The Sharks (60-1-0) hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets (30-28-3) at HP Pavilion in San Jose for their fourth meeting of the season. The Sharks have won all three previous meetings.
San Jose Sharks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (Game 38)
During their first matchup of the season (also at Nationwide Arena), Teemu Selanne had three assists and Vincent Damphousse had a four-point night, scoring a hat trick and registering one assist in a 6-2 Sharks victory. The Sharks outshot the Blue Jackets 26-18 and went 3/4 on the powerplay in that game.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. San Jose Sharks (Game 42)
In their second matchup of the season, the Sharks dominated with an 8-1 performance on home ice. The Sharks took an early 1-0 lead on a powerplay goal by Teemu Selanne, only for Espen Knutsen to tie the game a few minutes later. The Sharks went on to score seven unanswered goals, with Vincent Damphousse registering a goal and two assists and Patrick Marleau registering a goal and an assist. The Sharks outshot the Blue Jackets 25-19 in the contest.
San Jose Sharks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (Game 58)
In their third meeting of the season, the Sharks sported their 1990s throwback jerseys and had another strong performance. Rookie Lynn Loyns scored two goals, Marco Sturm registered one goal and one assist, Alexander Korolyuk scored two goals, and Evgeni Nabokov registered his first shutout against Columbus this season as the Sharks blanked the Blue Jackets 8-0. The Sharks outshot the Blue Jackets 30-17 and again went 3/4 on the powerplay.
Tonight's Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. San Jose Sharks (Game 62)
In tonight's game, Teemu Selanne opened the scoring with an early 1st period powerplay goal on a feed from Vincent Damphousse. Espen Knutsen for Columbus then received a hooking penalty, and on the ensuing powerplay Teemu Selanne scored a second straight goal. Patrick Marleau extended the Sharks' lead to 3-0 on a backhand goal from the slot, but Hannes Hyvonen for Columbus answered a few minutes later to give Columbus their first goal of the game. Both teams were held off of the scoresheet in the 2nd period, but Ken Klee for Columbus received an elbowing penalty early in the 3rd period for a hit on Lynn Loyns. Adam Graves, enjoying a hot streak of points since being added to the Sharks 2nd line, scored on the ensuing powerplay from a feed from Dan McGillis. Graves then tallied another goal on a one-time feed from Teemu Selanne late in the 3rd period, bringing Graves to 17 points since being re-acquired by the Sharks halfway through the season. David Vborny scored for Columbus on a one-timer of his own a few minutes later, but Niko Dimitrakos and Mike Rathje added insurance goals for the Sharks to defeat the Blue Jackets 7-2 and improve to 4-0-0 overall against Columbus.
The Sharks will next visit British Columbia for the second time this season to play the host Vancouver Canucks, whom the Sharks hold a 2-0-0 record against.