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Devils wrap road trip with loss in San Jose

Sunday, 11.24.2013 / 1:57 AM

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Devils wrap road trip with loss in San Jose
New Jersey Devils 1, San Jose Sharks 2
Three Stars of the Game
Brent Burns
Brent Burns
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:01
Antti Niemi
Antti Niemi
SA: 19TOI: 59:54
GA: 1EV: 17-17
PIM: 0PP: 1-2
SV%: .947SH: 0-0
Martin Brodeur
SA: 30TOI: 58:40
GA: 2EV: 24-26
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: .933SH: 1-1

SAN JOSE -- Scott Hannan and Tyler Kennedy scored first-period goals, and the San Jose Sharks held on to beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 Saturday night at SAP Center.

Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi made 18 saves, allowing only a third-period goal to Patrik Elias. Martin Brodeur made 28 saves for New Jersey.

The Sharks (15-3-5) won their second straight game and fifth in their past six while snapping New Jersey's three-game winning streak.

The Devils (9-9-5) won the first two games of their three-game trip through California, beating the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings in overtime. The Devils beat Los Angeles 2-1 despite being outshot 35-15. The Sharks outshot them 30-19.

The Sharks took a 2-0 lead into the third period, but Elias cut that advantage in half at 8:10 with a power-play goal with Jason Demers in the penalty box for hooking former Shark Steve Bernier. With Bernier providing a screen, Elias sent a wrist shot from the right circle past Niemi with one second left on the Devils' only power play of the night. Andy Greene and Eric Gelinas got the assists.

With less than three minutes left, New Jersey's Travis Zajac sent a rocket toward the net, but Niemi made a great pad save.

Brodeur made a sprawling save of a Brent Burns shot, landed on his back and appeared to hurt his neck with 1:31 left to play, but he stayed in the game after being examined by a trainer.

The Sharks built a 2-0 lead in the first period, outshooting New Jersey 9-3.

Hannan opened the scoring at 4:25 of the first period with his third goal of the season, beating Brodeur with a slap shot from well above the left circle. Burns set the scoring play in motion, delivering a huge hit on Devils defenseman Adam Larsson behind the net and sending the puck to Joe Thornton. The Sharks' captain threaded a cross-ice pass to Hannan, who skated in and, with Tomas Hertl providing a screen, unloaded a shot that beat Brodeur.

Hannan, who has been in the lineup for 22 of 23 games, already has more goals than in any season since 2006-07 when he scored four for the Sharks. His career high is six.

The Sharks increased their lead to 2-0 on Kennedy's one-timer from the right circle at 14:47. From behind the net, Martin Havlat sent a no-look pass to a wide-open Kennedy, who beat Brodeur to his stick side for his third goal of the season and first since Nov. 5.

Devils fourth-line center Stephen Gionta injured an ankle in the first period and did not return.

The Sharks outshot New Jersey 12-7 during a scoreless second period. The Devils nearly broke through four minutes into the period when Jagr spun and ripped a shot from the right circle that Dainius Zubrus, planted in the slot, redirected, but Niemi made a tough save on just the fourth shot he faced.

Sharks center Logan Couture had a great chance to give the Sharks a three-goal lead at 12:30 of the second. He was left wide-open in the slot, but Brodeur made a spectacular glove save on his quick shot.

scoring summary
1st Period
Scott Hannan (3) ASST: Joe Thornton (22), Brent Burns (5)
1 - 0 SJS
Tyler Kennedy (3) ASST: Martin Havlat (2), Jason Demers (10)
2 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
3rd Period
PPG - Patrik Elias (4) ASST: Andy Greene (6), Eric Gelinas (6)
2 - 1 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
Andy Greene  Hooking against  Brent Burns
2nd Period
Marek Zidlicky  Tripping against  Tomas Hertl
3rd Period
Cam Janssen  Too many men/ice - bench
Jason Demers  Hooking against  Steve Bernier
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 30TOI: 58:40
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .933SH: 1 - 1
Antti Niemi
Antti Niemi
SA: 19TOI: 59:54
Saves: 18EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .947SH: 0 - 0
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