San Jose Sharks NHL Scores, Standings, News: Sharks Drop Two Straight

The San Jose Sharks are doing well for themselves in the midst of a five-game win streak and points in their last ten, a 9-0-1 streak. Follow this stream throughout the week for previews, recaps and news, and don't forget to head over to SB Nation's Sharks blog, Fear The Fin.

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Sharks Hoping To Prevent Three-Game Skid Against Predators

(Sports Network) - Just one point separates the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators in the Western Conference standings. The two meetings so far this year between the clubs have been just as close.

The Predators try to pick up a third straight victory both overall and against the Sharks, who wrap their longest road trip of the season this evening at Bridgestone Arena.

Nashville has picked up a victory in three of its last four games and is sixth in the Western Conference with 67 points, seven back of first-place Detroit in the Central Division. The Sharks are one point back of the Preds and tied for seventh in the West, but are just three points behind the Pacific Division- leading Coyotes.

The Predators recovered from two different deficits to knock off the Avalanche on Saturday thanks to Cody Franson's game-winning goal with 2:30 left in regulation.

"We made a good play to get it up the wall and I tried to take it to the middle a little bit and try and lose the guy who was trying to check me," said Franson. "I just try tried to put it on net to give our forwards a chance for a rebound and lucky enough it went in."

Martin Erat had a goal and two assists, and Mike Fisher assisted on David Legwand's empty-net tally in his Nashville debut after being acquired from Ottawa on Thursday for a pair of draft picks. Pekka Rinne faced just 18 shots, stopping 15 of them in the win.

Nashville won the opener of a four-game homestand and is 5-1-1 in its last seven as the host. Center Marcel Goc is expected to return to action tonight after missing the last game with an upper-body injury, while forward Marek Svatos could play for the first time since Jan. 13 due to a knee ailment.

The Preds own a pair of one-goal victories over the Sharks this year, a 3-2 home win on Dec. 15 and a 2-1 triumph in San Jose on Jan. 8. Nashville's victory at Bridgestone Arena in December gave the club wins in three of four and 10 of its last 14 at home in this series.

Rinne, among the league leaders with a 2.11 goals-against average and .928 save percentage, is 3-1-1 with a 2.53 GAA lifetime versus San Jose.

Winning close games has eluded the Sharks in their last two contests. After a 9-0-1 stretch, San Jose was a 2-1 loser in New Jersey on Friday before dropping a 3-2 decision two days later at Florida. That has the Sharks 4-2 on a seven-game road trip that ends tonight.

Joe Pavelski and Kent Huskins tallied for San Jose, while Antti Niemi stopped 19 shots in defeat.

"We got lackadaisical [in the third period] ... A couple of stupid errors cost us the game," Sharks forward Joe Thornton said.

Niemi is 1-2-0 with a 3.06 GAA lifetime against the Predators.

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Sharks End Losing Streak, Fall To Devils 2-1

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Ilya Kovalchuk had the game-winner for the second night in a row as the New Jersey Devils took a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks at Prudential Center.

In Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs, Kovalchuk put home the winner with 24 seconds left in overtime and he did it with 3:59 left in the third on Friday to help the Devils win a fourth straight game.

Brian Rolston tied the game on the power play 9:12 into the third, while Johan Hedberg made 31 stops for the Devils, who are 12-1-2 over their last 15 games.

Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal and Antti Niemi made 21 stops for the Sharks, who had a season-high five-game winning streak stopped.

All of the scoring happened in the third period as the Sharks took the initial lead in the frame when a shot fromNiclas Wallin at the left point was stopped and Marleau banged home the rebound from the right side 6:08 in.

New Jersey, though, tied the game three minutes later on a 4-on-3 power play as a pass from Kovalchuk at the outside left circle went to the high slot where Rolston used a big one-timer to beat Niemi.

In a repeat of Thursday, Kovalchuk again provided the heroics as the Devils won a faceoff at the right circle and his turnaround shot from the outside squeezed between the pads of Niemi.

Torrey Mitchell was called for a high-sticking double minor for fouling Dainius Zubrus with 2:19 to play and New Jersey was able to kill off the clock for the win.

Hedberg stopped 24 shots over the first 40 minutes while Niemi was only tested 11 times in that span.

The Devils have off until next Wednesday when they will host Carolina...San Jose continues its seven-game road trip at Florida on Sunday...New Jersey has won four of the last five aginast San Jose. Also, the Sharks have lost five straight in the Garden State and haven't won there since Nov. 14, 2000.

