latter cashing in on a power-play opportunity. Braun got San Jose on the board with a shot from along the right-wing boards with 2:17 remaining in the second, and Marleau beat Zatkoff with a backhander while short-handed at 5:18 of the third to forge a tie.

The Penguins quickly regained the lead as Maatta converted a cross-slot pass from Brandon Sutter during a man advantage 21 seconds later, but Burns beat Zatkoff from the right hash marks 1:13 afterward to knot it at 3-3. Thornton gave the Sharks their only lead with 5:39 remaining, crossing the blue line on the left side before unleashing a rising knuckler that fooled Zatkoff for the winning goal.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Burns sealed the win and completed his second multi-goal performance of the season with an empty-netter in the final seconds. The converted defenseman has netted three tallies in his last two contests following 19-game drought. ... Thornton pulled even with Sergei Fedorov for 47th place on the all-time list with 1,179 career points. He trails Rod Brind'Amour (1,184) by five for 46th in league history. ... Penguins LW James Neal was kept off the scoresheet for a second straight contest following a seven-game point streak. ... Former Sharks C Marcel Goc recorded an assist and was plus-1 in 11:03 of ice time in his Penguins debut after being acquired from Florida prior to Wednesday's trade deadline. RW Lee Stempniak, who was obtained from Calgary at the deadline, was minus-1 in 15:08 of action.

Top Game Performances

Pittsburgh   San Jose
Olli Maatta 2 Points Joe Pavelski 3
Olli Maatta 2 Goals Brent Burns 2
Tanner Glass 1 Assists Joe Pavelski 3
Olli Maatta 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Patrick Marleau 1
Jeff Zatkoff .913 Save Percentage Antti Niemi .864
Jeff Zatkoff 42 Saves Antti Niemi 19

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Pittsburgh 22 3 2-4 4-4 10 30
San Jose 47 5 0-4 2-4 10 29

Upcoming Games

  • San Jose will play its next game at home against Montreal. The Sharks have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .625 after a loss.
  • Pittsburgh will play its next game on the road against Anaheim. The Penguins have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .650 after a loss.
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