Isles snap 10-game skid with 3-2 SO win vs Sharks

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 11, 2013 at 1:35 am •  Published: December 11, 2013
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After being stopped on their first 23 shots by Poulin, the Sharks finally broke through early in the second when they got their fourth power play thanks to an after-the-whistle roughing penalty against Matt Carkner.

San Jose made the Islanders pay right away for that lack of discipline when Marleau got a rebound in the circle and shot it under a diving Poulin to make it 1-0. The Sharks had converted three of their previous 42 chances on the power play.

The Islanders, playing the back end of back-to-back games, got few chances and little luck early. They finally got a power-play chance midway through the second period, but Vanek hit the post and the rebound skipped over Tavares' stick.

The Sharks added to the lead later in the period when Pavelski knocked a rebound of Dan Boyle's shot into an empty net for his 10th goal to make it 2-0.

The Sharks thoroughly dominated the opening period, outshooting the Islanders 18-3 and getting three power plays. They even had a two-man advantage after Eric Boulton and Travis Hamonic took consecutive delay-of-game penalties.

Despite all that, they couldn't get a single puck past Poulin. He robbed Marleau with a blind pad stop during a delayed penalty for his best save and made five stops on the three power plays to keep the game scoreless after one.

"Poulin tonight was incredible," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "Give him full marks for the saves he made, especially early in the game. But we can't let teams or goaltenders hang around like we are right now. We have open nets, we have second-chance opportunities that we're not bearing down on. That makes a huge difference in our game."

NOTES: The 18 shots were the second-most for the Sharks in a scoreless first period, one behind the team record of 19 set Dec. 30, 2006, at Phoenix. ... Former Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, sidelined with a groin injury, got a loud ovation when he was shown on the video board in his first trip back to San Jose as a visiting player.

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