Last night's game was the first meeting of the season between the Sharks (64-1-0) and the Montreal Canadiens (37-19-11), which took place at HP Pavilion in San Jose.
Adam Graves opened the scoring late in the 1st period on a powerplay goal for the Sharks, and immediately afterward Craig Rivet took another Canadiens penalty. Vincent Damphousse fed Teemu Selanne on a one-time backhand shot to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead going into the 2nd period. Kyle McLaren scored another powerplay goal early in the 3rd period to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead, but Yannick Perreault scored top-shelf on a wrist shot from the slot to give the Canadiens their first goal of the game. Marco Sturm then scored back-to-back goals for the Sharks, the first at even-strength and the second on the powerplay, to increase the Sharks' lead to 5-1 going into the 3rd period. Alexander Korolyuk added one more goal for the Sharks in the 3rd period to give them a 6-1 victory. The Sharks outshot the Canadiens 28-21 and converted on 4/5 powerplay opportunities, tying their season high.
The Sharks will now travel to Colorado for their fourth meeting of the season against the Colorado Avalanche, whom the Sharks are 3-0 against this season.