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San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Vesa Toskala stopped 25 shots and the goal- scoring streak for Evgeni Malkin came to an end as San Jose knocked off Pittsburgh, 3-2, at the Shark Tank.

Kyle McLaren, Matthew Carle and Mike Grier all scored goals for the Sharks, who have won three of their last four games.

Joe Thornton had three assists for San Jose, which is 9-1-1 in its last 11 meetings with Pittsburgh.

Michel Ouellet and Dominic Moore each scored and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots for the Penguins, who had a five-game winning streak stopped.

Rookie phenom Malkin was held without a goal in the game. He had been looking to become the first player in history to score a goal in his first seven games. Three players, Joe Malone, Cy Denneny and Newsy Lalonde, all accomplished the feat in the NHL's debut season of 1917-18. Malkin had a total of three shots in the contest.

San Jose appeared to take a 1-0 lead late in the first period when a shot found its way into the net, but Grier was ruled to have come into contact with the goaltender and the goal was ruled off.

Both goaltenders made eight saves in the opening stanza.

The Sharks broke onto the scoreboard with an even-strength tally one minute into the second period. Thornton brought the puck into the Penguins zone on a rush down the left wing and fed it to McLaren in the slot. McLaren fired a shot that Fleury made a save on, but he followed up the shot and tapped the rebound behind the goaltender for his second goal of the season.

The Penguins tied the game when Ouellet's slap shot from the right circle beat Toskala on the far side 7:20 into the second.

San Jose, though, took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission with a power- play goal. Thornton had the puck at the top of the right circle and fed it down to Milan Michalek low on the right side. Michalek spotted Carle at the left circle and fed the disc to Carle, who one-timed it into the net halfway through the period.

The Sharks grabbed a 3-1 lead when Thornton fought off a checker on the left side of the net and fed it to the slot, where Grier one-timed it past Fleury just 33 seconds into the third.

Pittsburgh, though, quickly responded as John LeClair chased down the puck behind the San Jose net and sent it to Moore, who one-timed it from the left side just 72 seconds after the San Jose goal.

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Malkin doesn't score

Very depressing. I watched the game on Yahoo! and I really thought the Pens would pull it off. Had chance after chance after chance, but they looked...confused?...that third quarter, as though something were wrong, but none of them could figure out what it was. Costly confusion.

Little streaks/records like that--Malkin scoring in every game--are good for getting fans involved, and for Pittsburgh that's a big need. The team has addressed that need with the addition of all those young players, but making sure Malkin got a goal couldn't do anything but good for keeping fans interested. The team should've made that a priority, nearly as important as winning.

...but of course they didn't win either. :mad:
 
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