First shutout of the season
Antti Niemei had an easy night.
The Canadiens managed only 22 shots, few of which troubled the Sharks' goaltender.
Carey Price made 33 saves but was beaten twice by Logan Couture.
Actually, beaten once.
The Sharks' young centre tipped one past Price on a power play, then notched his second on a weird bounce off a stanchion, with Price behind the Canadiens net and out of the play.
The better team won, peeps.
Logan Coputure got his second of the game on a weird play.
Patrick Marleau shot a puck in along the dasher. Carey Price went behind his net to play it, but the puck hit a stanchion and bounced into the slot, where Couture had a gimme.
Sharks get on the board
On San Jose's thiurd power play of the game, Logan Couture tipped a Joe Thornton pass by Carey Price.
The Canadiens came to life late in the period. They got excellent shifts from the Tomas Plekanec and David Desharnais lines. The flurry finally drew a San Jose penalty late in the period.
Shots were 11-7 for the visitors, 22-15 on the game.
Andrei Markov has FOUR giveaways.
Scoreless 20 mins
San Jose had an 11-8 shot advantage – SOP for them.
The Canadiens killed two penalties.
Good hockey. Up and down the ice.
Cue that ominous theme music from Jaws.
San Jose brings the NHL's best record to the Bell Centre Saturday night. The Sharks are the most dangerous visitors we've seen since the Leafs opened the season in Montreal.
San Jose is 3-1-1 on the road, 8-1-1 in their last 10. After 10 games,the Sharks's goal differential is an eye-popping plus-23.
The visitors are coming off a game in Boston where they outshot the Bruins 37-19 only to lose on David Krejci's last-second goal. It was San Jose's first setback in regulation time of the young season.
The visitors are a bit banged-up. The Sharks will be without Dan Boyle, Brent Burns, Martin Havlat, Adam Burish, Raffi Torres and possibly Tommy Wingels.
The goaltending duel features two Stéphane Waite pupils: Carey Price and Antti Niemi, whom Waite coached in Chicago.
Puck drops 7:10ish.
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