(SAN JOSE) -- In their closest game played yet in this 2013-14 National Hockey League season, the San Jose Sharks overcame a lot of chippy play to beat the visiting Ottawa Senators, 3-2, at the SAP Center tonight.
The home team put up 50 shots on goal against Senators goalie Robin Lehner, and to the young goaltender's credit, he gave his team a fighting chance. Ottawa only managed 23 shots on San Jose's Antti Niemi, who made 21 saves in the victory.
Tomas Hertl got the scoring going early for the Sharks, with his seventh score of the season, just 55 seconds into the game. With a start like that, it seemed like San Jose might roll to another win, but the Senators scored twice in the first period to take a lead into the initial intermission.
Patrick Marleau's fourth goal of the season tied the score in the second period, and Brent Burns got the game-winning score 7:08 into the third period.
Ottawa tallied 17 minutes of penalties in this game, giving the Sharks five power-play opportunities -- only Marleau's goal came on special teams for San Jose
Meanwhile, the Senators were one-for-three on their man-up chances, but they didn't score again after the first period, of course.
Burns led all Sharks skaters with two points, as he registered an assist on Hertl's first-period score.
With the win, San Jose moves to a perfect 5-0 on the season, matching the Colorado Avalanche's record. With ten points in the standings, the Sharks also are tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs (5-1) for the most points currently in the NHL.
San Jose's next game is Tuesday night in St. Louis against the Blues.