Florida Panthers Beat San Jose Sharks 5-3, Finish Roadtrip 2-2

The Florida Panthers conclude their West Coast road trip against the San Jose Sharks at the Shark Tank tonight.

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San Jose Sharks Outhustle Florida Panthers, Lead 2-1 After One

The Sharks controlled play right from the drop of the puck, with Logan Couture scoring his ninth goal of the season with an assist from Brent Burns scoring on backup goalie Scott Clemmensen just 1:16 into the game.

San Jose controlled play for most of the first five minutes when Dan Boyle tripped Mike Santorelli seven minutes into the game resulting in a Florida power play. It didn’t take the first line long to get onto the board with a man advantage, with Stephen Weiss tallying his ninth goal of the season with assists from Tomas Fleischmann and Kris Versteeg.

Four minutes later the Sharks regained the lead when Michal Handzus fed Jamie McGinn from behind the goal for his fourth goal of the season. Colin White got the other assist for San Jose.

San Jose outhit Florida in the first period nine to eight while the Panthers hold a 12-8 shot advantage.

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Florida Panthers Vs. San Jose Sharks: Backup Goalies Lead Starting Lineups For Tonight's Game

According to Eric Gilmore at NHL.COM's website:

Thomas Greiss will definitely start for San Jose, Sharks coach Todd McClellan said after his team’s morning skate. Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said whether Scott Clemmensen starts will be a game-time decision, but the Miami Herald is reporting that Clemmensen will "definitely" open against San Jose.

Clemmensen is 1-0 with a 25 save shutout in his only appearance this season versus the Dallas Stars. The Panthers backed him up with six goals. Jose Theodore will get a view from the bench in a well deserved break from the action.

Greiss is 4-3-0 on the season with a 1.99 goals against average. His save percentage is .929.

Florida's probable starting line combinations:

Forwards:

Fleischmann - Weiss - Versteeg

Bergenheim - Matthias - Kopecky

Sturm - Santorelli - Skille

Kennedy - Cullen - Kearns

Defensemen:

Jovanovski - Gudbranson

Garrison - Campbell

Kulikov - Weaver

Goalie:

Clemmensen

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