(SportsNetwork.com) - The powerful San Jose Sharks will aim for a fourth win
in five games when they visit the Ottawa Senators for Sunday's battle at
Canadian Tire Centre.
With a 9-1-1 record, the Sharks are leading the NHL with 19 points and the
club is coming off Saturday's 2-0 triumph in Montreal. The victory followed
San Jose's first regulation loss of the season, a 2-1 setback in Boston on
Logan Couture lit the lamp twice and Antti Niemi turned away all 22 shots he
faced to lead the Sharks to the road win over the Canadiens. Niemi earned his
second shutout of the season, both of which have come in his last three games,
but backup Alex Stalock will get the start on Sunday. Stalock has seen action
in three NHL games but this will mark his first career start.
Patrick Marleau assisted on both goals, while Joe Thornton and Tyler Kennedy
each had a helper as San Jose posted its third win in four and second during
the first three tilts of a five-game road trip.
"We played patient enough to wait for our breaks, and defensively it was a
full team commitment," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan. "It wasn't just eight,
nine or 10 guys going, everybody did their thing coming back."
The Sharks played their third straight game without forward Brent Burns, who
has been sidelined since getting hit in the face with a puck on Oct. 19 in
Calgary. Burns, who has four goals and four assists this season, is expected
to sit again on Sunday.
San Jose, which will close its road trip Wednesday in Los Angeles, improved
its road record to 4-1-1 with Saturday's win.
The Senators have lost two of their last three games and last played on Friday
when they dropped a 2-1 regulation decision against visiting Anaheim. Frederik
Andersen stopped 26-of-27 shots in his first career start and Ryan Getzlaf
notched a goal and an assist to lift the Ducks to the road win over the Sens.
Mike Zibanejad scored the lone Ottawa goal, while Craig Anderson made 26 saves
in the loss.
The Senators fell to 0-2 against Anaheim this season. They also dropped a 4-1
decision in Orange County on Oct. 13 in a game that saw the Ducks rack up
club-record 56 shots on goal.
"They're real fast, they're real quick, they didn't give us a lot of time and
space to do anything," Senators head coach Paul MacLean said of the Ducks. "I
thought for the most part, they were better than we were."
Ottawa fell to 1-2-0 as the host this season and is completing a brief two-
game homestand on Sunday. The Sens will visit Chicago on Tuesday before
playing seven of eight on home ice to begin November.
The Sharks have won five of the last six meetings against the Senators and
Ottawa has dropped three in a row in this series on home ice.
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