Capitals Vs. Sharks: Sharks Attack In Third Period In 5-2 Win Over Caps

The Sharks' feeding frenzy came in the third period as three unanswered goals doomed the Caps in a 5-2 loss.

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Capitals Vs. Sharks: Sharks Attack In Third Period In 5-2 Win Over Caps

Entering Saturday, it had been over 18 years since the Washington Capitals last defeated the San Jose Sharks on the road. Once again, the Caps left the "Shark Tank" in tatters.

Three unanswered San Jose goals in the third period led a potent Sharks attack in a 5-2 win over the Caps.

Jason Demers, Dennis Wideman and Brent Burns traded goals in the second period as the Sharks entered the third holding a 2-1 lead. Joel Ward tied the game with his first goal since November 5 just 44 seconds into the period. Yet, Patrick Marleau restored San Jose's lead 16 seconds later when he took a no-look pass from Joe Thornton and beat Tomas Vokoun (34 saves). Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored off his own rebound at 8:51 to extend the Sharks' lead to 4-2, while Torrey Mitchell's empty-net goal capped off the victory.

The Caps' four-game winning streak ended Saturday, but their winless streak in San Jose extended to 0-11-1 since October 30, 1993. Alex Ovechkin's seven-game scoring streak also came to an end. Washington will look to rebound Monday against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.

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Capitals Vs. Sharks: Sharks Attack Late, Lead Caps 2-1

Buzzer beaters aren't something seen in hockey often, but the San Jose Sharks got something similar.

Brent Burns' power play goal with nine seconds left in the second period has given the Sharks a 2-1 lead over the Washington Capitals.

Jason Demers opened the game's scoring with a goal assisted by the active end boards. His slap shot from the point went wide, but ricocheted off the boards, bounced off the back of Tomas Vokoun's right skate and slid slowly across the goal line. It was Demers' second goal of the season.

Just 82 seconds later, Dennis Wideman's power play goal tied the game at 1-1. With Brad Winchester in the penalty box for interfering with Vokoun, Wideman finished a tic-tac-toe passing play with Alexander Semin and Troy Brouwer and snapped a high shot past Antti Niemi for his eighth goal of the season. Wideman has a goal in each of his last three games.

On the Caps' first penalty of the game, Burns made them pay when his slap shot from the point eluded Vokoun, giving the Sharks a 2-1 lead entering the third period.

The Sharks hold a 23-20 shot advantage over the Caps.

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Capitals Vs. Sharks: Washington, San Jose Scoreless After 20 Minutes

It's been almost 20 years since the Washington Capitals last won in San Jose, but through 20 minutes, they are even with the Sharks as the two teams are scoreless at the end of the first period.

The first period didn't feature much in the way of excitement, but more of a feeling out process between the Caps and Sharks, who rarely face each other. Neither team committed penalties, but it was a physical period as Washington and San Jose combined for 28 hits.

Tomas Vokoun made nine saves, while Antti Niemi made 12 saves of his own. Brooks Laich led the Caps with three shots.

Washington hasn't won in San Jose since October 1993, an 11-game winless streak. One streak that did continue in the first period, however, was the Caps' streak of scoreless first period on the road; they have gone scoreless in seven consecutive first periods away from Verizon Center.

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Capitals Vs. Sharks: Nicklas Backstrom Will Not Play, Tomas Vokoun To Start

Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom will not play Saturday against the San Jose Sharks, according to The Washington Post's Katie Carrera.

Backstrom received an elbow to the head from the Calgary Flames' Rene Bourque Tuesday and did not take part in Wednesday's optional skate while undergoing concussion testing. Backstrom practiced Thursday and Friday, but did not skate Saturday. After practice, head coach Dale Hunter said that the team is playing it safe with Backstrom:

"No, he's not going to play," Coach Dale Hunter said, when asked for an update on Backstrom's status. "You've just got to be careful, he feels good but still got to be careful with it."

Saturday will be only the sixth game that Backstrom has missed during his five-year career.

Meanwhile, Tomas Vokoun will start for Washington. He made 18 saves Tuesday in the Caps' 3-1 win over the Flames and has allowed only five goals during his streak of four consecutive starts.

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Capitals Vs. Sharks: Washington Hopes To Leave 'Shark Tank' Unscathed Against San Jose

The Caps enter unfriendly waters Saturday, looking to win a game at the "Shark Tank" for the first time in almost 20 years against the Sharks.

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