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Sharks Facing Off Against The Red-Hot Devils

(Sports Network) - Two of the hottest teams in the NHL square off this evening as the San Jose Sharks seek a sixth victory in a row against a New Jersey Devils club that can match its longest winning streak of the season.

The Sharks head to the Prudential Center having won a season-best five straight overall, including the first four contests of a seven-game road trip. San Jose is 9-0-1 in its last 10 contests since a six-game slide from Jan. 3-13 and is now tied with Dallas for first place in the Pacific Division with 66 points.

While the Sharks have stormed up their division standings, the Devils are trying to make a late run at a postseason spot and have used an 11-1-2 mark over their last 14 games to climb out of last place in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey now sits 13th in the East, 13 points back of the eighth spot.

The Devils have won three straight and are 5-0-1 in their last six games following last night's 2-1 overtime victory over the Maple Leafs. Dainius Zubrus had the game-tying goal in the third period and Ilya Kovalchuk put home the winner with 24 seconds left in the extra period.

"We aren't looking too far ahead," Zubrus said. "Our goals are much smaller ... Maybe that's why we're addressing each opponent and trying to win that game."

The victory was the 600th of Jacques Lemaire's NHL coaching career and he became the eighth coach in league history to reach the mark. Lemaire took over on Dec. 23 for the fired John MacLean for his third stint with the club.

New Jersey, which won a season-best four straight games from Jan. 17-23, is also 5-0-1 in its last six games at home and is expected to be without goaltender Martin Brodeur for a third straight contest tonight due to a sprained right knee. Johan Hedberg has started both games in his absence and made 31 saves versus Toronto.

Defenseman Anton Volchenkov will also miss tonight's game as he serves the second contest of a three-game suspension for an elbow to the head against Carolina on Tuesday.

San Jose tries to win six straight for the first time since an eight-game run from Dec. 17-Jan. 2 of last season and is coming off Wednesday's 3-2 victory over Columbus. Kent Huskins and Kyle Wellwood scored second-period goals to erase a 2-0 deficit and Patrick Marleau potted the game-winner late in regulation.

Antti Niemi made 42 saves in the winning effort as the Sharks improved to 6-0-1 in their last seven on the road.

"To come back in that fashion was nice, and our goaltender played a huge part in that," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan. "We'll take the win, but obviously there are areas that we were not happy with."

San Jose halted a three-game losing streak to New Jersey on Oct. 27 with a 5-2 home win, getting a hat trick and five points from Joe Thornton as well as a goal and three assists each from Marleau and Dany Heatley.

The Sharks have lost four straight in the Garden State and haven't won there since Nov. 14, 2000.

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San Jose Sharks NHL Scores, Standing, News: Sharks On An Absolute Tear

This current run from the Sharks has been unreal. Reading the archives from that six game losing streak is hilarious.

That's a quote from Plank of Fear The Fin's Twitter account just a short while after the San Jose Sharks came back from three goals down to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets en route to their ninth win in ten games. Ten games in which they've earned a point in every one (9-0-1 for the series), and ten games following a six-game losing streak that spelled disaster for everyone involved.

Patrick Marleau scored the game-winner with 4:51 remaining in regulation on a wrist shot that barely found its way between Steve Mason and the near post. Joe Pavelski grabbed the assist with the goal (his second of the game) after putting on a great display of puck-handling en route. Kyle Wellwood and Kent Huskins also put the puck to net for San Jose. Both scored in the second period, Huskins taking advantage of a screened Mason just under two minutes in, and Wellwood knocking in a perfect deflection his way to knot later in the period.

Antti Niemi made a stunning 42 saves in the winning effort and coach Todd McLellan had some praise for him. The two goals allowed both came on a power play for Columbus, goals from Grant Clitsome and Kristian Huselius in the first period of play. The Blue Jackets appeared drained after one frame and it was all Sharks from there.

San Jose has now won five straight and are doing well for themselves in the standings. Just a week ago, it was said on SB Nation Bay Area that they absolutely, positively had to make things right sooner rather than later. They were on a three-game winning streak when the last stream went up, and they needed to keep things rolling if Sharks fans were to not experience a season without playoff hockey for the first time in what feels like a very, very long time.

The duration of this stream will carry us through the Sharks three remaining road games on this trip of seven. Games against the Predators, Panthers and Devils await them. Stay tuned in this stream and be sure to follow SB Nation Bay Area (@sbnbayarea) on Twitter to keep up with all things Sharks for the next seven days.

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