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Sharks surge past Penguins in third period for 5-3 win

Mar 7, 2014, 1:23 AM EDT

The San Jose Sharks fired 31 shots on goal against Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff through two periods, yet they found themselves down 2-1 heading into the final frame. They eventually out-gunned Pittsburgh in a wild final 20 minutes to take a 5-3 win on Thursday.

The most hectic stretch came when Patrick Marleau tied it up with a 2-2 shorthanded goal 5:18 into the third, only to see Olli Maatta score his second goal of the game to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 to lead about 21 seconds later. Brent Burns tied it up once more a minute and 13 seconds later to wrap up a string of three goals in less than two minutes:

Eventually Joe Thornton ended up notching the game-winner:

Burns iced the game with an empty-netter for his second tally of the night, giving the Sharks their first win after trailing by more than two goals after one period since (wait for it) they beat the Penguins 4-3 via a shootout on Nov. 3, 2011.

Many East Coast fans stayed up for the late start on NBCSN, and quite a few seem willing to do so if the two teams manage to meet in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski is one of those people, it seems:

If that happens, it could be one of the most wide-open series in recent memory. Of course, a lot would have to go right for such a championship round to happen, yet a game like this makes the thought very enticing.

  1. btlpper68 - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    What a game, after pit scored sharks used their size threw their weight around pit just couldn’t handle it lucky goal at the end but they worked for it but wow what a game Torres was a game changer

  2. nightfireop - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    pens deserved that loss.

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    That was like a plyoff game right there

  4. pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    That game was such a joke! First & fourth goal were garbage goals. Brian Gibbons should be banned from the first line. His play allowed the Sharks to tie it. Crosby has never played well in San Jose goes back to when he got injured with a high ankle sprain in 2007. The Sharks can celebrate now cause I really don’t see them making much noise in the playoffs.

    • btlpper68 - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:57 AM

      Who got swept last year

      • pitpenguinsrulez - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:41 AM

        What have the Sharks done since they came into league? …Oh wait that’s right NOTHING!!!!

      • mcflower29 - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        exactly, how many stanley cups did you win?? oh that’s right…NONE!

    • stakex - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:03 AM

      With play like this, I wouldn’t expect the Pens to make much noise in the playoffs either…..

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Mar 7, 2014 at 6:33 AM

      The penguanos are tired from the olympics haahaha here comes phillyOHHHHHHHHHHHH!

  5. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Sid had a great view of the Marleau goal. What the hell was that ? Zero effort from the captain, unless he thought Geno had things under control.

  6. golfore - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    Just got back from the game. Best home game this year. Pens 0-10 at the Tank since 1997. Go Sharks!

  7. sjsharks66 - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:51 AM

    Cry my a river pitpen. The pens stopped playing after the first while the Sharks actually played a 60 min game. How about Pattys shorty against Geno? What a game.

    • hockey412 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      (They were sleepy).

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Tale of two games really – the first 30 minutes I would say the Pens were playing solid hockey. the last 30 minutes… yikes. Not sure if it was the time difference, HCDB inexplicable line juggling, or a deflating goal by Jumbo, but the Pens just didn’t have it.

      Not to take anything away from the Sharks of course – any/all of the above was compounded by the fact that the Sharks started to put their big boy pants on and throw their weight around.

  8. Hockeyfan - Mar 7, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    Crosby’s effort in the game was so poor. Minus 5???????? No excuse for that. That extra effort has been missing all season. Grossly evident when you see him up against players like Toews, Thornton. Putting up points isn’t enough.
    And Malkin at the point on the power plays just doesn’t work.

    • hockey412 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:05 AM

      Malkin at the point never has worked, he’s best on the half wall…the Pens haven’t given up that many shorthanders but when you look at how many “almost” opportunities, sheeze. Crosby was essentially a -3 (not going to knock him for an empty netter or a short hander when he wasn’t even supposed to be as far back as he was).

      HOWEVER, I agree with your comments about the extra effort, but I don’t think it’s been missing all season – it started about two weeks before the Olympics, and was fairly evident at that time. Last night though I think was just a clear cut case of being up past their collective bedtime. Need to shake it off, after Anaheim it’s back to backs with the Caps and then Philly…shake…it…off…

  9. hockey412 - Mar 7, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    Ah, almost glad I turned it off and went to sleep after 2! At least I slept well…was a great game up until then, though. Damn sharks

  10. penguins87and71 - Mar 7, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Yeah Philly is 14 points behind, nice try though.

