Tyler Kenendy ended a lengthy scoring drought and Patrick Marleau was the only player to convert in the shootout in a 2-1 Sharks win in Washington on Tuesday night. Kennedy, who entered Tuesday with just one assist in his last 17 games and no goals in his last 18, gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Jason Demers’ hard pass to Kennedy’s tape between the circles resulted in a redirection past Phillipp Grubauer at 13:30. Washington tied it in the second on Alex Ovechkin’s league-leading 33rd goal. Stationed below the faceoff dot, Ovechkin quickly released a dish from Karl Alzner over Antti Niemi’s short side shoulder at 12:44 of the middle frame. The game remained knotted at 1-1 through overtime. In the shootout, Marleau’s shot hit the inside of the post before bounding in, giving San Jose its seventh win in the last eight games that have gone to a tie breaker. The Sharks have alternated wins and losses in their last nine games, and improved to 13-10-3 on the road in what was the first of three straight games away from home. A fast-paced third period resulted in scoring chances for both teams, but no goals. After a Dmitry Orlov giveaway in front of the net, Marleau hit the post with a backhand, and Tommy Wingels nearly put in the loose puck before Grubauer snagged it with his glove midway through. Just before that chance, Niemi denied Eric Fehr, who skated untouched from the back of the net to in front of the crease. Later, Niemi stopped Mikhail Grabovski’s open look with about five minutes to go in regulation. Fehr and Demers each had good chances in overtime before the game needed a shootout to determine the winner. Since getting scratched on Dec. 19, Demers has three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 12 games. He leads all Sharks defensemen with 22 points.
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CSN Bay Area | Jan 15