San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brent Burns buried the game-winner 7:08
into the third period, as the San Jose Sharks edged the Ottawa Senators, 3-2,
on Saturday at SAP Center.
Thomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau each scored once, while Antti Niemi stopped
21-of-23 shots for the Sharks, who have won their first five games this season
after starting last year a club-record 7-0.
Bobby Ryan and Zack Smith notched a goal apiece for the Senators, who received
47 saves from Robin Lehner in dropping their third straight game.
Burns' go-ahead tally came at the tailend of Jason Spezza's roughing minor at
the 5:07 mark of the third period.
With time winding down on the man advantage, Joe Thornton made his way around
the Ottawa net before sliding a pass to the top of the crease for Burns, who
buried the one-timer past Lehner to make it 3-2 with 12:52 left in the game.
San Jose's Joe Pavelski was called for holding the stick with 3:52 left to
give the Senators a late power play, but Ottawa failed to cash in and the
Sharks held on for the victory.
Hertl opened the scoring under a minute into the game, putting home a rebound
off a Dan Boyle blast from the right point for a 1-0 lead just 55 seconds in.
Ottawa answered with a pair of goals just over three minutes apart late in the
period to take a one-goal edge into the second stanza.
Smith started the rally at the 15:21 mark with a wrister from the slot before
Ryan potted a power-play marker with 1:29 left in the period to make it 2-1.
Marleau brought the Sharks even late in the second, as a scrum in front sent
the puck trickling into the low right circle, where the San Jose center
recovered it before tickling the twine with a wrister to tie the game at the
San Jose finished 1-for-5 on the power play ... Hertl left the game in the
second period and did not return after taking a hit up high from an Ottawa
defenseman ... The Senators went 1-for-3 on the power play ... San Jose
outshot Ottawa, 24-5, in the final period.
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