Sharks Can't Win Home Opener, Lose 4-2 To Thrashers

The Sharks found a way to lose after holding a 2-0 lead. The Thrashers won 4-2 with four unanswered in the second and third periods. For more on the game and the team, go to Fear The Fin, SB Nation's San Jose Sharks blog.

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Sharks Lose Home Opener To Thrashers 4-2

The Sharks couldn't get it done in their home opener after splitting two games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in Sweden to start the season. After being up 2-0 in the first, they gave up four unanswered goals and couldn't recover, giving the Thrashers their first win in San Jose.

Dany Heatley got things started for San Jose at the 15:20 mark of the first period, knocking in the rebound of a Patrick Marleau shot from the left circle. Twenty-one seconds later, Ryane Clowe added a goal during four-on-four play when he directed the puck into the back of the net off of a Torrey Mitchell shot.

Antti Niemi gave up four goals, stopping 24-of-28 shots in the 4-2 loss to Atlanta. Two goals came in the second to tie it when Andrew Ladd put the puck in at the 1:23 mark after a Niemi save went off the skate of Dan Boyle. Anthony Stewart's tying goal in the second came at the 13:58 mark from the top of the right circle and it was something that Niemi should have been able to get down. Stewart came into this game off of his first career hat trick.

Dustin Byfuglien gave the Thrashers the lead with 6:20 remaining in the game on a power play goal, a wrister from the slot off a rebound. Evander Kane provided the insurance goal to put the Thrashers up 4-2, and the Sharks would not get on the board after the first period.

Heatley's first period goal was the 300th of his career. Some questioned the reasoning behind Antti Niemi being in goal instead of Antero Niittymaki, somewhat famous for his ability to make the Thrashers look silly on a regular basis. The goalie situation remains a question mark in San Jose, but it's far too early to be throwing anybody under any buses.

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In Progress: Sharks Give Up Two, Game Tied 2-2 Going Into Third

After jumping ahead in the first with goals from Dany Heatley and Ryane Clowe, San Jose allowed two goals in the second. Antti Niemi was the victim on the first goal by Andrew Ladd, but it was all him on the second one, from Anthony Stewart. The Stewart shot is one that he'll need to learn to get, the angle wasn't bad and he, by all means, should have been able to get in front of it.

The game is tied going into the third period, join in on the live gamethread over at Fear The Fin to discuss.

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Sharks Jump Ahead To 2-0 Lead In First Period

On the power play, just coming off 5-on-3, Dany Heatley gave the San Jose Sharks their first goal at HP Pavilion for the 2010-2011 NHL season. Shortly after that, Ryane Clowe got a piece of the puck and pushed the Sharks to a two-nothing lead with the help of Torrey Mitchell. 

Head over to Fear The Fin for the live gamethread and participate in discussion.

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Sharks Sign Captain Joe Thornton To Three-Year Contract Extension

The San Jose Sharks should go into tonight’s battle with the Atlanta Thrashers on a bit of a high note as the club announced they have signed captain Joe Thornton to a three year contract extension. The contract, worth $21 million, will keep Thornton with the club through the 2013-14 season.

Thornton has gotten off to a solid start with two goals in his first two game and has scored more points than anybody else in the league since the 2002-03 season.

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