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Sharks Need To Hold Leads Better, Facing Blue Jackets

Not a lot to say that hasn't already been said regarding the Sharks recent run. They continue to play well, with strong play on all facets of the puck. They put goals up on the board, they limit turnovers and they have strong goalie play. Until they have a two goal lead, and everything collapses around their shoulders. The past two games, it's been the same story. Giving up the two goal lead, going into overtime and just being out-played to eventually lose. But they play so well in between those mental collapses.

Two weeks have passed since the Sharks have actually lost a game in regulation. Two whole weeks. That's seven games without a loss in regulation, but they can't get it done in overtime or in the shootout, and at that point, that's what counts.

Patrick Marlaeu and Joe Pavelski scored their eighth and sixth goals respectively, in the last outing. Antti Niemi made 36 saves, all of this in the loss to the Dallas Stars.

"Not much you can say," said Sharks forward Ryane Clowe. "Tonight it was even worse, I think. Five minutes left we were totally in control, playing pretty solid. Two shifts in a row, you know, it's just ... four out of five goals for them tonight, or actually five, came right on top of our crease."

The two teams meet for the first time stateside this year, having played the first two games of their seasons in Sweden taking on eachother. Now they head to San Jose, where they haven't won a game in six years. The Sharks have to feel good about that stat.

They're playing well, Rick Nash has scored six goals in six games and has 12 goals and 18 points in 27 career games versus San Jose. Steve Mason was a beast in their last outing, versus Anaheim, in which he made 47 saves, good enough for a Blue Jackets 4-3 win.

Antero Niittymaki will probably make the start tonight for San Jose.