Thursday, December 09, 2010

Shark-Bitter; Flyers Fall to San Jose

Logan Couture scored the winner in the shootout as the San Jose Sharks rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period to down the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4, at Wells Fargo Center.

Ryane Clowe and Jason Demers each had a goal and an assist while Joe Pavelski and Couture also lit the lamp in regulation for the Sharks, who have not lost to the Flyers in almost 10 years, winning 10 games with two ties during that time.

Antero Niittymaki made 31 saves to get the win against his former squad for San Jose, which has won three of four.

"It was one of those games that the puck was bouncing everywhere," said Niittymaki. "I'm just glad we were able to win the game. It was a good comeback."

Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux and Ville Leino all had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who have lost four of their last six. Nikolay Zherdev scored the other goal while Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots in the loss.

"We've got to win these games," said Bobrovsky. "We've got to play smarter in those situations when we have a late lead. We weren't ready to win that game and it showed. That's a good team they have over there."
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