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Sharks blank Bruins 2-0

Providence Bruins at Worcester Sharks
DCU Center – Worcester, MA
February 5, 2011
Meeting 7-of-12 vs. the Providence Bruins
Sharks are 5-1-1-0 vs. the Bruins this season
Déjà vu, Sharks blank Bruins 2-0
San Jose and Worcester defeat Boston and Providence by identical 2-0 scores
WORCESTER, MA   – Carter Hutton made 20 saves for his first professional shutout as the Sharks defeated the Providence Bruins by the score of 2-0 on Saturday evening in front of 6,061 fans at the DCU Center.
Joe Loprieno scored his second goal of the season and Brandon Mashinter added an empty netter as the Sharks won their season high 4th straight game. With the win, the Sharks concluded their season long six game home stand 4-1-0-1.
Neither team would find the back of the net in a tentative first period as the Sharks outshot the Bruins 11-5. Andrew Desjardins and Joe Colborne dropped the mitts at 11:00 for the only penalties of the opening frame.
Brandon Mashinter and Nathan McIver scrapped at 1:43 of the second period in an entertaining bout that ended with McIver hitting the ice. The Sharks were denied on consecutive power plays before finding the back of the net while even strength. Joe Loprieno (2nd) deflected in a Justin Braun shot from the right point past Matt Dalton to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. The Sharks led 1-0 after two periods and outshot the Bruins 20-11 through forty minutes.
Carter Hutton made several nice saves in the third period, the best after he stopped Kirk MacDonald on a rebound chance in front of the Sharks net with three minutes remaining. Brandon Mashinter (9th) added an empty net goal for the Sharks first shutout victory of the season.
The Sharks record improves to 24-18-2-6 with 56 points (good for 3rd place in the Atlantic Division) and to 14-8-1-3 at the DCU Center.
Notes: Perfect Game Three Stars: 3rd Star: Matt Dalton (27 saves) 2nd star: Joe Loprieno (GWG) 1st star: Caret Hutton (20 saves and 1st professional shutout)…Final shots were 29-20 in favor of the Sharks…Matt Dalton made 27 saves on 28 shots for Providence; Carter Hutton made 20 saves on 20 shots for Worcester…Worcester went 0-for-2 on the power play while Providence went 0-for-2…Mike Moore (inj), Tony Lucia (inj), James Marcou (inj), T.J. Trevelyan (inj), and Alex Stalock (inj) did not dress for the Sharks… goaltender Daren Machesney was signed to a PTO before the game and wore #1 for Worcester… Andrew Desjardins has a four game point streak (2-2-4) snapped, but had a fight in his 2nd straight game… it was the first shutout for the Sharks since Alex Stalock made 19 saves in a 3-0 win over the Bruins at the DCU Center on April 10, 2010.
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