Sharks hold off Devils for 2-1 victory

By: Phillip Torres

SAN JOSE- The San Jose Sharks (15-3-5) hosted the New Jersey Devils (9-9-5) on Saturday night at the SAP Center. The Sharks defeated the Devils 2-1, preventing New Jersey from getting into any type of offensive rhythm. Antii Niemi recorded 18 saves on the night.

San Jose put their two goals on the scoreboard early in the first period. The first goal was scored by Scott Hannan at 4:25. The Hannan goal was assisted by Joe Thornton Brent Burns. Tyler Kennedy scored what proved to be the game winning goal with a slapshot at 14:47. Marty Havlat and Jason Demers earned the assists on the score. 

The Sharks early offense was enough to hold of a late rally by New Jersey late in the third period. As the second period went scoreless in a defensive battle, the score remained at 2-0 Sharks going into the the final period.

Patrik Elias cut the score in half with a goal at the 8:10 mark in the period. Andy Greene and Eric Gelinas earned the assists on the play. Elias executed a nice wrist shot. The score came on a power play that was set up because of a holding penalty called on Demers.

San Jose will be back on the ice on Wednesday when they host the Los Angeles Kings at the SAP Center. The puck will drop at 7:30.

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