Marleau scores twice, Sharks beat Blue Jackets

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 13, 2014 at 10:15 pm •  Published: March 13, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The talk in the San Jose locker room was about the save at the end of regulation that got them one point. Backup goalie Alex Stalock followed that by improving to 3-0 in shootouts in his career and not allowing a goal in 10 attempts to help get the other point.

On the offensive side, Patrick Marleau scored twice and Joe Pavelski had the lone shootout goal in the Sharks' 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

"Huge save with 3 or 4 seconds left," San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "I thought he was very solid."

Stalock finished with 35 saves — including 15 in the second period — and the one getting all the raves was a spectacular post-to-post stop on Jack Johnson late and Columbus on the power play.

"It was a puck you have to play and get over to," Stalock said. "My job was to recover and get over there."

After tying his career high of 66 points with an assist on Marleau's second goal, Pavelski deked Sergei Bobrovsky and roofed a backhander in the shootout to give San Jose its fourth straight win.

Marleau scored his 27th and 28th goals and Matt Nieto also scored for the Sharks, who are 8-1-1 in their last 10 to move into a tie with Anaheim for the Pacific Division lead. Logan Couture had two assists.

"It feels good to be right up there," Marleau said. "It's not going to be easy the rest of the season."

Ryan Johansen, R. J. Umberger and James Wisniewski scored for the Blue Jackets, who wanted more but will gladly take the point in the congested race for an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Brandon Dubinsky added two assists for Columbus, 17-7-2 since Jan. 1.

"We got a point tonight, would have loved to have gotten two," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "But you look at the way the team played. I thought we played a hard game against a very good hockey team, a fast hockey team."

After squandering a 2-1 lead early in the third period, the Blue Jackets tied it on Wisniewski's slap shot into the top left corner from the right circle with 4:58 remaining.

"That team plays hard," McLellan said. "They are as competitive as there is in the league. They're physical. They have good body position when they enter the zone, throw a lot of pucks at the net."

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