Found December 04, 2011 on Fox Sports Florida:
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Tomas Fleischmann scored the tiebreaking goal and Jack Skille added a short-handed score in a three-goal second period that carried the Florida Panthers to a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night. Stephen Weiss, former Shark Marco Sturm and Dmitry Kulikov also scored for the Panthers, who beat the Sharks for the fourth straight time and matched Philadelphia for the most road wins in the NHL this season with nine. It has been an impressive start to the season for the Southeast Division-leading Panthers, who have not made the playoffs or been in first place this late in the season since the 1999-00 campaign. Logan Couture had two goals and Jamie McGinn also scored against backup goalie Scott Clemmensen, but the Sharks lost for the third time in four games. San Jose was outshot 35-26 and committed far too many giveaways in front of backup goalie Thomas Greiss to earn a win despite taking a 2-1 lead in the first period. The Panthers dominated the second period with plenty of help from the sloppy Sharks and then held on for the win. Colin White, playing his first game since Nov. 20, started things down the wrong path for San Jose when his clearing pass went right to Sturm, who skated in alone on Greiss and beat him with a backhander between the legs to tie it at 2 with his second goal of the season. Midway through the period, Fleischmann took a pass from Kris Versteeg alone in front of the net and stickhandled past Greiss for his 12th goal of the season. The Panthers then took control with their third short-handed goal of the season. Dan Boyle turned the puck over twice coming out of his own zone on the power play. Skille took the second turnover near the blue line and got a shot off while being pulled down by Boyle. Greiss made the save but the puck hit teammate Jason Demers' skate and rolled back in off the post for Skille's second goal of the season. Couture added his 10th goal on the power play with 6:39 remaining but the Panthers iced it on Kulikov's power-play goal with 1:35 remaining. Florida scored twice with the man advantage after having just two power-play goals in 27 chances over the previous six games. The Sharks scored first for just the eighth time this season as the reunited second line once again did the job. One game after Couture and Ryane Clowe scored in their first game back together as linemates, Couture struck again when his shot from near the point deflected off Kulikov's glove and past Clemmensen just 1:16 into the game. The Panthers tied it with a power-play goal midway through the period. Greiss made a strong pad stop on Fleischmann but then let in a soft rebound goal from Weiss that slid slowly along the ice underneath Greiss' glove and past Douglas Murray for the equalizer. The Sharks went back in front when McGinn streaked down the middle and took a pass from behind the net by Michal Handzus and knocked it in for his fourth goal of the season and second in as many games. NOTES: The Sharks had been 5-0 when leading after the first period. ... Clemmensen improved to 2-0 this season. He shut out Dallas in his only other appearance Nov. 15. ... San Jose D Brent Burns took his first penalty of the season when he was called for roughing Skille on a hard hit midway through the second period. ... Sharks F Marty Havlat left briefly in the second period after taking a hard hit from Florida's Sean Bergenheim while falling to the ice.
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