The San Jose Sharks had a long layoff from their long trip overseas. It looked like it was just what the doctor ordered when Dany Heatley and Ryane Clowe scored 21 seconds apart near the end of the first period to give the home team a 2-0 lead.
They out-shot the Atlanta Thrashers 30-13 through two periods. But they were unable to get any more shots past Chris Mason, and ran out of gas in the third period.
Atlanta held a 15-9 edge in shots on goal in the final stanza, thanks in part to a 2-1 penalty edge, and put home two of those shots to give them the game's margin of victory. Dustin Byfuglien once again killed the Sharks, putting the eventual game-winner past former teammate Annti Niemi on the power play with 6:20 to go.
Douglas Murray, Torrey Mitchell, and Clowe are the only Sharks in the plus after three games. San Jose has just two even strength goals, but remain 25 percent on the power play and almost 87 percent on the penalty kill. They have now out-shot their opponents in all three games, but have just one win to show for it.
The Sharks host the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday at 7:30 pm PDT at the HP Pavilion. New Sharks captain Joe Thornton will be a guest on NHL Live (broadcast on Sirius Satellite radio as well as televised on the NHL Network) Monday morning at 11am PDT.