    • chaser44 - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      take away the first 2-3 weeks of the season and they are neck and neck. I would rather be the surging flyers who have won 8 of 10 and had most of their best players resting over the olympics.

  11. etjla - Mar 7, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    I wouldn’t know DirectTV blacked out the game.

  12. kastout11 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    The Penguins will not make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. If they are not beaten in the first 2 rounds, Boston will beat them down again in the Conference finals. I don’t think San Jose will make it either. Chicago, Anaheim and St. Louis will be tough to beat in the West. Although, San Jose can score in bunches. Philly was up on them 2-1, then San Jose racked up 4 goals on the second period to win in a laugher.

    • pdmjr - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      Well you would win a lot of Vegas money on that prediction

    • pastabelly - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      They’re a lock. Right? :)

  13. pdmjr - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    The Sharks are a great regular season team. Until they beat a good team in the playoffs I won’t care

  14. gsr1191 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    The pens have gone back to their turnover wide open style of hockey that just doesnt win games against teams like Chicago, Boston, SJ, and all other contenders. What happened to the style that won them so many games through septemeber…the left wing lock that Jaque Martain brought in. They were playing great defense and scoring enough to win. Also, they need to learn how to stand up to the more physical teams and not get so friggin frustrated. I love Crosby and Malkin but it seems to be far to easy to knock them off their game and get under their skin and then they just start throwing pucks through the middle of the ice resulting in turnovers that lead to odd man breaks. They better get their heads out of their ass and get back to playoff style hockey or it will be a short post season

    • gsr1191 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      through January* not september

    • steelpenbucs87 - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      I don’t disagree with much of what you said here, however I would mention that you might be pulling a lot out of a single game.

      I completely agree that the Pens need to figure out how to play against more physical teams, but I think the issue remains that they try to out play them from a physical standpoint. I actually liked that they tried to play a little bit more wide open and play with speed – it beats them trying to hammer against the Sharks bigs. A little bit more gap discipline, a little more stick on puck, and a little less poor goaltending and the Pens can still play with this team (and ones like it).

      • gsr1191 - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        i agree with what you’re saying. And im not talking about just this game, it started about two weeks before the Olympic break. If they use their speed correctly, yes it works. But my worry is more that when it doesnt work, they get overly frustrated by the more physical teams in the NHL and they start making bonehead plays and taking bonehead penalties.

  15. jpelle82 - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    3rd goal for the sharks was it. bad reversal by the defense behind the net and the forwards were just standing around…there was way too much of that last night. no one wanted to skate the puck out, losing letang and martin is starting to show. forecheck of the sharks came on in the third, penguins looked tired and just couldnt handle it. great game by the kid maatta though, too bad he cant play the full 60 minutes.

  16. slaugin - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Just an outsider looking in but if I were a Pens fan I’d be tougher on the coach and his system than I would with the talent on the ice

  17. steeltuff - Mar 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Sorry to say, the Pens won’t even get close to the Conference Finals, let alone the SC finals. Next year, even with Depuis, Martin and Letang back, they need to get grittier. This year is history . . . they won’t win a playoff series against a more physical team.

  18. sharksfan97 - Mar 8, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Obviously I’m a Sharks fan, but I enjoy watching PIT play as well. The contest was a good, clean, honest game for the most part. I love the brand of hockey both teams play. Offensive, fast-paced, physical yet clean and yes, some pretty goals. Obviously I’m biased against the Kings, but does the NHL really want the Darryl Sutter clutch and grab system in the SCF? Is that the type of hockey the NHL wants to showcase in its biggest event? That type of hockey may be effective but goodness gracious it’s boring and IMO does little to bring new fans to the sport. Please someone (preferably the Sharks) knock out the Kings so we all can watch a fun brand of hockey!

  19. babykaby - Mar 9, 2014 at 3:01 AM

    Why isn’t there an article devoted to Crosby and his -5 game? We have him rammed down our throats constantly about every little thing he does, but nothing when he only hinders his team. Ah, nbc and nhl never let us down with their biased coverage.

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