Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Friday, October 8th
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Game 2: Saturday, October 9th
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Game 3: Saturday, November 20th
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Game 4: Wednesday, February 9th
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Blue Jackets 3

(12-6-0, 24 pts)

Sharks 0

(9-6-4, 22 pts)

10:30 PM ET, November 20, 2010

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 T
CBJ 1 1 13
SJ 0 0 00

M. Garon (Blue Jackets - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: 1.000

R. Nash (Blue Jackets - LW): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

R. Klesla (Blue Jackets - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Blue Jackets-Sharks Preview


The Columbus Blue Jackets don't usually win in San Jose, but the way they are playing on this three-game road trip seems to indicate they may have a good chance to do so this time around.

The Blue Jackets will try to end an 11-game winless run at the HP Pavilion when they take on the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night in their first matchup since the season's first two games in Sweden.

Columbus (11-6-0) is 1-15-2 all-time in San Jose, including 0-10-1 since a 3-2 victory on Jan. 8, 2004.

The Blue Jackets have proved to be tough on the road on this trip, ending Los Angeles' 8-0-0 home start with a 5-3 victory Wednesday before snapping Anaheim's five-game run at home with a 4-3 win Friday.

Steve Mason made a season-high 47 saves against the Ducks in his fourth straight start for Columbus, off to the best start in franchise history and 6-1-0 on the road for the first time.

"We have to keep playing strong," Mason said. "We have confidence in each other."

Captain Rick Nash enters on a six-game points streak, totaling six goals and two assists. He scored for the fourth straight game Friday while Chris Clark and Mike Commodore each added a goal and an assist.

"I've always been a streaky player," Nash said. "Early on, they weren't going in, but I knew they'd come sooner or later. That's the way my whole career has been."

One of the road wins for Columbus this season was a 3-2 overtime victory over San Jose (9-5-4) in Stockholm in the second game of the season Oct. 9. The Sharks won 3-2 in the opener the day before as Logan Couture scored the game-winning goal on the power play in the third period.

"We haven't seen them since Stockholm," said center Joe Thornton, who scored in both games. "They've played really well this year."

The Sharks, winners of three straight at home, have been impressed with the Blue Jackets' strong start, and the defense in particular.

"They're getting some real good seasons out of guys like (Marc) Methot and (Rostislav) Klesla on their back end," coach Todd McLellan said. "Their goaltending has been very good. They play a good team game and a hard team game."

San Jose is back home after two overtime losses on a frustrating trip. The Sharks twice blew two-goal leads in the third period, and fell 5-4 to Dallas on Thursday.

"We can get better in those situations, have a little more poise and get through it," McLellan said. "We'll be in that situation many more times and we'll fail again until we do figure it out. I'd like to think the first thing will happen."

Patrick Marleau, tied with Couture for the team lead with eight goals, has been held without one in his last eight meetings with Columbus. Dany Heatley, who has seven goals in 2010-11, had four in two home games against the Blue Jackets last season.

Columbus plans on giving backup Mathieu Garon his first start since Nov. 6. Garon, though, is 2-6-1 with a 3.88 goals-against average in 10 career starts against the Sharks.