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NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at San Jose



(Thursday, March 6th)

Final Score: San Jose 5, Pittsburgh 3

San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brent Burns scored twice during San Jose's four-goal third period as the Sharks extended their home dominance over Pittsburgh with a 5-3 win.

Joe Pavelski assisted on three San Jose goals and Antti Niemi stopped 19 Pittsburgh shots.

Rookie Olli Maatta had two goals for the Penguins, who are winless in their last 11 trips to San Jose (0-9-1 with a tie) since a 5-2 victory on Oct. 22, 1997.

Pittsburgh backup Jeff Zatkoff was tested often by the Sharks and finished with 42 saves on 46 shots.

However, Zatkoff fanned with the glove on Joe Thornton's tiebreaking goal. Thornton let a rather innocuous looking wrister go from just inside the blue line at the left point that eluded the netminder with 5:39 remaining.

Burns added an empty-netter in the waning seconds.

"We got physical and that just totally turned the game," Thornton said.

The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead as Maatta and Chris Kunitz scored 1:12 apart in the first period.

San Jose got on the board late in the second period courtsey of Justin Braun's shot finding its way past a screened Zatkoff, but Pittsburgh had a chance to increase its lead on a four-minute power play early in the third period.

Instead, the Sharks pulled even as Patrick Marleau stickhandled around Evgeni Malkin and beat Zatkoff with a backhander for a short-handed goal at the 5:18 mark.

Maatta, however, scored 21 seconds later with the Penguins still on the man advantage.

Burns then tied things up at 6:52. Pavelski grabbed a loose puck in the right corner after board work by Thornton and dished out front to Burns, whose one- timer from the slot found the back of the net.

"We did a good job in the first half of the game and then made it easy for them in the second half of the game," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said.

Game Notes

The Sharks improved to 4-1-1 in a stretch that sees them play 12 consecutive games against Eastern Conference teams ... Pittsburgh dropped to 1-2-0 on its five-game road trip and has lost four of five overall.

03/07 02:52:46 ET

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Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
 
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
 
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
 
4th
CLE 76
BRK 73
 
4th
BOS 100
MIN 92
 
4th
DET 75
TOR 91
 
4th
MIA 81
WAS 78
 
3rd
MEM 47
CHI 57
 
3rd
SAN 51
POR 51
 
1st
DEN 23
LAC 12
 
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OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
 
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
 
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
 
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
 
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
2nd
FLGC 76
FUR 69
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
2nd
MTST 48
CHAT 38
 
2nd
NDAK 55
DICKINSON 27
 
2nd
LAMON 60
LSUALEX 47
 
2nd
PRIN 60
LIP 44
 
2nd
LAM 62
MLGN 37
 
2nd
MINN 59
SEAT 37
 
2nd
LOYC 54
SUTAH 37
 
2nd
SELA 63
WINT 55
 
2nd
SILL 39
NO 40
 
1st
MARQ 21
ALAAM 10
 
1st
TTU 11
ARKPB 7
 
1st
DEN 27
COLST 21
 
1st
CREI 21
TXPA 9
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
EWASH
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UTST
IDST
 
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UTEP
ARZ
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CHAM
HAW
 
3rd
NJD 2
TAM 1
 
2nd Intermission
OTT 4
ANA 1
 
3rd
DET 1
NYI 2
 
2nd
WIN 1
BOS 1
 
1st
CAL 0
DAL 0